A Book of Angels: Reflections on Angels Past and Present and True Stories of how They Touch Our Lives

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Ballantine Books, 1990 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 295 pages
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Sophy Burnham did not grow up believing in miracles or angels, but when she was twenty-eight an angel miraculously saved her life. For years she hid the fact from herself. What did it mean? Are there really celestial beings watching over our lives? Later, so many powerful and inexplicable forces and coincidences affected her life that she decided to write about them, and this in turn brought her back to angels and the profound ways in which, visibly and invisibly, they touch our lives. An instant bestseller when it was originally published, A Book of Angels tells not only the extraordinary true stories of present-day encounters with angels, but also traces the understanding and study of angels throughout history and in different cultures. Burnham writes about the powerful male angels of the Old Testament, Zoroastrian angels, Buddhist bodhisattvas, Islamic angels, Hindu apsaras, the mysterious angels of the Kabbalah, of cherubim, seraphim, guardian angels, the angel of death, and more. What do angels look like? Whom do they choose to visit? Why do they appear more often to children than to adults? With great feeling, Burnham explores how man has responded to their beautiful presence and inspiration, quoting from poets, mystics, and saints. Here are ruminations about angels from Milton, Dante, Goethe, Shakespeare, Blake, Rilke, Dostoyevski, Swedenborg, Poe, and the classic words of the Bible and Koran. An eloquent report from the place where earth and heaven meet, A Book of Angels is a quest into mysteries and a song of praise to life.

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User Review  - bibleblaster - LibraryThing

The section on "Angelology" is fascinating...a good overview of how angels "appear" in various religions, cultures, literature, etc. Read full review

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User Review  - rodrichards - LibraryThing

The section on "Angelology" is fascinating...a good overview of how angels "appear" in various religions, cultures, literature, etc. Read full review


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Sophy Burnham has distinguished herself as a novelist, journalist, nonfiction writer and playwright. Her nonfiction credits include the bestselling A Book of Angels and Angel Letters, as well as The Landed Gentry, and her New York Times bestseller, The Art Crowd. Her novel, The Dogwalker, has been optioned for a film. Currently Project Director for New American Plays in Washington, D.C., she has written award-winning plays for stage, radio plays and documentary films. Ms. Burnham's journalism appears frequently in national magazines, including Esquire, New York, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and Redbook. She teaches at the Writers Center in Washington, D.C., where she lives.

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