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“A beautifully written study on the unique relationship between people and angels.”
—Sheila Walsh, author, God Loves Broken People


“Miller presents us with a vision of angels firmly grounded in salvation history: active at the creation of the world, involved in its fall, ministers in its salvation, servants to the Lord Jesus, harbingers of the age to come. He succeeds brilliantly in rescuing angels from the distorting effects of popular culture.”
—Metropolitan Savas (Zembillas) of Pittsburgh


Lifted by Angels will elevate your understanding of angels and their practical role in Christian spirituality.”
—Todd D. Hunter, Anglican bishop and past president of Vineyard Churches USA
--This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

About the Author

Joel J. Miller is the author of several books including The Revolutionary Paul Revere. His writing has been featured in The American Spectator, Reason, Real Clear Religion and elsewhere. He blogs on faith and spirituality at joeljmiller.com. He and his family live in Nashville, Tennessee. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400204224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400204229
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joel J. Miller is the author of Bad Trip, Size Matters, and The Revolutionary Paul Revere. His writing has been featured in The American Spectator, Reason, and elsewhere. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife and two children.

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I've read quite a few books about angels, but "Lifted by Angels: The Presence and Power of Our Heavenly Guides and Guardians," by Joel J. Miller, is the first I've read that really delves deeply into ancient beliefs and teachings about angels. Angels are not the baby-faced, cartoonish characters often depicted in popular media. They are living, "ministering spirits," as the apostle Paul refers to them, who are constantly present in the world in which we live. Miller examines not only the Bible, but the words of ancient religious scholars, such as Augustine, John Damascene, and Gregory Nazianzen.

We learn from these teachers that angels perform many roles. They are "celestial stewards" who provide angelic protection. They are central figures in the story of Jesus and the formation of the early church. As guardian angels, they attend to us on earth. They assist us in worship and prayer, and accompany us from our world to the next when we die. Through this book, it is Miller's hope, I believe, that people will come to know angels in the same way that the ancient believers did.

Regardless of your religious affiliation, you'll find "Lifted by Angels" to be a fascinating study of our "celestial siblings." As Miller notes, "Most [people] wander through life unaware of their spiritual surroundings and their angelic neighbors." "Lifted by Angels" may just crack open the door between this world and the next as we learn more about God's messengers and guides, and welcome them into our presence.
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I received this book from Thomas Nelson's program BookSneeze. In exchange for the book, all I have to do is provide an honest review on my blog and a website like Amazon. This program is primarily a Protestant book source, but occasionally you find a Catholic or Orthodox Gem, and Lifted By Angels definitely falls into that category.

This 150 page book is a quick read as it is only 7 chapters long and each of them is more fascinating than the next. He starts by explaining how the angelic realm and our world make up one big world with so much interaction between the two, whether we are aware of it not. We next get a picture of fallen angels and how we as humanity fell too. After that we get chapters on who angels are, what their jobs are, and how they interact with us and watch over us. The whole book has Bible passages, Apocryphal passages, and Early Church Fathers teachings woven throughout.

I truly loved this book, and at first I was disappointed that it was only 150 pages long. I was thinking this book should be way longer, but Mr. Miller points out excellently in his book that we can make a cult of angels. So yes, angels are here to help us and assist us on the path of salvation, but we are not supposed to make gods of them or worship them. That would indeed be in error.

This book also made me want to reach out to my guardian angel. I talked to my guardian angel after reading this book. I thanked him for always being there for me, even when I didn't deserve it, and for watching over me. I also apologized to him for the things which I did wrong and that offended him, because these are creatures that see God, and for them to look upon us in our sin and fallen nature must make them very sad.
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My view of angels is complicated. I was raised in an evangelical home and have always believed in angels and the part they played in the biblical story; however I was taught to be suspicious of tales of modern day angelic visitations, and to doubt the lore which was built around angels, because so much of it was New Age, Mormons, or Muslim. As a child I was tucked in with a prayer that asked God to send his angels to look after me, but if anybody started talking about experiencing angels, that was a good indication that they were a heretic or they needed to up their medication.

When I was in college, I attended a charismatic church which affirmed the experiential reality of a super natural God-everything God did in scripture was for today and that included angels and angelic visitations. I remember one guest speaker at our church explaining that he felt the presence of `angels in the room' by a sensation he had in his sinus cavity(yep, I kid you not). Others saw angels, or `felt them.' I did feel the reality of God's presence at that church but the lack of critical thinking about spiritual experiences was disturbing.

Joel Miller has written a book on angels which deftly guides readers past the extremes of supernatural suspicion and belief in anything and everything `angelic.' Drawing generously on Biblical and patristic sources (early church theologians), he gives an account of how the early church thought and taught about angels. He asserts that `the image that forms from these sources is, I think, more exciting, more frightening, more humbling, more inspiring, and ultimately more real than our popular conceptions.
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