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The Encyclopedia of Angels Hardcover – January, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0816050239 ISBN-10: 0816050236 Edition: 2nd
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"What we know about angels," writes Rosemary Ellen Guiley, writer and lecturer on spirituality and human potential, "comes through our otherworldly contact with them." To bolster her claim, Guiley includes stories of some well-known recipients of angel charms--Dorothy McLean, founder of Findhorn; psychoanalyst Carl Jung; poet and visionary William Blake; and American pilot Charles Lindbergh--in this compendious volume.

Some might think of angels as our human pathway to the monotheistic God of our Western culture--a God who remains abstract and remote. All major cultures and religions, however, have intricately developed angel systems. Guiley covers all--comparing angels to analogous beings in non-western cultures in order to trace their evolution. The book is arranged alphabetically by topic, so readers can look up subjects such as angel hierarchy, individual angels, Judaic angelology, the supernatural manifestations of the Virgin Mary, and even--God forbid--sex with demons.

The Encyclopedia of Angels is thoroughly researched and pleasantly illustrated with photographs of sculpture and reproductions of some of the great medieval, Renaissance, and contemporary works of "angel" art. Believers and skeptics alike will treasure this encyclopedia of information on a luminous and mysterious subject! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Guiley (The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits, Facts on File, 1992) continues her reporting of the mysterious and unknown by delving into the celestial realm. In this latest entry in the growing number of books on angels (e.g., Angel, A to Z, LJ 11/15/95, and Know Your Angels, Mamre Pr., 1993), Guiley has compiled interdisciplinary angel information in readable citations, taking the reader on a journey into the evolution of the angel in Western thought and exploring the origins of angels, their manifestation in other cultures, and present angel philosophy. Entries rely on the definition of an angel as "a supernatural being who mediates between God and mortals." Significant angels are given full entries or grouped with similar angels with ample cross references, and biographical profiles of mystics and philosophers such as Geoffrey Hodson are also provided. This is a useful addition to the reference collection of any academic or larger public library.
L. Kriz, West Des Moines P.L., Ia.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Facts on File; 2 edition (January 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816050236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816050239
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I work full-time in the paranormal and metaphysical fields, which means I lead a most unusual and highly adventurous life. I have written more than 50 books, including single-volume encyclopedias, on a variety of topics, A-Z, angels to zombies and everything in between. I cover the entire spectrum of the paranormal, for everything fits together, even the paranormal and the metaphysical. My work is part of my spiritual journey; probing into the Unknown, the Other Side, and other dimensions is my search for Truth.

I undertake field investigations of ghosts, UFOs, aliens, ultraterrestrials, Shadow People, Bigfoot, mysterious creatures, Djinn, demons, angels, fairies and more. I am frequently out on the road, and I have had plenty of first-hand experiences of many of the things I document in my books. We live on an "Interdimensional Earth" that is increasingly revealing itself as our consciousness expands. My work is devoted to the how and why we have other-reality experiences, and to helping people understand their experiences and integrate the value of them into life. I also deal with problem hauntings and spirit attachments.

On the metaphysical side, my work is devoted to helping people develop their spiritual path for more enlightened and prosperous living. My areas of emphasis are angels; dreams and dreamwork; intuitive, psychic and manifestation skills; the afterlife; spirit communication; meditation and prayer; past lives; and other experiences of an intense spiritual nature. I am a certified hypnotist with the International Hypnosis Federation, and have trained in various energy healing modalities.

In addition to my research and writing, I keep a busy media and lecture schedule, publish a complimentary e-newsletter called "Strange Dimensions," and run my own publishing and productions company, Visionary Living, Inc.

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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By hinducats on February 23, 2006
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When I ordered this item, I didn't quite know what to expect - but I was absolutely blown away by this book. Of all the books on angels I've ever read, it's the most comprehensive, the most objective, and the most beautiful. The author covers just about anything and everything that has come from any tradition that embraces them, and the book is copiously illustrated with appropriate paintings, manuscript illuminations, statues, and any other form of visual depiction of these intriguing but elusive beings. I strongly recommend this book not only for angel enthusiasts, but for serious scholars as well.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Craig Hines on February 13, 2007
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I must start off by saying that normally I find books of this nature to be quite disappointing. Normally, they offer only a brief description of a limited number of topics and I soon find myself looking elsewhere for research material. This was not the case with Rosemary Ellen Guiley's book and I was pleasantly surprised. Guiley has provided a very thorough (not to mention useful) tome that covers a multitude of entries regarding angels and similar spirits. Additionally, she covers many other resources, such as films and books, that deal with the subject matter of angels (as well as spirits and angel-like beings). I consider this particular aspect useful because it provides "jumping points" for readers to locate other sources of material or ideas. Most importantly, the revised second edition of this book provides a wealth of information related to apocryphal texts such as 1 Enoch and the story of the Watchers and the Nephilim -- topics that I have found extremely interesting and thought-provoking. While conducting the research for my own book, I often found myself referring back to Guiley's work for more information or to look up references to other texts. It was truly indispensable and probably the best book that I can recommend not only as a general reference for readers interested in angels, but for anyone conducting more scholarly research as well.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Jenkins on January 10, 2009
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In general, I was pleased with "The Encyclopedia of Angels." I became interested in angelic lore through playing a video game (the game in question was "Persona 4"), and immediately became interested in having a more thorough description of many of the angelic beings found in that game. In that sense, this book does not disappoint.

However, the book is not nearly as thorough on individual angels as, say, an internet search would be. While each entry is nice and complete, a quick google check gives me 10x the info found in this book. I know this is an unfair criticism, but it is worth noting nonetheless - if your interest is deeper, you should do more thorough research. Moreover, I was disappointed in some of her references - I don't really care about angelic references in film. But this is merely personal preference, and while I dock the review a star for this, I understand if others take me to task for it.

Nonetheless, having the information ready at hand, in a nice form, with illustrations and artwork, cannot be overlooked. All in all, I would recommend this to anyone who would like to begin to understand the vast panoply of angelic beings and lore out there. However, for a deeper study, one should go elsewhere.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bethany Fowler on June 30, 2010
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I really enjoy this book. I bought it primarily as reference material (I'm a novelist, though not yet published). It turns out, though, that I just enjoy looking at the book even when I'm not looking through it for specific information. It's well-written; a very important feature of any book, but particularly books like this, which deal with touchy subjects. It is difficult to strike the right tone since angels are part of some people's religious beliefs and fantasy for others. I thought the author did a great job at being respectful and informative without painting angels as either fact or fiction. (I personally believe in them.)

I was slightly disappointed that none of the illustrations were colored: they are all black-and-white. They are still very interesting but I do think an occasional splash of color would have really enhanced the book quite nicely. Other then that, it's excellent. If you are interested in angels as fiction, fact, or any other reason, I think you'll be glad you bought this fairly comprehensive book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Linda S. Cosma on March 6, 2010
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This book is a fantastic resourced for anyone interested in Angle lore, or Angel healing. IF you are using angels in heaing , like Reiki, you need to know who are you are asking . I love the history,too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P S MISURA on September 16, 2011
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I bought this book for my dad and he absolutely is loving it!
The history of where we get some terms and names is amazing.
It came in great shape and very quickly too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carla Salter on January 16, 2013
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This book is great for reference on the subject of angels. This is especially interesting to me as an artist and writer. I would recommend it for anyone's library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grace Cardinalli on December 10, 2013
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This book was gorgeous - the detail of the illustrations are beautiful.
I've since purchased another and gave to as a gift.
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