To the Christian, the Bible provides tantalizing information about angels, but a great deal of mystery surrounds them. What do they look like? How do they interact with people today? Does everyone have a guardian angel?
"Lifted by Angels: The Presence and Power of Our Heavenly Guides and Guardians," by Joel J. Miller is a fascinating Christian read that delves into what both Scripture and the early Church tell us about angels.
While compact at seven chapters, the book manages to be academic without being fusty while offering a thorough survey of angelic orders, purposes, and relationships to God and humanity.
Miller does an admirable job of citing sources, both Scriptural and ancient, and I appreciate the glimpses into early Church thought. My only complaint is that writings of the ancient Church are cited, but not interpreted for the reader, and at times, I would have liked to know why certain theologians thought what they did or what Miller thought about their claims, especially when he quoted Apocryphal writings.
Although some mysteries about angels can be answered through Scripture, not everything can be known, yet through Miller’s book, it’s enlightening to learn how the ancient Church affirmed the existence, activity, and importance of angels in God’s creation. The book also serves as a reminder that we are cherished and loved by a saving God, and He has provided heavenly help for us.
I received this from Thomas Nelson for the purposes of review. A positive review was neither promised nor expected.