October 29, 2012

Lifted by Angels by Joel J. Miller

Lifted by Angels by Joel J. Miller is all about angels in the bible and in our very real lives. You don’t necessarily have to have a large knowledge base about angels to appreciate this book for what it is, and if you like biblical studies, this would be a great book to read.

Book Description
Explores the relationship between people and angels, through the eyes of the early church.
Heaven is closer than we realize. Its boundaries overlap our own, and angels move in and out of our porous present, this moment that seems to us so solid and concrete. If that reality seems dim to us now, it beamed for the early Christians. Through their writings, sermons, songs, and art, the ancient faithful confessed a powerful and vivid belief that angels help carry us on our journey to God.
Rooted in the Scripture and following this ancient understanding, Lifted by Angels reveals:
·         the role that angels play in the lives of people and in God’s plan of salvation
·         the different ranks and functions of angels
·         how Satan and his demons fell from grace and plagued humans
·         the functions of guardian angels and how God assigns them to fit our personal needs
·         how guardian angels help us resist evil, temptation, and the devil
·         the way angels join with us in our prayers, even adding their own to ours
·         the service angels provide in worship

Featuring examples of angels in ancient icons and frescoes and supported by extensive research on the early church and its pastors, poets, theologians, and artists, Lifted by Angels answers universal curiosity about angels and the unseen world, leaving readers inspired and hopeful about the nearness of God.” – Lifted by Angels

My Thoughts
Lifted by Angels is a book about angels that uses information about angels as told in the bible. There are many other books out there about angels (which I also like very much) that do not focus on what the bible or the early church has said about angels.

For me, this book reads more like a biblical study textbook than an inspiring book to read about angels. I did enjoy reading some of the book, such as the chapter about guardian angels. However, most of it wasn’t an “easy” or “fun” read for me to get through.

If you are the type of person who doesn’t like to read religious books that do not focus on what the bible says, this is obviously the type of angel book that will appeal most to you. However, if you are more open-minded about angels and religion, I think that there are other books that are easier to read and more inspiring than this that are out there.

* Thank you to the publisher of Lifted by Angels, Thomas Nelson, for providing me with a copy of this book for review as a part of their “Book Sneeze” program. All opinions expressed are my own.

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