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

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Overview

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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781400317141
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 219,423
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence O. Richards, Ph.D. is a retired seminary professor who has written some 250 books, including the bestselling NIV Teen Study Bible and Adventure Bible. Currently Dr. Richards continues writing and holding Freedom Workshops across the country.
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It Couldn't JUST HAPPEN

Knowing the Truth about God's Awesome Creation
By LAWRENCE O. RICHARDS

THOMAS NELSON PUBLISHERS

Copyright © 2011 Thomas Nelson, Inc.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4003-1714-1


Chapter One

THE UNIVERSE AND ITS ORIGINS

How big is the universe? How many stars does it contain? What are some of the wonders astronomers have discovered? Everything we learn about the universe fills us with a sense of awe. But even more, all we learn provides convincing evidence that the universe must have been created!

COUNTING THE STARS

If you look up at the night sky, it seems filled with stars. At first there might seem too many to count. But if you sat down and carefully counted each star we can see with the naked eye, you'd reach a total of 1,029.

About 300 years ago a man named Galileo invented the first telescope. How many stars could you count if you looked at the night sky through Galileo's telescope? You would be able to see 3,310.

Today, through the use of giant telescopes and radio telescopes that "see" radio waves, we know that our Sun lies in a great cluster of stars, called a galaxy. Astronomers estimate that there are 100 billion stars in our galaxy—and that there may be 100 billion galaxies in the universe!

Long ago, God told Abraham, "Look up at the heavens and count the stars—if indeed you can count them" (Genesis 15:5). God knew what, in that day before telescopes, no one else could have known, that it is impossible to number the stars in his universe!

HOW BIG IS THE UNIVERSE?

Looking at the sky at night, we can't begin to see the end of the universe. But scientists have found ways to measure the distance to the farthest stars they can find. Distances in our universe aren't measured in miles. Distances are just too vast to measure that way.

Suppose you draw two circles, one large and one small, with their centers just nine inches apart. If each inch represents ten million miles (10,000,000), your picture will show the distance between our Earth and the Sun.

Now, let's say you want to draw another circle that shows where the nearest star will be. How far away will you have to draw it? That circle will be forty miles from the Sun you drew on your paper. The nearest star, Alpha Centauri, is twenty-four thousand million miles away! That's 24,000,000,000,000 miles.

The distance to our nearest star is so great that it's hard to imagine. Suppose you started out the moment you were born and ran a mile every four minutes, without stopping. You would be 700 years old before you even reached our Sun, just nine inches away on your drawing! And you would be 182 million years old before you reached the nearest star!

Since it's too difficult to measure star distances in miles, scientists use a different measure called a light-year. We know that light travels at the tremendous speed of 186,000 miles each second. That means light could speed around our planet seven and one-half times a second. Scientists use the speed that light travels in a year (a "light-year") to measure star distances. By that measure, our Sun is only about eight light-minutes away. That is, it takes light eight minutes to travel from the Sun to Earth, compared to your running for 700 years. How long does it take light to travel to Earth from the nearest star? It takes more than four years.

How far away is the farthest object in the universe we know about? One of the farthest is a quasar named OQ 172, nearly 17,000 million light-years away! A quasar is a distant starlike body that gives off immense quantities of light or radio waves.

Although quasars were not discovered until 1960 by astronomers at the Palomar Observatory near San Diego, California, the writers of the Bible described the vastness of the universe centuries earlier.

Many years ago David wrote a psalm, a song of praise to God. David had been a shepherd and had spent many nights alone under the sky gazing at the stars. There, looking up, David thought:

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. Psalm 19:1-4

Today we know the universe is more vast than David could have imagined.

HOW CAN WE MEASURE STAR DISTANCES?

As astronomers studied the light from stars, they made a discovery that at first amazed them. To study light, scientists spread it out, separating it into different colors. As light shines through a crystal, it separates into colors, just as light shining through drops of water in the atmosphere separates into the rainbow. Each color of separated light, from purple at one end to red at the other, has its own wavelength.

When light from a particular star is separated, a series of black lines appears along the band of separated light. These black lines are like fingerprints. They tell the elements that the star is made of and are different for every star.

In 1962 the light from the quasar 3C 273 was studied. The black lines had shifted from their usual place, toward the red end of the separated light.

