From the Inside Flap
About the Cover Photo
Towering over the rubble of the World Trade Center site stands this cross which was "made" during the events of September 11th. Workers found the cross, just as it now appears, in the rubble some time during the first few chaotic days following the attack.
The cross is made of iron I-beams and is thought to have fallen from one of the upper floors of the World Trade Center. Many firefighters and rescue workers signed their names on the cross, turning it into a memorial. With the help of a crane, unknown iron workers erected the cross, mounting it in a concrete block excavated from the site. Although the object on the crossbar has not been tested, it appears to be aluminum and is thought to be a piece of fuselage from the airplane that was flown into the tower.
The photo was taken by David A. McPherson, a volunteer from Colorado Springs who spent ten days ministering to the workers and survivors shortly after September 11th. "I know that as long as I live I will never forget September 11, 2001," Dave says. "I pray that generations after us will never forget either.
"Like many, I watched in disbelief as the news repeatedly showed the two planes effortlessly flying into the World Trade Center towers. But it wasn't until I actually worked at 'Ground Zero' that it became a deep part of my soul. To stand and work on the ground where thousands lost their lives in a senseless act of terror changed my life forever.
"In the midst of all the hopelessness and sorrow, there stands only one thing that can ever bring hope and peace to all of these people: the cross. When I saw this cross I wept, because the Christian cross is a symbol of the hope we have for eternal life because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Seeing this cross helped me remember that even in the middle of darkness there still is a light: and His name is Jesus."
From the Back Cover
In the wake of September 11th, Dianne E. Butts, wondered 'What can I do?' So she wrote a letter to hurting America.
"Our own personal crises shatter our lives and shake our foundations as surely as the crumbling twin towers shook theirs," Dianne writes. "I hope what I've learned through my own crises and grief will help you."
Journey with Dianne through the story of her own life and learn what she discovered about crisis and grief, God and the Bible, questions and answers, and about going on.
"It is my hope," Dianne says, "That you will find something that will point you toward the answers to your deepest questions, healing for your deepest wounds, and hope for the deepest longing of your soul."
"Dear America gives solid answers on how to deal with the dramas we all live out. This is a definite comfort and a practical resource for anyone in difficulty." Pastor Greg Scherrer Hi-Plains Baptist Church (SBC) - Limon, Colorado
"When disaster strikes, we all seek a person to comfort us, to love us. Dianne's book offers direction to such a person. In a concise manner, Dianne directs us all to the the Person who loves us the most." Rev. Rory A. Gillespie, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church - Lamar, Colorado
"Within these pages you will find the Dianne has written the key to life. Read it and your life will be changed forever." Linda Evans Shepherd, Author, speaker, radio show host