Purposeful Design beautifully reveals the principles of science that operate our world. It masterfully explains the elements of designs that make life possible, and compellingly presents evidence that a loving Creator God was purposeful in these designs. The author, Mr. Schabacker, a former aerospace scientist and businessman, seems to know the art of storytelling. The book delights the senses with beautifully depictive pictures, and easy to understand explanations of complex science concepts.
Within the framework of the seven days of creation, Mr. Schabacker, details the earth’s orbit, speed and rotation. He explains the rain cycle, the importance of vegetation, the seasons, the phases of the moon, and the gravitational pull on the ocean tides. He explains celestial navigation and the innate instincts of bird migration patterns. Bible verses are interwoven throughout the book reminding us of God’s hand in creation.
Purposeful Design was so purposefully designed that it is appealing to all ages. The illustrations are part of the explanation making the concepts easier to understand. Everyone will learn something from this book. We so often go through life without truly understanding the details of our creation that continuously point us to a purposeful design. Thank you, Mr. Schabacker, for helping to give the next generation a solid foundation. This is perfect “Coffee Table” material because everyone should just stop and ponder.
Head of School
Heritage Christian Academy
Purposeful Design: Understanding the Creation is a unique walk through the Genesis Creation Week. Author Jay Schabacker has done a masterful job of showing how the world – and the entire universe – works reliably and in harmony, as designed and created by God.
The book contains seven chapters – one for each day of the Creation Week. Each chapter focuses on what was created or done on that day, what it means, and how the different aspects of the creation work in concert with one another. The result is a lively, varied look at the world around us and the precision with which it was designed by God.
Highly eclectic in nature, Purposeful Design: Understanding the Creation is not an explanation of Creation science. Rather, its purpose is to show the beauty and harmony of the universe, and especially of our world. The inescapable conclusion is that everything we see (not to mention everything we can’t see) was created by God to work exactly as it does.
Something I found particularly appealing were the frequent “What if?” questions that are either asked or implied throughout the book. For example, have you ever wondered what would happen if the earth’s surface had even a slight difference in the ratio of sea to land? Or, what if the earth was tilted slightly differently on its axis than it is? It turns out these things matter more than you might think!
Suitable for children and adults alike, Purposeful Design: Understanding the Creation is interesting and easy to read, or to simply flip through in odd moments here and there. Beautifully hardbound and replete with gorgeous photography, this would make a great coffee table book or gift item, and is sure to be a welcome addition to the bookshelf of any homeschool family who wants to cultivate thankfulness and awe in their children for the God of Creation!
- Product Review – Home School Enrichment Magazine, Mar/Apr 2014, page 90, www.HomeSchoolEnrichment.com
Imagine how your loved ones would be helped if they all understood and realized that an awesome God created them and loved them very much! That’s why I produced the book, “Purposeful Design – Understanding the Creation”. This book is for everyone! It will help your children and grandchildren build upon a foundation of truth. And, there may be some parents who yearn to be a better witness to their children – about the positive aspects of this world. Children are now maturing at ever earlier ages, and are facing more choices, so this is more important now than ever before. The book is short, easy on the eyes, and will go a long way to “break the ice” and to start the discussion with your children that you long for.
- Jay Schabacker