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Helping children cope with loss and difficult times isn't easy, but thankfully, Marc Gellman has written an uplifting spiritual message starring Mikey the angel and his mentor, Gabe.
When Gabe spots Mikey's angel-in-training resignation note, he knows the little trainee needs some heartfelt guidance. Mikey tearfully explains that "things on earth don't make any sense," so Gabe decides to reassure him through a series of lessons about understanding God, life, and loss. Each chapter in the book is a different test for Mikey, who figures out the answer to a larger question by seeing or experiencing a situation and discussing it with his teacher. Chapters include "The Glowers: Where Is God in the Bad Times?," in which Mikey sees the inner light of people helping others; "Spot Died Today: Is It Okay if I'm Really Mad at God?," which tells of a girl's dream that changes her outlook over a pet's death; and "Going Up: What Happens to Us After We Die?," about Mikey's trip with a man's soul through the heavenly process. Gellman also provides "Things to think about" at the end of each chapter, along with introductions to the book for both adults and children.
A welcome comfort for young readers, Gellman's book offers hopeful answers to some of life's hardest questions. Children will be drawn to the straightforward yet gentle stories, and parents will be grateful for the book's thoughtfulness, especially in the chapter about September 11th. Providing an added voice of sensitivity for the times when kids need it most, And God Cried, Too is a read that's hearteningly divine. Matt Warner