Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sweet Sanctuary



I like this book and how it put the bible into the book, but not too much that you would get fed up with it. I would suggest anyone read this book.


It starts out with the grandmother/mother arriving at her daughter/grandsons home and telling them that she is going to stay there for a while and that when they get back there will be a surprise (which the daughter of her hates). She also tells them that the rest of her children will be coming to join them to throw herself a party.




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.




Book Description

"Without the storm, how would we know the sweetness of shelter?" -Ruth

Out of the clear blue, Wren’s Grandma Ruth arrives on her doorstep, dreaming of a grand party to celebrate her 95th birthday. Wren and her young son Charlie love the idea, but it quickly gets complicated: Ruth wants Wren’s estranged siblings to attend and she wants Wren to sing her all-time favorite song: “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.” It’s the very song Wren sang one fateful day during her childhood . . . and Wren hasn’t sung a note since.

Though she’s glad to have Grandma back in her life, Wren’s sleeping on the couch in her own house now . . . and worried about the expenses piling up. After all, her job at the community library is in jeopardy after budget cuts, and the fancy music program she wants for her son is getting farther and farther out of reach. What’s more, Paul—the guy she's drawn to yet avoids—ends up being a major part of an important library project.

With family arriving and old wounds resurfacing, Wren’s about to fly when she discovers something special—a gift of grace beyond her wildest dreams.

It Couldn't Just Happen - Knowing the Truth About God's Awesome Creation



PART ONE:
1. EARTH IN OUR UNIVERSE
It is possible to count the amount of stars in the sky, and it tells you the amount you count with the naked eye, and if you had a telescope you could count a higher amount of stars in the sky.

This section explains a lot of areas about the universe and the stars. It says that there was a beginning of the universe since even now it is still expanding.

2. TWO DEAD PLANETS, LIVING WORLD
Pluto was once thought to be our 9th planet but is now considered an asteroid.
"Eight planets ring our Sun. The more we learn about the planets, the more unusual Earth seems. Each of the other planets is a dead—and deadly—place. Only our Earth is a living world."
The inner planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.
The outer planets are Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.

This section talks about how it would be if we landed on the other planets

3. THE “ODD PLANET”
"It’s not just that many features of Earth have to be just right to support life. What is most amazing is that many complex processes must continue to operate in delicate balance for our planet to continue to be a zone of life."
"Cutting down and burning forests to make farmland destroys plants that use carbon dioxide. Scientists worry that a buildup of extra carbon dioxide may turn Earth into a giant greenhouse and cause a global catastrophe"

This section talks about the earth itself, and different ways that this planet is just perfectly set, and how global warming could happen and may not. There are some good points in there on both sides. It also talks about the ozone.

4. WORLD IN THE MAKING
"A study of planet Earth raises many questions. Earth was not always the way it is now. Tremendous forces have been at work, shaping and reshaping the surface of our planet. We find evidence of these forces, but even so we know very little about Earth’s past."
"The top of Mount Everest and the tops of other mountain ranges contain rocks and fossils that were once underwater! When was the top of the Earth’s highest mountain under a sea? And how was that rock lifted over five miles above sea level?"
"Scientists now believe that at one time all of Earth’s continents were joined in one great super-continent that has been named Pangaea"

This section talks about past experiences on the earth, like the 'Atlantis', the dinosaurs,

5. MYSTERIES OF THE EARTH
"Earth’s crust contains many wonders. While the theory of continental drift seems to explain some things that once seemed mysterious, it does not explain many other mysteries. Science textbook writers who speak so confidently about the age and features of our Earth often ignore the mysteries, just because they cannot be explained."


This section talks about the crust, fossils, the age of the earth





PART TWO: HOW LIFEBEGAN
6. HOW SCIENCE WORKS
"Most people have a great respect for scientists and what they say. But are scientists always right? Before we can evaluate what scientists say about how life began, we need to understand what “science” is and how it works. Perhaps the best way to find out is to become a scientist yourself. Follow the suggestions in this chapter, and think like a scientist!"



7. “LIFE” IN A TEST TUBE?
"People who believe the Theory of Evolution think that life began billions of years ago as certain chemicals happened to mix together under just the right conditions. Scientists have conducted experiments that imitate those conditions. No one has come close to making life. What would have had to happen to make life? And what are the chances that life could come from any mix of nonliving matter?"



