Review: Saints & Angels: A Guide to Heavenly Help for Comfort, Support, and Inspiration

51s5pmcsoil-_sx336_bo1204203200_Saints & Angels: A Guide to Heavenly Help for Comfort, Support, and Inspiration
by Doreen Virtue
Hardcover: 248 pages
Publisher: Hay House, Inc. (March 6, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1401955401
ISBN-13: 978-1401955403

Product description:
In this comforting reference guide, Doreen Virtue introduces you to the various ministering spirits of heaven and 42 inspirational figures who walked the earth. As you read this fascinating, thoroughly researched three-part book, you’ll come to understand the exact roles that different beings of God fulfill both in the Bible and in our lives and how they can help you today:

Part I: By getting to know each living and loving Person of the Holy Trinity—Father, Son, and Spirit—you’ll be prepared to answer the questions you have about faith and purpose, as well as accept their spiritual gifts of wisdom, healing, miracles, and prophecy, among many others.

Part II: You’ll learn how God uses angels—full of his grace, power, and majesty—throughout the Bible to do his work in the heavens and in the earthly realm. Whether it’s to draw you closer to him, protect you from danger, lend you a helping hand, or simply accompany you on your journey, God has a host of angels he will lovingly dispatch to your side.

Part III: You’ll be touched by the amazing stories of endurance, commitment, and miracles of the saints. Through the inspiring examples of these ordinary men and women who acted in extraordinary ways because of their faith, you can begin to find the strength you need to likewise face and overcome hardships.

Doreen also offers a comprehensive list of prayers you can use to start a conversation with God about any situation in your life, from career advice and relationships to soothing your fears. You’ll see just how simple it is to deepen your relationship with heaven through everyday prayer and contemplation—and understand that heavenly help is always here for you.

My thoughts:
To be honest, I expected to hate this book. I took an immediate dislike of the fru-fru cover and expected it to be just another new age angel-worship book. That being said, I wanted to be open minded and listen to Doreen Virtue’s voice.

Before any of that, I, as is my habit, flipped to the back of the book. I was rewarded with an excellent Bibliography. If you are interested in the Saints or Angels in the book, you have an excellent resource with this Bibliography to start your own research. However, I think an Index would have been a benefit. The Appendix was filled with prayer examples and I think less would have been more —  if you know what I mean.

Virtue begins with a testimony in which she saw a vision ” […]  a bigger-than-life vision of Jesus.” By the conclusion of her Introduction, I was hooked. I have to admit that I expected to write a snarky review but I enjoyed the book.

As you can tell from the title, the meat of the book covers Saints and Angels. The Angels section could have, and should have, been larger and more detailed. I was satisfied with the Saints, each got about 5 or 6 pages and they felt fleshed out.

All in all, I enjoyed the book and I recommend it. I give it 4 stars out of 5.

Author: Barry Huddleston

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