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Stargazers Guide to the Night Sky by Dr. Jason Lisle


About the Book:

Explore the night sky, identify stars, constellations, and even planets. Stargaze with a telescope, binoculars, or even your naked eye.  Allow Dr. Jason Lisle, a research scientist with a masters and PhD in astrophysics, to guide you in examining the beauty of God’s Creation.

Lisle designed Stargazer’s Guide to the Night Sky for everyone from young students to amateur astronomers. In it you will:

  • Learn the best ways and optimal times to observe planets and stars
  • Discover how to choose the best telescope for you
  • Find 150 stunning, full-color star-charts and other easy to use illustrations for success

“How do phases of the moon work?  When will the next solar eclipse take place?  What is that bright star setting in the west?  How do I find Saturn?  What sorts of objects can be seen with binoculars?”  These questions and many more are easily answered with the helpful tips and basic understanding of astronomy presented in this book.

Create or expand the hobby of stargazing; an outdoor, educational hobby to enjoy with friends or family. Regardless of your circumstances and the economy, you will always be able to marvel at the beauty of our night sky.

You can buy the book at New Leaf Publishing.

Find out about Dr. Jason Lisle at New Leaf Publishing author’s page or at The Institute for Creation Research.

 

My Opinion:

 

As always Master Books has another great resource for those who want to know or teach their children the beauty of God’s night sky using creation from the Bible and with beautiful imagery and text.  You don’t have to be an astronomer or even know all the constellations to enjoy the beauty and majesty that is the heavens of the night sky – looking up into it and seeing all the stars and the moon and even the occasional planet makes one imagination come alive.  If you’re studying astronomy, getting ready to or just have an interest in it then The Stargazer’s Guide to the Night Sky is just the resource you’ll want to have on hand, great for the beginner or the advanced ‘stargazer’.  There are twelve chapters everything from motion in the sky for basic and advanced people, celestial events to astrophotography, and more including an introduction, and afterword and an index will make this well worth the investment.

 

The pictures are beautiful and stunning through the whole book, I can only imagine what it would look like if I had a physical copy over the electronic format of the book.  I really enjoyed the first chapter which is the “motions in the sky – basic” because it gave me a way to use a quick method for measurements while star gazing – you know those charts that use degrees to tell you how to find a star, constellation or planet?  Using certain fingers and hand measurements will give you and idea of the degree measurements, which will not make it much easier to find those celestial events that we usually miss out on because we can’t find the correct degree.

 

The amount of information in this book could easily launch you or your child into an in depth study of astronomy.  Written from a creation viewpoint and distinctly Christian there won’t be things you’ll have to omit or research more information because it’s all there for you – I wish I had had this book when we studied astronomy a few years back, but now that I do I will add it back in when we study the stars again.

 

**I was given an e-copy of this book from New Leaf Publishing in exchange for my honest review, no other compensation was given.

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New Leaf Publishing: The Ecology Book by Tom Hennigan and Jean Lightner


 

About the Book:

 

Study the relationship between living organisms and our place in God’s wondrous creation!

  • Learn important words and concepts from different habitats around the world to mutual symbiosis as a product of the relational character of God.
  • Designed with a multi-age level format especially for homeschool educational programs.
  • Examine influential Scientists and their work, more fully understand practical aspects of stewardship, and investigate ecological connections in creation!

The best-selling Wonders of Creation series adds a new biology-focused title that unveils the intricate nature of God’s world and the harmony that was broken by sin. This educational resource is color-coded with three educational levels in mind: 5th to 6th grades, 7th to 8th grades, and 9th through 11th grades, which can be utilized for the classroom, independent study, or homeschool setting.

Whether used as part of our newly developed science curriculum or simply as a unique unit study, the book includes full-color photos, informative illustrations, and meaningful descriptions. The text encourages an understanding of a world designed, not as a series of random evolutionary accidents, but instead as a wondrous, well-designed system of life around the globe created to enrich and support one another.

 

About the Authors:

 

Dr. Jean Lightner is an adjunct professor with Liberty University Online.  She has a B.S. in Agriculture (Animal Science major), a D.V.M., and a M.S. in veterinary preventive medicine.  After working just over three years as a veterinary medical officer for the US Department of Agriculture, she resigned to stay at home and teach her four children.  Now that her children are grown, she is deeply involved in creation research.  She has contributed numerous articles to creation journals, magazines, and websites and serves as a board member for the Creation Research Society.  She is also a member of the Creation Biology Society, Christian Veterinary Mission and the National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps.

