Roma Downey's life has been more than touched by an angel

“If I were to look back at my career," says the producer, author and actor, "I think my greatest achievement is very simple. I’ve been able to make choices where I could glorify God.”

When Roma Downey speaks, you know you’ve heard that golden voice before, but as you listen, the Irish-born actress is reading aloud a children’s book, The Sweetest Story Bible. She’s telling how much God loves us – with stories chosen specifically for little girls.

“I tell about some of the female characters from the Bible so girls can be inspired and empowered and uplifted,” she says. “They can see themselves in these characters. They can see themselves in these women. That they can understand that they’ll be called on to step into faith, to be strong and to make good choices about themselves.

Tess and Monica, played by Della Reese and Roma Downey

“You know, it’s presented in such a cute way,” she says, “as sweet thoughts to think about and easy Scripture verses to remember – all which connect a little girl’s life to God’s Word. My hope is that it will help them see just how wonderful God’s love really is.

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“It’s really, really sweet and wonderful and I enjoy lending my voice to it.”

And that voice is so instantly recognizable. Although her long-running TV drama “Touched by an Angel” has been off the air for almost ten years, Downey can be shopping unnoticed until she speaks.“Inevitably,” she says, ‘someone will turn around and say ‘Is that you? I recognize your voice.’ So, I think perhaps that’s why they asked me if I would do The Sweetest Story Bible.

She’s also lent her voice to a line of children’s books and DVDs called “Little Angels” aimed at preschoolers, both boys and girls.

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