Angels on Assignment by Perry Stone – book review

I tried to like Angels on Assignment, I really did… but it just wasn’t working for me.

My Dad then came to visit for a vacation and read it while he was here. He then wrote me a review, which I have to say was not a very positive one. I was going to post that but I thought I’d be better to word it in my own way.

The book attempts to demonstrate that there are angels actively working to protect us and our loved ones. I believe this is true but not for the reasons Perry Stone tries to convince us of in this book.

The basic premise of the book is that the Mizpah covenant provides for God’s angels to protect us and our loved ones.  However, no matter how I look at it, no matter how many times I read it, the Mizpah covenant was not between God and His people guaranteeing His protection through angels at all.  The Covenant was proposed by Laban between him and Jacob in which Laban called upon God to continually witness and judge the actions of Jacob in case he ever did anything to wrong Laban in his absence.  Not only does the covenant have no reference to angels, it seeks vengeance, not well-being.

I remember when I was growing up people would buy ‘Mizpah pendents’ and share them with their friends. These twin pendents were two halves of a heart which had written on them “The Lord watch between me and thee while we are apart”. It was a form of saying, “You’re my BFF”. Both parties would wear half of the heart around their neck signifying their friendship.

I always wondered if they knew that the Mizpah covenant was not one of protection but one of saying, “Be good, because God is watching!”

I believe that Stone makes this same mistake in Angels on Assignment – and if I’m the one who is mistaken, there is certainly nothing in this book to convince me of that.

Angels are real and I believe that they protect us, but not because of the Mizpah covenant, as this book claims. I fear that many who read it will be misled into believing something that is partly true but partly very false.

For that reason, I cannot recommend this book.