It Couldn't Just Happen: Knowing the Truth About God's Awesome Creation is a book that is geared for older children to answer questions about the creation of the world from a Christian perspective. Children today are bombarded with a lot information that may or may not be true about the creation of the world and in his book, Richards addresses questions and false information from a biblical view. Some of the questions he addresses are:
"Did Earth begin with a 'Big Bang' cosmic explosion?"
"Does science contradict the Bible?"
"What happened to dinosaurs?"
"Is there life on other planets?"
"Did we evolve from apes?"
"What makes my body work on its own?"
I enjoyed reading this book and getting a taste for issues to come with my own children. I think this book is geared more for upper elementary or middle school aged children. I was hoping this book might provide conversation starters for my own children, but I don't think they are quite ready for the content of this book, as some of the information is technical and a bit dry for younger readers. I received a complimentary copy of this book from booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.
"It couldn't just happen, knowing the truth about God's awesome creation" by Lawrence O Richards is a great non-fiction book that you definitely want to get into with your kids. If you want your kids to be versed on a scientific approach to seeing God's hand on this world and how yes, even science points to the hand of a creator, then I would recommend you buying this book. The book marries scripture to science in an interesting and fun way for the reader. After reading about the universe and what it's made of -planets, stars, quasars, etc. and their relation to the earth makes Psalm 19 come alive-"The heavens declare the glory of God".
This book is broken down into 5 parts- the first part is "Earth in our universe" and the uniqueness of our planet in the scheme of things to section 2 and "How life began" and how there is more scientific evidence that points to creation than against it. The 3rd section deals with "Evidence from Living Things" and addresses amazing facts about animals that Evolution simply cannot explain. Section 4 is Humanity in God's Nature- and debunking the whole Neanderthal people "animal like chain of human evolution" aka cavemen situation. And finally the last portion called "The Book that just didn't happen" dealing with the Bible and how it is a "revelation"-"that it tells us things about God we couldn't discover without God telling us." (pg 169) It also links in the science of archeology and how it has shown Bible claims to be true over and over again.
This is a great book to go through with your children and will give them a good working base knowledge in helping to know that science can be on God's side. I also really appreciated how the author always included at the end of the chapters a fun activity to illustrate his point. It was labeled a "Just for fun section" and it would ask questions to make you think or give you hands on activity like go look at a map to look at how many mountain ranges you could find, etc. And the best thing of all is that parents, you might even learn a thing or two in the process.
I was graciously provided a digital copy of this book through the Booksneeze program in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.
It Couldn't Just Happen; Knowing the Truth About God's Awesome Creation is a book designed to answer childrens' questions about the world from a Creationist point of view. While I love the concept of this book, I also found it to be a bit dry and wonder how it would keep the attention of a child. The facts and style of writing would definitely be geared for an older child; perhaps 5-7th grade. I was hoping that it would answer questions from younger children in a simple manner, but younger children would be bored by all the scientific talk in the book. However, for older children, it tackles the subjects of our universe, how life began, evolution vs. Evolution, and more. The truths in this book are valid and to the point. It would be useful to doubting tweens, teens, and adults.
I received a complimentary copy of the eBook "It Couldn't Just Happen; Knowing the Truth About God's Awesome Creation" by Lawrence O. Richards through Thomas Nelson Publishing's Booksneeze blogging program in exchange for an honest review. I am not required to write a positive review, all opinions expressed are my own.
It Couldn't Just Happen, by Lawrence O. Richards, is a children's book about creation as opposed to evolution. Since children are continually exposed to the theory of evolution in public schools and in the media, it is important to have a resource such as this that discusses the creation model and presents evidence of it.
The book, not at all what I expected, is presented in a textbook fashion and clearly uses a vocabulary appropriate for older children. It is divided into five major parts: Earth in Our Universe, How Life Began, Evidence from Living Things, Humanity in God's Nature, and The Book that Didn't Just Happen. Each part includes several chapters, each with a "Just for Fun" section that presents ideas for further discussion or exploration.
I appreciated the wealth of information in this book, as well as the incredible photographs included. I was especially glad to see the last section, which discusses how we can be sure that the Bible and Jesus are trustworthy, included. Also, the index at the end could be especially helpful if one were looking for information on a particular topic.
I found the book a little slow in the beginning, but easier to read further in. In addition, I found that some of the evidence was more of a circumstantial nature than provable fact. One must be carefully evaluate the evidence for him or herself and form an individual opinion.
Nevertheless, it was a marvelous book, a great addition to any library.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own
It couldn't Just Happen By Lawrence Richards is a book packed full of knowledge. This includes Biblical answers to tough questions that your kids will ask you. Like "Did we evolve from apes?" or "What happened to the dinosaurs?" There are a lot of fun facts in here along with fun activities at the end of each chapter. As a parent/ adult, I found this book just as fascinating. It was exciting to know that I was going to have a tool that I can utalize when my kids get to that age.
One thing I really like about this book is it's not written in text book language. It is very easy to understand and encourages you to explore on your own. I also like that even though the core is about science, there is still a lot of Bible verses involved. Oh, what our schools are missing these days. It makes me confident as a parent when these sorts of resources make it so easy to help explain things.
I receive this book free from Thomas Nelson in return for my honest review.