Other stars were studied, and many more showed a "red shift." But what did the shift to red mean? The answer stunned the scientists. Astronomers believe that the red shift means that galaxies are traveling away from us at 100-million miles an hour!

But the red shift tells us even more. The red shift increases with an object's increasing distance from the Earth. So by studying how far the black lines in the separated light have shifted toward the red, astronomers can estimate how far away from us a star is.

To see how, try this experiment. Mark two dots on the surface of a balloon. Blow up the balloon, and the dots shift, moving away from each other. As the universe expands, stars, too, move away from each other.

By studying the red shift, astronomers have estimated just how astoundingly far away many objects in the heavens are. Astronomers have located quasars that seem to be as much as 17,000 million light-years distant. Not only that but for their light to reach us these objects must be a hundred times brighter than a whole galaxy of stars, even though they are far smaller!

What is the significance to us of the red shift? What does it tell us about the beginning of the universe?

DID OUR UNIVERSE HAVE A BEGINNING?

The discovery of the red shift changed many scientists' ideas about our universe. There have always been scientists who believe in God and other scientists who do not. Before the discovery of the red shift, many nonbelieving scientists argued that the universe had always existed. If there were no beginning, there was no need to believe in a God who created everything.

But then astronomers learned that our universe is expanding—exploding outward at tremendous speeds. They realized that an exploding universe must have had a beginning!

Today most scientists believe that the universe began in a fantastic explosion that they call the "Big Bang," and they think that it happened about 15 billion years ago.

But what caused the Big Bang? No scientist has an answer. One science book calls this the "ultimate mystery" and says "there is no scientific answer to what happened before the Big Bang." Then the writer goes on to say that "we must accept that the universe did begin."

For Christians, this is no surprise at all. The Bible tells us that "in the beginning God created" (Genesis 1:1). We already knew that the universe was created from nothing—by our God.

Of course, we do not know when God created or how. The Bible does not say that creation took place as a Big Bang or that it happened 15 billion years ago. Yet we do know from the Bible that there was a time when God spoke, and everything sprang into existence. Yes, the universe did have a beginning. And only if God exists can that beginning be explained.

AN ORDERLY UNIVERSE

Our universe is a cosmos, not a chaos (a confused mass or mixture). The word "cosmos" comes from the Greek word kosmos and means "orderly universe." It is the order of the universe that lets scientists discover and describe the natural laws that govern it. Such laws have been found to govern everything from the behavior of the atoms that make up all matter to the movements of enormous spinning galaxies. The methods of science and the very concept of science are rooted in the notion that the universe is orderly.

For instance, a scientist might observe traffic patterns in an unfamiliar city. He or she watches streams of cars stopping, starting, and flowing again. After carefully noting how individual cars and groups of cars behave, our scientist would try to understand the laws that govern vehicle behavior. For instance, he or she might suggest a Red Light Law: "All vehicles, except those with flashing lights or sirens, must stop at red lights." Of course, there would be one problem. Some drivers run red lights or go through them when they aren't supposed to thus violating the law. But in the universe, natural objects cannot choose to violate natural laws.

Using this basic approach of observation and description, scientists have found that all the physical universe behaves in an orderly way, with all things following their own sets of laws.

As scientists have studied the laws that govern the universe, they have found other surprising things. For instance, if these laws were just slightly different, life could not exist. Our existence depends on a great number of precise rules that govern nature, from the behavior of atomic particles to the behavior of stars and galaxies. Only the perfect balance that exists between nuclear forces and electrical forces allows the existence of stars and planets. For example, only the precise amount of gravity on the Earth allows people and animals to walk about freely and, yet, not fly off into space. There was no margin for error in the establishment of these laws.

This is truly amazing in view of scientists' discovery that on a subatomic (smaller than the particles that make up atoms) level, the behavior of some particles is truly uncertain. Yet despite the random actions of infinitesimally small particles, our universe is orderly and marked by consistent, predictable behavior.

But where did these laws come from? There must have been starting conditions that established the laws. In fact, everything scientists have found proves that only very special and unique starting conditions could possibly allow for the development of an orderly universe. Actually, any starting condition marked by chaos appears to end not in order, but in more chaos, without stars, galaxies, or life! So the order and structure scientists have described in stating laws like the law of gravity exist only because that order was established within the universe at the moment of its creation!

