Book Review from Book Review Travels

Posted on Apr 30, 2014

“This would be a great addition for school libraries and classrooms! This book is not one that can be quickly read to a child or a group of children, and absorbed at the same time. It is definitely the kind of book that a child would want to glean on, taking in the useful information throughout the pages.” Link to full...

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Guest blog on Life Inspiring Scribes

Posted on Mar 19, 2014

“Award-winning coffee table book beautifully reveals the principles of science that operate our world and offers compelling evidence that a loving Creator was purposeful in these designs.”...

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Guest blog at Nearly Brilliant

Posted on Mar 5, 2014

“Jay’s  varied careers – from aerospace to finance to church ministries and theology  – have led him to recently research and pen the uplifting book – Purposeful Design.  The book is the winner of the 2013 Illumination Bronze Book Award in the category Education (Home School, Bible School, etc.)” My guest blog on Nearly...

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Reviewed in Home School Enrichment Magazine

Posted on Feb 27, 2014

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,...

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Book Review in The Old Schoolhouse magazine

Posted on Feb 18, 2014

  Purposeful Design: Understanding the Creation was reviewed by The Old Schoolhouse magazine in February of 2014. Read the full review below! Link to book review We’ve all heard the term “Intelligent Design” in reference to creationism, but Jay Schabacker uses the term “Purposeful Design” to go one step further. It takes the concept of Intelligent Design and emphasizes the personal aspects of the way God created everything in our universe. His book, Purposeful Design: Understanding the Creation, is a gorgeous book that not only tells the wonders of God’s creation but shows the beauty and majesty of the world around us. The 94 page book retails for $18.95. When I first saw Purposeful Design, I thought this bright picture book would be perfect for my second grader. As I started reading, however, I realized that it was better suited for my seventh grader. The colorful pictures appeal to younger students, but the text is written for older students and even adults. I checked a few sample passages and found the reading level to be at least sixth grade; several passages scored at a high school level in terms of readability. This book is divided into seven chapters, each dealing specifically with a single day of creation. The chapters are packed with examples of how God’s design for our world is perfectly arranged so that life can exist the way we know it. For instance, in Chapter 4, we find that the 23.5 degree tilt of the earth’s spin axis allows us to have seasons the way we know them. In addition, several examples are given to show how the earth orbits the sun in a precise and repeatable way.  The sunrise and sunset times for a specific day and a specific location are constant from year to year, only varying by two or three minutes. The builders of Stonehenge arranged the rocks so that the sunrise would shine through a specific hole in the site on the Summer Solstice (and only on that day). I am hard pressed to pick a favorite section of this book. Each chapter is packed full of interesting scientific facts that illustrate how perfectly the universe works, how each animal is perfectly suited to its environment, or how perfectly each aspect of the human body is designed. Even after reading through the book from cover to cover, I still found myself picking it back up to reread a section or two—how the human head was designed, why ice floats, or what beautiful stars can be seen through the Hubble Space Telescope. Purposeful Design: Understanding the Creation would be a beautiful treasure to have in any home, Sunday school classroom, or church library. It wonderfully illustrates the way God took care to design every aspect our universe. Perhaps more importantly, it shows how God loves mankind so much that he created a world to nurture, protect, and bless...

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Teach Them Diligently Convention 2014

Posted on Feb 14, 2014

Teach Them Diligently Home School Conference Teach Them Diligently Home School Conference April 3-5, 2014 Spartanburg, South Carolina Book booth and workshop...

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