Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Book Review: The Hum of Angels

Title:  The Hum of Angels
Author:  Scot McKnight
Genre:  Christian Living
Publisher:  Waterbrook, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC
Number of Pages:  189
My Rating: 2.5/5

I began reading this book with a bit of trepidation, fully aware of the prevalent and misguided images of angels portrayed in secular and new age philosophy and in artwork as gentle fairy-like beings offering love and happiness or as humans-turned-angels or animals dressed up as angels. I wanted to learn more about angels as revealed in the Bible, to learn more about the truth of what they are and what their work is. The title of this book concerned me because of its vague new age sound -- I think of angels as warriors, not as hummingbirds. However, for the most part, the content between the covers belies the wispy title by providing lots of scriptural references, quotes, and descriptions of Biblical angels and not the counterfeit counterparts so popular today.

I had not heard of the author, so here is information pulled from the book jacket: Scot McKnight is the author of more than 50 books, a popular conference speaker, and a professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Illinois. He maintains a blog, Jesus Creed, which receives three million page views per year.

The book 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. It also includes an Appendix, After Words, and Notes (references and citations).

According to the author, a Barna study done in 2007 shows that eight out of ten Americans believe angels exist, and an Associated Press study done in 2011 reports that 88% of Christians believe in angels.  This last statistic puzzles me, because the Bible clearly expresses the creation and ministry of angels, leaving no room for doubt about their existence, and the author cites lots of scriptures to that end.

McKnight asserts that angels are as alive and active today as they were between the pages of Genesis 1 and Revelation 22, and his book informs us of their ministry to God and to humanity: worship, service, protection, deliverance, instruction, guidance, forth-telling, comfort, engaging in battle, etc. He uses much scripture and many historical quotes to back up his assertions. The picture he paints for us of angels is definitely not the one I was concerned about in the first paragraph. That said, I did not agree with everything he puts forth about angels, but overall he does an adequate job.

Disclaimer:  I received this book from www.bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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