The moment Dave Hickman and Ellen reunited after nearly 60 years.
God had His hand on this story from the beginning and I am so humbled He used my hands to put it down on paper to bring people closer to Him through the words.
Gale Frances, author - And the Angel Cried
Comment by: Wendy Barrows, Wall-to-Wall Books (professional book reviewer)
Stories like yours showcase both ends of the spectrum - the very worst of humanity and the very best. Putting the two together like that is a powerful way to instill hope in the hearts of people who may be about to give up on mankind as a species. There's still some good out there.
Comment by: Tilmer Wright, Jr., Author of 'Motes', Knoxville, TN
This is the author's first person, passionate account of the 48 years she and her husband Dave spent to discover what had become of the abandoned baby girl Dave had found when he was a teenager. Although the reader knows that the couple will eventually be successful in finding and makingcontact with the now mature woman, the search remains engrossing. Gale and Dave seem to come close a few times before running into another dead end; but they never give up hope. It is their abiding faith that God has used Dave as one miracle to save the baby's life, and God will answer their prayers to find her again. The celebration of the reunion that becomes a public story, is most heartening and moving.
Comment by Cheryl Peyton, Loudon, TN
There is a strong message of humanity...if you didn't hear those baby coos, what would have happened. God is great and faith kept life going for both of you, but the hero of the story is a 14 year old kid who mad a choice...people of faith have strong convictions for humanity and that means all people.
Comment by L. Gilbert, Facebook
"And the Angel Cried" is a true story written by Gale Frances about her hubby finding a baby when he was 14. I just read it ALL today and was amazed at her writing ability, her love for her family, and the Glory given to God by Dave Hickman....a man I have known my whole life. I am glad you found your 'little girl.'
Comment by Todd Johnson, Knoxville, TN
If you are running low on miracles, this book is here to remind that God works in mysterious ways. The author pays loving tribute to her husband and faith with the true story of how his discovery of a discarded and injured baby girl, in the backroads of Indiana, molded his entire life. Since the day a boy of fourteen saved a baby from a certain and deliberate death, to the heart wrenching moment he said goodbye, his life was a constant search for reassurance that the child was leading a happy and peaceful life. From the moment the author met her husband, their lives spun a web of connections that lead back to an event that took place over half a century ago. The world is in desperate need of happy endings and Divine intervention. “And the Angel Cried” won’t disappoint.
Comment by Jenni Barenbrugge Croes, Powell, TN
A teenager who had been hunting with his grandfather finds a infant that had been thrown away -- thrown over a barbed wire fence into a field. This true story shows how God is in this boy's life while he searches for the baby... who becomes a young woman discovered many years later. A wonderful, inspiring story that brings God into the author's and her husband's lives and guides them through their everyday journeys. The book brought heartache for such a careless act, and joy for the end result. Truly an Angel was in the mist!
Comment by Bobbi Phelps Wolverton, author of BEHIND THE SMILE
I received the book today and just finished reading it. I must say that I shed a few tears along the way. I absolutely could not put it down! It is so well written . . . interesting, intriguing, a familiar memory. Dave, I love that you gave God the glory, though you were the conduit through whom He worked that day. It is a story that would touch anyone’s heart!
Comment by S. Gilmore, Dallas, Texas
What a miracle and beautiful story. You can see God's hand all over this.
Comment by S. Chasteen
Wow!!!! That was amazing! One of the greatest stories I've ever heard.
Comment by G. Hogan
I read several books, five blaster book cases full of read and to-read books. Mostly history in nature: 18th Century mostly (Washington, Jefferson, Franklin and the founding fathers), Cherokee history and history on Monroe County and bad men from this area...spanning 200 years. Of course early American History. You see, I go to places that re-create 18th Century Living History: dress and live in the manner Boone and the like lived and dressed.
None of those books moved me or inspires me the way the story of "your little girl" moved me. Divine intervention! Your lives, your family and friends are inspirational and shows me that those who believe open doors and minds of the blind. I am Thanking GOD for these offerings tonight.
Comment by: J. Gordon Johnson, Madisonville, TN
Gale, thank you for sharing such an intimate and loving story. Only you could have captured the emotion and deep feelings that Dave experienced at the time he found Ellen (Roseann) and during the ensuing years that he searched for her.
