An Unseen Angel: A Mother's Story of Faith, Hope, and Healing after Sandy Hook

An Unseen Angel: A Mother's Story of Faith, Hope, and Healing after Sandy Hook

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.

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  • Carol

    In the wake of a tragedy of the magnitude of a shooter killing children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, CT on December 14, 2012, a book written by the mother of her child’s de...

  • Becca

    Actually I don't think there is a high enough star rating for this book!!! It deserves at least 10!I have been trying to put my words on paper about this book. Then I decided there are no words that w...

  • Barbara Tsipouras

    I really wanted to like this book. I wanted to read how faith helped this family to cope with this unthinkable tragedy. I can't imagine what I would have done.Alissa Parker is convined that her daught...

  • Amy

    On December 14th, 2012, America & beyond was sent into utter shock at the brutality and tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary. One of the 20 children murdered that day was Emilie Parker, wh...

  • Jared

    This was an amazing book. Full disclosure, Alissa Parker is my cousin, and I've followed her blog for quite some time following the Sandy Hook shooting. At the heart of Alissa's writing--both in her b...

  • Liz

    I live near the community where this event took place, and I attended church with the Parker family, and still happen to live here- so it was with great sorrow that I read this book. It is an inspirin...

  • Lisa

    I’ve known about this book for at least a year, and intentionally did not read it. Knowing the Parkers and living in the area where this happened, I had no desire to relive everything. What more cou...

  • Chesney

    Honestly I don't know how to rate this book. Due to the content of a mother opening up her feelings about leading up, in the thick of it, and the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting. I cried through ...

  • Heather

    Wonderful book from the Mother's point of view of losing a daughter in a horrific tragedy. I too have lost a daughter but under very different circumstances. I could definitely relate to many of the e...

  • Heidi

    I clearly remember the day that Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 20 children and 6 adults. I was at the elementary school I work at now. I remember the horror I felt as the d...