Book Review: Angels by Dr. David Jeremiah

I’ve enjoyed listening to Dr. David Jeremiah’s radio shows in the past, so when Multnomah publishers asked me to review a copy of his new book, Angels, I was excited to hear what he had to say on the topic.  And he didn’t disappoint.  This is the best book I’ve ever read on the topic of Angels, and I suggest adding it to your library if this is an area of interest for you.

What I appreciated most about Jeremiah’s approach was the emphasis on scripture, first and foremost.  He takes other authors to task, who have given in to the pop-culture notion of angels and have crafted their own angel studies based on heresy and popular beliefs about them.  Instead, he makes scripture the standard for everything we know about angels, and tests the common claims about angels against scripture, to see what is true and what is not.  Frankly, I was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of scripture references in the book.

Another way that this book stands out is that it doesn’t focus so much on fallen angels as much as the God serving ones.  I’ve read several angel books, and Satan’s angels always seem to get more than their fair share of the attention.  While purposefully, Jeremiah leaves the discussion of fallen angels until near the end of his book, physically locating it in a place that puts its emphasis on the God serving angels.

A surprising element of this book was the many references to Calvin’s writing on angels. It seems like there’s at least one Calvin reference each chapter, leading me to believe that Jeremiah pulled a lot of his ideas from that illustrious reformer.

Overall, I found the book approachable, readable, and scripturally sound. It didn’t feel like a reference work, even though it referenced a great deal of other sources, especially the Bible. In fact, at the end of many chapters or sections, Jeremiah would ask personal application questions to help guide us into thinking about how we could grow closer to Jesus through this new information.  He sees angels as messengers who always point to God, and so each thing we learn about them should always point us back to the worship of God.

 Thanks to Multnomah Publishers for providing me with a review copy of this book.  To learn more about it, visit the publisher’s website.


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  1. I enjoy hearing Dr. Jeremiah on Dish Network when I run across him. I’ve been a little disappointed in his Rapture teachings after the doctrine of John Darby..which is not scripturally based. But, like so many others, apart from that one area, he is sound..doctrinally. I will look for the book. I know from my own experience that angels don’t have wings when they manifest themselves to us in service. I have seen mine twice. First time was simply preparing me to recognize him at a time fifteen years later when I would desparately need consoled….during the loss of a little son…twenty-two minutes after he was born. My angle was there. And my baby’s angel was there to escort him to the place of the Father…wherever that place is. The experience was life changing. Made Heaven so much closer. My angel also delivered me and two very elderly people from death as our cars were about to collide at an intersect. It felt as though my car liftedin very slow motion…over the intersection and came to rest again on my side of the road. I looked in my mirror and the little old couples car was just boppin on down the road in the opposite direction. Whether my car actually ‘lifted’ above them…or whether the angel somehow allowed us to ‘pass through’ each other….I don’t know. But I do know it was SUPERNATURAL. I don’t share it much. And when I do share it …I kinda get this…’Ohhhh’ sign :smile:. In looked like we do. Abraham recognized them as messangers from God…though they appeared as men. The angels who came to deliver Lot from Sodom were ‘man’ looking enough that the gay men attempted to gang rape them. The angels had to strike them with blindness to stop them. Then these same gay men were destroyed with the wicked when fire and brimstone rained down from God.

    I encountered a man on the roadside early one morning whose truck was out of gas and he had no money. I got him both gas and money. He wanted my address so he could repay me. I said, “Promise me you will thank the Heavenly Father. He is the one who met your need. It was not me…but the Father.’ The man immediately said, “I already have.’ I felt in my spirit he was an angel there to bless me. I felt such joy at having the opportunity to do such a small deed for this man. And when I can’t see my angel…I always KNOW he is there….serving God and serving me…all to the glory of the Father.

    I’ve even been convicted in my heart to not have so many ‘winged’ figures sitting around. They may be part of the ‘graven image’ thing which can mislead us about certain truths….one being the real appearance and purpose of angels. Oh..well…that’s my story…and I’m sticking to it :smile:.

    AL: Quite the angel stories. Thanks for stopping by. One thing Dr. Jeremiah suggests when reflecting on angel encounters is to always make sure that your focus is on the God who sends them, not so much the angels themselves. While the experiences with them can be awesome, it’s the God who sends them that should always be the focus.

  2. Looks like I will need to buy a copy.

  3. Both my mom and best friend have had accidents where a black man came to them, sat with them, prayed with them and cared for them while waiting for help to arrive…then just vanished. In each of these instances the person was just there, with no car, and no housing nearby. Both my mom and best friend are believers and realized that God had provided physical care in a moment of time that was quite unsettling.

    I grew up near Jeremiah’s church. He is a powerful worker in God’s Kingdom.

    AL: Those stories sound very similar to the ones that Jeremiah told in his book. Amazing testimony of God’s provision.

  4. PS: The second trimester ROCKS!

    AL: I’m trusting you and others who have shared this wonderful news with me. So far, I’m getting a bit of my energy back, which is exciting. Nice to leave the couch every so often!

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