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The Hum of Angels

Listening for the Messengers of God Around Us

Scot McKnight

Category: Youth Ministry

About The Hum of Angels

Would You Recognize an Angel if You Saw One?

The majority of earth’s inhabitants believe in Angels. Yet so few of us can claim to have seen one. Why?
 
Perhaps it’s because in order to encounter one, we first have to learn what to look for and how to look!  We live in a world where the natural and supernatural overlap. Angels are constantly on mission from God and constantly at work in this world.
 
From the Garden of Eden to the Book of Revelation, Scripture is filled with hundreds of references to these wondrous creatures. In this creative work, Scot McKnight explores what the Bible says – and doesn’t say – about these majestic beings. And that’s deeply important because angels are still on mission today. They express God’s love, confirm His presence, and even lead humans in redemptive worship.
 
Don’t just believe in angels. Learn how to recognize these messengers of God that are all around us and know how God might be using them to affect our lives. 


Most People Believe in Angels. 
It’s What we Believe About them that Matters.


Believing in angels is one thing. But how can we know what angels are really like – especially when our preconceived notions have been mostly shape by sensationalized misinterpretations of these wondrous beings?

To help sort things out, Scot McKnight untangles fact from fiction on topics such as:
* Do loved ones become angels when they die?
* Can we hear from angels?
* Is there a hierarchy of angels?
* Do we have a specific guardian angel?
* Should we be scared of angels?
* Are cherubs and seraphs different creatures than angels?
* Do angels have wings?
* Are angels worship leaders?

The Hum of Angels illuminates what the Bible says about these heavenly beings; and it helps you to understand the deepest truths about one of God’s most magnificent and yet misunderstood creations.

Praise

“Books on the angelic in the Bible are usually of varying quality—so fluffy and story filled they lack a coherent basis in Scripture, or so impenetrably philosophical one can’t apply them to the normal Christian life. Scot McKnight’s The Hum of Angels carefully avoids all these pitfalls and presents a sound and balanced biblical vision of God’s 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 God’s 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 I’d missed how ever present angels are at key junctures and in critical ways throughout the biblical story. As a pastor, I’d 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 us—a 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 God’s 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, I’ll walk through my day with more awareness of God’s 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 today—not 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 God’s angels on our behalf is one more reason for hope to thrive in the future of God’s ultimate victory over evil. This book is an eye-opening, reassuring, and hope-filled read.”
—Carolyn Custis James, author of Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women and Malestrom: Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Changing World

About Scot McKnight

SCOT MCKNIGHT (PhD, University of Nottingham) is professor of New Testament at Northern Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He is the author of more than fifty books, including the popular The Jesus Creed and recent releases, The Heaven Promise and The Hum of Angels. McKnight speaks two to four times per month across the country, including at venues such as Catalyst, Q Conference, and Willow Creek Community Church. Scot and his wife, Kris, live in the Chicago suburbs.

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224 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Feb 7, 2017

Trim Size: 6 x 9

Carton Quantity: 12

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About The Hum of Angels by Scot McKnight

Would You Recognize an Angel if You Saw One? The majority of earth’s inhabitants believe in angels. Yet many of us cannot claim to have seen one. Why? Perhaps it’s because in order to encounter one, we first have to learn what to look for and how to look! We live in a world where the natural and supernatural overlap. Angels are constantly on mission from God and constantly at work in the world. From the Garden of Eden to the book of Revelation, Scripture is filled with hundreds of references to these wondrous creatures. In this creative work, Scot McKnight explores what the Bible says—and doesn’t say—about these majestic beings. And that’s deeply important, because angels are still on mission today. They express God’s love, confirm his presence, and even lead humans in redemptive worship. Don’t just believe in angels. Learn how to recognize these messengers of God that are all around us, and know how God might be using them to affect our lives. Most People Believe in Angels. It’s What we Believe About them that Matters. Believing in angels is one thing. But how can we know what angels are really like – especially when our preconceived notions have been mostly shape by sensationalized misinterpretations of these wondrous beings? To help sort things out, Scot McKnight untangles fact from fiction on topics such as: * Do loved ones become angels when they die? * Can we hear from angels? * Is there a hierarchy of angels? * Do we have a specific guardian angel? * Should we be scared of angels? * Are cherubs and seraphs different creatures than angels? * Do angels have wings? * Are angels worship leaders? The Hum of Angels illuminates what the Bible says about these heavenly beings and helps you to understand the deepest truths about one of God’s most magnificent and yet misunderstood creations.

Press Release

Angels Exist, And What You Believe About Them Matters
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.  – With the majority of Americans (over 80%) believing in the existence of angels[1], Scot McKnight, scholar, theologian and author of The Hum of Angels (WaterBrook, February 7, 2017), dispels myths and elucidates facts surrounding the existence of angels and their purpose. “Here is my claim: If you believe in God, you also believe in angels. This is not a philosophical book about angels, nor is it an attempt to prove the reality of angels,” says McKnight. “Here is a foretaste: there are far more angels-related passages in the Bible than most Christians know. The Bible…describes this world as full of wondrous beings, many beyond the scope of our eyes.”
 