It is one thing to try to explain the Big Bang without God. It is another to try to explain the establishment of natural law at the moment of creation without God.

THE LAW OF ENTROPY

One of the most important natural laws known to science is the Second Law of Thermodynamics, often called the law of entropy. This law tells us that anything that is organized tends, with time, to become disorganized. Originally this law was linked with the science of heat energy. But it has been found to apply to every physical process. Albert Einstein viewed the Second Law of Thermodynamics as the premier law of all science.

How does this important natural law apply to the question of the origin of the universe? Very simply, it tells us that our ordered universe could not have developed from chaos! The principle that the Second Law expresses—that everything tends toward disorder rather than order—is deeply imbedded in the nature of the universe itself.

The law of entropy, then, is powerful evidence that the universe must have been orderly at its creation, with all natural laws in place. For our universe to exist as an ordered place today, its starting condition must have been orderly as well.

It seems obvious that only God could have built laws into the universe that make it exactly right for life. It is beyond belief that the universe came into existence in an ancient Big Bang, and at that moment orderly relations in the universe were established by chance.

And yet, many scientists continue to believe the unbelievable. Why?

WHY DOESN'T EVERYONE BELIEVE IN GOD?

It seems puzzling. Nearly all scientists now believe that the universe had a beginning. It seems obvious that something must have caused that beginning. The tremendous energy and power flooding our universe could have hardly just happened. The only reasonable explanation we can imagine is God. But still, there are many people who don't believe in God! Why?

Romans 1:18 says that men who do not believe "suppress the truth."

What may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Romans 1:19-20

This Bible passage helps us realize something important. Even the strongest evidence won't make a person believe in God. In fact, some people will make fun of Christian beliefs even when the evidence is on our side.

It's also important to realize that some scientists even argue for their theories against the evidence because they insist on trying to explain things without God.

We just saw that scientists who accept the Big Bang theory are sure that the universe must have had a beginning. In this they agree with the Bible, which also teaches that our universe had a beginning. But a few scientists still argue that the universe, not God, has existed forever.

One theory holds that the universe had no beginning and keeps on expanding forever. As galaxies move apart, new galaxies just "spring into existence" between them. This theory is very strange. Where do the galaxies that "spring into existence" come from? Astronomers have found no evidence that this theory might be true.

Another theory holds that the universe explodes outward only so far and then falls back on itself due to gravity. It falls back toward its center, until it explodes in another Big Bang. This theory has no evidence to support it and is not a scientific theory at all. And even if such a thing could happen, the theory still must explain how the first Big Bang happened.

But just think a minute. Is it reasonable to think that something could begin without a cause; that the universe could begin without a creator; that natural laws present from the beginning could govern our universe without their being designed? Not really. Every reasonable conclusion requires God! And no reasonable explanation other than God has ever been offered!

It is really not enough to say that the Big Bang "just happened." How much more reasonable it is to believe that God exists and that the universe exists because it was made by him.

MORE WONDERS

Those who study the stars constantly find new wonders. There are radio galaxies, which give off the energy of a million stars, not visible as light but as radio waves. There are quasars, bodies whose superhot discs outshine a hundred galaxies. And there are pulsars, rapidly spinning stars that have collapsed and become very dense. If our Sun were to turn into a pulsar, it would shrink from being 865,000 miles wide to being just 15 miles across!

(Continues...)



Excerpted from It Couldn't JUST HAPPEN by LAWRENCE O. RICHARDS Copyright © 2011 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. . Excerpted by permission of THOMAS NELSON PUBLISHERS. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part 1 Earth in Our Universe 1

