As a teenager, I remember reading Billy Graham’s book, Angels, as I rode the bus to Christian school. Even though I have attended church for most of my life, information on God’s messengers has been reduced to Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness series and Graham’s book. Obviously, there are a whole slew of books that lack biblical depth as they describe encounters and even encourage worship of angels. Dr. David Jeremiah’s book seeks to establish truth on the matter using the Bible and the thoughts of theologians as his defense in his new book, Angels.
The book begins with a whirlwind tour of angels in the Bible—showing us that human beings are not to worship angels, but merely to acknowledge them as servants of the Living God. Jeremiah says more angels do not appear to humans because it is unnecessary and human beings have a tendency to worship the angels as the Apostle John did twice while an angel was sharing visions with him—visions that would become the book of Revelation. Stamping out myth after modern myth, Jeremiah repeats his main points often.
Jeremiah’s arguments are scholarly and his assertions about angels are well-defended with Scripture. In fact, his examples are excessive. I found myself skipping over some of the Scripture to get to the meat of the book. It would have been better to include one or two examples with verses that the reader could look up at his or her leisure (or further study). Plus, there were very few things I learned from Jeremiah’s book, though I imagine I would be more intrigued if I hadn’t first read Billy Graham’s book, which though far less scholarly, is much more interesting. However, for a Christian who knows little to nothing about the work of God’s heavenly messengers, Angels by David Jeremiah is a good and safe book.
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
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