Lillie Leonardi worked in law enforcement for more than 25 years before retiring to pursue writing. Her first book, IN THE SHADOW OF A BADGE, is her personal account of the spiritual encounter she experienced while serving in her professional capacity as a Community Affairs Specialist with the FBI’s Pittsburg division throughout the events of 9/11 and the crash of United Airlines Flight 93. In 1984, Leonardi was appointed to serve as the first female police officer with the City of Arnold, Pennsylvania. In 1998, Leonardi joined the FBI, where she served until 2010.
THE WHITE LIGHT OF GRACE: REFLECTIONS ON THE LIFE OF A SPIRITUAL INTUITIVE
In THE WHITE LIGHT OF GRACE, author and speaker Lillie Leonardi shares the stories of her life, beginning with the ancestral origins of her intuitive gifts and the early childhood experiences that uncover her ability to communicate with angels. The book traces life-altering events, times when she called on the angels for blessings and others when she learned how to rely on herself. Throughout, her revelations about love, loss, and healing unfold. Her remarkable stories focus on her personal transformations, as well as the incredible experiences of those around her.
This life-affirming memoir offers lessons about the power of self-acceptance, forgiveness, and grace—and finding miracles in the unlikeliest places.
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IN THE SHADOW OF A BADGE: A MEMOIR ABOUT FLIGHT 93, A FIELD OF ANGELS, AND MY SPIRITUAL HOMECOMING
“I personally encourage all who believe, and even those that have their doubts, to read Lillie's story. I could not put the book down until I had read it in its entirety.”
—Kenneth T. McCabe Special Agent in Charge - Federal Bureau of Investigation (Retired) Commissioner
On September 11, 2001, Lillie Leonardi was a Community Affairs Specialist with the FBI’s Pittsburgh division. IN THE SHADOW OF A BADGE is her firsthand account of the spiritual encounter she experienced while serving in her professional capacity during that shattering time.
This book is the story of what Leonardi saw and heard—a personal interpretation of the events leading up to and following 9/11 and, in particular, the crash of United Airlines Flight 93. After witnessing what she describes as a “field of angels” during her first minutes at the crash site, Leonardi had to find a way to reconcile two opposing sides of her life. Her gripping account of the 12 days that she spent acting as an FBI liaison brings the reader into a world that combines the factual and logistical with the angelic and mystical. Leonardi also chronicles her ongoing process of recovery from the post-traumatic stress disorder that resulted from her experiences that day, and her journey toward personal healing.
An inspiring story of what it really means to be called to service, IN THE SHADOW OF A BADGE reaffirms that it’s never too late to find a spiritual path and discover your life’s purpose.