Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Book Nook: The Hum of Angels

I recently had a chance to review The Hum of Angels: Listening for the Messengers of God Around Us. Although it's categorized as "youth ministry," it's really relevant for anyone who is trying to see more evidence of God's tangible work in our lives.

Too often it's easy to think of God as a faraway being who doesn't really care. But angels do work in our daily lives, often without us knowing it. There are Biblical examples of people dealing with God's messengers without realizing it at first. Hebrews 13:2 even speaks to this, encouraging kindness to strangers. I myself have had an interaction with a person who I believe was a messenger from God - and I'm not the only one, as this woman joined our church's women's retreat, even though none of us had ever met her before the first time she showed up at our church two weeks before the retreat, and then disappeared without a trace after the retreat, leaving no contact info, but profound impacts on many of us who attended that retreat.

Scot McKnight does a good job of tackling a variety of questions about angels: hierarchy, appearance, types, how they communicate with us, and more. The work is rooted in Scripture, with clear references and justifications for his definitions and claims about these angelic messengers. It's a good read, whether or not you've had an angelic experience, and will help open your mind up to look for evidence of God's messengers at work in your life.

Scot McKnight is the author of more than fifty books, including The Jesus Creed and The Heaven Promise. A popular speaker at events such as Catalyst and Q Conference, Scot is professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. His blog, Jesus Creed, has 3 million page views annually. He and his wife, Kris, live in the Chicago suburbs. @ScotMcKnight

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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