Two angels, Milagros (miracles) and Alegría (joy) wield their protective power surreptitiously and sometimes with a hint of humor, listening constantly for God’s direction as they watch over a little girl named Adriana. Adriana and her family are forced to flee their home in Colombia and start a new life in Chicago. Throughout difficult times, big transitions, and the ordinary moments of a child’s life, Adriana’s angels whisper messages of God’s love and presence.
Adriana’s Angels encourages faith, wonder, and compassion. Many children who read or hear this story will grow in empathic identification with refugee and other immigrant peers. Their sense of God’s attentive care for themselves and others will deepen, particularly through the angels’ ministry to Adriana as she sleeps. Children who have experienced trauma often relive it unconsciously at night—which is why the Spirit’s mysterious healing work in sleep is so important.
“Adriana’s Angels is an engaging narrative with mesmerizing visuals. It tells a faith story, from a young child’s vantage point, of a journey from Latin America to asylum in Chicago, which has long been a destination for those seeking opportunity. Yet Adriana discovers that the place of escape also has challenges. This book offers comfort and confidence for children and adults alike, reminding them that God is always present in life’s difficult journeys.” — Curtiss Paul DeYoung, executive director, Community Renewal Society, Chicago
“A los niños inmigrantes Los ángeles de Adriana proporciona palabras para expresar sus experiencias, y a otros niños compasión por lo que están viviendo sus compañeros. Me habría ayudado a sobrevivir mi propia trauma infantil cuando mi familia se trasladó a una realidad de habla inglesa. Este libro capta la emoción y la disonancia de una experiencia bicultural al tiempo que incorpora la profunda fe de una comunidad.” — Sandra Maria Van Opstal, autora de The Next Worship, pastora ejecutiva de Grace and Peace Community en Chicago, e hija de un colombiano
“In these unusual and evocative poems, Ruth Goring exposes a Colombia far more complex, anguished, and painfully beautiful than anything you will read in the news. The tragic and horrifying become everyday, and the everyday is revealed in its tragedy and horror. We are taken to the heart of Colombia’s war against the poor with a language that is lush and compelling. If you want to experience Colombia’s conflicts with all of your senses as well as your intellect, Goring’s poetry will take you there.” — Aviva Chomsky
Each poem in Ruth Goring’s debut collection opens a door into undiscovered countries: urgent rivers, wordless giants, soul-stirring music, fathers never known, voices that beckon and fade. Here are sorrow and sweetness, heartbreak and hope. The mundane is here, and also the numinous. At times they switch places. And in the strangeness of these landscapes the familiar is revisioned.
“Rooted in the earth of this world but stretching, stretching for heaven.” — Jill Pelaez Baumgaertner, poetry editor, The Christian Century