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Celestial, otherworldly, heavenly. Whatever the term, sometimes there is no earthly explanation for what we experience, and a higher power is clearly at work. In this book of 101 inspirational stories, contributors share their personal angel experiences of faith, miracles, and answered prayers. You will be awed and inspired by these true personal stories from people, religious and non-religious, about angel guidance, miraculous intervention, and love from beyond.

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Five Ways to Experience the Angels Among Us

Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels Among Us by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark

Faith and answered prayers often yield incredible results — even miracles. The 101 contributors to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels Among Us, though ordinary people, have had amazing experiences with entities that can only be described as angels. Here are five ways to open yourself up to the possibility of an angelic experience.

1. Be thankful for help from a stranger. Mary Potter Kenyon’s daughter Elizabeth was alone during a layover at a bus station one night when a big, burly man with tattoos approached her. At first Elizabeth was afraid, praying for God to protect her, but as the man started talking to her, she realized he meant her no harm. As they talked through the night, three different cars circled the bus station and parking lot. The men in the cars would look at Elizabeth, but drive away once they saw the big man beside her. When the bus station opened in the morning, Elizabeth went inside and the man disappeared. When Elizabeth shared this story, Mary realized the man was an angel sent to protect Elizabeth. "Sometimes God’s angel can be a big, burly man with tattooed arms," Mary writes.

2. Accept messages from your angel. Kathryn Y. Pollard was pregnant but hadn’t felt her baby move all day. At thirty-eight weeks into her difficult pregnancy, feeling nauseated and overheated, all she wanted to do was nap. When she lay down, her deceased mother appeared before her, eyeing her stomach and asking over and over again if she was okay. Her mother disappeared and Kathryn admitted that something was wrong and went to the hospital. "A team of doctors and nurses raced to revitalize my lethargic son. After a whirlwind of injections, probing, more testing and monitoring, the doctors finally gave the baby a thumbs-up," Kathryn says. "They released me later that night, telling me that if I had arrived just a few minutes later the baby might have died."

3. Remember to pray. Irene R. Bastian was alone with a new mother cow when it attacked her and trapped her in a barn. She yelled for her dog and her family, but none of them could hear her. Finally, she remembered to pray for God to protect her. Immediately the cow ran to the opposite end of the corral and remained there, frozen. Irene felt herself being helped up out of the barn and back to her house. Although she suffered three broken ribs, more cracked ribs, and all-over bruising and cuts, she survived, because she remembered to pray. "Often farmers are killed in angry cow attacks because there is no escape, no one to intervene," Irene writes. "Praise God for divine intervention! Thank God for sending his angels to rescue me."

4. Listen to that inner voice. Kristen Nicole Velasquez’s faith was waning as she began to doubt her purpose in life and whether or not God was real. She was driving on a crowded highway with her son one day when out of nowhere she heard a voice say, "TURN RIGHT, NOW!" She immediately did what the voice told her and turned onto a truck-stop ramp. Seconds later she witnessed a car accident right where she had just been. The angel’s voice had saved her and her son’s lives. "Immediately after the accident, I quickly became a believer again. I no longer questioned my reason for living," Kristen says. "Since then, life has become less complicated and I try not to sweat the small stuff. Although I may never know exactly whose voice spoke to me that day, I’m convinced it was my own guardian angel."

5. Saying "thank you" may reveal your angel. Tom Kaden was stranded with a flat tire in the mountains of West Virginia with his pregnant wife when a kind police officer helped them find a mechanic. Tom called the police station a few days later to thank him, but the police chief told him there was no officer by that name. "To this day I’m not sure if there really is an Officer Anderson who roams the mountains of West Virginia on I-79 north or if he is simply an angel," Tom writes, "but I do know that this amazing act of kindness has drastically changed the course of my life."

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