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Angels of God: The Bible, the Church and the Heavenly Hosts Paperback – March 5, 2009
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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:
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Truly quality info on the Angelic realm and hosts. Good source book and very interesting.Published 2 months ago by MLM
NO one writes like Mike Aquilina - so gifted. THIS Is by far my favorite books on Angels. Informative and practical. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Reconciled To You
Love the way Mike Aquilina writes in such an enjoyable way that it's almost "sneaky" because one learns so much. Love this book and it is a welcome addition to my library.Published 13 months ago by BonMot
It was used and written in, as I did not discover it until I started reading it I don't feel I can return it. However I am enjoying the book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Lynda Morgan