initially promising but tending to over-simplify and trivialize,
This review is from: An Angel Called Mervin: The Christian Story Through Celestial Eyes (Paperback)
Initially I was very impressed with "An Angel Called Mervin", but having finished, I have mixed feelings about it. I found the cover and title a bit deceptive; they give the impression of a comic, cartoon-like feel to the book. In fact the narrative, through the device of a lecture by the principal training angel to all the newly created angels, gives a view of all the events in the bible, relating to Jesus, from a heavenly perspective. In other words, the story from the angels' viewpoint.
And in many ways, this is enlightening, moving and revealing. Several bible stories which have often seemed bizarre or perplexing, were opened out to me, and made sense for the first time. There were some wonderful images - the idea of invisible armies of angels, wings outstretched, waiting to save Jesus from the cross, and being held back by "the Mighty One" though they longed to intervene.
Later on I wasn't so happy with the way the final biblical prophecies are handled. There has been so much controversy over the centuries about interpretation of these prophecies. My problem may lie with the way this material is handled.
So,in some ways I enjoyed and valued "An Angel Called Mervin", in other ways I found the style of presentation tended to over-simplify and even trivialize.
But if you are interested in angels, try it!
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Initial post: 24 Aug 2015 13:35:53 BDT
i have to be honest, i found this book deeply disturbing. i don't doubt it's accuracy. it seems to have been very well cross-referenced to the bible. nevertheless, the god it portrays, to me, seems irrational and self-obsessed. and the central theme of the war between good and evil also detracts enormously from what i personally understand to be the central message of christianity, which is love, compassion and mercy. to give one example, it seems bizarre that the angels are so joyful about killing evil people. where's the love, compassion and mercy in that. in a nutshell, this isn't the god of my understanding. but perhaps that's because i don't believe that god created mankind to suffer eternal damnation.
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