The light we cannot see

Chris Manion, Children’s Author and Child Whisperer

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Wanda Luthman’s Children’s Book Blog.

Today, I have a special book that really drew my attention. As most of you know, I have lost my husband 2 years ago and I am acquainted with grief. I have also run a Hospice Group for teens who have lost a loved on in my past professional life. So, when I saw this book in my feed one day, I knew I wanted to share it. I believe this book will help many families who are grieving the loss of a child. Plus, I am HUGE fan of Jack Foster, the illustrator of this book!

Here’s the author, Chris Manion, to tell us about the inspiration behind her book, The Light We Cannot See

The inspiration for The Light We Cannot See germinated from a Chicago friend whose daughter, Grace, could see angels when she was five years old. She’d see them on the altar at Mass. One Sunday, she gasped during Mass. Her mother asked her what was wrong. Grace told her Mom she thought the priest had hit the angel standing beside him when he extended his arms to say, “Let us pray.”

Ever since hearing of her ability, I’ve strained to see angels on the altar but never have. I do, however, believe they’re present even though I cannot see them, just as I believe we all have a guardian angel we cannot see.

Another inspiration for the book comes from Scripture. My mother had quotes posted throughout our home. One I loved that fascinated me was 2 Corinthians 4:18: “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

What is unseen is eternal. I rely on visuals for my learning, yet Paul in this letter to the Corinthians pointed us to the unseen, the invisible. I couldn’t quite wrap my head around that and so my mind stewed on it.

The book poured through me in what I believe was heavenly inspiration. It took me longer to find an illustrator than to write the book! After I saw the illustrations, I realized how much the book would help all those who’ve lost little ones who’ve gone to heaven. The story centers around angels bringing children down from heaven to play in a toy store all night long. The heavenly light in which they play cannot be seen by adults walking past the store. Before dawn, a pair of guard angels gather up the children to bring them back to heaven while other angels put all the dolls and toys away.

I pictured the children flying down to the store on the backs of angels. My eyes got misty at how the illustrator, Jack Foster, tenderly drew the angels carrying the children the way mothers cradle their child in their arms.

I’m pretty sure children have the most wonderful experience in heaven filled with joyful discoveries, people, and clouds to skateboard on. There’s no need for them to play in a toy store on earth, however, I think God wanted us to have this story and the pictures that go with it as a means to help us picture how all the little children in heaven are being taken care of.

We have a hard time picturing what children do in heaven because we don’t know heaven yet. But we know toys and toy stores. Bringing the children in heaven to something we understand like a toy store helps us see and know they’re happy and loved.

There’s healing in that knowledge and healing was what Jesus was all about.

BIO: Child whisperer Chris Manion is a multi-award-winning author and honors graduate in Communication Arts from the University of Dayton. Her passion for reading and telling children’s Bible stories earned her a catechetical award of excellence in the archdiocese of Chicago. She relaxes by gardening, walking the beach, and baking breads, cookies, and apple crisps. Chris is a speaker, blogger and founder of the Destin Chapter of Word Weavers. She can be found at The Light We Cannot See

Follow Chris IG@manion.c

Thank you, Chris, for sharing the inspiration behind your book. I love the idea of the 5 year old child seeing angels as being the initial germination of it! I wish I could see angels too!

And thank you, everyone, for stopping by my blog today! Please consider purchasing this book for someone in your life who may need a little encouragement and comfort.

As always, likes, comments, and shares are much appreciated!

Stay safe!

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