Examining angels as metaphors, not only of God reaching out to humankind but also of humankind reaching out to God, this comprehensive study illuminates the philosophical, psychological, and spiritual implications of angels, both heavenly and fallen, for readers and seekers of every faith or none. It gives both an overview of angels in various religious traditions, and an explanation of angels as expressions of human spiritual awareness, and shows that the fascination with winged spirits is universal. Offering an accessible history of angels, an exploration of the contemporary implications of angelology, and a means to make sense of angels and the divine in life, this stunning addition to angelic studies is a beautiful invitation to embrace the angelic in the everyday.
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.
Shapiros 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.
- Los Angeles Times