Tuesday, April 27, 1999

Many touched by angels, writer says

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Joan Wester Anderson angel event poster.
        People often have a mistaken notion about angels, says author Joan Wester Anderson, who writes about their presence in everyday life.

        “Because we hear about (the good) they do, we assume then that if they really cared about us they would take away all our problems,” says Mrs. Anderson, 60.

        But that doesn't necessarily happen. A graphic reminder is this week's shootings at a Colorado high school.

        Mrs. Anderson will likely incorporate that tragedy into talks she will give next week in Fort Thomas. Many people, she knows, are asking why such a thing happens.

        Mrs. Anderson is the author of Where Angels Walk, which spent 55 weeks on the Publisher's Weekly best-seller list in 1994-95. Her most recent book is The Power of Miracles (Ballantine; $22).

        The mother of five, who lives in Prospect Heights, Ill., acknowledges there are no good answers for why some people are spared tragedy, and others must endure it.

        She says it's likely that in coming days and weeks we'll hear of people at the school who feel angels have touched their lives.

        She believes angels aided her son, Tim, when he was rescued from a 1983 blizzard that killed seven others. It wasn't easy for her to immediately come to grips with what had happened.

        “Why my son, and not these others?” she says. “Did God love my son more than he loved these other people? That would be impossible.

        “These things are mysteries. Why do bad things happen to good people? It's just that we're on different paths.”

If you go
        • What: Author Joan Wester Anderson speaks about and signs her books.

        • When: 7:30 p.m. next Fridayand 10 a.m. Saturday

        • Where: St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1803 N. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas

        • Cost: $5 in advance, $7 at the door

        • Also: Reservations are being taken for a patron dinner party Friday; $50. Proceeds will benefit St. Catherine parish and St. Bernard Church in Dayton, Ky.

        • Information: 441-1488


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