For better or worse, I tend to have my head in the clouds more often than not. (I mean, really, it’s nice up there.)
Mundane things are not as appealing as spiritual, supernatural, magical things. Perhaps, it’s just the natural longing for another place — a perfect place — that we all get from time to time. It’s an itch, an impulse, an urgency, a craving that cannot be satisfied by anything within the limits of physical existence. It’s a sense that there’s more to the world than what meets the eyes.
Likely because of that, I’m fascinated by angels and the role they play in the universe. Some of my favorite stories in the Bible are the ones about angelic beings. Their words and actions have comforted and guided some of Scriptures greatest heroes. And during the Christmas season, we remember the flurry of activity in which the angelic realm intersected with ours in the Nativity story.
One of my favorite books is a tiny collection of stories about people who have encountered the angelic realm. It’s an old book, the cover is torn off, and I don’t know the title or the author. I’ve read it straight through at least twice. My favorite story is the one about the professor and his wife who were hiking in the woods in New England. As they talked with each other, they suddenly heard the murmur of distant voices. They thought, of course, that there were other hikers on the trail. But as the voices drew near, they looked up and saw a floating group of angels — “glorious beautiful creatures that glowed with spiritual beauty.” The angels were “floating” above them near the treetops, talking with each other just as naturally as you or I would talk to a friend.
Anyway, lately I’ve been interested in contemporary fiction involving angels. I’ve discovered that there are more than I expected. I’ve also been impressed by the uniqueness of each story and the creativity of these authors. Most importantly, these books open your eyes to the unseen realities of the spiritual world and the realization that we all are engaged in life alongside spiritual forces of darkness and light.
The ones below are my favorites so far.
If you’ve got book lovers on your Christmas list this year, consider getting them one of the exciting series below.
Son of Angels, by Jerel Law
Angel Eyes, by Shannon Dittemore
Angelguard, by Ian Acheson
Threshold, by Christa Kinde
Halflings, by Heather Burch
Penryn & the End of Days, by Susan Ee
Did I miss any good ones? What are some of your favorite contemporary stories involving angels?