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Lifted by Angels: The Presence and Power of Our Heavenly Guides and Guardians Paperback – October 8, 2012
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Excellent overview of angels, tracing their mention through the Old Testament and the New, and including many quotes from the Church fathers. Encouraging and inspiring.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Extremely well researched and provides the full story on Angels through scripture and the early church fathers and history. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sue Parsons
My nephew was kidnapped by a non-relative in January of 2013 and has not yet been returned to his family who loves him, so it is an incredible comfort to think about angels... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Donna
We do not do our faith life a favor by ignoring the Angels; both their role in salvation history and their role in our present day worship and life. Read morePublished on March 22, 2014 by Ralph Osgood
I didn't learn anything new about angels or guides. Nothing not already familiar from reading Scripture. At least not "new age."Published on November 25, 2013 by Henry Lahore
Interesting, easy to refer to biblical references. Wish it had been longer. Good introduction to the subject of angels as ever-present in our lives.Published on November 20, 2013 by mbeth
Joel's writing style and knowledge of the subject, especially pertaining to early century scholars and ancient iconography, is very impressive and quite accessible (which is not... Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by Mike Johnson
excellent condition and quick service...very easy to read and well written I loaned it out to my neighbor right awayPublished on August 17, 2013 by Larry Anderson