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Astronomy Book Review: The Work of His Hands

 

by Colonel Jeffrey N. Williams published by Concordia Publishing House

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My dad is really hard to shop for. It’s not that he “has everything”, but he does have everything he wants. In fact, what he really wants can’t be bought, especially grandchildren!

So, last Fall, when Grandpa asked me what I thought would make a good present, I felt for him. But, this time I had the answer. Dad loves astronomy and Jesus. I’d just heard about this book and thought of buying it for him myself. How much more special coming from his father!

Sure enough, Dad loved his present. He’s even let me borrow it for a while so I could read it and tell you about it.

Have you ever wanted to be an astronaut? Ever imagined being strapped into a rocket shooting towards outer space? What would it be like floating around in a spacecraft and having to strap everything down to keep it from drifting away?

What  about being stuck in the International Space Station (ISS) for months on end?

Colonel Williams does an amazing job letting us know what it feels like being an astronaut. He doesn’t cover the years of training much, but from the weeks leading up to the launch he gives us an insider view of the emotions they go through. The text is easy to read and more about the relationships and thoughts he experienced than the “techie” stuff he was doing.

Of course, the highlight of the book is its photographs. The book is a smaller sized coffee table book with glossy pages and a hardbound cover displaying them to full advantage. Things are divided into subjects so you can look at amazing cloud formations one time and city-scapes another. Whole sections are just pictures with just enough captioning to know what you’re looking at and where.

Most of the photos were taken by Col. Williams himself. There aren’t any pictures of the stars or nebula in here, Col. Williams kept his focus on our home, the “spacecraft” Earth. If you’ve ever had a window seat on an airplane, you already know how fascinating earth can be from up above. It’s only better from the ISS!

Colonel Williams is bold in his confidence in God as Creator. Except when he’s describing the events of his mission to the ISS in 2006, his focus is always on God. He pulls in Scripture often and is unapologetic about his acceptance of the Bible’s testimony.

Marcos Pontes, Brazil, Col. Williams, Pavel Vinogradov, Russia

He also gives us a great example of what it looks like to see all people as God’s creatures. The multi-cultural nature of the International Space program is brought out with no hint of superiority. There’s plenty of pride in who he is and acknowledgment of comfort in the familiar. At the same time there is acceptance of the unique dignity other cultures have. We see this in both the text and the fascinating pictures of farming and other elements across the globe.

Everything about the book is top quality. The reading level is within reach for a sixth grader and the concepts even younger than that. I will probably add this to my Summer reading time with my kids as it fits into science, geography, meteorology, and culture so beautifully.

For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else. Isaiah 45:18 

Review: Transformed by the Evidence

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Edited by Doug Sharp, B.S. and Jerry Bergman Ph.D. Published by Leafcutter Press

A year ago I told you about one of the most delightful creation books I’d ever read (after the one on Mount St. Helens). Persuaded by the Evidence is a book it would be wonderful for every family with older kids to have in their home library.

I was excited to hear the editors had just published a second book of testimonies and I could even get a review copy straight from them! 🙂

As in Persuaded, Transformed by the Evidence is a collection of stories by over 20 people somehow connected with the Creation movement. Some of the authors get rather eye-crossing with their science speak. A few turn their section into a display of the scientific evidence rather than personal experience. Plus, the book wasn’t published by Master Books and could have used a bit more editing in spots.

But, none of these dampen the impact of the accounts of people who have found Jesus as their Savior and had their lives turned upside down by recognizing God as Creator.

Several of the writers were superb in their ability to express what their lives were like before and after finding their Creator, drawing us into the process. A couple weeks after finishing the book, one lady’s transformation (they picked the right title) is still incredible to me. A missionary kid’s testimony of his parents warning him to stay away from science completely is a wake up call for us parents.

I was especially pleased by those who had gone some distance down the path towards destruction. None of them did any glorying in their sin. Usually, you were left guessing just what was so awful about their behavior. The focus was always on God and His power.

There is one account where the author is serving a life sentence for what he did. Nothing graphic, but the barest of facts are sad enough. It will be important for my kids to understand just how far evolutionary, godless thinking can take a person when they hit their teens, but I’m not going to hand them this book before then.

