Encourage naturally curious children to study the Bible by helping them dig deeper into the familiar story of Noah. Using age-appropriate language, Strauss simply yet thoroughly discusses how people lived before and after the flood; the construction of the ark; and what the animals experienced during the storm. Includes illustrations. Ages 5 and up.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 128 Vendor: Barbour Books Publication Date: 2015 Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 X 0.25 (inches)
Its never too soon to know your Bibleand heres a fantastic resource for young readers (ages 58) to explain the great story of Noah and his ark. Know Your Bible for KidsNoahs Ark is based on the two-million selling handbook Know Your Bible, and describes life in Noahs time, how the ark was built, how the animals rode out the storm, and what happened after the flood. With clear, age-appropriate text, its colorfully illustrated and designed to enhance both the fun and the learning.
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A highly opinionated take on one creationist's viewpoint
October 3, 2016
Lest you think I'm an atheistic troll I'll point out I run my own young earth creation ministry; I care deeply about kids learning the truth of how reasonable the Flood of Noah's Day actually is. But this is not the book to give them. It's rather an example of how not to present the Bible and science.
The book itself is set up ideally for its intended audience. The bright cover and small size promise an interesting read, while the layout, font, and frequent sidebars follow through. It also remains staunchly committed to the reliability of Genesis from page one which I greatly appreciate. Even Strauss' writing style suit his young audience well.
Jesus and the Bible have the authority to tell us how it really was. No scientist can say the same. The Bible's account of Noah and the Flood of his day is so spare there is lots of room for conjecture and ideas of how things played out. Ed Strauss writes as if he barely needs to guess, he *knows* how hundreds of details "probably" happened.
For example, Strauss knows how Noah financed the ark and who he used as contractors. He knows what kind of tree "Gopher" wood actually was. He describes the ark in such detail he knows exactly which part of the ship was used for the dinosaurs, sheep, and bees. He understands what made the first people live so long and that God "probably" just threw a gene switch to make people start dying far sooner. He knows not only the mechanisms for initiating the Flood but how long it took to split the continents (two hours).
Strauss steps away from the popular view of the primary Flood mechanism while claiming that "many experts" agree with him. Then a few pages later he explains a related detail that goes against the model he earlier espoused. So neither the mainstream of scientists nor the maverick ones are going to like what he has to say. And that's if they can stomach his highly unscientific presentation style.
There is hardly a page in the book that doesn't tell of some possibility that Strauss assumes is practically a certainty. If he had written a novel using his ideas, the setting and plotline would be rich and fascinating. As it is, this book is not even close to nonfiction, it's speculative opinion spouting.
I've held off posting this for months because it breaks my heart to give a one star rating to a fellow Bible believer. But I value the truth, you, and your kids too much not to sound a warning. Check out the books Answers in Genesis and the Institute for Creation Research offer. They are far, far more careful how they present possibilities and the unknowns any glimpse at historical science offers.