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What Would the Founding Fathers Think: A Young American's guide to understanding the mess our country is in and how we get out
Isabelle Webb: Legend of the Jewel
Captive Heart
Cobble Cavern
Caller ID
Summer of Secrets
On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
Scary School
Hope's journey
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head

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2021 Goodreads Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge
Sheila has read 6 books toward her goal of 90 books.

Friday, April 21, 2017

An Unseen Angel: A Mother's Story of Faith, Hope, and Healing After Sandy Hook By Alissa Parker-Blog Tour Review

{Product Details}

  • Title: An Unseen Angel: A Mother's Story of Faith, Hope, and Healing After Sandy Hook 
  • Author: Alissa Parker
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Genre: Non-Fiction/Inspirational
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain (April 4, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1629722790
  • FTC,FYI: I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

{Book Description}

As the mother of one of the children who died at Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, Alissa Parker had her world shattered by a mass murderer's rampage. She was left to make sense of her daughter's life and death and to rebuild, seeking a deeply spiritual path to carry on with her life and find new meaning and purpose.

As a co-founder of, a touring national advocacy group that helps people take action to make schools safer, Alissa has talked to hundreds of parents around the country about her ordeal and how she was able to endure the unspeakable horror of Sandy Hook.

An Unseen Angel takes readers though Alissa's complete journey, chronicling the moment-by-moment account of the day that began with every parent's worst nightmare: hearing, "There's been a shooting at your child's school." It follows her faith-filled spiritual path to coping, healing, forgiving, and eventually feeling gratitude for the life and love of her daughter Emilie. She describes a bond of love between a mother and daughter that is so profound it transcends the physical body and touches Alissa and the people who loved Emilie who feel her presence every day. And she articulates her deep Christian faith, which guided the answers to Alissa's gut-wrenching, post-tragedy questioning:

  • "Where is Emilie now?"
  • "Can love transcend the physical body?"
  • "How can I know that Emilie is in a better place?"
  • "How do I deal with the 'here and now' when the pain and anger I feel is so overwhelming?"
This is the first book about the school-shooting tragedies with a focus on faith and spirituality. As we learn Alissa's story, we are introduced to a special little girl who was wise beyond her years and whose lessons about life and the transcendent power of love continued even after she had passed away."

{My Review}

An Unseen Angel is a hard story to read. It will bring you to tears. Alissa bears her soul as she writes of her grief after her daughter,Emilie, was killed in the Sandy Hook school shootings in 2012 in Newton, Connecticut. Readers will follow Alissa's hard journey as she learns to live life without her daughter and not let bitterness and grief rule her life. With the help of her religion (LDS) with her belief in life after death and that there are angels around us, she finally finds peace in her life. 

There is much to gain for those readers who are going through the grief process and reading how anyone can heal from a tragic loss by having faith in their life, searching for the peace that can come from forgiving others and forgiving yourself depending on your own circumstances. Despite the tragic story of great loss, readers will be lifted up by the beautiful messages found in Alissa's story.

{Meet Author: Alissa Parker}

Alissa Parker is the mother of one of the twenty children who died tragically in the Sandy Hook school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, 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, which helps people take action to make schools safer, and The Emilie Parker Art Connection, a charity helping local community art programs for children.

  • The Parker Five Blog ( 3.5 million p/v; Visitors: 922,689
  • The Emilie Parker Art Connection ( 297K Facebook followers
  • Safe and Sound Schools ( Since 2013, 200K+ visitors to the website, 100K people have downloaded free online materials for use in their school or professional community, more than 30,000 people have attended a speaking engagement or workshop, 6K+ social media followers. Organization has also visited schools in 31 states.

{Purchase Here}


  1. I hadn't heard of this book, but now want to read it. Thank you for your post!

    1. You're welcome. I promise you, you'll be crying as you read this. It was such a sad thing to happen to so many children. I did feel very lifted up by the time I was done. I hope you enjoy reading it.