A Mother’s Story of Faith, Hope, and Healing

An Unseen Angel: A Mother’s Story of Faith, Hope, and Healing After Sandy Hook is the first book about the Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy with a focus on faith and spirituality. It takes readers through 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.” And it follows her faith-filled, spiritual path to coping, healing, forgiving and eventually feeling gratitude for the life and love of her daughter Emilie. 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.


Excerpts from An Unseen Angel

An Unseen Angel follows Alissa’s faith-filled, spiritual path to coping, healing, forgiving and eventually feeling gratitude for the life and love of her daughter Emilie.


Violence, grief and loss are not what this book is primarily about; at least, I prefer not to look at it that way. Although it contains tragedy, my story is ultimately not tragic. The story I feel compelled to share is one of help and healing. It is a story of how God’s love and protection surrounded me during my darkest hour.

Test of Faith

I have always believed that family is eternal, that we are bound with our loved ones by a tie that outlasts disaster and death. But when Emilie died, my faith in this principle was put to the ultimate test. I asked God again and again to help me feel Emilie’s presence, to confirm that she still was with me and that our family was and is forever connected.


As I have pondered my experiences in writing this book, I have come to realize how truly blessed I have been. I can clearly see that God was indeed faithful to his promises to me the day Emilie died. His help has radically changed my life. I have finally come to the understanding that Emilie’s story is one of joy.


Emilie had six wonderful years on this earth. She made every day beautiful. She saw the world in color and spent every moment she could trying to capture that beauty in her artwork to share with others. Through all the pain, I have come to feel this truth with every fiber in me: Emilie’s was a beautiful life. I feel honored to have been a part of it.

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The Testimonials

Mark K. Shriver

An Unseen Angel has left me feeling inspired. Alissa Parker’s personal journey brings you out from the depths of that fateful day at Sandy Hook Elementary School to lessons applicable to everyone on how to rise above the evil and hardships faced in our lives. My heart and mind have been drawn back to this powerful story many times and will continue for years to come. —MARK K. SHRIVER, best-selling author of A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver and Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis, and president of Save the Children Action Network

Stephanie Nielson

An Unseen Angel is a beautiful message of peace. I'm encouraged by how Alissa Parker found hope after the horrible murder of her daughter Emilie. Her story of strength as she worked through her pain and heartbreak is amazing. I feel relief when she ultimately found closure and forgiveness in the worst of situations. —STEPHANIE NIELSON, New York Times best-selling author of Heaven Is Here and the popular blog NieNie Dialogues

Lee Woodruff

From the deepest pain a mother can imagine, comes a beautiful book whose message of redemption touches all of us. Reading her words, my breath caught in my throat, and yet, her story reminds us that sun follows night, love and faith are powerful balms, and we can choose whether we live in the darkness or light. Alissa Parker’s healing story is a testament to the best parts of human nature and the power of resilience.
—LEE WOODRUFF, author and journalist

Kevin Hall

Beautifully written and courageously told, An Unseen Angel will take you on Alissa’s journey beyond that tragic day in Sandy Hook. A journey filled with hope, forgiveness and love while introducing us to a precious 6-year-old girl who teaches everyone to see the angels in all our lives. —KEVIN HALL, international best-selling author of Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words

Aaron Sherinian

Very few of us can imagine the loss that Alissa Parker has endured, nor the pain that she and so many have lived with since that day at Sandy Hook. The tremendous strength and grace she displays in this book should serve as an inspiration to all of us that even the most tragic of circumstances can build us as people, families and communities, and that, ultimately, our very survival may depend on it. —AARON SHERINIAN, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, United Nations Foundation

About the Author

Alissa Parker is the mother of Emilie Parker, who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and is a national advocate and lecturer for school safety through her organization, Safe and Sound Schools.

Alissa Parker

Alissa Parker is the mother of one of the 20 children who died tragically in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting 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 cofounder of the Emilie Parker Art Connection, a charity helping local community arts programs for children, and Safe and Sound Schools, a touring national advocacy group that helps people take action to make schools safe. Since 2013, the organization has visited schools in 31 states and more than 100,000 people have downloaded free online materials for use in their school or professional community. (Photo by Macy Robison)

Purchase An Unseen Angel

An Unseen Angel: A Mother’s Story of Faith, Hope, and Healing After Sandy Hook is available for purchase here. To schedule an interview or a speaking opportunity with Alissa, you can contact her here.

Contact Us

Please use the form below to contact Alissa about any general questions. If you would like Alissa to speak at an event, please email info@theparkerfive.com. For media inquiries, please contact Alexa Battista at alexa.battista@havas.com.