Marines Don't Cry
by Daniel Garcia and Jacqueline C. Garcia ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
GENRE: Memoir, Non-fiction
Have you ever been lost -- really lost?
Danny and Jackie answer this question in Marines Don’t Cry with stories of death to life, deep
sorrow to joy, darkness to light, and freedom in Christ.
Danny recounts his early life in Spanish Harlem and describes conversion from a life of drugs
and “the fast lane” to one consumed with knowing and serving God. This makes his journey of
walking more than 52 million steps on six continents for children and world peace such an
Marines Don’t Cry is about the transformational power of God’s love: how Danny found his
calling and is delivering the message of Christ at all costs.
Chapter 7: “You Must Choose Now”
One night in my living room, under the influence of several drugs and alcohol, I experienced
something bizarre and frightening. Something happened to me, and I knew that something was
terribly wrong. In a moment, I felt my spirit leaving my body; a wrenching separation and tearing
from deep within. Life literally came out of my body. My feet lifted from the floor. I levitated
upwards and felt myself being pulled out of this world. It was an out-of-body experience. I did
not feel physical pain, but I knew I was dying. All my life, I had been in control and never let fear
consume me. Now, I was terrified.
My thoughts raced. I knew that if I died, I would go to hell because of all the bad things I had
done in my life. I learned in Catholic school that if I died in the state of mortal sin, I was destined
for hell, a place of eternal fire and torment. Eternity flashed before me, and I heard an audible
voice through time, space, and spirit say:
“Which way do you choose? Life or death? You must choose now.”
The voice enveloped my thoughts. In a flash, the Lord gave me a choice of life or death, and it
was a choice of both physical and spiritual proportions. Although I had not been in church for
over twenty-five years, I knew I was lost, had no hope, and was going to hell. I was completely
petrified, and for the first time in my entire life, I was truly afraid and frightened beyond my
With a desperate cry, I screamed, “Jesus, save me!”
As soon as I said the name “Jesus,” my spirit immediately jumped back into my body. I
experienced the terrible fear of God. To this point in my life, I paid no attention to the teachings
that the Catholic church instilled in me. I had turned away from Him and disobeyed His laws.
By calling on the name of Jesus Christ, I chose life. I was saved spiritually; the moment of my
salvation from death and beginning the transformation to a new life. This was a miracle. I was
thirty-three years old—the same age as Jesus when he started his public ministry.
About the authors of Marines Don’t Cry
Danny Garcia, The Walking Man, was born and raised in New York’s Spanish Harlem. He
served as a United States Marine, law enforcement officer, and ordained minister. Since 1996,
he has prayed and walked over 52,000, 000 steps on six continents for children and world
peace. During his journeys, Garcia met with dignitaries all over the world, ministering to the
famous and to the poorest of the poor. Danny made presentations to Kings/royals, Presidents,
and other world leaders, to include four Presidents of the USA, several Prime Ministers of other
countries, the Pope, Mother Teresa, Ambassadors and various eminent personalities and
multilateral organizations. Garcia began his journey as a personal commitment to peace and
children and continued walking and raising funds for multiple charitable organizations.
Danny is married to the former Jacqueline Charsagua of El Paso, TX, and they work side by
side to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. For more information, visit Danny’s website,
Jackie Charsagua Garcia
Jackie Charsagua Garcia is married to Daniel Garcia. She graduated from the United States Air
Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, in 1985 and was commissioned as a Second
Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Jackie holds a Bachelor of Science in Management
and a Master of Science in Human Resources Management. While in the US Air Force, Jackie
specialized in communications, acquisition, systems engineering, and information technology.
After a rewarding and fulfilling Air Force career, she retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the
summer of 2006, having spent more than 21 years on active duty. Since 2006, she has
supported and advised on all aspects of her husband’s walks and charitable initiatives within the
United States and abroad. She joined Danny during his Africa Walk in 2007 and ministered in
South Africa, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Southern Sudan. During this time, her faith and reliance on
God grew tremendously under the mentorship of Danny Garcia. The Global Walk experience
gave Jackie an opportunity to serve God abroad, and her vision is to spread the hope, love, and
the grace of Jesus Christ through her writing. She is a native of El Paso, TX, mother of one
amazing daughter, and a breast cancer survivor.