Monday, February 1, 2010

Book Review: Angels

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. In my mind, angels are mysterious creatures, created by God to serve God. He often sends them to protect us and He did send them to deliver messages in Bible times, but I didn't think there was much more we could know about them than that.

Actually, there's quite a bit more information available. In Angels, Dr. David Jeremiah walks us through all the references to angels in the Bible to show us what we factually can know: where they are, what they do, their appearance, how they relate to God and to us, how they are alike and different from us, how they function in the spiritual realm. He devotes one chapter to The Angel of the Old Testament and another to fallen angels. I learned a lot from this book.

Jeremiah does very little speculation. For the most part, he sticks to what the Bible says, and he uses that information either confirm or disprove society's current perceptions of angels. When he does offer an opinion or theory, he tells us very clearly that he is doing so, then he quotes other well-known scholars who came to similar conclusions: Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, A.W. Tozer, Billy Graham, and Larry Libby. (And, to be fair, when other opinions exist, he tells those, too.)

Jeremiah takes his research one step further by showing us in each chapter how this information is relevant to our lives. By knowing how angels worship and serve God, we can follow their example. In this sense, they serve as role models, too. Jeremiah carefully shows us how throughout the book.

On a personal note, several passages in Angels left me completely in awe of God. The angels must have liked this, for they're in awe of Him, too. They exist to honor Him—just as we all do.

If you're curious to know everything the Bible says about angels and why this information matters, this book will appeal to you.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

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