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‘Little Black Books: Science and God’ Book Review February 15, 2013

lbbsagTitle: Little Black Books: Science and God

Author: Scott Petty

Date I Finished Reading: February 14,2013

My Rating: 2/5

Science. The origin of life. Evolution. Creation. Questions about these and similar topics bombard us day in and day out. We, as christians need to be firm and confident in our beliefs and knowledge about God and science. Especially young adults. That is why I was excited about reading this book. I knew that it was directed towards adolescents and was eager to see what this book would contain.

However, this book was not quite what I expected. I had mixed feelings regarding it. As I started out, within the first chapter and about halfway through the second I was impressed, and pleased. Scott Petty made points and discussed the topic of why science and God are not enemies or against one another, and why we do not need to choose between believing in God, or believing in science and scientific evidence, which I believe is an important fact for teens and young adults to realize.

But as I began the third chapter, that changed. I noticed more and more that Petty hinted to, and later flat-out-said that the big-bang theory is likely to be correct, even biblical! He also later explains that we should NOT read the book of Genesis as a scientific explanation to the beginning of the world. Also, he suggests that when Genesis refers to the world being created in six days, he was not referring to literal 24-hour days, but instead he was speaking of time spans, or was simply being poetic. Both of these beliefs seem to point away from the Bible and God instead of towards it.

Another complaint that I would have would be the fact that Petty uses little to no scriptures to support his thesis and points. He sticks them in on rare occasions, until about the last half of the final chapter, where they appear a bit more frequently.  That is always a negative for me. If you are gonna try to convince someone to trust in the Bible and biblical teaching, then you need to use more than one or two passages.

Even though I do not like these aspects of the book, there are positive attributes as well. I have already mentioned the fact that Petty speaks of the fact that we do not need to choose between science and God. Also, he directs it towards young adults, and does a good job at connecting with them in his writing style. Throughout his book he uses humor, as well as examples that are easy to relate to and connect to the main point.  His writing style is just very easy to read, which is great when it is being directed towards teens.

Overall, though, I am not sure that I would recommend this book. Although the first chapter makes some good points on an important issue, the rest of the book – although written well – could result in the reader being confused, considering the fact that Petty encourages you to believe in and have faith in God, yet at the same time teaches that the big-bang is true, and consistent with scripture.

Note: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. However, my opinions are my own.

 

‘Rules of the Road’ Book Review October 18, 2012

Title: Rules of the Road

Author: Joan Bauer

Date I Finished Reading: October 17,2012

My Rating: 5/5

Jenna is sixteen years old. She absolutely loves her job, and strives to best serve each of the customers that walk into Gladstone’s Shoes Store. She seems to have quite the knack for it, too. She is also very close to her mom, sister and grandmother. So why does she so eagerly accept an invitation to spend her summer break driving the elderly, demanding Mrs. Gladstone across the country? It is simple. Jenna needs an escape. She needs to get away, clear her head. Why? Daddy’s back in town, and Jenna is not sure how to respond to her long absent, alcoholic father… so she goes. What unfolds is unpredictable. Throughout the next six weeks God uses the people that he has placed in Jenna’s life to reach out to her, and teach her how to overcome dilemmas and trials that appear in her life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Joan Bauer is a talented author who does an excellent job at drawing you into a story, and causing you to become attached to the characters. It was a very interesting, inspiring plot, as well.  I really have no complaints! I would most definitely recommend this book to you!

You can find a copy of this book here: http://www.amazon.com/Rules-Road-Joan-Bauer/dp/014240425X/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_1

 

‘Chosen’ Book Review September 29, 2012

Title: Chosen ( The Lost Books #1)
Author: Ted Dekker
Date I Finished Reading: September 28, 2012
My Rating: 5/5

This book greatly surpassed my expectations. I was a bit sceptical at first, believing it was going to be a crummy attempt at a young adult series. Needless to say, I was incorrect. The plot of the story goes like this: Thomas Hunter has selected four teenagers to assist in leading his army in battle against their enemy, the Horde. He then dismisses them on a short mission to test their skills and wisdom. His words of advice? “Think with your heart.” However, when the mismatched lot sets out, the story that unfolds is unpredictable. Is Johnis really the chosen one? Are the legends true? And are they willing to sacrifice their lives for the destiny that Elyon has called them to?
Dekker did a superb job at combining excitement, dread, suspense, and adventure. It truly left you hungry for more and eager for the remainder of the series! I definitely enjoyed this read and recommend it to you!

You can find a copy of this book by using the following link: http://www.amazon.com/Chosen-The-Lost-Books-Dekker/dp/B004IEA2X4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348942661&sr=8-1&keywords=chosen+ted+dekker