Flight 93 Widow Deena Burnett Authors 'Fighting Back: Living Life Beyond Ourselves'

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Deena Burnett, widow of Flight 93 hero Tom Burnett, announced today the release of her new book, Fighting Back: Living Life Beyond Ourselves, co-authored with Anthony Giombetti and published by Advantage Inspirational. In Fighting Back, Deena tells the story of how she fought back to find purpose and joy in her life again, after her husband was killed on that fateful day. Her story demonstrates how each of us can move forward through the hardships of life and can have a positive impact on others through the belief that, at some point in our lives, we are all called on to be heroes.

Deena Burnett, widow of Flight 93 hero Tom Burnett, announced today the release of her new book, Fighting Back: Living Life Beyond Ourselves, co-authored with Anthony Giombetti and published by Advantage Inspirational. In Fighting Back, Deena tells the story of how she fought back to find purpose and joy in her life again, after her husband was killed on that fateful day. Her story demonstrates how each of us can move forward through the hardships of life and can have a positive impact on others through the belief that, at some point in our lives, we are all called on to be heroes.

Deena uses the actions of the passengers of Flight 93 and her own life as examples to re-define our concept of heroism and to demonstrate the power of everyday heroes who do the right thing at the right time, no matter how big or small.

Deena’s story compels us to look at our own lives and to realize we each have a choice. When life proves to be daunting, we can give up or we can fight back. If we choose the right way and react positively to the circumstances in which we find ourselves, we can all be transformed into everyday heroes, thereby changing the world through our everyday actions.

A story of love, of suffering, of sacrifice, and of rebirth, Fighting Back will inspire you to think about what’s good in this world and most of all, what’s worth fighting for. Fighting Back will encourage you. It will make you laugh. It will cause you to cry. Fighting Back will touch your heart.

The book is available in paperback wherever books are sold in-store and online (such as Amazon.com). For speaking opportunities, please contact the author at 612-269-1894.

About the Authors

Deena Burnett is the mother of three young daughters, Halley, Madison, and Anna Clare, and the widow of Tom Burnett. Her husband was a passenger on United Airlines flight 93 on September 11, 2001. Deena has become a well known voice for the victims’ families of September 11. She successfully spearheaded an effort to have the Flight 93 cockpit voice recorder released in April 2002. She is currently the lead plaintiff in an unprecedented lawsuit to bankrupt terrorist organizations. Twice, she served as a witness in the criminal trials of Al Qaeda members in Europe. In addition to volunteering in her church and community, Deena serves on the boards of the Tom Burnett Family Foundation (http://www.tomburnettfamilyfoundation.org), Ballet Arkansas, The Twentieth Century Club, and the Families Against the Funding of Terrorism. She is also a speaker for the Young America’s Foundation and travels around the country speaking to civic organizations and universities. She resides in Little Rock, Arkansas with her daughters, her new husband, Rodney, and his son, Tanner.

Anthony Giombetti is principal of Gio Public Relations, a Minneapolis-based integrated communications firm (http://www.giopr.com). Previously, Anthony was director of communications, press, and publicity at ShopNBC, the commerce channel of NBC. Prior to that he was founding editor of Minnesota Business, where he was awarded the Media Advocate of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration of Minnesota. Anthony also received the Media Advocate of the Year by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners – the first time any male has won that award. He is a past contributor to Twin Cities Business, the nation’s #1 regional business magazine. Anthony also volunteers for the Minnesota Special Olympics, the Hennepin County READY Youth Program, and Vail Place. Anthony resides in Maple Grove, Minnesota with his lovely wife, Angela.

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