 

Tom Hennigan was educated in the public school system and was inundated with the evolutionary belief that we could explain all life without God.  Through high school and into his early years of college he was satisfied that he understood the “scientific” view of life’s origins and that God need not be included in the equation.  However, after a pair of fellow students shared the case for a Creator with him, followed by a series of amazing circumstances that included sleepless nights, answered prayer, miraculous intervention, and deep soul searching, Tom gave his life to Jesus Christ.

Tom is an Associate Professor of Organismal Biology at Truett-McConnell College and has an A.A.S. from the New York State Forest Ranger School, a B.S. in Natural Resources Management from the University of Alaska, an M.S. in Education from Syracuse University, and an M.P.S. in Environmental and Forest Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  He has taught environmental science and ecology for 18 years and teaches ecological concepts and field methods in herpetology, mammalogy, and forest ecology and has studied in the Galápagos.

He has written for the Creation Research Society Quarterly, Answers Research Journal, Creation, Creation Illustrated and Answers Magazines.  As a product of creation evangelism, his passions include helping people to see the glory of Christ in Creation and encouraging the Body of Christ toward Biblical Stewardship and Discipleship.  Tom and Jennifer have four grown children and live in Cleveland, Georgia.

 

My Opinion:

 

What can I say?  This is one of those reviews that I wish that I could just tell you how much this book is ($16.99) and tell you to buy it because it’s that good!  I know that won’t suffice though so I’ll tell you a little bit about this next book in the Wonders of Creation series, Ecology There are 10 chapters in this book, all of them are beautifully colored with lots of information and diagrams as well as an appendix and a glossary and index and how to use the book.  The chapters are:

  1. Harmony in Creation
  2. Ecology: The Study of “Our House”
  3. The Dominion Mandate
  4. What’s on Today’s Menu
  5. Taking a Liking to Lichens
  6. A Fungus Among Us
  7. The Plant-Bacteria Connection
  8. Of Bacteria, Cattle and Men
  9. To the Root of the Matter
  10. Doing Ecology in God’s Creation

 

The book can be used in the traditional classroom, independent study and homeschool and is divided into three levels using a color coded system that will make it easy to see where each level is supposed to be reading.  Level One is on a off-white background and is geared towards grades 5th and 6th and it’s encouraged that all levels read this information as it includes The Big Five (who, what, where, why and how) as well as some basic introduction information.  Level two is on a green background and is for grades 7th to 8th and this will go deeper in the study of ecology and issues surrounding it today.  Level three is on a blue background and is for 9th to 11th grade students that has more concepts and allows for more in depth studies in the ‘dig deeper’ sections.

 

Throughout the book are ecologists who have influenced the field of ecology, some may be Christian while others may not.  Ernst Haeckel, William Derham, Albert Bernard Frank are just a few of those who are covered in the text.  If you have multiple children who are in different grades or who learn at different levels then this book will be a great introduction (depending on the level you use) to ecology.  This will appeal to homeschoolers who often find it challenging to find curriculum that will fit a wide range of ages and grades without having to buy a bunch of different curricula to teach.  I look forward to continuing the use of my book.

 

**Disclaimer:  I was given a pre-print copy of this book from New Leaf Publishing Group in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

 

 

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Made in Heaven: Man’s Indiscriminate Stealing of God’s Amazing Design by Ray Comfort and Jeffrey Seto


About the book:

Science shamelessly steals from God’s creation, yet refuses to give God the glory!

  • How the glow of a cat’s eyes innovates road reflectors
  • The naturally sticky inspirations for Velcro and barbed wire
  • A fly’s ear, the lizard’s foot, the moth’s eye, and other natural examples are inspiring improvements and new technologies in our lives

Engineers and inventors have long examined God’s creation to understand and copy complex, proven mechanics of design in the science known as biomimicry. Much of this inspiration is increasingly drawn from amazing aspects of nature, including insects to plants to man in search of wisdom and insight. We are surrounded daily by scientific advancements that have become everyday items, simply because man is copying from God’s incredible creation, without acknowledging the Creator.


My Opinion:

 

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to one of the newer books published by Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group and written by Ray Comfort and Jeffrey SetoMade in Heaven is a book that is small but definitely filled with a lot of information in it’s 64 pages that makes it appear larger than it is.  A lot of this has been items that we’ve covered in our study of flying creatures this year in our science lessons and there are plants and other animals that we will learn about and we use God’s design in them for our daily lives.  One of the exciting things that I found in this book was to complement our studies of butterflies and the iridescence that some contain and what we have ‘stolen’ from the butterflies design will surprise you.

