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Product Details

  • Series: Swindoll Leadership Library
  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849913713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849913716
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,181,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jarbitro on August 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is not a comprehensive theology on angels, but rather is a brief summary of basic biblical doctrines. Lightner strives to avoid controversial statements, so when a disputed passage arises, he essentially lays out the case for every evangelical Christian view point, rather than defending one particular view. For the most part, the book seeks to contrast what the Bible teaches about angels with what the new age culture teaches. There is a chart about how angels relate to the zodiac signs, and the book is dotted with anecdotes about angels from newspapers and TV shows. In fact, the most frustrating feature of the book is that while the author is passionate about showing how the only source of truth about angels is the Bible, this passion does not produce a depth of understanding beyond merely repeating what the Scriptures say about angels.
For example, Lightner asks if Christians have guardian angels. He then gives the different views in summary form, then repeats Matthew 18:10, and then moves on. Implications, exegesis, and a solid answer will simply not be found.
In fact, the most in depth and helpful part of the book is the excursus on Genesis 6. There Lightner explains the three major views, and helpfully gives their problems and his preferred view. Beyond this section though, that kind of deep research is lacking.
Lightner does believe that Christians cannot be possessed by demons, that angels were created by God, and that Satan is real and on the earth today. While he says the most comprehensive treatment of angels in the Bible is Hebrews 1-2, he deals with that passage in one paragraph, puts the phrase "the world to come" in the future millennium, ignores the connection to Psalm 8, and then moves on. In short, this book would be good for someone looking almost for an index about "where does the Bible teach `x' about angels," but would not be helpful for the person who wants to go deeper into angelology.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin on April 6, 2012
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I had to read this book as part of a systematic theology course in seminary, and I enjoyed the first half of it. No, it's not as in depth as it possibly could get, but the author does share his views so far as it makes sense for him to, and gives some good pastoral counsel. One thing I noticed is that the author seems to be a dispensational premillenialist which detracts a little from the value I give this book. Also, I was disappointed that the second half of the book seemed like a repeat of the first half. All in all, though, a good read if you have to read it for a class. I'd try to find something better (or maybe just stick to a systematic theology) if I were reading for my own enlightenment.

The 2-star review for this book is actually pretty accurate in terms of the content. There are a lot of Scripture references, and a lot of repeating what the Bible says, but not too much detailed exegesis. So if you're looking for something in depth, this is not what you're looking for. But if you're looking for an introduction, it's not bad.
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By T.L. Allen on June 14, 2014
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I would recommend this book for all who are wondering about who angel were, their ministry, and Satan's rebellion.
it brings to light so many question and brings up more question of Genesis 6.
I will keep this one for future reference.
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4 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is pretty interesting, and I learned a lot about Satanism and all that. Check out this book if your interested in reading it. It was worth it to me.
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