Sunday, November 18, 2012

Angel Song by Sheila Walsh and Kathryn Cushman

Ann Fletcher returned to Charleston to see her younger sister, Sarah, receive her master's degree. But she soon finds herself riding in the back of an ambulance, watching helplessly as Sarah fights for her life. As they race to the hospital, Sarah talks to someone who is not there . . . and hums a melody Ann has never heard before.
That unfamiliar, unearthly beautiful melody keeps finding Ann-- first in the hospital chapel, then in her dreams, and finally in Sarah's house.
Two neighbors have a profound effect on Ann. Ethan McKinney lends her a shoulder to lean on. And as a carpenter, he volunteers to help Ann get the Fletcher family home into shape for selling. His strong presence is a pleasing distraction. Ann's 12-year-old neighbor, Keith, has Down Syndrome and the innocence to believe he can actually see and hear angels. In fact, he insists they are looking out for her in ways she's never imagined.
God begins to reveal Himself to Ann-- both in her newfound friends and through supernatural events. As she discovers the very real presence of angels around her, will she finally open her heart to receive God's healing love?
Authors: Sheila Walsh & Kathryn Cushman
Publisher: Thomas Nelson  2010
Genre: Christian/Women's Fiction
Angel Song was awarded Novel of the Year by Women of Faith.
About the authors
     Sheila Walsh is a Bible teacher and best-selling author with more than 4 million books sold. She is a Women of Faith featured speaker and touches millions of women artistically with God's word.
     Sheila co-hosted The 700 Club and her own show Heart to Heart with Sheila Walsh.
     Visit for more information on Sheila and her products.
Kathryn Cushman graduated from Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. She left her career to spend more time at home with her daughters and to pursue her dream of writing. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.
I enjoyed this book for a number of reasons: it held my attention from the first page, the characters are well developed and I could connect with them immediately, and 12-year-old Keith stole my heart. Though the story is mostly in Ann's point of view, the secondary characters play vital roles in moving the story and helping Ann in her journey. It presents a great question: in our journey to make our dreams true, will we do whatever it takes or is there a limit to what we will sacrifice? The story gives great insight into the lives of those who suffer with Down Syndrome and their family members, the everyday struggles they encounter, and their precious ability to love unconditionally. The subject of angels was tastefully written-- not cheesy or hokey, and it didn't feel like a bad episode of Touched by an Angel.  :)
I gave this book a 5-star rating on and
Have you read this book? What did you think of it?
What are your favorite "angel" books?

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