The light in the bedroom flickered and roused me from sleep. It must have been 3:00 a.m. I closed my eyes, hoping to fall back sleep. Zzzzt. The lights flickered on again but I defiantly kept my eyes closed. Annoying, I thought and rolled over, confident I could find sleep and avoid the flickering lights for the rest of the night. And then, the thought that completely woke me up flitted through my weary noggin: “As you read Saved by an Angel, you’ll likely notice more of the interactions you have with your own guardian angels,” author Doreen Virtue (www.angeltherapy.com) wrote in the book’s preface.
Just a week earlier I started reading Saved by an Angel, somewhat sure it would be a quick read. I was wrong. Fourteen chapters are packed with individual, real life stories of people who, explains Virtue, have been saved or changed by angelic intervention. Although I’d heard a great deal about Doreen Virtue and knew she was as much as of an “angel expert” as any one could be — with a trove of angel-centered books to her credit — I had yet to personally read any of her material. Although I consider myself a student of metaphysical books, angels had really not been my thing.
But there was beauty in starting my angel reading with more than a hundred stories from “real” people. These first-person accounts span the gamut — from healing messages to help from mysterious strangers, from visions of deceased loved ones to answered prayers — and are tend short (a page or so in most cases) and simply written. For example, in a story called Illumination, a young woman sees an ongoing car headed straight at her and then sees the car illuminate in a “glorious light” and knows her life will be spared. It is. As she tells her story, she relays, “Not that I don’t believe in angels, but nothing like that had ever happened to me! I know now that my vision helped me more than I can understand…..” Sincere stories like this are not easy reads. After I’d read a story or two, I put the book down to think about them. What was the author’s motivation? Why would they submit the story for publication? In nearly every case, a single angel intervention changed someone’s life. The compiled stories are compelling and inspirational, not at all what I expected when I considered reading the book.
Following the many stories, Part II of the book includes Virtue’s plan for readers to see their own angels. At just 32 pages (of 253), it is the smallest section of the book and provides strategies for angel-viewing enhancement — Virtue says many of the same techniques she teaches in her popular seminars and programs. Her seven-day plan includes stocking up on “earthly supplies and shop for foods that will enhance your psychic ability” including fruits and vegetables as well as specific meditations, journal writing, chanting and the like. As someone who’s life was saved by an angel during an armed carjacking in 1995, Virtue has dedicated her life to researching and teaching about these sorts of experiences. As she notes, when Baylor University conducted a survey of 1,700 American adults (many of whom didn’t consider themselves religious) in 2008, 55% reported that they have been “protected from harm by a guardian angel.”
Statistics aside, I enjoyed reading the real-life stories and felt a connection to each of them.
And so there I lay watching lights flicker in the middle of the night, half-wondering if an angel was going to appear or some other strange hijinx might ensue. Slowly I folded the comforter back and crept over to the light switch. Here I discovered that someone had left the dimmer switch on just a tad, which more than likely create the electrical charges from the lights. Or had it?
When you read a book about angels, it’s important to keep your mind open.
From time to time, I review books from Hay House authors. www.hayhouse.com I received the book from Hay House for review purposes and was not financially compensated for this post. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.