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.