Ã¢â¬ÅDonÃ¢â¬â¢t Miss the BoatÃ¢â¬Â by Paul Taylor
October 28, 2013
This book has great information about the reality of the flood account given in the Bible. The author uses the Bible as the only completely accurate source for the incident. He makes the point that if the scriptural account of the flood doesn't fit the scientific explanation, throw out the scientific model, and keep the Biblical description. Mr. Taylor states that when explaining the flood, the Bible is always the true source. If what we are discovering does not line-up with the Bible, then our hypothesis is wrong, or the data needed is incomplete.
The author gives an in-depth analysis of how the flood occurred, and his conjectures line-up with a literal interpretation of the Biblical flood. He covers many details. For the most part, the commentaries are understandable, although a scant amount of the information is complicated. Surprisingly, the author explains how carbon dating can have a place in a Biblical flood account. Mr. Taylor was very thorough in addressing objections that have been made against accepting the Biblical testimony.
I am very happy to have an intelligent book about the Biblical flood. It is refreshing to have the Bible placed as the highest authority on a subject. Obviously the author cares a great deal about the truth of the Bible, and spent a lot of work on this subject. However, I was put-off at the end of the book when the author talked about an individual obtaining salvation from God. Someone who wants to become a follower of Christ should be given the steps to do it. Verbatim words are not necessary. A general outline of what to do would not take away any "genuineness" on the part of the person seeking God. I give this book 4 stars.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.
In his new book, Don't Miss the Boat - Facts to Keep Your Faith Afloat, Paul Taylor looks at the flood of Noah from several standpoints including the Bible, history, and science. He gives many proofs to help build your faith in the Word of God and strengthen readers to defend this truth.
Taylor digs deep into Genesis chapter 6-8 He breaks the chapters down into sections a provides commentary, quoting from many writers such as John Calvin, John Gill, Matthew Henry, John Bunyon, and others. The topics he discusses include the world before the flood, the sons of God and the daughters of men, the flood prophesied, giants, wickedness of men, God's wrath on man's wickedness, what it means for God to repent and God's grace, the ark, Noah's faith, the flood itself, God's activity during the flood and remembering Noah, the rainbow, God's covenant with Noah, what the world was like after the flood, and more.
Taylor looks at the history of ancient civilizations and their flood legends and shows evidence from post-flood civilizations that the Bible is authentic. He also looks at the history of our society and shows why our society as a whole has stopped believing in the flood.
He covers many scientific points that support the flood and shows that study and position of Creation science is valid. He also discusses Creation scientists and their arguments and shows the positive and negative arguments. He discusses the design of the ark, radiometric dating, and the ice age.
The book concludes with some short stories and questions for personal or group study.
Taylor raises many good points about Creation and the flood. This is one of my favorite topics, so I've read many books on this topic. This is one of the better books on the subject. I like how he brings it all to the Bible and shows where and how it all fits in Scripture. He covers a lot of science in this book. It's easy to read and follow and would make a great resource for the study of Creation science and the flood. Highly recommended.
Master Books provided this book free for review. I was not required to give a positive review- only an honest review.
Taylor has done a wonderful job of combining technical and scientific evidence with interesting fictional stories about what could have happened in the pre-flood world. The information is presented in an easy to understand manner. He doesn't shy away from tackling some touchy theories within the young-earth creationist community in addition to old-earth creationist theories and evolutionary theories.
The book itself is laid out in a logical manner which allows the reader to flow from one topic to another. The first chapter is the only chapter that isn't quite as easy to follow as it's more of an overview chapter which gives an introduction to the various topics covered in the book. While the information presented is easy to understand, there were times that I needed to read over the information more than once to completely grasp what was being said.
I appreciated the fact that Taylor's arguments for and against certain theories were well thought out and researched. He also had no issue with admitting that at least one of the theories that he had held to in the past was no longer a valid theory, in his opinion. His presentation made me think more about some of the traditional theories that have been held by creationists and whether they were and were not correct.
Overall, Don't Miss the Boat is an interesting read filled with well-researched information about the world-wide flood.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to help facilitate the writing of a frank and honest review. A positive review is not required or guaranteed.
I've always been a biologist at heart, and believing in the Biblical God, I believe in the worldwide flood of Noah's time, as stated in the Bible. Along with these two points, I enjoy hearing explanations about how the world today was possibly/probably molded by this Flood.
I was happy to get the chance to review this book, "Don't Miss the Boat" by Paul Taylor, published by Master Books. It looked like a nonfiction book I'd be happy to read. When I began reading the book, though, I was not so sure. . .I got really bogged down, distracted, and overwhelmed in the introduction and chapter 1. Too many subjects were touched upon, kind of randomly seeming, rabbit-trail style--I thought this might be a tough book to complete.
Happily, upon reading more and more, the chapters to come were much more interesting and stuck to the topics they were supposedly about. Chapters were about many topics relating to the Flood, combining Scripture with scientific observations and explanations. Theories about what might have happened during and after the flood were explored, supposition and guesses, but backed up with information from different sources. Topics included such things as ice ages, re-population of the earth, carbon dating, how the animals got to the ark and which animals did, and the biggie -- uniformitarianism and problems with that.
The end part were stories (fictional) which were written about 4 different people as it could be imagined they were in the pre-flood world. This part was interesting in the sense that it made it easier to visualize some of the things/thoughts/emotions and look at it from a different viewpoint.
So -- I would say that I would recommend this book -- BUT don't get bogged down/discouraged/put off by the first chapter! Just skip it if you want!!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review.
Perfect for Church Groups to learn about the Flood
October 4, 2013
Paul Taylor has pulled together a great overview of the history of Noah's Flood. He covers both the science and the spiritual/moral implications of this seminal event in our history for ordinary people.
Although Mr. Taylor doesn't bring the language down quite far enough to just pass this book to an eight year old, he does a great job accomplishing his goal of reaching everyday adults. There are a few points he brings up repeatedly, but that is because the book is designed for you to search for a topic rather than having to read straight through.
It was especially nice to see the last section is laid out to give a study group starter questions to work through. Paul Taylor planned his book with the goal of helping churches lead their entire congregations into a deeper understanding of the Flood.
Don't Miss the Boat draws out aspects of the Bible's account of the Flood that will be sure to interest people no matter what they most enjoy. There is science, yes, but also theology, history, and the picture of Jesus' salvation the ark so clearly gives us.
Just before the wrap up bits of the book, Taylor plies his hand at some fiction writing. I won't go into detail, but will tell you the snapshot accounts included are NOT from Noah's perspective. They are gut wrenching views of what would inspire God to wipe the slate clean. It isn't stuff for kids, but neither does Taylor revel in sinful gore. I found the stories hit home in a way I'd never experienced. They are powerful, and likely to make us wonder why Jesus hasn't returned to wipe sinful humanity out again already.
Paul Taylor doesn't load his book with bibliography, but he does mention enough to give you places to go if you want to learn more. There were at least two books I hadn't heard of that are now on my list to check out ASAP!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Don't Miss The Boat from Master Books in exchange for my honest opinion.