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The Hum of Angels: Listening for the Messengers of God Around Us (Paperback)
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Would You Recognize an Angel if You Saw One?
The majority of earth’s inhabitants believe in Angels. Yet so few of us can claim to have seen one. Why?
Perhaps it’s because in order to encounter one, we first have to learn what to look for and how to look! We live in a world where the natural and supernatural overlap. Angels are constantly on mission from God and constantly at work in this world.
From the Garden of Eden to the Book of Revelation, Scripture is filled with hundreds of references to these wondrous creatures. In this creative work, Scot McKnight explores what the Bible says – and doesn’t say – about these majestic beings. And that’s deeply important because angels are still on mission today. They express God’s love, confirm His presence, and even lead humans in redemptive worship.
Don’t just believe in angels. Learn how to recognize these messengers of God that are all around us and know how God might be using them to affect our lives.
Now available in a convenient paperback edition, The Hum of Angels illuminates what the Bible says about these heavenly beings; and it helps you to understand the deepest truths about one of God’s most magnificent and yet misunderstood creations.
Most People Believe in Angels.
It’s What we Believe About them that Matters.
Believing in angels is one thing. But how can we know what angels are really like – especially when our preconceived notions have been mostly shape by sensationalized misinterpretations of these wondrous beings?
To help sort things out, Scot McKnight untangles fact from fiction on topics such as:
* Do loved ones become angels when they die?
* Can we hear from angels?
* Is there a hierarchy of angels?
* Do we have a specific guardian angel?
* Should we be scared of angels?
* Are cherubs and seraphs different creatures than angels?
* Do angels have wings?
* Are angels worship leaders?
About the Author
Scot McKnight (PhD, University of Nottingham) is professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lisle, Illinois. He is the acclaimed author of more than sixty books, including The Jesus Creed, The Heaven Promise, and Open to the Spirit. He regularly speaks at venues such as Catalyst, the Q Conference, and churches throughout the world. Scot and his wife, Kris, live in the Chicago suburbs.
“Books on the angelic in the Bible are usually of varying quality—so fluffy and story filled they lack a coherent basis in Scripture, or so impenetrably philosophical one can’t apply them to the normal Christian life. Scot McKnight’s The Hum of Angels carefully avoids all these pitfalls and presents a sound and balanced biblical vision of God’s angelic realm and its work. He helpfully reimagines the ministry of angels, while keeping his work rooted in and framed by Scripture. The Hum of Angels is a worthy addition to the library of anyone wanting a solid, insightful, and scriptural view of God’s angelic ministers.”
—Jonathan Macy, author of In the Shadow of His Wings and minister in the Church of England
“Angels are everywhere! Until I read this book, I must confess that even as a Bible teacher I’d missed how ever present angels are at key junctures and in critical ways throughout the biblical story. As a pastor, I’d been mostly blind to the angels all around us (which most people in our church body, statistics show, more readily see). This wonderful book opened not only my eyes but my ears to the beautiful hum of angels surrounding us—a harmony that points us to the melody of Jesus at the center.”
—Joshua Ryan Butler, pastor at Imago Dei Community, Portland, OR; author of The Skeletons in God’s Closet and The Pursuing God
“I make a practice of reading everything Scot McKnight writes because I learn so much from his bright mind and generous spirit. His work exemplifies an intelligent, rich way of understanding the Bible; and this wonderful book is no exception. After having read The Hum of Angels, I’ll walk through my day with more awareness of God’s loving presence and comfort, and more hope because of it.”
—Shauna Niequist, New York Times best-selling author of Present over Perfect
“In The Hum of Angels, Scot McKnight invites us to consider the active and significant role angels play on the pages of Scripture and in fulfilling the purposes of God today—not for the sake of information, but for the sake of hope. How easy it is for us, from our ground-level perspective, to give discouragement and despair the upper hand. This reminder of the powerful activity of myriads of God’s angels on our behalf is one more reason for hope to thrive in the future of God’s ultimate victory over evil. This book is an eye-opening, reassuring, and hope-filled read.”
—Carolyn Custis James, author of Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women and Malestrom: Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Changing World
"In the Hum of Angels Scot opens your mind to the true nature of angels as reported in the Bible and through history. I had no idea there were so many times that angels were present throughout the biblical story. I agree with Joshua Butler, it opened not only my eyes, but my ears to the beautiful hum of angels surrounding us. The book is divided into 4 major sections:
1. In defense of angels
2. God’s loving presence in angels
3. God’s loving advocacy from angels.
4. God’s loving transformation through angels.
Scot maintains that 'If you believe in God, you also believe in angels.' Angels are not to be considered supernatural beings but rather an important moment that the person depicted it as an encounter with a messenger of God. Most of us believe in the angels that announced the birth of Christ, and made their appearance at His death, but this book illustrates time and time again the special moments throughout scripture. He does include some personal narratives of visitations with angels but by and large this is a detailed retelling of all the Bible accounts.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the exploration of the history of angels. The various types of advocate, guidance, announcement, temptation, and warrior angels, to mention a few of the various types, was spiritually uplifting. The exploration of the Catholic and Episcopal Church histories was great."