NEWTOWN, Conn. — Alissa Parker’s new book, "An Unseen Angel: A Mother’s Story of Faith, Hope, and Healing After Sandy Hook," tells about more than just the death of her daughter, 6-year-old Emilie, in a school shooting in December 2012.
The book, which was released Tuesday, tells how Parker still feels the Emilie's presence and believes her daughter is “now growing up in heaven.”
She also began to forgive the shooter, who killed 20 first-graders and six educators, after she and her husband met with his father, she told People magazine in an interview.
“What he said allowed me to see that this young man wasn’t always this monster and there was something in his life that happened to change him,” Parker told People.
According to Parker's website , the book focuses on faith and spirituality. It follows her faith-filled, spiritual path to coping, healing, forgiving and eventually feeling gratitude for the life and love of her daughter Emilie.
"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," Parker writes in her book in a section on acceptance.
Parker is a national advocate and lecturer for school safety through her organization, Safe and Sound Schools .