75 percent of Americans believe in angels, according to a Gallup poll.

(StatePoint) Times are hard for lots of families nationwide and many are looking for spiritual guidance to help them get through difficult periods.

During these episodes many people look to connect with their inner spirituality and even with their belief in guardian angels who can help them cope with the challenges of life.

Indeed, 75 percent of Americans believe in angels, according to a recently conducted Gallup poll. Another new survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reveals that 68 percent of Americans believe that angels are active in the world.

It is no wonder then that popular culture has been filled with stories about higher beings - from movie classics like "It's A Wonderful Life" to such television series as "Kyle XY," "The 4400" and "Touched by an Angel."

According to Kaya and Christiane Muller, co-authors of The Book of Angels, Hidden Secrets: Dreams, Signs, Meditation, there are hundreds of situations or problems that people face - from alcoholism to cancer to depression - that can be helped by getting in touch with their spiritual sides.

"Sooner or later we all face the fundamental questions of who we are and where we are going," said Kaya, whose own personal story led him to a strong belief in spirituality and even in angels.

Kaya was a rising international singing superstar, opening for Celine Dion, having recorded several gold albums. But at the age of 25, he walked away from fame and a multi-million dollar deal from Sony Music to seek out his spiritual path when his family life fell into shambles.

His personal journey to find inner peace led him to a nearly 2,500 year-old text shrouded in mystery and mystique - a part of the rich heritage of Judeo-Christianity, known as "The Traditional Study of Angels." Only a few decades ago did it resurface, after a 500-year underground existence that began during The Spanish Inquisition.

Now, a fresh interpretation of how to apply the teachings of this text is provided in Kaya's new book, The Book of Angels, which has been a best-seller in Canada, France, Switzerland and Germany and is now making its American debut.

"Angels traditionally have been represented as little cherubic children with wings, but an angel really is a metaphor that expresses the infinite potential of human beings," said Kaya. "Without spirituality there is a nonsense to our existence. We build a life and we work hard at it and, in the end, we die. Everything we create will one day be but dust in the wind. The basic materialistic approach to life always brings a feeling of emptiness one day, whether or not you are successful."

For more information about tapping into your spiritual side, read The Book of Angels, or visit www.ucm.ca.