The Bible refers to angels more than two hundred times. They are mentioned throughout the Bible starting in the garden of Eden and have a major role in the final battle in Revelation. McKnight points out that angels appear most often when God is about to alter the course of history, but that they exist in the back ground all the time. Angels have many tasks: they disclose information, good news and comfort; guide, protect, and fight; worship and lead worship.
 
McKnight untangles fact from fiction answering questions such as:
 
•         Do loved ones become angels when they die?
•         Can we hear from angels?
•         Is there a hierarchy of angels?
•         Do we have a specific guardian angel?
•         Should we be scared of angels?
•         Are cherubs and seraphs different creatures than angels?
•         Are angels worship leaders?
 
McKnight’s challenge: invite Christians into the thrilling reality of discovering that God uses these messengers and the Bible shapes that identity and foundation. “[Angels] are all around us. Few of us have seen one because we first have to learn what we are looking for…The hum of angels surrounds us, and we only need ears to hear it or eyes to see them.”
 
[1] The Baylor Religion Survey http://www.thearda.com/archive/files/descriptions/baylorw2.asp

 
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Scot McKnight is the author of more than fifty books, including The Jesus Creed and The Heaven Promise. A popular speaker at events such as Catalyst and Q Conference, Scot is professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. His blog, Jesus Creed, has 3 million page views annually. He and his wife, Kris, live in the Chicago suburbs.
 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scot.mcknight/ Twitter: @scotmcknight

 
 
  SUGGESTED QUESTIONS FOR INTERVIEW:

1.       As a theologian and New Testament scholar, when did your interest in angels begin? What was the biggest surprise to you personally as you conducted research for this book? What is the significance to the title, The Hum of Angels?  
2.       How does studying angels and understanding their purpose and place grow our worship of Jesus? Why is it important to have our theology right when talking about angels?
 
3.       What caution, if any, should Christians hold when studying the existence of angels? In other words, how do you keep balance in both looking for angels but not becoming obsessed with ‘seeing the unseen.’
 
4.       Why do angels so often say, “Do not be afraid,” when they are delivering a message from God to a human being?
 
5.       Angels exist in almost every world religion. How do you respond to people who don’t have a Christian faith but believe in angels and even talk about being able to see them? Are those angels different from the angels you teach about in Scripture?
 
6.       Could you provide more insight into the role of angels and how they are used to protect us and come to our aid? For example, in the passage of Daniel 10, we learn that Daniel had a vision of a man dressed in linen who was detained by the prince of Persia (Satan). One of the chief princes, Michael, was sent to aid in the fighting since the man had been detained in coming to Daniel’s aid. This denotes a battle raging in the heavens because Daniel had set his mind to gain understanding and humble himself before God (vs. 12). Could you unpack that passage for us?

 
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Praise for The Hum of Angels
 
 
“Books on the angelic in the Bible are usually of varying quality—so fluffy and story filled they lack a coherent basis in Scripture, or so impenetrably philosophical one can’t apply them to the normal Christian life. Scot McKnight’s The Hum of Angels carefully avoids all these pitfalls and presents a sound and balanced biblical vision of God’s 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 God’s 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 I’d missed how ever present angels are at key junctures and in critical ways throughout the biblical story. As a pastor, I’d 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 us—a 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 God’s 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, I’ll walk through my day with more awareness of God’s 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 today—not 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 God’s angels on our behalf is one more reason for hope to thrive in the future of God’s ultimate victory over evil. This book is an eye- opening, reassuring, and hope-filled read.”
 
—Carolyn Custis James, author of Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women and
Malestrom: Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Changing World

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By Kathy Brown

The Hum of Angels Listening for the Messengers of God Around Us By: Scot McKnight I love the cover of the bird and the colors look amazing on the cover. When I saw this book I had to have it to read, but God lead me to read first "The Seven Mile Miracle" (which I must say was great). I felt so blessed that "The Hum of Angels" was still available to read to review. Wow thank you Lord, Glory be to God!! I love reading...

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By Vijaya Bodach

This title appealed to me because I have always believed in the guiding hand of angels and wanted to learn more. In THE HUM OF ANGELS: Listening for the Messengers of God Around Us, Scot McKnight gives a Biblical basis for belief in angels and their role.His main question is that if angels exist, and most of us believe in them, then why are we not more aware of it? He compares them to hummingbirds. Once we learn to pay attention, we are able...

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By VikTory Arch

Marvelous book about Angelic Beings, those who are loyal to God...Scot McKnight teaches how to be in defense of Angels:  why do we actually believe in them? Can we trust them? Why do we need Angels? He talks about God's loving Presence brought through them; they express His love, they confirm God's presence. Angels send to the Redeemed. They teach from the Beginning. They bring God's comfort. They come with important messages and assignments......

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By Traci Rhoades

Angels surround us, and draw us to God, whether we're taking the time to realize it or not. I appreciated that McKnight didn't feel the need to give absolute conclusions about how angels work. It's enough to know they're working

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By Bruce Willix

Since a lot of people (even Christians) look toward angels almost to the level of worship ( which is Idolatry). Because of this I wanted to see what the the author Scott McKnight wrote angels and if it was Biblical or not. It is but I have a problem with one area which he teaches I will address below. In the chapter The Four Most Important Words about angels Mr. McKnight says angels are NOT the subject of the story, they are ministers in a...

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