I'm very glad I had the chance to review It Couldn't Just Happen, by Lawrence Richards. It's a topic I am highly interested in, and therefore was a book right up my alley so to speak.
Overall, this is a book I plan on keeping on my shelf, and I do recommend adding it to yours as well.
I was happy to see the format of the book was geared toward kids/youth, with lots of pictures and easy-to-read font. Mr. Richards does a great job of explaining scientific things in an understandable way without sounding silly or childish. It reminds me a lot of the science text books I used in school.
I especially liked the beginning chapters of the book. The author addresses many of the common hypothesis mentioned in today's science books (well, on that I must mention that I'd like to research that myself by actually looking into an elementary science book). I really appreciated the way he didn't take issue of calling scientists with different beliefs "ignorant" or use any of the all-to-common "slams" against the "other-side." I was able to read along with him objectively on each issue without feeling he was leading me toward a bias.
At the end of each chapter he adds extra projects, research questions, activities you can do with your kids that go along with each topic. It must be personality, because some I thought very appropiate, and some very un-interesting.
Near the end of the book, he does get into theology more than I expected, as in, he devotes a whole chapter to the fufillment of prophecy by Christ. It's about 4 chapters in the end it's only about the Bible and Christ, and not so much on science stuff. It's interesting, but I would've been fine without it in the book because I find it a whole different topic of study.
So all in all, I give the first half of the book a 5 star rating, but the second half of the book a 3.5 rating.
If you'd like to read a copy of this book, you can buy it on Amazon.com or CBD.com (or get it from your local library possibly)
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