"Books on the angelic in the Bible are usually of varying qualityso fluffy and story filled they lack a coherent basis in Scripture, or so impenetrably philosophical one cant apply them to the normal Christian life. Scot McKnights The Hum of Angels carefully avoids all these pitfalls and presents a sound and balanced biblical vision of Gods angelic realm and its work. He helpfully reimagines the ministry of angels, while keeping his work rooted in and framed by Scripture. The Hum of Angels is a worthy addition to the library of anyone wanting a solid, insightful, and scriptural view of Gods angelic ministers."
Jonathan Macy, author of In the Shadow of His Wings and minister in the Church of England
"Angels are everywhere! Until I read this book, I must confess that even as a Bible teacher Id missed how ever present angels are at key junctures and in critical ways throughout the biblical story. As a pastor, Id been mostly blind to the angels all around us (which most people in our church body, statistics show, more readily see). This wonderful book opened not only my eyes but my ears to the beautiful hum of angels surrounding usa harmony that points us to the melody of Jesus at the center."
Joshua Ryan Butler, pastor at Imago Dei Community, Portland, OR; author of The Skeletons in Gods Closet and The Pursuing God
"I make a practice of reading everything Scot McKnight writes because I learn so much from his bright mind and generous spirit. His work exemplifies an intelligent, rich way of understanding the Bible; and this wonderful book is no exception. After having read The Hum of Angels, Ill walk through my day with more awareness of Gods loving presence and comfort, and more hope because of it."
Shauna Niequist, New York Times best-selling author of Present over Perfect
"In The Hum of Angels, Scot McKnight invites us to consider the active and significant role angels play on the pages of Scripture and in fulfilling the purposes of God todaynot for the sake of information, but for the sake of hope. How easy it is for us, from our ground-level perspective, to give discouragement and despair the upper hand. This reminder of the powerful activity of myriads of Gods angels on our behalf is one more reason for hope to thrive in the future of Gods ultimate victory over evil. This book is an eye-opening, reassuring, and hope-filled read."
Carolyn Custis James, author of Half the Church: Recapturing Gods Global Vision for Women and Malestrom: Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Changing World
"In the Hum of Angels Scot opens your mind to the true nature of angels as reported in the Bible and through history. I had no idea there were so many times that angels were present throughout the biblical story. I agree with Joshua Butler, it opened not only my eyes, but my ears to the beautiful hum of angels surrounding us. The book is divided into 4 major sections:
1. In defense of angels
2. Gods loving presence in angels
3. Gods loving advocacy from angels.
4. Gods loving transformation through angels.
Scot maintains that 'If you believe in God, you also believe in angels.' Angels are not to be considered supernatural beings but rather an important moment that the person depicted it as an encounter with a messenger of God. Most of us believe in the angels that announced the birth of Christ, and made their appearance at His death, but this book illustrates time and time again the special moments throughout scripture. He does include some personal narratives of visitations with angels but by and large this is a detailed retelling of all the Bible accounts.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the exploration of the history of angels. The various types of advocate, guidance, announcement, temptation, and warrior angels, to mention a few of the various types, was spiritually uplifting. The exploration of the Catholic and Episcopal Church histories was great."