This beautiful reprinting has nearly identical wording to the 1989 edition, with more photos and white space added. The only major text additions I saw were a page on intelligent design and a paragraph on a 2010 fossil discovery. The target age is probably young teens. Although the main focus is showing the weaknesses of evolution, it also discusses biology and historical geology, the environment, a defense of the Bible, and even a little health! The author supports a creation of Adam from the dust a few thousand years ago, and the creation of kinds of animals some time before. An ancient earth is favored, with several ideas listed to fit many years into Genesis one.
No theological or scientific reasons are given to believe in a young creation, although it is presented as an option. Theological reasons such as Jesuss words in Mark 10:6, Mark 13:19-20, and Luke 11:50-51, or the problem of painful disease and death before Gods pronouncement of very good. Scientific reasons such as coal and oil that radiocarbon dates less than 60,000 radiocarbon years. (Current equipment is able to date to almost 100 thousand radiocarbon years, not the 15 thousand given in the book.) Only one sentence suggested fossils are perhaps from Noahs flood. (Fossils on mountaintops are given as support for continental drift over millions of years only.) No writing of the worldwide flood evidence of animals buried in thin, continental wide rock layers, sometimes in positions showing death by drowning. One colorful book mentioning these scientific issues and many others is Guide to Creation (newer title: Guide to Creation Basics) by the Institute of Creation Research which Christian Books is also selling-at least until this old title sells out.
The 1989 writing about biology and the difficulty of life by chance is still impressive. The apologetics about the Bible on archaeology and fulfilled prophecy are fairly typical. Only a few older books (evolutionist or creationist) are given as references or for further research. If youre looking for newer old earth apologetic books for kids you might try Lee Strobels books.
My daughter has been using this in Classical Conversations this year. It's written in an understanding way to look at Creation from God's perspective while also discussing evolutionary ideas appropriately. Nicely written and creates good discussion. It acknowledges the need for humility because after all, we don't have all the pieces of the puzzle when it comes to science because no human being was there from the beginning.
I have been using these books in my middle school Sun. class. Each lesson is based on a Bible passage concerning a topic for growth. The chapters are not long and can easily be added to if desired - or used as discussion starters.
This book is an excellent book. It is recommended for ages 7-12, but I enjoyed it as an adult and found it very useful to teach others about creation science. It provides many specific details about the wonders of creation that just aren't easily found and put together in such a logical and easy to understand manner anywhere else. I cannot emphasize how highly I recommend this book!