 

Bugs, fish, humans, and plants have something that we currently use in our lives to make them easier or to improve them – what about Velcro?  air conditioning?  healing power of our bodies?  This and more is covered in this fascinating book that will have the reader looking at God’s Creation in ways that we never considered all backed up with science and research – so it’s not just a Bible thing.  This book will be coming along side our studies in conjunction with our current science curricula because it will give us a little more in depth information, especially helpful for myself and my older children.  This is a fantastic book that will be instrumental in viewing God’s Creation in ways never thought of before.

 

You can read what others are saying about this book by visiting NLPG Blogs.

 

**Disclaimer:  I was provided a copy of this book from Master Books in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

 

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Great for God: Missionaries who Changed the World by David Shibley


 

About the Book from New Leaf Publishing:

 

Inspiring true stories of the courageous faith of 23 missionaries who boldly lived for God and not themselves.

With bold faith, obedience to God, and love for others, missionaries attempt great things for God. Great for God: Missionaries Who Changed the World shares the biographies of twenty three missionaries. Each chapter highlights the amazing truths of God’s power at work through the lives of those willing to live for the applause of heaven. Learn from the legacy of:

  • David Livingstone
  • Lottie Moon
  • Jim Elliot
  • Eric Liddell
  • Bill Bright and 18 others

Their great accomplishments for God challenge believers to continue to “attempt great things for God. Expect great things from God,” as William Carey once stated. Author and Global Advance founder David Shibley offers Great for God to inspire every Christian, small group, and family devotion time. Teachers will find it a powerful supplement to world history and religious studies.

It only takes one courageous life in Christ to bring hope to millions! It could be yours.

 

My Opinion:

 

Wow!  Wow!  Wow!  I so enjoy reading the stories of those Christians who lived their lives out loud for our Lord.  Whether you’re looking for something for yourself or to read with your children – this book will have you flipping the pages learning about the great missionaries of the past and not so past.  I liked the outlines at the beginning of the chapters that gave the name, when and where born and died, what were their outstanding accomplishments and a quote of theirs – this really helped set the tone especially since before you actually read the story it’s preceded by a Bible verse that somewhat sums up what that missionary was all about.

 

Each story takes less than 10 minutes to read, which is why I said it’d be perfect to use with children, if you want to introduce them to some missionaries, who have either faded into obscurity or who are well known – some I had heard of, some I hadn’t.  Since the stories are short, you won’t get the whole story, for that you’ll need to seek out an autobiography or biography on just that missionary.  If all you want is a short course or even if you’re studying a certain country like India – you’ll find a missionary that one day ministered to and brought Christ to that land.  I could find this book useful not just as book to read but also to use as a unit study in our homeschool or to inspire me in my ministry at home until the time comes when I can minister abroad.

 

Jesus told us we need to be His Hands and Feet – and while some of us are doing great things within our homes, for a mom of young children her ministry is at home or for those who are out in foreign lands spreading the Gospel, we need to make sure that we are taking the Gospel to those who need it – our children, the neighbor next door or the tribal chief in a remote – and this book will definitely make you appreciate all that is given in the name of the Lord who gave us all of Him.

 

**Disclaimer:  I was given a copy of this e-book from New Leaf Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

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Titanic Warning by Casey Sabella


 

About the Book:

 

Titanic Warning is an inspiring retelling of the disaster with commentary on the state of our modern day Church. How did three ships in the vicinity respond to the call to rescue 2500 stranded souls?

What role did the captain of the Titanic and the captains of the surrounding ships play in the final outcome? In their stories, we see ourselves. We see our choices. Are we prepared to lay our own goals aside to save the lives of those around us? Every church, team, and family leader is faced with this decision.

Allow the compelling true story of the Titanic Warning to direct your focus firmly on the ministry of Jesus: to bring good news to the poor, to bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim freedom for the captives, and to release the prisoners from darkness.

 

My Opinion:

 

When I first began reading this I was very wrapped in to it because of all the historical accounts of the Titanic, like the building history, the grandness of the ship and more however as I kept reading and it got more away from the historical accounts and into how the author wants to relate the sinking of the Titanic to today’s Christian church.  While not bad in the overall sense of things it gets a little dicey as the author begins to claim that maybe God actually sunk the ship.  Trying to tie the Titanic disaster to the modern church that has abandoned the God of the Bible for a modern god is getting into dangerous territory.  As I said I did enjoy it at the outset, but as the book went on, I found myself shaking my head and the coincidences seemed like a long shot to me.

