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How A Grandfather Survived Agonizing Losses
To Begin a New Life as a Single Dad

with D. Patrick Miller

Artist Don Hatfield and professional book developer D. Patrick Miller are working together on a book to be submitted to major publishers. They are currently seeking one patron or investor to fund the writing of a proposal, which will be submitted to major publishers to finance the writing of the book itsellf.

The eventual published book will provide Don's family with a much-needed additional source of income for years to come. As a patron or investor, you'll be helping Don and Patrick spread the message that even life's most horrendous tragedies can be surmounted with the conscious application of faith and forgiveness.

If you can invest or contribute $3500 or more toward the creation of a proposal for FAITH IN THE FACE OF MURDER, please call Fearless Books at 707 266-1322 or write business (at) fearlessbooks.com.


A few years ago, 65-year-old Don Hatfield of Napa, California was looking forward to a natural slowdown in life with his beloved wife Janey while he continued a successful art career as a modern American Impressionist painter. But Janey passed away from cancer in January of 2012. One month after her funeral, Don received the agonizing news that his daughter Rachel, the mother of three young children, had been brutally slain by her husband, Todd Winkler.

Within another week, he found himself taking sole custody of Rachel’s kids.

The tragic story of Rachel’s killing led to a number of stories in the Sacramento Bee and a Pulitzer-nominated photo essay portraying Don and his new family by Bee photographer Renee C. Byer. This story has already had a one-hour treatment from CBS’ 48 Hours, and a two-hour report aired by NBC’s Dateline in March 2015. ABC’s 20/20 also has a show in the works. While it’s not unusual for sensational crimes to receive some network coverage, it’s rare when all three major networks investigate the same story.

That’s because there is far more to this story than a killing. It also provides a glimpse into a new generational phenomenon of elder parenting – and it revolves around the unique character and courage of Don Hatfield.

National Public Radio recently reported that up to ten percent of American children now live in the same household as their grandparents. In many cases, the seniors are the primary caretakers. A plain-spoken, practicing Christian who graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary, Don Hatfield is the first to proclaim that “I’m not a saint.” But many people would wonder how anyone but a saint could rise to the challenge of parenting three youngsters while “grieving on the fly,” as Don puts it.

In Faith in the Face of Murder, Don will tell the whole story of his stunning late-stage change of life, beginning with a portrayal of his relationship to his daughter Rachel, her killing and the subsequent trial leading to Todd Winkler's conviction, and an intimate portrait of how he manages life as a single parent while keeping his art career going.

Don will also offer what many victims of crime cannot: a thoughtful spiritual perspective on how the key values of faith and forgiveness can enable anyone to surmount seemingly impossible challenges.

Don Hatfield’s story will be skillfully written and presented by veteran author and editor D. Patrick Miller, author of two books on popular spirituality currently available from Random House and Tarcher-Penguin. Miller is also the founder of Fearless Books, and has previously ghostwritten, co-authored, and edited scores of books for both major and independent publishing houses.

Napa Bounty (portrait of Rachel by Don Hatfield)

Publisher inquiries about the acquisition of Faith in the Face of Murder may be directed to business(at)fearlessbooks.com.

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