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A Book of Angels: Reflections on Angels Past and Present, and True Stories of How They Touch Our L ives Kindle Edition

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“A golden conjunction of heaven and earth . . . Reminding us that there are angels in every religion.”
The Washington Post

A Book of Angels is a kind of timeless tour, led by ordinary people who’ve met angels, and extraordinary writers who’ve set down ageless thoughts: Milton, Dante, Goethe, Shakespeare, Blake, Rilke, Dostoevsky, Swedenborg, and Poe, along with passages from the Bible and Koran.”
Los Angeles Times

“Like all good books, it exceeds the subject and illuminates the tough, tiring, and sometimes miraculous business of living, where angels sometimes help out. . . . The visible and invisible dance with each other continually, and as far as angels are concerned, now you see them, now you don’t. A Book of Angels gives us a lovely, sustained glimpse.”
Chicago Tribune


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From the Publisher


Little did we know in 1990 when we published this book that it would ignite the angel craze that swept this country. Now, with over a million copies sold, A BOOK OF ANGELS continues to be the cornerstone book on the topic.
Joanne Wyckoff
Senior Editor
Ballantine Books

Product Details

  • File Size: 7347 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; Reprint edition (March 31, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 31, 2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00475AYBO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,123 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"I was born to be a writer. Growing up in the horse country of Maryland, my first ambition was to be a race jockey, a profession closed to girls at that time (no longer). But I remember one day when I was 11 or 12, curled in my father's big chair in the study, reading The Iliad. I came to the passage where Homer writes that no greater honor can come to a hero than to die in battle, and have his name ring down the corridors of Time. I remember thinking (tears streaming down my face)"OH NO! That's not what I want. I want to be the one who WRITES about the hero. I want my work to be so good that 3000 years later someone curled in a chair reading the little black squiggles on the page, will be moved to laughter or to tears. Like the Roman poet Tacitus, I want "to move the mind and hearts of mankind."~ Sophy
(website: www.sophyburnham.com)(sorry, this doesn't automatically link)



BIO
Author of 14 books, Sophy Burnham has written novels, award winning plays, journalism, nonfiction books, short stories, and poetry essays and articles. Three of her books have appeared on the New York Times and many other bestseller lists. She is most celebrated for her works on angels and mysticism. Her work has been translated into 25 languages.

TALKS
A frequent public speaker, she presents workshops and lectures in the Us and abroad and has appeared on scores of shows including Larry King Live, Oprah, Today Show, Good Morning America and CBS Morning News.

PLAYS
As Executive Director of the John F. Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, she worked closely for five years with famed Broadway producer Roger Stevens, giving money to theaters to produce new plays and to playwrights to write them. Active in the Washington, D. C. theater scene, her play Prometheus, was produced at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. Her award-winning play Penelope (the story of the Odyssey from Penelope's point of view) was produced most recently at American University.

FLUFF
She is a member of the prestigious Cosmos Club of Washington, D. C., where she plays an active role, including as chair of the Cosmos Club chess team.

She lives in Washington DC and in Taos NM.

www.Sophyburnham.com

Look for her blog at www.sophywisdom.com

and www.Listenwell.org

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Format: Paperback
I believe we have more than one epiphany in our lives, and this book was at the center of one of my greatest. I was given a burden which I believe is one of the heaviest God asks any of His children to carry, and this book helped set me on a spiritual path which ultimately saved my life and my sanity. This is not an easy or sweet look at God's messengers. It explores angels in history, in literature, in religions and throughout most cultures. I grew up in a religion which was very narrow and which didn't place emphasis on angels except as they ministered to great people. This book changed my mind and opened whole new doors and avenues for exploration. I've been on that journey of encouragement and hope for four years now, and because of it, I see traditional theology differently and MORE POSITIVELY. I believe the writing of this book was inspired and I can't thank Ms. Burnham enough for giving me this stepping stone. I've had many unexpected and beautiful experiences in the midst of a grief so profound it's at times physically painful, and this is one of the books which helped me accept those experiences and know that reality is much more than the confines of the world we see.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book several years ago, just after my beloved grandmother died. I was heartbroken, and on the way to her funeral saw this book (and another on angels) in the airport bookstore. I bought it on impulse, and found it to be the perfect thing to read on the way to her funeral.
The book is filled with stories of encounters with angels, stories that made the hair on the back of my neck stand up, stories that made me weep, stories that made me realize that despite death, all really was right in the world, and that we were always surrounded by those who loved us, guarded us, protected us, even if we couldn't see them. This book brought comfort to me in a time of great sorrow, and I'll always be glad I bought it.
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Format: Paperback
A BOOK OF ANGELS is my favorite source of information on the subject of angels, because it contains the most dazzling array of myths and stories about angels one could ever hope to find in one book. I am equally delighted with its thrilling personal accounts of the way human poets, mystics and saints (such as Blake, Dante, Dostoyevski, Goethe, Milton, Poe, Rilke, Shakespeare and Swedenborg) have interacted with angels throughout history. Beautiful illustrations and quotes appear on almost every page, such as this lovely one from Saint Augustine, "Every visible thing in this world is put in the charge of an angel."
Author Sophy Burnham did not grow up believing in angels or miracles, yet when she was a young adult, she watched an angel save her life. "I saw him the way you see the words on this page: the colors, the magnificent leap of my heart on seeing him -- HOME! cried my soul as he scooped me out of the path of death."
Whether you talk to angels every day, or wonder whether it's possible that they could exist, A BOOK OF ANGELS is certain to become your favorite book for exploring the angelic realms!
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Format: Hardcover
_I have read this book through at least three times since its first publication. It isn't the most scholarly, and it certainly isn't the most dogmatic, of angelic studies. What it is, is an honest, sincere exploration of the miraculous and mysterious in life. The author surveys reports of the angelic from all times and cultures. Like all true mystics her motivation came from a desire to understand her own personal experiences. It is for this reason that I identify with it also.

_Some people will roll their eyes and automatically dismiss any discussion of angels. These are those types that have hardened their hearts out of excessive and exclusive materialism and rationalism. However, according to Platonic principle, like attracts like. Those who resonate with hardness and darkness shall attract the like, while those who resonate with harmony, beauty, mercy (the Good) will attract the Universal Soul. Angels are the servants and messengers of this Universal Soul.

_On a more mundane note, this is an extremely well designed and illustrated book (as should be all books touching on spiritual matters.) The illustrations by Gustave Dore' and William Blake are especially powerful.
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By A Customer on July 6, 1997
Format: Paperback
Having purchased and read this several years ago, I was delighted to meet Ms.Burnham when she approached our balloon during a hot air balloon rally. I mentioned to her that I had often fallen asleep clutching her book. She said Thank you, I understand exactly what you are saying. If you buy only one book on this subject, make sure that it is this one! Her writing style is clear and easy to understand. Very straightforward and ironically, "down to earth". A feeling of warmth like that of a friendly hug flows through the pages of this book. I purchased this book at a time when I was searching for comfort from a hectic world and found that within the pages of Ms. Burnham's work
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is an exceptionally interesting book in that it portraits real-life stories of incidences where angels have manifested for the benefit of mankind. I used this book in a study session and my students, all being adult "seniors", eagerly shared reflections of personal experiences with angels, but never appreciating the marvelous occurrences until engaging the book. While the bible cautions against the worship of angels, it is without prohibtion in acknowledging angels' presence, purpose and practice: to minister to man.
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