Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Book Review: Angels by Jack Graham

The 1990's was a decade that had many Americans wondering about angels. I think what made everybody curious was the hit TV show, "Touched By An Angel," which lasted for 9 seasons. Many books were written on Angels and people shared their stories of their encounter with Angels as if it was a near-death experience.

The Bible has many things to say about angels. They are very real. They may not look like the guys in white robes with a halo over their heads and wings on their backs. Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, written a book on this very subject simply titled, Angels. One thing Graham does that I appreciate is communicate with his readers that people do not become angels, which is a myth that many believe especially inside the church. Believers in Christ inherit eternal life and angels are ministering spirits that serve those who have eternal life according to the book of Hebrews.

Graham begins with what angels are and goes through the Scriptures which is a great place to start off with. However, the book at times, in this case many, takes some interesting turns. Lets take holiness for example. Angels cannot gazed at the glory of God. If you read the Bible, angels always cover their faces when looking at the glory of God. Nothing wrong with what Graham said here, but he goes into our holiness as in holy living. Anything wrong with that? No, however, I thought this book was about angels.

The more I keep reading this book, the more it feels like Graham was chasing a lot of rabbits. Was this a book on Angels or a book on holy living? Don't misunderstand me, there are great books on holy living and should be read. I felt like Graham was trying to add material to make a best seller, though I don't think that was his intention.

Studying angels is important because it is in the Bible. Like all things in scripture, God put it there through human authors and must be studied. There are books on angels, as well as demons, that are good, but I felt Graham's book fell very short.

Thanks Bethany House for letting me review this book.

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