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5 Stars Out Of 5
Great book for boys
February 19, 2014
While I agree with the other reviewer, there is quite a bit of evolutionary content, it IS an amazing book for boys. My son checked it out at the library (I was VERY nervous-he was excited about making a battery! o_O) and we ended up ordering the book.
The evolutionary content opens discussion for parents to help children discuss what they believe and why, and how to debate the topic in a Christ-like manner. If we don't allow them to hear what the "other side" believes, how are they going to be able give a reason why they believe and STAND on what they believe? Face it, "Because the Bible says so" just does not cut it.
The recommended books at the end are just that, recommended, you do not have to allow your child to read them. I don't agree with some of the recommendations, and stress to my son WHY I don't want him reading them, that they aren't Godly choices, but again, they are recommended and not included in the books content.
There are several interesting topics covered; however, the parts on fossils and dinosaurs are basically a lesson on macro evolution, for which there is NO evidence. It recounts the idea that everything is millions and billions of years old, that things began in a primitive form and evolved to other advanced forms, that dinosaurs evolved over several periods, eventually dying out as a result of a meteor strike in the Gulf of Mexico or evolving into birds (yet it admits that these "dinosaur birds" were actually like bats, which are not birds at all).
A great resource to view if you are unsure on this topic is the brief, but powerful, film "Evolution vs. God" by Ray Comfort, which interviews modern-day evolutionist apologists and university professors to show that macro evolution is truly a belief system with no scientific evidence to support it.
When I consider what is most dangerous to my children, it is the idea of teaching them to believe the lie that they are simply the result of chance, evolving from pond scum, living with no eternal purpose and no ultimate accountability, and thus no need for God. I kept the book, because my son had fallen in love with the title, but I did use up my white-out pen erasing the pervasive lies of evolution throughout those chapters.
Additionally, the final list at the back of the book, "Books Every Boy Should Read," includes books that are not from a Christian or God-honoring perspective. Some recommended authors include The Harry Potter series by Rowling and Stephen King's books, among others.