Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Hum of Angels – Scot McKnight

©2017  Waterbrook Press, New York

I had heard of McKnight. He blogs at Jesus Creed. And he is a well-respected author, speaker, and professor at Northern Seminary near Chicago. It had been suggested to me that I might do well to read some of his work. So when he authored a book on such a fascinating topic as angels, I decided to give him a try.

I must be perfectly honest, beyond the fact that both McKnight and I believe that angels exist and are active agents in the world, I really struggled with this book. Throughout the pages, I couldn’t decide whether he was advocating an argument that angels were creatures and the agents of God, or that they were (as God’s agents) God Himself.

Perhaps it is that McKnight writes on a headier level than I comprehend, or maybe I’m actually onto the fact that the writing just isn’t compelling. At any rate, I found this (though a truly fascinating topic) to be an utterly put-down-able book. Sometimes I found, as I was trying to detect the “hum of angels” (an analogy touched off by the author’s fascination with humming birds), that the buzz was just putting me to sleep.

I’d like to give the book a positive rating, but then I’d be forced to read it again—and stay awake. Just two reading glasses for this book.

—Benjamin Potter July 26, 2017

[Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.]

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