The Hum Of Angels
I was originally interested in reading Scot McKnight's new book, The Hum Of Angels: Listening for the Messengers of God Around Us because I've always been interested in learning more about angels. Angels are mentioned quite a bit in the Bible, but in general people have so many misconceptions about them. Additionally, many people just kind of ignore them completely, even though in the Bible they hold quite important roles. The Hum Of Angels promises to clarify and answer common questions about angels. The book description says:
"Would You Recognize an Angel if You Saw One?
The majority of earth’s inhabitants believe in Angels. Yet so few of us can claim to have seen one. Why?
Perhaps it’s because in order to encounter one, we first have to learn what to look for and how to look! We live in a world where the natural and supernatural overlap. Angels are constantly on mission from God and constantly at work in this world.
From the Garden of Eden to the Book of Revelation, Scripture is filled with hundreds of references to these wondrous creatures. In this creative work, Scot McKnight explores what the Bible says – and doesn’t say – about these majestic beings. And that’s deeply important because angels are still on mission today. They express God’s love, confirm His presence, and even lead humans in redemptive worship.
Don’t just believe in angels. Learn how to recognize these messengers of God that are all around us and know how God might be using them to affect our lives.
Most People Believe in Angels.
It’s What we Believe About them that Matters.
Believing in angels is one thing. But how can we know what angels are really like – especially when our preconceived notions have been mostly shape by sensationalized misinterpretations of these wondrous beings?
To help sort things out, Scot McKnight untangles fact from fiction on topics such as:
* Do loved ones become angels when they die?
* Can we hear from angels?
* Is there a hierarchy of angels?
* Do we have a specific guardian angel?
* Should we be scared of angels?
* Are cherubs and seraphs different creatures than angels?
* Do angels have wings?
* Are angels worship leaders?
The Hum of Angels illuminates what the Bible says about these heavenly beings; and it helps you to understand the deepest truths about one of God’s most magnificent and yet misunderstood creations."
The Hum Of Angels is divided into four parts: In Defense Of Angels, God's Loving Presence In Angels, God's Loving Advocacy From Angels, and God's Loving Transformation Through Angels. Scot writes in an easy to read style, and it's interesting and fun to read. There are many real-life stories interspersed throughout which also help you stay engaged and interested. However, I did not realize that Scot is Anglican, and therefore this book has a heavily Catholic-type-leaning in its theology, conclusions, and beliefs. I highly caution discretion and discernment while reading this book because it can tend toward the mystical. However, Scot does evenhandedly answer many questions and clear up many misconceptions about angels, so this was a worthwhile read.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in order to provide an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.