Thanks to those who took time out of their busy schedules to read and comment on the story in my book, “Faced My Fears In Portland”. It’s been so interesting working with a diverse group of friends and contacts. I wanted readers to get a fair representation of my story from the endorsements, to help them decide on the book’s content. I feel the story touches on a variety of human issues, and these endorsements and the next, are capturing much of the true spirit in the book.
The book will be in Amazon and other book sellers soon.
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I am a 20 year veteran of the NYPD. My career began in the subways of some of the toughest neighborhoods in Brooklyn to the streets of South Jamaica Queens during the crack epidemic of the 80s. I was assigned to the Emergency Service Unit dealing with the most horrific scenes one could imagine including 9/11 where we lost 14 friends in our Unit, and many more due to 9/11 illnesses since.
Keller Fountain, Downtown Portland, OR
Reading the gripping words from Diane De Han’s journey about the murder of her son Marc brings back so much trauma of what a loved one goes through when losing a child. Especially when that loss involves a violent crime such as Marc’s. When a police officer or a fireman dies in the Line of Duty there is an outpouring of support from co-workers near and far, unions, politicians, and communities. There are streets named after, anniversary memorials, scholarships in their names. When a parent loses a child to a victim of a crime that parent has to lean on loved ones, friends, the police investigators and the court system.
Far too often those support systems fade away as their lives or other crimes take over. No street named afterwards, no memorials, and sadly no scholarships. The longer an investigation takes the more hopeless it can be for those loved ones. Often times a family member can feel as though they are the only ones to care anymore if a crime is solved; they feel they are the only advocate for justice. But behind the scenes are usually hard working, determined detectives working vigorously to provide what little justice they can for the crushed hearts of people like Diane and others.
Diane gives us a sense of the nightmare she has lived through from the first phone call, to having to go though her son Marc’s belongings, to dealing with having to face this trauma with her ex-husband, surviving son and defendants. It is a nightmare we can close the book on but sadly Diane cannot. The book is extremely difficult to put down as we are taken on the roller coaster ride of her son’s murder and the fight for justice. In the end, Diane makes one grateful for each and everyday we have on earth with our loved ones.
NYPD Police Officer,
Retired, Emergency Service Unit
Publisher of “Faced My Fears In Portland”
Written straight from the grieving heart of a mother whose soul is renewed through the journey of forgiveness and new life. Diane De Han witnesses hope in the darkness and invites us to join her. Powerful!
author of Reboot: 70 Life Lessons with Dallas Willard
For many years, I’ve been an avid fan of true crime books. This is the very first time one of them has shown me such a shattering tragedy through the eyes of a parent. You can almost feel the steps Diane takes on her long pathway as she learns to live with the pain and implications of her son’s violent death. This book is vivid and emotional, and reminds the reader over and over about how the bonds of love outlast all of us when we’re gone.
Joe Silverman, MD
Diane’s perseverance through unimaginable pain gives hope that with God’s help, healing is possible. Diane has an amazing story of forgiveness that will inspire, encourage, and help people heal.
Chris McKinney, Founder and Managing Editor,
Called Writers Christian Publishing
Author, “Calling All Writers!”