1 The Universe and Its Origins 2

2 Dead Planets, Living World 14

3 The "Odd Planet" 27

4 World in the Making 39

5 Mysteries of the Earth 50

Part 2 How Life Began 63

6 How Science Works 64

7 "Life" in a Test Tube? 75

8 The Mystery of the Moths 86

9 The Record in the Rocks 98

Part 3 Evidence from Living Things 113

10 The Same, Yet Different 114

11 The Wonders of Design 125

12 More Wonders of Design 137

13 When It Takes Two 146

Part 4 Humanity in God's Nature 157

14 The Family Tree? 158

15 Amazing and Wonderful 168

16 In God's Image 180

Part 5 The Book That Didn't Just Happen 191

17 A Sure Word 192

18 How We Know We Can Trust What Jesus Said 202

19 What the Bible Teaches about Creation 213

20 Alive Now and Forevermore 225

Endnotes 235

Photograph and Illustration Credits 237

Index 239

Personal Notes 246

About the Author 248

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    In the beginning, The earth was a dry and dreary place, but there was a explosion, and in a pool of water two cells comined to create the biggest, bestest, most amazing thing ever, LIFE. Really That's how it all began? Sure with no creator and no evidence?. well that just doesn't sound right does it. It couldn't just happen Tells how, well it couldn't just happen. it shows proof how there has to be a creator or nothing could happen!

    The point is that God made the earth perfect for Us, We couldn't have just happened into insistence. If you saw a beautiful painting, and you found out that there was no artist, wouldn't you question how it came into insentience? Of course you would! God made us, He made everything, And he loves you Very Much.



    What this book really meant to me was that God made this world perfect for us, if it were only one centemeter bigger gravity would crush humanity, if it were any closer to the Sun, we would be Cooked litterally. If the earth was even a little farther away from the sun we would freeze. I loved this book and it really made me think. I know you will love this book as much as I did.

    By Abby Hartwig

    P.S. This book was given to me to review honestly by Book sneeze

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Helped me understand so many theories!

    Wow God is good! Now I can prove theories to be wrong!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2011

    It was an okay attempt

    It Couldn't Just Happen: Knowing the Truth About God's Awesome Creation by: Lawrence Richards Let me first state that I am a scientist and have studied both evolution and creationism. I am also a Christian and have no problems with either creationism or evolution. I feel that they can coincide with each other, if you will have an open mind and not shut out the other side (in which I feel there should be no sides). This book was an interesting take on how the author feels that the universe was created. I did feel as if his audience a bit off. He is aiming a younger audience but I feel that it is bland like a textbook. I see his points about how God created the universe but I think that he missed the point when he was trying to disprove science. I did like the way that he tried to use scripture to try and explain his viewpoints. I also liked how he did not always try to "brainwash" the reader into just creationism. I does not totally try to condime this book as being one that should not be read but caution that all books on this matter should be read with an open mind and study the facts for both sides. I have read better but I have also read much worse. I may be back to reread this book and analyze it more at a later time. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

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    Science meets scripture- well done!

    "It couldn't just happen, knowing the truth about God's awesome creation" by Lawrence O Richards is a great non-fiction book that you definitely want to get into with your kids. If you want your kids to be versed on a scientific approach to seeing God's hand on this world and how yes, even science points to the hand of a creator, then I would recommend you buying this book. The book marries scripture to science in an interesting and fun way for the reader. After reading about the universe and what it's made of -planets, stars, quasars, etc. and their relation to the earth makes Psalm 19 come alive-"The heavens declare the glory of God".

    This book is broken down into 5 parts- the first part is "Earth in our universe" and the uniqueness of our planet in the scheme of things to section 2 and "How life began" and how there is more scientific evidence that points to creation than against it. The 3rd section deals with "Evidence from Living Things" and addresses amazing facts about animals that Evolution simply cannot explain. Section 4 is Humanity in God's Nature- and debunking the whole Neanderthal people "animal like chain of human evolution" aka cavemen situation. And finally the last portion called "The Book that just didn't happen" dealing with the Bible and how it is a "revelation"-"that it tells us things about God we couldn't discover without God telling us." (pg 169) It also links in the science of archeology and how it has shown Bible claims to be true over and over again.

    This is a great book to go through with your children and will give them a good working base knowledge in helping to know that science can be on God's side. I also really appreciated how the author always included at the end of the chapters a fun activity to illustrate his point. It was labeled a "Just for fun section" and it would ask questions to make you think or give you hands on activity like go look at a map to look at how many mountain ranges you could find, etc. And the best thing of all is that parents, you might even learn a thing or two in the process.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2011

    Not a bad read overall.

