A Catalogue of Angels: The Heavenly, the Fallen, and the Holy Ones Among Us  -     By: Vinita Hampton Wright
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A Catalogue of Angels: The Heavenly, the Fallen, and the Holy Ones Among Us

Paraclete Press / 2006 / Paperback

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We often think of angels as winged creatures with supernatural powers that assist us when we are in danger. Where did that image of wings come from? Popular novelist, Vinita Hampton Wright, answers this and other questions in this illuminating and richly informative guide to angels in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

In this intriguingly original book, you will explore the origin and nature of angels, where they dwell, what they do, and how they relate to humanity. You will discover what the three Abrahamic faiths have to say about fallen angels (or demons), and also see how doctrine and theology sometimes merge with legend and superstition. A short encyclopedia of terms and names is included at book's end which will enlighten the study of angelic beings in the religions of the world for years to come.

"This is the best book available on angels---a wildly popular topic that has long deserved the attention of a thoughtful and talented writer like Vinita Hampton Wright. She brings a poet's skill, a scholar's care, and a believer's heart to the heavenly companions whose presence we might sense, but may know little about."
-James Martin, SJ, author of My Life with the Saints

Vinita Hampton Wright is an award-winning novelist and book editor. As a young adult she taught school in Jordan, gaining knowledge and appreciation of both Jewish and Islamic cultures during her three years in the Middle East. Her new novel, Dwelling Places, has received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and ALA Booklist.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8 X 5.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1557254214
ISBN-13: 9781557254214
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We often think of angels as winged creatures with supernatural powers that assist us when we are in danger. Where did that image of wings come from? Popular novelist, Vinita Hampton Wright, answers this and other questions in this illuminating and richly informative guide to angels in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

 

In this intriguing book, you will explore the origin and nature of angels, where they dwell, what they do, and how they relate to humanity. You will discover what the three Abrahamic faiths have to say about fallen angels (or, demons), and also see how doctrine and theology sometimes merge with legend and superstition. A short encyclopedia of terms and names is included at book’s end which will enlighten the study of angelic beings in the religions of the world for years to come.

 

"This is the best book available on angels – a wildly popular topic that has long deserved the attention of a thoughtful and talented writer like Vinita Hampton Wright. She brings a poet’s skill, a scholar’s care, and a believer’s heart to the heavenly companions whose presence we might sense, but may know little about."

-          James Martin, SJ, author of My Life with the Saints

 

"Vinita Hampton Wright has done a wonderful job with a very complex issue: trying to bring Jews, Christians, and Muslims together."

-          Laleh Bakhitar, Ph.D.


 

Editorial Reviews

While the second half of this book is a catalog of brief entries on all things angelic (including demons), the more interesting chapters explore the history and traditions regarding angels in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, including the mystical wings of each religion. Wright (Dwelling Places) defines angels as God's servants, working to praise, guide, protect, and intercede between humans and God. Acknowledging the incomprehensibility of angels, Wright grounds her text in the extensive history of belief in these beings, including accounts by individuals claiming direct experience with them. Wright is a believer who feels a disconnect from the current angel fad, but it is just the followers of that fad who are her main audience. This book will speak to anyone who finds comfort in the idea that special beings are looking after us. For all public libraries. Nancy Almand, Mesa Community College, San Diego Library Journal September 15, 2006A Catalogue of Angels: The Heavenly,the Fallen, and the Holy Ones Among Us.By Vinita Hampton Wright.Paraclete 192 pp., $16.95 paperback.A critical study of . . . angels?Novelist and theologian Wright shows that such a thing is possible by placing the angelology of the three Abrahamic faiths alongside one another. Many of the stories from other faiths will preach right away. For example, some Jews believe that not only does each human have a guardian angel, but so does every single blade of grass. Muslims hold that an angel is responsible for our digestion, and that an angel is involved in the formation of each drop of rain. Much of the book is a running commentary on Thomas Aquinas's theology of angels—including his rationale for angels having some sort of body and so being unable to be in two places at the same time. (It was this discussion that led to the mocktheological question of how many angels can balance on the head of a pin.) This book shows what Protestants lost by deemphasizing angels. Christian Century February 12, 2008

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