Book Review: Angels

Angels: Who They Are and How They Help… What the Bible Reveals by Dr. David Jeremiah

I really appreciate the Turning Point radio broadcast of Dr. David Jeremiah. I heard one of the greatest series on the life and legacy of King David that I have ever heard or read from him. It was with curious anticipation that I volunteered to review one of his latest publications, Angels: Who They Are and How They Help…What the Bible Reveals. I think the book is well written and I think Dr. Jeremiah is exhaustively thorough in his references to Scripture. I’m not equally convinced of the thoroughness of his source notes; they are not very exhaustive at all. This is not to say the book requires multiple source material and bibliography to be “good,” but the interpretation of a topic such as “Angels” can easily be the subject of conjecture and/or personal bias. Did I say that I deeply respect and admire Dr. Jeremiah?

I tried really hard to get into this book, but I bogged down over and over…and over and over. I think, in fairness, it has more to do with me than the book or the subject matter. I really had a tough time getting to the relevance of the book. I understand there has been much interest (renewed interest) in the conversation about angels; Dr. Jeremiah mentions this as well in the first chapter of this book citing movies, books, and TV series to illustrate his point. Still, it just didn’t piqué my interest the way I thought it might.

Some of the cons I had began around chapter four. There were several interpretations given that I’m not convinced of. There were no other citations or references given that would lead me to search for substantiation of the Dr.’s claims. I’m not saying I think he’s wrong, but equating the core function of angels as messengers seems lacking. Technically, as a convert of Christ, I am a messenger. Messenger of God is not my core function. Maybe I’m wrong though… I questioned the timeline of creation that was inferred as well. If the Bible doesn’t say, I am pretty free to say; “we don’t know that.” I don’t appreciate inferences that assume a Young Earth theology or otherwise… The discrepancy in theories tells us the truth that we simply do not have all the answers. Angels and the “back-story of God” fall into the category of not having all the answers. I’m not trying to paint this book as proselytizing a certain perspective or viewpoint; I don’t think that is the case at all, but I started to get very bored with it because of my own filters.

From the second half of the book to the end my mind wandered; I kept thinking, “Why are we so fascinated with this subject?” I agree there is good information here and much of it I have accepted as true, but I wonder how much of this information and knowledge is helpful to us in pursuing the Mission of God? I’m sure in some other chapter of my life, I would probably be more favorable toward this book, but for now it just isn’t working for me. It’s well written and has lots and lots of Scripture references. I’m in agreement with a lot of the points made in it, but there are more important elements and instructions from the Bible that I’m going to put my effort and energy into.


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

Summary:

What are angels? What is their role in God’s plan? Are they present? Do they appear? Do they give us personal insight about our work, our worship?

Many contemporary beliefs about angels are based on misconception and myth. Dr. David Jeremiah uses scripture to unveil the remarkable truth about these agents of heaven, and their role and work in our world—and lives.

More than 60,000 units of this powerful book have sold in two past editions. This repackage of the original 1996 paperback will surely capture the attention of readers of all ages who seek a broad and thorough survey of scripture that clearly separates fact from fiction as it relates to angels. The book will appeal to the thousands who follow Dr. Jeremiah’s books, and radio and TV broadcasts.

Relevant, little known biblical facts help readers sharpen their knowledge and sensitivities toward the spiritual reality of angels. Dr. Jeremiah’s enlightening findings are supported with illustrations and insights from Billy Graham, Corrie ten Boom, C.S. Lewis, and more.

Author Bio:

Dr. David Jeremiah is senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego, and founder of Turning Point Radio and TV Ministries. His radio program is carried on over 2,500 stations worldwide, while the TV broadcast is received by 500 million homes via cable and satellite. The recipient of numerous awards for broadcast excellence, his books have garnered Gold Medallion awards and become bestsellers with The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the New York Times. He is a sought-after conference speaker by organizations nationwide.

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