    I received this book for free from Book Sneeze. It is marketed to a juvenile audience, but the writing is a bit advanced, in my opinion. I really found the book to be more of a reference material that will go on my bookshelf. Well written, laid out in traditional format, with a list of Just For Fun questions to think about or activities to do at the completion of each chapter. Richards gives solid Biblical evidence for Creation shown through astronomy, the animal kingdom, plant life, geology, and human anatomy. I was hoping this book would give me age proof, but it did not. Overall, a nice reference for a parent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2011

    Great book

    Brendan recently reviewed the ebook It Couldn't Just Happen by Lawrence O. Richards. 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. It Couldn't Just Happen is a little book packed with lots of information proving Creation of the Bible over the theory of evolution. Richards starts with the Creation event itself and follows with amazing facts about the human body, animal and plant life, fossil records, weather events, and nature's impossible-to-ignore reflection of its Creator. Throughout, he uses Scripture proofs and without hesitation says the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God, and that there is no room for doubting its validity when it comes to Creation, historical Adam and Eve, and the proof of God's handiwork in humans and nature. While the book is marketed as a children's book, I believe it's better suited for 6th grade and above. It could easily be used in a home school setting, with easy-to-read sections, colorful photos, and follow-up activities at the end of each chapter. I liked the writing style and think it would make a nice supplement to a science program. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to using this resource in the future with my daughter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2011

    It Couldn't Just Happen by Lawrence O. Richards

    Hi! I just got a new book from book sneeze! Before I get started, though, I need to let you know that I received this book for free from the Thomas Nelson publishing company through the booksneeze program and I am under no legal obligation to give this book a positive review. So whatever I say about this book is for real how I feel. So, anyway, let's get going, shall we? "It Couldn't Just Happen" by Lawrence O. Richards is a good beginner's guide to apologetics. I'm not a seminary graduate, or have any kind of religious degree, but I love reading and collecting apologetics literature. This was a bit rudimentary for my taste, but this book is written for like 8-12 year olds. So I don't hold the basic writing style against them ?. This book is very colourful, and lays out the facts for all to see. It has charts, diagrams, pictures, fast facts, so on and so forth. I really, really like this book. It's a good introductory guide to scientific apologetics. I that this book would be excellent for the more scientifically- minded kids out there. I most definitely give this book a solid five out of five stars ?

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    A Good Starter Book About Learning Scientific Proof Against Evolutionism

    Before I began homeschooling my children, I didn't know that there is an ongoing debate between the evolution theory and creationism. I just accepted the evolution theory as part of my studies in high school. As for God being the great Creator of the Earth and all that is in it - that's already a given for me because I believe in God and the Holy Bible. Now that I am teaching my children at home and am responsible for choosing their materials, I am realizing that it is important to be knowledgeable about the evolution theory. Even though I have taught my children that God is the Creator, they also need to be aware what other people are saying and know how to defend their faith. It Couldn't Just Happen by Lawrence Richards is a great resource to have at home, not just for homeschoolers but for all families who are interested to understand how to defend our faith. It Couldn't Just Happen talks about several areas of science - planets, Earth and it's landforms, animals - big and small, and the human body. The author first explains what evolutionists have said then gives scientific proof against the theories of evolution. Throughout the book the author points to God's word and to God as the Author and Creator of all. This book is geared for elementary and high school students but is also great for someone like me who has forgotten a lot of science. The scientific proof he gives are well-researched but written in such a way that we ordinary people can understand very well. I really appreciate how the author keeps pointing to God as the Creator and Inventor of all things. At the end of every chapter is a section called Just for Fun which has suggestions for activities that you can try out at home. This is great to use as part of your students' curriculum or as a handy reference to have at home. The book itself is in full color with a lot of lovely pictures inside that prevents the text from becoming boring. I would recommend this book to people who would like to understand the evolution theory and see that there is scientific proof against those theories. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program and Net Galley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2011

    Very Enlightening!

