As one of Hay House’s blogger reviewers, I get to choose the books I review and I have the freedom to write whatever I want about each one. I had no interest in reviewing “The Angel Therapy Handbook” by Doreen Virtue for months. I like the material from Hay House’s inspirational authors, such as Louise Hay’s affirmations, Wayne Dyer’s words on the power of intention, or Cheryl Richardson’s extreme life makeovers. All with practical tips on how to live a better life. But talking to angels seemed a bit bizarre to me. You can get messages from angels?? Really???
Then I attended Hay House’s I Can Do It conference in Pasadena this Fall. I noticed many authors had workshops in regular sized conference rooms. Doreen Virtue drew such a big crowd that they put her in the main auditorium for her workshop. “Maybe there is something to this angel stuff,” I thought, as I watched a stream of people going into Doreen’s talk. Though I didn’t hear Doreen speak that weekend, I decided when I got back home to check one of her books out.
In the introduction of “Angel Therapy” Doreen explains how she connected with angels at a young age. “I was teased for being weird and different,” she writes, “I rarely shared my odd experiences with others in order to avoid additional ostracism.” I liked this personal biography to start the book, and I came away believing that Doreen really does communicate with angels, even if the idea seemed foreign to me.
After sharing her personal experiences, Doreen gives a very thorough explanation of what an angel is, the different types of angels, and how they communicate with us. She reveals that angels talk to us in a combination of four ways – visions, feelings, thoughts, and sound – and that one of these channels is strongest for each of us (which she calls your “primary clair”). In taking a short test in the book I was typed as “claircognizance” – or “an intellectual who receives direct communication through ideas and revelations.” This I agree with. I am more of an “idea person” than the other types. Communicating with angels through impressions or ideas didn’t seem so far fetched after all. I found myself saying “that’s me” when reading her chapter on the features of claircognizance, and I suspect one of the four “clairs” will ring true for you, too.
In another chapter Doreen answers the common objections to interacting with angels. “Is it blasphemous to talk to angels?”, “What if I’m wrong or just making it up?”, “Isn’t it better to learn life’s lessons on my own?” are three of the questions she addresses. I thought her answers to these and other objections were well thought out. I came away thinking communicating with angels could be a loving, supportive area of growth for me, rather than a practice to be wary of.
Angel Therapy is also full of sound advice. In addition to the detailed descriptions of angels Doreen sprinkles little bits of wisdom throughout the book. In one chapter she writes, “Two indicators that you’re aligned with your life purpose are (1) feeling joy as you engage in the activity; and (2) doors open for you easily while experiencing success with the service or product.” I’ve been doing a lot of thinking on my life’s purpose recently, and these words were encouraging to me.
After finishing “Angel Therapy” I regretted not hearing Doreen Virtue speak when I had the chance a few months ago. While I still wonder about some of the material in the book, reading Angel Therapy made me more open to the angelic realm. Maybe angels really are out there to support me. Maybe I’ve been communicating with them in my own way for years, and I just didn’t know it.
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This is another book review in my partnership with Hay House. I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.