How Angels Got Their Wings by Anthony DeStefano. Sophia Institute Press (Manchester, NH, 2022). 32 pp., $16.95.
This charming new children’s book unveils the majestic creation and mission of the angels. With vivid imagery and rhyme, bestselling author Anthony DeStefano reflects on the mystery of How Angels Got Their Wings.
DeStefano has written numerous other books for adults and children, including Joseph’s Donkey, The Beggar and the Bluebird, The Seed Who Was Afraid to be Planted, The Grumpy Old Ox, Our Lady’s Wardrobe, and Our Lady’s Picture Book, available through Sophia Press.
In this splendid work, he celebrates the mystery and history of the angels, and their role in our lives. DeStefano recounts the story of the angels from their creation and the “war in heaven” to their roles at Christmas. Children will delight in learning about the angels’ presence in history and in our lives. They will discover how angels pray with us at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and watch over us daily.
Children will also learn thrilling biblical stories about the Archangels—Michael, who protects us from evil, Raphael, who brings God’s healing, and Gabriel, the messenger of the Annunciation. They will find that they are never alone and always have a Guardian angel watching over them and assisting them on their road to Heaven. Angels even rejoice with us at joyful moments and comfort us in difficult ones.
This is a wonderful, engaging “catechism” on the angels and their example of devoted service to God. Children will also learn about how angels help us tell others about God’s love. The root word of evangelize is angel, so they will learn to imitate the angels in being messengers of God’s love and treating others with charity. The breathtaking illustrations help readers ponder the mystery of the angels and their role in our lives further.
Also included is “A Prayer to All Angels,” which asks for the intercession of Our Lady Queen of the Angels, the Archangels, and Guardian Angels.
On a personal note, I am ordering a copy for each of the children in my life! Whether young or young at heart, there is something in this beautiful book to touch everyone.
Members of the media may send an email to Sophia Institute Press’ Director of Publicity, Sarah Lemieux at slemieux@SophiaInstitute.com to receive a physical or digital copy of How Angels Got Their Wings and/or to schedule an interview with the author.