“Does what books are supposed to do: it informs and enchants.”
author of Majestie and Tyndale
When it comes to modern theology, angels seem like an afterthought. For the more scientifically minded, an embarrassing one. But for ancient Christians angels were a given. In writings, sermons, songs, and art, they confessed a vivid belief that angels carry believers to and through a saving experience of Christ.
Lifted by Angels goes back to the scripture and the words and icons of those early Christians to present a vision of angels through their eyes and experiences. It explores the angelic role in salvation history; different ranks and functions of angels; the fall of Satan and his demons; the assignment of guardian angels; angelic guidance and direction; their involvement in worship and prayer; and their protection through doors of death.
Supported by extensive research on the early church and its preachers, poets, theologians, and artists, Lifted by Angels answers universal curiosity about angels and the unseen world.
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Many Christians—made uneasy by New Age or neo-pagan angel enthusiasm—are reluctant to believe in angelic interventions at all. Lifted by Angels restores to us our own biblical and historical understanding: that angels are God’s servants and messengers.
Frederica Mathewes-Green, author of The Jesus Prayer
In Lifted by Angels Joel Miller examines traditional Jewish and Christian angelology in rich and extensive detail. Especially valuable and inspiring are the author’s numerous citations of beautiful patristic texts. No one will think of angels in the same way after reading this book. It is highly recommended and without reservation.
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, author of The Jesus We Missed
Joel J. Miller presents us with a vision of angels firmly grounded in salvation history: active at the creation of the world, involved in its fall, ministers in its salvation, servants to the Lord Jesus, harbingers of the age to come. He succeeds brilliantly in rescuing angels from the distorting effects of popular culture and revealing them to be “more exciting, more humbling, more inspiring, and ultimately more real” than we ever imagined.
Metropolitan Savas (Zembillas) of Pittsburgh
We are mostly unaware of angels’ presence in our midst and their influence on our lives. What a shame! Thank God for Joel J. Miller’s Lifted by Angels, a reminder of the role that our ‘cousins’ play in guiding us and of their exalted place in creation.
Brad Miner, senior editor, The Catholic Thing; senior fellow, Faith & Reason Institute
A beautifully written study on the unique relationship between people and angels. I found it fascinating, challenging, and inspiring. Highly recommended.
Sheila Walsh, author of God Loves Broken People
Angels are an important part of the Bible and of Jewish and Christian traditions, yet we have virtually ignored them. We have abandoned the angels to horror flicks and saccharine television shows. That stops here. Miller’s book is a necessary act of recovery.
Jeremy Lott, former editor of RealClearReligion
There is an unseen spiritual world with which we humans have to deal, and Joel Miller is a fascinating and skilled guide into this invisible reality. Lifted by Angels will elevate your understanding of angels and their practical role in Christian spirituality.
Todd D. Hunter, Anglican bishop, author of Our Favorite Sins
Joel Miller has culled through the rather extensive loci of angelology in Scripture and the Church Fathers and Christian iconography to give us a better picture of these invisible beings. . . Miller’s extensive sources will appeal, not only to readers of Scripture, but also students of patristics, apocrypha, and iconography.
Miller has given me much to think about. I will gladly recommend his book.
Louis McBride, Baker Book House
Hands down the most substantive book on angels I have ever read. . . Ultimately this book will awaken your imagination to the presence and role of these magnificent beings created to serve us.
Robert Gelinas, author of Finding The Groove
Lifted by Angels . . . does what books are supposed to do: it informs and enchants.
David Teems, author of Majestie and Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God an English Voice