And God Cried, Too: A Kid's Book of Healing and Hope


When a child asks how God lets terrible things happen, there is no easy answer. And God Cried, Too is a response to that very difficult question, whether referring to the horrific events of September 11, 2001, or the loss of a beloved pet.

In a young, accessible format, Rabbi Gellman provides heartfelt and helpful guidance for both children and parents who are seeking answers to life's hardest questions. Rabbi Gellman leads the reader through a...

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When a child asks how God lets terrible things happen, there is no easy answer. And God Cried, Too is a response to that very difficult question, whether referring to the horrific events of September 11, 2001, or the loss of a beloved pet.

In a young, accessible format, Rabbi Gellman provides heartfelt and helpful guidance for both children and parents who are seeking answers to life's hardest questions. Rabbi Gellman leads the reader through a conversation between two angels who are looking for some very important answers.

The gentle wisdom of this book begins with September 11 but does not end there. It takes us back to a belief in prayer and courage and restores a child's faith in a God who cries with us during the bad times.

The angel Gabriel helps Mikey, an angel-in-training, to understand why bad things happen for what seems to be no reason and how to hold on to hope and faith during difficult times.

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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

Publishers Weekly
Similarly, Rabbi Marc Gellman (he and Monsignor Thomas Hartman together are known as the God Squad) offers stories for sustenance in And God Cried, Too: A Kid's Book of Healing and Hope. The collection stars Mikey, a "guardian-angel-in-training" and his teacher, "chief angel," Gabe. Each chapter is based on one of Mikey's questions ("What if nothing makes any sense?" and "What can I do when I'm afraid?" among them); Gellman's "Things to think about" section sums up each chapter.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Two characters, Angel Gabe and young angel-in-training Mikey, raise tough questions and seek compassionate, loving answers. In 15 chapters, they wrestle with issues of why September 11 happened, why a pet died, why God works miracles, etc. The stories and conclusions represent a Judeo-Christian view of the world where God is compassionate and loving, and where neighborliness and kindness to others are of utmost importance. Each chapter ends with "Things to Think About." The book is conciliatory, comforting, and gentle.-Linda Beck, Indian Valley Public Library, Telford, PA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060098872
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/20/2002
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 1ST (LIBRARY EDITION)
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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Chapter One

Finding Mikey:

What if nothing makes any sense?

Gabriel, the chief teaching angel, found this note taped to his office door in Heaven:

Dear Gabe,

I quit. I know I could never become a guardian angel because I get too upset about what I see on earth. I see way too many terrible things happen to good people. It just doesn't make any sense. How can I explain God's ways to people when I don't understand God's ways myself? It all seems so unfair! I just don't understand how God is running things on earth. So I quit. Find yourself another angel who understands things better than I do.


Michael (guardian-angel-in-training)

P.S. Everyone up here in Heaven calls me Mikey.

Gabriel spent the rest of the day flying around Heaven trying to find Mikey. Gabe had lost more than a few guardian-angels-in-training in his five thousand years of teaching. But he really did not want to lose Mikey, who had found his way into Gabe's heart.

After searching for most of the morning, Gabe finally spotted Mikey sleeping on a little cloud. He was all covered up by the cloud except that his nose stuck out of the top of the cloud and his wings stuck out of the bottom. Gabe woke him gently by brushing his own wing feathers under Mikey's nose and making him sneeze. Ha-choo! Garumph! And Mikey was up. He saw Gabe and tried to fly away as fast as he could.

Somewhere over the rainbow Gabe caught Mikey. Out of breath, Gabe said, "Look, I understand how you feel, but I don't want you to quit until you understand the way things really work, not just the way you thinkthings work. Give me a chance to teach you, and give yourself a chance to learn a little more. Then, if you want to quit, you'll have my blessing. You are going to be a terrific guardian angel. You just don't know it yet."

"Leave me alone!" Mikey huffed.

"Okay," said Gabe sadly.

"Fine," said Mikey.

"Right. Then I guess it's good-bye," said Gabe.

"Yup! Good-bye," said Mikey.

"So long then," said Gabe.

"I'm gone!" said Mikey.

"That's what you said," said Gabe.

"Then I guess I'll just . . ." and at that moment, Mikey started to cry. He cried so hard, he soaked through his angel clothes and started a rainstorm under his cloud. Gabe flew close and held him and covered him with his two big wings like a feather blanket.

"It's just not fair. Things on earth don't make any sense. It's just so sad," sniffed Mikey.

"What God taught me," Gabe said softly, "and what I will teach you, my little angel, is not how to wipe away sadness and make everything happy again. What I will teach you cannot keep you from crying, but it will teach you how God makes sad and happy fit together down there on earth . . . and even up here in Heaven. It's amazing how God makes everything fit together perfectly, even though it might not look that way at first."

"Okay," said Mikey, drying his tears with his sleeve. "I'll give angel school another chance. I do want to understand how such a good God could allow so much bad to happen to good people. Okay, I'll try again."

"Good," said Gabe. "Come to my office tomorrow, and I will teach you your first earth lesson. And bring skis."

"Skis?" asked Mikey, puzzled.

"Skis," said Gabe.

"All right then, I'll see you tomorrow with . . ."

"Skis," they said together, laughing as they looped the loop back to the place in Heaven where the angels watch the sun set.

Things to think about . . .

Mikey wants the answers to some really big questions. How do the good and the bad parts of life fit together? Are the bad parts punishments for the bad stuff we do? Are the good parts rewards for the good we do? And why doesn't God stop the bad stuff?

Gabe can't just tell Mikey the answers. Life doesn't work that way. The answers to all the really big questions in life don't come through telling; they come through living. We learn the answers not by hearing the answers but by living our way into the answers. Because of what will happen in your life, you will live your way into your own big answers to your own big questions.

Please don't give up trying to answer your big questions, even if it takes time. Mikey almost quit because he was impatient. It's okay to want to quit. You've probably wanted to quit trying to answer those big questions, too. Stick it out. Keep trying. God believes in you and loves you. Nobody who loves you wants you to quit! And the cool thing is that you may just find your biggest and best answers the day after you almost quit.

And one last thing . . . if you can't exactly figure out how God is running the world, don't get frustrated or impatient. The way God runs the world is a big, gigantic mystery. Lots of people before you have thought about it for lots of years, and most of them have not figured it out. If you were trying to climb the tallest mountain, you wouldn't expect to climb it right away and without a long, tough struggle. Well, God made this mountain so it will be a big climb, but it will also be a wonderful climb and a great adventure. And what's more -- you're not alone. Remember -- God comes with you every step of the way, ready to catch you if you fall, comfort you when you're sad, help you find the right way through whatever you're going through. Let's get started. Mikey and Gabe are already way ahead of us.

And God Cried, Too. Copyright © by Marc Gellman. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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