Aunt Sadie’s Angel: A Review
Author: Lisa-Jane Erwin
Illustrator: Lauren A. Brown
Whatever you learned about Heaven in Sunday School…forget it! Aunt Sadie’s Angel re-imagines the heavenly kingdom as a celestial organization, complete with bureaucracy, professional challenges, political jockeying, miscommunication, and the stresses of doing an eternity of good work. Author Lisa-Jane Erwin presents the story of having to put aside a lifetime of differences in order to provide care for a young girl.
Elderly Aunt Sadie, only weeks away from being spirited to the Pearly Gates, is throwing paradise into confusion. The head wing-maker is not prepared, there is the uncertainty of who her guardian angel is, and worst of all, when Aunt Sadie’s mortality expires, and the granddaughter she is caring for will be left alone. Angels are scrambling to figure out who her father is and what angelic side of the family will watch over her. Rivalries and responsibilities are called into question, all under the watchful eye of the Most High.
Lisa-Jane Erwin’s writing is clear and direct, painting a heavenly landscape as a place divided by occupations, importance, and activities. The story reads like a tale told around the fireplace on a Saturday evening, inviting the audience to be spellbound and asking for more. It requires the reader to suspend preconceived notions of Heaven and the behavior of angels. Some may find it refreshing to find heavenly residents to continue to have the same human foibles as they did on Earthly plane.
Suitable for younger readers, complete with strong messages of faith, responsibility, and a commitment to serving a higher power. A common read for a youth group or a summer reading selection.
You can get your copy of Aunt Sadie’s Angel at Amazon.com and lisajaneerwin.com.
Guy A. Sims is the author of the novel, Living Just A Little, and the crime novellas, The Cold Hard Cases of Duke Denim. He is also the head writer of the Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline comic book series and the Brotherman graphic novel, Revelation.