Author Bio

Author Cindy Vann

About the Author, Meet Cynthia Vann.

Author Cindy Vann

Cindy is the widow of decorated Vietnam veteran Philip D. Vann, who died from an Agent Orange related disease, in 2014.

Together they raised three Children; sons Christopher, Philip Jr aka JR and daughter Cally. Cindy is blessed with four beautiful grandchildren: Paxton, Halle, Indy, and Izzy.

Cindy acknowledges her daughters in love as part of her family, from Phil’s previous marriages; Shawna, and Andrea and their families as well as her son Philip Jr’s spouse Morgan and her daughter Cally’s spouse Mike. 

Passing Through the Shadow of Death, is a memoir about God’s love actualized through his intervention throughout Cindy’s life with Phil.

In the story of PTSD Cindy shares with her readers how she was able to overcome life’s struggles by faith in God’s perfect plan for her life and perhaps also with a little bit of her stubborn yet enduring Jersey grit. 

Cindy tells about her many years of struggling to help her husband Phil cope with PTSD. When Christ entered into their life, HE taught them both how to eventually re-frame the meaning of PTSD in their marriage.

When the Word of God came alive in their life, they were able to recognize that living with PTSD meant God gave them the power and ability of Passing Through the Shadow of Death.

We all know words matter, and God will not interfere in our lives, but God will intervene when we invite him in and let him light up our path with his word.Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105 

The day Phil accepted Christ into his life, the light emanating from the work Christ did on the cross, broke through the darkness of PTSD that had formerly driven Phil to multiple attempts of ending his life. 

Cindy resides in the Metro-Plex of DFW where she shares her faith while volunteering for multiple charities. 


Phil & Cindy Going to Vegas to get legally married in 1985