Many of the stories in both books would make great family reading. Dad or Mom could read through them first to find appropriate ones for their family. This would naturally lead to questions and opportunities to discuss what happened in each life and the kinds of worldview issues our kids need preparation for.

Some of the stories are just awesome reminders of the power God has to draw people to Himself.

There were several authors whose names I’d run into online but didn’t know anything about until now. The testimony of the guy who started (Grand) Canyon Ministries, Tom Vail, is amazing. I’d met Karl Priest online a while back and now know a lot more about him. I’d heard of Dr. Jean Lightner a tiny bit through Answers in Genesis and Creation Today. Now I wish I had a couple hours with her to ask questions about chromosomes and homeschooling!

If I were just building my creation library, this would be in the 2nd set of books I’d get. Like Persuaded, it is a book about people. People Jesus interacts with and draws to Himself using His natural world as a major tool.

As mentioned, I received a free review copy of Transformed by the Evidence from the editor/author. He didn’t tell me what to say, just to let you all know what I thought about it. Thanks, Dr. Bergman!

To get your own copy, check out the Revolution Against Evolution, which is run by the other editor, Doug Sharp. You can even get it cheaper as a set of both books. Or, find it at any number of places, except Christian Book Distributors- yet.

Links: The Genius of Ancient Man Blog

CS4K-Genius-of-Ancient-ManOne of the most exciting things to learn about is just how smart and talented our earliest forefathers actually were.

I just started a book with my six year old on people around the world and right at the beginning they had the usual “people slowly developed from ape-like animals” story. They tell kids with all the confidence in the world how fire was accidentally discovered and then another accident inspired them to continue dropping their meat into the warming blaze.

It would be really interesting to see their sources for such statements.

With my older kids I’ve been reading about inventions that changed the world. They start out with the same kinds of stories. “Accidentally”, “perhaps” a million, or “approximately” 50,000 years ago, things like the wheel and cooking were discovered, revolutionizing the poor things’ lives.

Now, the dates they give starting at about 50,000 years ago are based on actual discoveries. To find out what’s going on and how trustworthy such statements are, check out my article on Carbon Dating. But these story lines also have to ignore a huge amount of discoveries we have made about our ancestors.

Farming terraces on the eastern side of the vi...

Chinese Farming Terraces

On this blog I collected some of the cool findings I ran into over the past few years. You can check them out under the categories Ancient Technology and Ancient Civilizations. My favorite posts are the ones on Farming Terraces and the Sewers from ancient times. Not only are they really cool, they also have nothing to do with idolatry!

Recently, I haven’t been adding any more articles to these categories. Not because I lost interest, but because I haven’t been running into any more discoveries, plus….

Another Creationist group is specializing in presenting these findings in a Christ-honoring light!

Last Autumn I was thrilled to buy a copy of the new book The Genius of Ancient Man published by Master Books, but I never bothered to tell you all about it because there was very little new info in it. It is, however, worth having in your family library for the worldview training alone and the pictures are cool.

So, when I found Jackson Hole Bible College was continuing their research and sharing with a blog I was ecstatic! This time my excitement has been justified. Every week or so the Alumni of the school post an article about some new place, artifact, or finding illustrating our forefather’s brain power.

Even better is the manner of presentation. They are careful to use credible sources, always have a couple good pictures, and best of all, they point people to Jesus. Some of the cultures and practices of the ancients were completely sold out to sin. That didn’t mean they lost their brain power right away, it meant everything they did was corrupted.

The Genius of Ancient Man blog provides us a safe environment to learn the truth about our past. They also continue to expand their worldview training. For example, they’ve recently posted about brain power not having to be connected to technology. This will be a relief to all of us who struggle to learn computer skills others already designed let alone create new things!

Squeeze Toy Alien guarding chemicals

(Photo credit: jepoirrier)

They’ve also just taken on the popular fascination with aliens. If you (or your kids) know someone interested in the new TV series, or who just feels drawn by this subject, these articles are for you. Ancient Aliens: Part One and Part Two.

You can easily sign up to receive updates about new posts on their blog and, if you’re on facebook, follow their page. It takes a while for the new articles to show up there, but it makes it super easy to share with your friends.

Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; Deuteronomy 7:9