Friday, October 12, 2012

Angels All Around Us: A Sightseeing Guide to the Invisible World


Angels All Around Us: 
A Sightseeing Guide to the Invisible World  -
Anthony DeStafano 
Paperback 224 pages 
Publisher Image Books (October 16, 2012)

When I first received Anthony DeStafano’s newest book, I must admit I was taken by the title and the cover. It was October 2nd, the feast of the Guardian Angels, so I thought this was certainly providential.

I began to read and found the author’s style very readable, almost conversational in tone, and found myself reading the whole book in three consecutive evenings.

As a theologian concerned with the metaphysical, I was pleasantly surprised to see how well the author had articulated the spiritual realm in readable, easily understood terms and descriptions. 

Particularly enlightening for the reader is his description of all the invisible activities of both good angels and the fallen angels and / or demons.

With the changes to the Roman Missal came a slight change to the Nicene Creed form “the seen and unseen” to the “Visible and Invisible”. While it seemed to be a rather pedantic change, and the terms are interchangeable, perhaps the change of wording will draw us out of a complacent attitude toward the invisible realities of God, Grace, the human soul, angels, demons, the power of prayer, and heaven, and hell.

Ultimately, the issue of the afterlife is one that every human culture has pondered for centuries. Through Divine Revelation, the prophets, and in particular, the fullness of Divine Revelation, Jesus Christ Himself, and the prayer and work of theologians and the Sacred Tradition of the Church and the Magisterium, we can know certain things about the unseen, ever-present invisible world around us.

DeStafano’s “Sightseeing Guide to the Invisible World” will make a wonderful gift to anyone and a fine addition to the spiritual enthusiast’s library.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the above book for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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