8. THE MYSTERY OF THE MOTHS
"According to the Theory of Evolution, over millions of years living things became more complex and many different varieties of plants and animals developed. But how could this have taken place? Charles Darwin suggested a mechanism he called natural selection. But does natural selection really work the way Darwin thought it did? Today, even scientists who believe the Theory of Evolution don’t think so."



9. THE RECORD IN THE ROCKS
"The Theory of Evolution holds that one-celled creatures grew and changed into the many complex plants and animals we know today. But rocks contain the remnants of plants and animals evolutionists believe are ancient. Do these remains, called fossils, really support the Theory of Evolution?"



PART THREE: EVIDENCE FROM LIVING THINGS


10. THE SAME, YET DIFFERENT
"Evolutionists have long pointed to similarities between different kinds of animals as evidence for the Theory of Evolution. But are similarities really good evidence? In this chapter we find out. And in the next three chapters we look at amazing facts about living animals that the Theory of Evolution simply cannot explain!"

11. THE WONDERS OF DESIGN
"The animal world is full of wonders. As we look at some of the animals that share our Earth, the things we discover make the Theory of Evolution less and less believable. So many features of living things give clear evidence of careful, matchless design that we simply must believe in a Designer."

12. MORE WONDERS OF DESIGN
"The wonders of God’s design are shown in more than physical structures. Design is also shown in patterns built into animal communities. These patterns are not learned, but deeply implanted, and are controlled by factors that even now hardly can be understood. As we look at them, we realize that there is no way these things could have just happened."

13. WHEN IT TAKES TWO
"One of the wonders that’s hard for people who believe the Theory of Evolution to explain is called mutualism, or symbiosis. Many times in the plant and animal world, we find two different living creatures which live in strange relationships with each other. In many cases one, or both, could not even exist without the other!"

PART FOUR HUMANITY IN GOD’S NATURE

14. THE FAMILY TREE?
"Evolution and Scripture are in direct conflict over one vital question: Who are human beings? Evolutionists say that people, like apes, evolved from some earlier animal form. The Bible says that God created human beings in his own image."

15. AMAZING AND WONDERFUL
"Today doctors have learned many things about our human bodies. The more we learn about them, the more we realize that King David was right when he praised God saying, “you made me in an amazing and wonderful way.
What you have done is wonderful” (Psalm 139:14 icb)"

16. IN GOD’S IMAGE
"The inner world of our bodies is an amazing one. Thousands of hidden systems work within us to keep our trillions of cells—and us—healthy and well. But even more amazing is the fact that you are you: an individual with your own memories, beliefs, and identity."

PART FIVE THE BOOK THAT DIDN’T JUST HAPPEN

17. A SURE WORD
"Many things in nature convince us that the Theory of Evolution is not a good explanation for origins. Creation is a far better explanation. And there is a book that tells us how God created everything: the Bible. When we study it, we realize that the Bible, like our universe, could not have just happened!"

18. HOW WE KNOW WE CAN TRUST WHAT JESUS SAID
"Bible prophecies about Jesus and the miracles that Jesus performed show that he truly was the Son of God. So what Jesus said about creation can be trusted. And Jesus taught that God, not Evolution, is the source of everything that exists."

19. WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT CREATION
"The Bible does not answer many of our questions about Earth and its history. But the Bible is clear on one vital point: Creation, not chance, explains the origin of the universe and the existence of life on Earth'

20. ALIVE NOW AND FOREVERMORE
"The Bible tells us where the universe and human beings came from: God, not Evolution, is the source of everything. And the Bible does more. It tells us the destiny of this universe and of each individual person! We know how evolutionists and creationists view origins. But what does each view imply about the future?"



booksneeze listed this as a children's book, but there were some parts that i found completely confusing that i wonder why it was listed at that, my daughter was bored after the sentence was read off she left and didn't want to hear any more. There was a lot of information in this book, that was very helpful.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.




Book Description

This four-color, Gold Medallion Book Award winner is a perfect tool that offers solid, biblical answers to some of the tough questions kids ask about evolution and our world.

“Did Earth begin with a ‘Big Bang’ cosmic explosion?”

“Does science contradict the Bible?”

“What happened to dinosaurs?”

“Is there life on other planets?”

“Did we evolve from apes?”

“What makes my body work on its own?”

Kids are daily exposed to the theory of evolution by the media and public schools. It’s not safe to assume that your kids will reject that theory. It’s up to us as parents and Christian leaders to make sure our children know the truth about the creation of the world. With thousands of evidences to prove He created and sustains the universe, It Couldn’t Just Happen will fascinate kids with fun activities and examples of God’s marvelous works.