When Alissa Parker lost her daughter Emilie in the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting, she started a life-changing journey to answer soul-searching questions about faith, hope, and healing. As she sought for the peace and comfort that could help mend her broken heart, she learned, step by step, how to open her heart to God’s Grace and will.
One step brought her face to face with the shooter’s father, where in a pivotal and poignant meeting, she was given an opportunity to forgive. Another step brought her into the sheltering compassion of her community as family, friends, and even strangers reached out to buoy her up with their shared faith. And several miraculous manifestations of Emilie’s continued presence and influence lifted her heart and will validate the faith of every Christian.
The story of Alissa and Emilie reminds us that the bonds of love continue beyond this life and that despite tragedy and heartache, we can find strength in our family and our faith.
About the Author:
Alissa Parker is the mother or one of the twenty children who died tragically in the Sandy Hook school shootings in 2012. After Emilie’s death, Alissa began TheParkerFive blog as a tool to express the emotions she and her family experienced throughout the grieving process. She is also the co-founder of SafeandSoundSchools.org, which helps people take action to make schools safer, and The Emilie Parker Art Connection, a charity helping local community art programs for children.
In Cassie’s opinion:
An Unseen Angel is an inspiring book! I cannot even image what this mother has gone through. Loss is hard and to lose a child especially in this way. I remember the day I heard about the shooting. My daughter was four at the time but I really felt sad and felt so bad for the parents who lost their children in such a tragic way. I am extremely grateful Alissa has shared her story. This book was told in such a beautiful, moving way. She learned to forgive and accept help when she needed it the most. Definitely worth reading! Just make sure you have a box of tissues near by.
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