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MIKE AQUILINA is executive vice president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He is author of many books on Church history, doctrine and devotion, and has hosted several series on The Eternal Word Television Network. He is past editor of New Covenant magazine. His bestselling titles include Love in the Little Things and Roots of the Faith.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Servant (March 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867168986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867168983
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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By Julie D. VINE VOICE on May 21, 2009
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Aquilina makes the subject easy to understand without dumbing it down. Altogether an informative and fascinating read about the angels and their relationship to us. It makes a good accompaniment to The Angels and Their Mission. There is some duplication of information but a surprising amount in both books stands as complements to each other. Some of that is due to their different foci in the authors' intentions for their books, naturally. For that matter, it also would be a good complement to The Rite. Although that book is about exorcism it is essentially about angels, albeit fallen angels. Reading Angels of God would be a good counterbalance for too much worrying that could come along with reading about a dark subject.

Although the subhead makes the book sound a bit dry, nothing could be further from the truth. With his customary clarity and thoroughness, Mike Aquilina not only enlightens us about angels but actually makes us realize that our angelic brethren are just that ... our brothers.

I also especially appreciated that the book contains entire excerpts of scripture or other works where it is referenced. Too often the reader is left to seek out another work in order to get the whole picture. In my case, I must admit, I usually skip looking up anything. Aquilina does not leave us stranded in that way and it makes a huge difference.

Highly recommended.
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Author and radio host Mike Aquilina introduces Angels of God with his own story of overcoming reluctance to fully accept angels in his spiritual life. After years of holding "remote reservations" on the topic, he saw the role of angels in the "tremendous spiritual struggle" of two friends facing imminent death from cancer. As they drifted in and out of consciousness "invocations of the angels, especially Saint Michael, came more frequently to their lips," he writes. "It became clear to me... that the angels are indeed fighting beside us in these battles." That realization led to an understanding of the role of angels in every phase of life. We are the "spoils of war" in the struggle between good and evil forces. "For us to ignore the angels would be a sign not only of disordered pride, but of colossal stupidity."

Angels of God consists of twelve chapters on angels based largely on stories from the Bible and reflections of the saints. The material covers the definition, description, and history of angels; Michael our defender; Gabriel the great communicator; Raphael friend and guide; and prayers, poems, and hymns to help deepen our relationship with angels.

Aquilina devotes a full chapter to guardian angels, explaining that their main task is to get us to heaven. He explores various aspects of this task including the holy card version of an angel pulling a child back from a precipice. "There's something to this, of course," he writes, but it is secondary. Many possible reasons exist for situations in which angels appear to fail to save their charges. First, they know the mind and will of God better than humans do, and always cooperate with God's plan.
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Angels of God is yet another excellent book by Mike Aquilina. It's a pretty quick read but he manages to pack a great deal into it without seeming to rush. What angels are, their various appearances in scripture and their role in salvation history, angels in the writings of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, your guardian angel, the archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, spiritual warfare and exorcism, satan and the other demons are all covered.

But he doesn't write merely to satisfy our curiosity. Throughout the book, there is a constant awareness of the question "what difference does this make?" Sanity is seeing the world as it really is; sanctity is the fruit of responding and cooperating with all of the means of grace that God gives us (including angels). This book will be helpful towards both.
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Aquilina's Angels of God is small but by no means modest survey of angels in scripture and in Catholic lore, a work grounded in the Bible, the teachings of the early church fathers, and Aquinas (who gets his own genus in this taxonomy). In a mere 100 pages, Aquilina takes the reader through a number of major categories of Catholic thought regarding angels and their relation to humans.

What I liked:

Aquilina's deceptively accessible style, humble without being self-deprecating. His thinking delves into heady and deep waters, but his writing remains calm and clear. Aquilina has a gift for making angelology, a layered, complex subject, easy to grasp while honoring his reader's intellect.

Aquilina distinguishes what the church teaches from what has become accepted lore, without disparaging or dismissing the importance of that lore.

Quoting from both Old and New Testament, Aquilina shows how our relation to the angels changes in the course of Salvation History.

'The Back of the Book' section contains poems, prayers, & hymns--this is a particularly loverly touch.

What I found myself longing for after I finished reading:

More.

Much more.

This book is an amuse bouche, not a full meal.

Each chapter is a mere taste, not even a mouthful, of something rich and wonderful.

Even though the book has extensive end notes documenting all sources, I would love a meatier, denser version of this book.
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