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The Angelic Way: Angels through the Ages and Their Meaning for Us
     

The Angelic Way: Angels through the Ages and Their Meaning for Us

by Rami Shapiro
 

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Examining angels as metaphors--not only as God reaching out to humankind but also as humankind reaching out to God--this comprehensive study illuminates the philosophical, psychological, and spiritual implications of angels, both heavenly and fallen.

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Examining angels as metaphors--not only as God reaching out to humankind but also as humankind reaching out to God--this comprehensive study illuminates the philosophical, psychological, and spiritual implications of angels, both heavenly and fallen.

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"A fine contribution to the study of angels, including the gift of presenting the role of angels through the prism of deep ecumenism . . .Well worth reading—and practicing!"  —Matthew Fox, author, Original Blessing

"Shapiro discusses the history of angels, giving particular attention to archangels, fallen angels, and the Angel of Death . . . the connections Shapiro makes across ideas and traditions are intriguing . . . A well-informed but accessible treatment of angels as divine aspects of the self, which will appeal to general readers."   —Library Journal

"Shapiro's The Angelic Way delves into the many ways that angels have captivated human thought and helped us find ways to express our understanding of the divine."  —The Los Angeles Times

"At last! A discussion of angels that is lucid, comprehensive, and truly in the service of inner transformation."  Cynthia Bourgeault, author, The Wisdom Jesus

"Rami Shapiro has not only given us historical information but also many spiritual insights about what angels have been to the human psyche in story, myth, and scripture. This is a fine book to enjoy and to learn from."  —Gunilla Norris, author, Simple Ways

"An amazing book! Like few others it opens the doors of our imagination to the rich story world of angels . . . A book full of surprising insights, delight, and wisdom."  —Ursula King, author, The Search for Spirituality

"The Angelic Way offers us a fresh and dynamic way to enter the mythic world of spirituality that recognizes angels as aspects of our own consciousness."  —Dennis Genpo Merzel, author, Big Mind Big Heart

Los Angeles Times
Shapiro's The Angelic Way delves into the many ways that angels have captivated human thought and helped us find ways to express our understanding of the divine.
Library Journal
In his latest, Shapiro (religious studies, Middle Tennessee State Univ.; The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness) discusses the history of angels, giving particular attention to archangels, fallen angels, and the Angel of Death. While this is not a work of profound scholarship akin to Peter Gardella's American Angels or Gustav Davidson's Dictionary of Angels, the connections Shapiro makes across ideas and traditions are intriguing, especially his comparison of the ascended ones of various religions to angels. Angels, he writes, are not figments of our imagination but the imagination itself—not external to us but internal. Angels have wings because angels are us, and we can fly. VERDICT A well-informed but accessible treatment of angels as divine aspects of the self, which will appeal to general readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933346199
Publisher:
BlueBridge
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.70(d)

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Cynthia Bourgeault
At last! A discussion of angels that is lucid, comprehensive, and truly in the service of inner transformation. (Cynthia Bourgeault, author The Wisdom Jesus)

Meet the Author

Rami Shapiro has been a congregational rabbi for 20 years, is currently an adjunct professor of religious studies at Middle Tennessee State University, and directs One River, a not-for-profit educational foundation. He is the author of Hasidic Tales: Annotated and Explained, The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness, and The Way of Solomon. He lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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