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(CBN)—Actress and producer Roma Downey has built a long career in Hollywood creating TV and film content that inspires and entertains. The “Touched By An Angel” star has also carried her uplifting, family-friendly messages into literary works, including a new children’s book, “A Message in the Moon.”
Downey said her touching new book is deeply personal, with the concept predicated upon her childhood. “This story for this book has sat in my heart for a really long time,” she told CBN Digital. “My mother died when I was just a little girl. I was only 10.” As a result of such a monumental loss due to an unexpected heart attack, Downey said she became quite close to her father, whom she described as a “great dad.” The struggles that came along with her mother’s death, though, were profound.
“To say that we were heartbroken would be an understatement, because we didn’t even have the preparation of illness, which I know can be traumatic and painful for a child to see their parents suffer and go through a long illness,” she said. “But … there was no warning, and so it was as if somebody just turned the lights out in our lives.”
Downey continued, “If I was making a movie of my own life, my childhood would be in full Technicolor, and then, when my mother died, it’s as if the movie then went into black and white.” The actress said she doesn’t know how she and her family would have coped if not for their faith. “If we hadn’t had faith to lean into, if we hadn’t been people of faith, I don’t know how we would have coped,” she said. “I really don’t know. … As Christians and as believers, we have an understanding of the promises of Christ around this issue, and the promise of heaven, and the resurrection of the body, and all the things that we’ve been taught and believe.”
Downey said she believes the experience of losing her mother so young helped give her empathy and compassion. These emotions and attributes have since colored much of her personal and professional work and story. Watch Downey tell her story and explain why she wrote “A Message in the Moon.”