A Mother's Side of War is exactly that. It begins with the phone call every mother of a service member prays they never receive.
From the hospitol bed to the White House, you will find yourself on an emotional roller coaster like none you have ever known.
This book reveals the step by step journey of a son and his mother, as they both go through a long, and yet inspirational recovery. There are approximately 150 pictures that tell the story of the nearly 70 surgeries, speaking engagements and events that they have been through and attended.
Enjoy the read! You will laugh, you will cry, and you will rejoice, as you get to know all the inspiring people in this book.
"A Must read! You will laugh, cry and share the triumphs with Diana and her hero son, Cpl. Aaron P. Mankin. Diana's book is a beautifully written, touching and honest look at the journey so many of our military families make in service to their country. It reveals to all how when one serves, the entire family serves as well. This book is a must read for anyone who needs a reminder of how lucky they are in life and how the incredible force of love, resilience, faith and sheer determination can make the difference in the way someone heals both inside and out."
"Dearest Diana, I have read every page of your book filled with love and devotion for Aaron. His face was the first one I kissed without a nose or lips...I fell in love with him then and he, you and your family will forever hold a place of honor in our hearts. Aaron is a true hero to Jim and to me. Thank you for being such a great marine mom, thank you for your book, and thank you for allowing us to remain a part of your lives. Much love and respect, Bonnie."
"A Mother's Side of War is an eye opening, heart felt, TRUE story about a young United States Marine Corps combat correspondent, Cpl. Aaron P. Mankin, who was wounded in Iraq, and he and his mother's determination to work together to turn extreme adversity into a victory for her son and in the process other families of our wounded warriors. The book is a testiment to love, family, and too never giving up. A must read. This book will make a great film."
"Diana's story is that of the care giver. She is the mother in the equation, the other side of war. Writing her book was part of her own catharsis, and it filled a need to try and educate about war from a parent's perspective. Books like Diana's memoir help us to keep the stories of our country alive. It is the story of sacrifice, of bravery, and of love of country. Her story is all our story. It's the story of America."
"When I read A Mother's Side of War, I felt like I was sitting next to an old friend telling me about the tradgedies and triumphs she had experienced for almost a decade of her life. Diana's son, Marine Corporal Aaron Mankin, is an example of a true hero within our current generation of warriors. Diana's commitment to her family, faith, and desire to continue helping our wounded warriors inspires me to live each day fully, with love and purpose. Diana penned an inspiring chronicle that leaves the reader convinced that there is nothing more powerful than God's grace and a mother's love."