Comment by: Anne Wilson, Administrative Assistant, First United MethodistChurch, Sweetwater, TN
I finished the book (in one night!) and I loved it! There were several points when I was in tears but what a truly amazing story! I also watched the CBS interview (tears again).
Comment by: Shannon McCloud, Executive Director, A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee
I enjoyed your story tremendously. When I got home, after purchasing the book, I read the whole thing in 3 hours. I cried, I laughed, and I cried some more. It is an amazing story and I am honored to have gotten the chance to meet you both.
Comment by: C. Connor
I decided to set aside a few hours this afternoon to read your lovely book—I knew I did not want to be interrupted while I enjoyed it. It is beautifully done – I did need a tissue frequently, though! I do believe you did miss one miracle– that would be the one where God brought you together to share your lives and the passion to pursue the re-uniting of Dave and Ellen (Roseann)—it shows your great love, compassion and faith in God. I am so grateful that you have shared this story with the world – thank you.
Comment by: J. Osborne
I'm astounded with the story! Once again, angels tend us in the most unexpected ways. To have lived with the questions Dave pondered for so many years, and then to have actually met the woman after all, well, it's a beautiful story of grace.
Comment by: Bonnie Donnelly
This is a wonderful story for Everyone!! There are many stories in this book and how wonderful God guides us to fulfill his plan. I had tears of sadness and tears of joy through the whole book!! And to make it even better I knew the young man who found the baby! Went to high school with him. This is a 5 Star must read for the whole family. What a Blessing!!
Comment by: CJ Allen
You won't know until you get to heaven how many people you touched with your story.
Comment by: T. Barnard
Today I received a very special package in the mail. I'm humbled to be included in someone else's life story -- a true story about a man who in the 1950s found a baby frostbitten and left to die in a forest, tangled in barbed wire. He saved her life, but never knew her name. He searched for her for 58 years. 58 years. Two years ago I flew out to the middle of nowhere in Indiana to film their reunion as they met for the very first time. Now they've written a book about his decades long search and how they never gave up. I'm so honored to know them.
Comment By: Lauren Hoenemeyer
WOW!!!! What a wonderful book. Not only did it keep us occupied during our trip to Nashville but it was so well written. Hearing the story over again from your prospective, Gale, was amazing. Job well done and thank you for sharing it with us.
Comment by: S Everson
Yes the Angel cried and so will you, I certainly did! I have known the author and her husband for a very long time. The story of this young hunter and the abandoned baby is a story that will pull at your heart strings. It is the story Dave had in his heart and soul since he was that young 14 year old hunter hearing those strange unfamiliar sounds in the woods that misty Indiana morning. It is the story that stayed deep inside this man with so many questions; where was this beautiful baby, was she happy, did she wonder about the man that saved her - he needed to know about "his baby girl".
This book is not only a journey about answering these questions it became a journey to find her. It is also a story about his 50 year marriage to a woman that shared his quest, knew his innermost feelings and that deep emptiness inside him that needed to be filled. With her love and their deep faith in God their quest is culminated in this book. As I said in the beginning of this review "I cried too" knowing full well the story and the ending! You will too - this is a book of love, peace and triumph that you will want to share with your family and friends.
Comment by: ML Johnson
I was provided with an advance copy of this book by the Author. I was somewhat familiar with the story of David Hickman finding the infant and looked forward to seeing the full story on this miracle. I normally have a challenge sticking to a book but had no problem reading this in one morning, always a good sign! I am one of those guys confident enough to say I do get a tear or two even for Hallmark movies (when we always know how it is going to end). I had a few tear moments on this one:
1) David's "3 ribbons" quote.
2) The phone call to David.
3) When David met Roseann/Ellen. What I appreciated the MOST about this book was the recognition of God’s hand in it all. It was not 'free will' it was destined.
Comment by: KM Coon
This is a heart-warming, inspiring story of love, faith, and courage. Thank you -- to the author, Dave, and Ellen -- for sharing your story with the world through this book. It beautifully illustrates God's never-ending love and grace.
Comment by: M McPherson
Forever is too short for the message your words brought to such a troubled world. Your book reminds us of who we can be – with God all things are possible. Your writing has taken on a power and beauty beyond language and we hope the message becomes a lesson to all who read it.
Comment by: S. Fryman