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While traveling by car in California, the author, a journalist, felt compelled to move himself to the side of the car seconds before a bullet came through the windshield, just missing his head. What compelled him to move was a question that has nagged at him since. This work is the result of his efforts to answer that question and to determine whether there are supernatural forces working to protect and assist humans. Jovanovic proceeds by interviewing people, studying reports of sightings and near-death experiences, and analyzing a diverse set of mystical and religious writings, from Julian of Norwich and Joan of Arc to Raymond Moody. Jovanovic concludes that guardian angels do exist. His work is an investigative study written in an analytical style, which may put off some readers of more popularly written angel books. Recommended for appropriate collections.
Gail Wood, SUNY Coll. of Technology Lib., Alfred
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: M. Evans & Company; 2 edition (July 29, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871318369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871318367
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is written with humor, eloquence, journalistic perspective/restraint, and passion. After an inexplicable escape from what might have been a fatal shooting on the L.A. freeway, Mr. Jovanovic began on a journey to investigate whether angels do in fact exist. He approaches it with the experience and restraint of a professional journalist, which he is. He looks at Near Death Experiences (the famous tunnel with light at the end etc.), interviews the woman who made famous the 'stages of dying', and Georgette Faniel, a stigmatist who some believe is a living saint; the book explores such diverse topics as Medjugorje, Padre Pio, apparitions of angels and The Virgin Mary; and yet never gets syrupy or precious. In fact, it manages to be all the more powerful reading due to its step back from the topics. Friends gave me a copy of this book and I was amazed by it; it's very quiet in tone, yet not without humor, and explains itself very well. The reader goes on the journey to discover whether angels exist, right along with the author, yet at the end you don't feel pushed toward any conclusion but your own. I highly recommend this book to everyone, not just those who already believe in such things as these. (Oh ! PS, if you net-search on this book title you will find its author's own website, which has more about the book, including a the first chapter available to read online for free).
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This book seem to focus far more on two other topics, NDEs (near death experiences) and saints, than it does on its title subject of angels. The whole angel theme seems in fact to be kind of an incidental inclusion, like a thread of only secondary importance. The tenuous angel theme thread ties the other two themes together, themes which form the actual substance of the book.
I would recommend this book to those interested in NDEs; I would also recommend this book to those who are interested in the mortification, stigmatic, and pain aspects of Catholicism, which are dwelled on quite extensively in this book. I'd also recommend this book to anyone interested in saints. But to someone purely interested in angels, I regret I have to advise you to look elsewhere for real substance on that subject.
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By A Customer on May 4, 1999
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This book is a fascinating journey of topics well beyond guardian angels. Jovanovic covers significant accounts of NDE (near death experience) and mystics (this part gets a little creepy!). Impossible to put down, a GREAT read! This book is an absolute page turner and will leave you hungry for more.
The French to English translation and editing leave a little to be desired, but the content more than makes up for it. BUY THIS BOOK! YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY!
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By A Customer on November 27, 1999
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This book is so real and well written that I would recommend it to all, whether they be skeptics or well on their spiritual path. The author who was admittedly a skeptic himself, has left no stone unturned as he presents both his personal experiences and those well researched. I found his chapter on Georgette Faniel, the present day bride of christ, particularly inspiring.
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I realised after having purchased this book that it was originally written in French, and translated into English. As a French native speaker, I stopped reading and thought I'd buy the French original instead. But then I got broke, so I read this one anyway. I also worked as a translator, and let me tell you, they could have done a much, much better job of translating this. Some words don't even exist in English, and whoever translated it seems to have a shaky grasp on the English language (translating the French "insensible" into the English "insensible", when it should be "insensitive" is a classic mistake, but shouldn't be committed by professional translators).

This being a first edition, there are also numerous typos and other mistakes. But to the substance of the book.

The author, whose jokes are often flat, focuses mainly on Near Dear Experiences and saints, and from these things, he looks into guardian angels and angels, but you will know far more about NDE's and saints than you will about angels proper. The author has read exstensively on both NDE's and saints, and he gives us his sum up of what he learned.

I admit it was an interesting read despite the bad translation and bad jokes of the author, but eventually it feels like the topic of guardian angel was barely touched upon - although I admit I wouldn't know where else to look for more had I been the author.

That said, more could have been done if the author had focused more on angels rather than on NDE's and saints. The Cathechism of the Catholic Church defines angels as "spirits" and that "angel" is not their name, but the name of their office, for instance.
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This is one of the best books I've ever read concerning NDEs and synchronicities. The first chapter tells how an amazing life event prompted author Pierre Jovanovic to research the possible reality of guardian angels. Later chapters delve into many first-hand accounts of near death experiences that are wonderful reading, then progresses into lives of Stigmatics, & some of the saints. Pierre's sense of humor comes thru often & his writing makes for great reading--very hard to put this book down.

Having experienced first-hand an un-seen force that physically & forcefully blocked me from 2 potentially catastrophic accidents I am firmly convinced we have a guardian "something" that is always there. This book confirms my belief as countless people have had similar occurrences.

Aside from the angel aspect, this book provides solace that death is NOT the end of our existence, just a "change of venue".
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