Box of Butterflies: Discovering the Unexpected Blessings All Around Us

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Roma Downey—best known as the beloved angel on the TV show Touched by an Angel—has created a beautiful book filled with encouragement and hope, assuring us of God’s comforting presence in our lives.

Ever since she was a little girl, Roma has seen butterflies as a reminder of God’s presence. They have appeared to her in moments when she needed encouragement and reminded her she is not alone. In this deeply personal book, Roma shares stories from her life, alongside quotes, poems, scripture, and artwork that she prays will uplift you as they have her. Each grace-filled chapter of this beautiful full-color book covers topics such as courage, strength, gratitude, love, and kindness.

Reminiscent of the message of her popular television series, Touched by an Angel, this book’s central theme is that there is a God, He loves you, and that even in your most difficult moments, He is by your side. That though you may feel alone, you are never truly alone. The subtle butterfly theme reminds us that the wonder of God’s love and kindness is sometimes reflected in the gentle whispers of his creation and that we all have the power to transform from simple caterpillars into exquisite butterflies.

Written in a way that encourages you to “dip in and out” of its flowing content, this inspiring book invites you to return to its pages again and again, as life brings new challenges or you find yourself in need of new inspiration.
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About the author

Roma Downey is an Emmy-nominated actress and producer and has been creating inspirational content for twenty-five years. Born in Northern Ireland, she was classically trained in London. She gained fame for her role as the kindhearted angel Monica on the popular network show, Touched by an Angel. With her husband, Mark Burnett, they produced The Bible series, A.D, The Dovekeepers, and Answered Prayers for television, and feature films Son of God, Woodlawn, Little Boy, and Ben-Hur. Roma is president of LightWorkers Media—a joint venture with MGM. Downey also serves as chief content officer of LightWorkers.com, a destination website for inspiring and uplifting short form content. Roma is a longtime supporter of Operation Smile and Compassion and received the Sally Award from the Salvation Army for her contribution to entertainment and helping those in need. Roma and her husband live in California with their three amazing children and their three giant Irish Wolfhounds.

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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Mar 6, 2018
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9781501150968
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Christian Life / Inspirational
Religion / Christian Life / Prayer
Religion / General
Religion / Prayer
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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In Hope in the Dark, Groeschel explores the story of the father who brought his demon-possessed son to Jesus, saying, "I believe! Help my unbelief!" In the man’s sincere plea, Jesus heard the tension in the man's battle-scarred heart. He healed not only the boy but the father too, driving out the hopelessness that had overtaken him. He can do the same for us today.

As Groeschel shares his pain surrounding the current health challenges of his daughter, he acknowledges the questions we may ask in our own deepest pain: "Where was God when I was being abused?" "Why was my child born with a disability?" "Why did the cancer come back?" "Why are all my friends married and I’m alone?" He invites us to wrestle with such questions as we ask God to honor our faith and heal our unbelief.

In the middle of your profound pain, you long for authentic words of understanding and hope. You long to know that even in overwhelming reality, you can still believe that God is good. Rediscover a faith in the character, power, and presence of God. Even in the questions. Even now.

Hope in the Dark is also available in Spanish, Esperanza en la Oscuridad.

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