We Come As Friends by Peter Michaels delivers positive stories
about alien encounters. Unlike most books about alien contact,
Michaels believes the positive stories of alien
encounters need to be publicized and he has accomplished
this goal very adequately in his new book.
Most Hollywood movies of alien
encounters capitalize on people's fears. Most books on
alien abductions also dwell on the dark side. Despite a
paucity of friendly alien stories, Michaels has pulled
together a fine collection of aliens who changed the
lives of humans. As Michaels points out, not all of the
encounters are happy ones, but they are often
illuminating, teaching the experiencer something about
himself or herself.
Some of the encounters are whimsical,
teaching us that we are not the only creatures in the
universe with a sense of humor or mischievous streak.
Some of the encounters involve resuces of people in
danger. In nearly all the encounters, the aliens explain
the order and structure of the universe and the need for
all civilizations to adhere to an already established
Some encounters provide compelling
information about aliens walking among us and how they
disguise themselves as humans for short periods of time.
One group of aliens reportedly reads our library books by
walking up and down the rows in libraries and scans their
contents. Other alien groups communicate with their
computers which are a lifeform.
Michaels feels that if these stories
help to make alien encounters more readily acceptable to
the public, then he has helped this badly troubled field.
The book is easy to
read and the stories flow. A collection of stories about
healings will give any parent moist eyes. From healings
to dramatic rescues, it is apparent the aliens are always
watching over us, much like the Native American belief in
Interestingly, Michaels points out that
all the stories for the healing section occurred in the
same small geographic area, though it appeared to extend
across the central United States from the west to the
We Come As Friends
One revealing story about alien logic is revealed in
a story about a husband and wife in a sinking boat. The couple and
their dog are forced to abandon the boat. As they
struggle to stay afloat, they are abducted into a beam of
white light and taken on board a UFO. They asked the
aliens why they were saved?
The aliens explained they heard their cries for
help. According to the aliens, they hear people calling
them all the time, but usually ignore it because they
place no value on human life. They rescued this
particular couple because the alien's purpose was to save
their dog and knew the dog would be miserably unhappy without its
One story wreaks of
classic disinformation. In this story, the alien woman
visits by walking through doors and can shapeshift into
any appearance she desires. She explains that aliens love
going to see movies in the theaters, and make counterfeit
money in order to buy tickets. By now, readers are
half-expecting her to say these aliens enjoy eating
strawberry ice cream, too! This story is very
inconsistent given that aliens who could walk through solid
walls would not need to buy a movie theater ticket.
inconsistent story noted above, all
the rest of the stories are worth
reading. Many stories
contain familiar topics, such as shapeshifting
aliens, computers as living creatures, and the aliens
ability to rapidly learn numerous languages.
certainly wonder if any of the people in these stories
were abductees, either before, during or after their
incredible experiences. Most of these story lines would
work for the American TV series Touched By An Angel.
This book comes highly recommended.