Friday, August 26, 2011
Review on "It Couldn't Just Happen"
“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 an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.