 

If you enjoy reading about the Titanic, then maybe you’ll enjoy this book, because there is a lot of information and pictures throughout, but one must be cautious trying to tie the disaster of the Titanic to the sorry state of today’s churches.  While I think the author meant well, I wouldn’t say I’d recommend this book to others who want to understand the church’s condition as there are better books to do that, but if you’re a history buff or enjoy Titanic information then you might enjoy it – but I in know way could say that I believe God would sink the Titanic or infer that we can see today’s declining church in the disaster.

 

**Disclaimer:  I was provided an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

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The World of Science


It seems like lately all I’ve done is post about science related happenings – such as our field trips to the science museums in our area and now this, The World of Science published by Master Books.  This is a beautiful hardcovered book that has 256 pages that are beautifully illustrated – which in my estimation could be a hard thing to do when discussing the things of science.

If you’re like me then you want to make sure that you are giving your children books that agree with a Biblical worldview as well as scientific data and you will get this in The World of Science.  Showing God’s creation as well as other areas of science like matter and chemicals, electricity and magnetism, earth and life, science experiments and many more areas.  The science projects are probably our favorite part of the book from the time tested mold experiment to making your own hot air balloon there are many hands-on projects to make learning science fun and memorable.

The information is written so that even a young child could understand but gives enough information that an older child can easily use it for reference material for reports or a jump off to more in depth research.  I like the information given about famous scientists that helped the areas of study in that particular section of the book.  There is so much going for this book that it will be great for families who homeschool and even those who just want a godly book on science.

**I was given a copy of this book from New Leaf Publishing Group/Master Books in exchange for my honest review, no other compensation was given.

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“4 Days to a forever Marriage” by Dr. Gary and Norma Smalley


 

Who would have thought that in a 112 page book that there would be enough information to get your marriage back on track, or maybe even save it?  Well this beautiful casebound book written by Dr. Gary Smalley and his wife, Norma is just that – another great addition to the New Leaf Press’ selection.  This book is not for the faint of heart but if you really want to love your spouse and get that marriage back then start with the Smalley’s newest book.

Often my anger is the first response to whatever my husband does, and oh boy, did this book step on my toes!  The book covers four areas of married life:

  1. Day 1: Loving Words and Actions
  2. Day 2: Communication and Resolving Anger
  3. Day 3: Affection and Intimacy
  4. Day 4: Trials and Treasures

However these aren’t the only things that are covered in this book.  There is help given for whatever season of marriage you’re in such as engaged, newly married, married with children and empty nesters/remarriage.  How to begin and use this book, “Five Key Scriptures”, the Smalley’s rules for fighting, date ideas for less than $20, and more.  Can you really have a new marriage in just four days?  I do believe that by implementing these ideas from 4 Days to a Forever Marriage that it is possible to enjoy your marriage and your spouse.  Available for $16.99 from New Leaf Press.

**I was provided a copy of this book from New Leaf Press in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

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D is For Dinosaur: A Rhyme Book and More by Ken and Mally Ham


Are you looking for something to teach your children about Creation and Dinosaur but coming up short handed with all the evolution based ‘stuff’ out in the market today? In today’s evolutionary and humanistic society our children are bombarded by non Biblical world views. I have a wonderful resource for parents and others who want to deliver Biblical truths about Creation and dinosaurs.
Master Books a division of New Leaf Publishing has published a wonderful resource written by Ken and Mally Ham titled D is For Dinosaur. The book is a three one resource for teaching young children (although my 7 year old also enjoyed it) more about Creation from a Biblical Creationist standpoint. The book is a three in one book that includes a wonderfully written ABC rhyme book, a coloring book, and a devotional/teaching book that can be used by Sunday Schools, Home School, Christian School or just by a parent who wants to add to their at home teaching after school hours.
The book measures 11 X 8 1/2 inches and is hard covered with 124 pages and there are beautifully illustrated pictures. The pictures are drawn with keeping the children’s interest in mind while they listen to the story and learn the alphabet and Creation story as the story is read. Full of educational value this book will be treasured for years to come and even be passed down through the generations, creating a godly generation. The second part of the book is the coloring book which has images from the story that the children can color themselves. The story is retold along side the coloring pages. The third section, included beside the coloring pages (devotional/teaching guide) has notes to the parents or teachers (or in my case both) which gives ideas for deepening the educational use of the book. Student exercises are also included that can provide additional hands-on learning for the entire family. I think any Christian family regardless of denomination could use this book, especially those who believe in the young earth and Biblical Creation.
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