    It Couldn't Just Happen: Knowing the Truth About God's Creation by Lawrence O. Richards is a 234 page book that argues theories such as evolution and The Big Bang theory using biblical principles and information. It uses fun activities and fascinating insights into God's marvelous works from asteroids, dinosaurs, and fossils, to genetic codes. It presents compelling evidence that God created the universe and all living things. This book has some amazing pictures and a lot of really good information. The book touches on 5 main topics; Earth in Our Universe, How Life Began, Evidence from Living Things, Humanity in God's Nature and The Book That Didn't Just Happen (a.k.a. The Bible). Each part of the book has 3-5 chapters and gives "discussion questions" or activities after each chapter. I like that this book encourages you to take time to look things up and to study different things on your own. I also like that it includes several bible verses. There is a nice mix of science and biblical information, which many people are reluctant to discuss together.
    I was very excited to receive this book and thought it was a refreshing read. It would be a great tool for school age children who are exposed daily to the theory of evolution, as well as a homeschool curriculum. My only "negative" comment would be that this book reads like a text book. At times, the words were large and I felt more like I was studying for an exam than reading for pleasure. I don't think that this is a book that I would read again or that a child would just sit and read for fun, but it would be a wonderful reference guide for anyone to have around.
    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

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    how did the world come to be?

    Who would've known that when science goes hand in hand with the Bible, it could make more sense of the world? This book will make it easier for kids to grasp complex scientific concepts with the help of simple Bible verses. We can never keep kids from learning about the creation of the universe and everything in it, so what better way to handle the situation than to get them started on Bible truths earlier on? This book will make their learning not just easier, but also more enjoyable. Not only does this book back scientific theories (and/or facts) with the world of God, it also ends with a section that shows the validity of the Bible. Kids and adults alike will find this an enjoyable educational treat! I give it 5 out of 5.

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

    Looking for a book filled with lots of answers to age old questions??

    It Couldn't Just Happen


    Christian views v.s. the BIG Bang Theory has always been a cause for debate just as the old saying which came first the chicken or the egg... In It Couldn't Just Happen by Lawence Richards a christian view is taken beginning in the first chapter explaining just how vast our universe is and that God is the creator of all things and that just as this concept of God creating the universe is foolishness to a nonbeliever it is just as foolish to the christian to believe that new galaxies just begin to exsist. From there we visit the mysteries of the earth to the amazing and wonderful and find what it is to be "in God's image". We finish the book with alive now and forevermore with the redeeming hope that all men that call upon the name of our God shall be saved.


    I was expecting something different from the original review I thought that it would be more geared toward younger children. Aside from that fact and the intial disappointment felt, I found the information inside the book to be interesting and a good biblical reference between the bible and life's biggest controversies. I think I would recommend it to a more mature audience though.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2011

    Great resource

    For anyone who has attended public schools, or visited a natural history museum, and tried to reconcile the things they have seen and heard with what they have been taught at Sunday school and in Bible studies, this book is for you.

    I remember about 5 years ago taking my devoutly-religious homeschooled cousins on a vacation, and visiting a very famous Field Museum. As we entered the part of the museum where the bones of homo habilis, homo erectus, and homo sapiens, I saw their eyes open wide. They didn't say much, or ask any questions, for which I was thankful, because I didn't really have a good answer. After reading this book, however, I would have a starting point for discussion. (Chapter 14 The Family Tree? discusses this topic in particular.)

    I found the book interesting, though it will likely not quell all skepticism about some topics. It covers the universe and its origins, geological records, evolution, and creation, among other topics. There are some diagrams, pictures, and photographs, but the overall reading level of this book is quite high. (I'd guess the average middle or high school student would have no trouble, and an ambitious younger student would do fine as well.)

    I can see this book being used as a special series in a youth group or Sunday school class, in a faith-based high school, with homeschoolers, or for anyone who searches for answers on reconciling the differences of faith and science.

    Please note that I received this book at no charge from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2011

    If you're looking for a TEXTBOOK, this is a good one.

    I recently received this book by Lawrence Richards, and I have to say, I was a little disappointed. I expected a book that would engage kids and explain the Creationist viewpoint in a simple, understandable way.

    This book seems to be more like a textbook - not something that kids would just pick up and read, but something that parents/teachers would need to work through with them. If you're looking for something that your kids will read on their own, this isn't it.

    I think this could be a useful resource for teaching kids about creation, however, I highly doubt that this book is going to appeal to kids on an individual level. It's a beautiful book, well made, and good quality for the money, but I just don't see it appealing to its target audience - eight-year-old kids.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

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    It Couldn't Just Happen

    This spectacular book is a gem for children of all ages. It dives deep into science (earth science, physics, biology, chemistry, and more) to showcase to readers that there is indeed evidence for a Creator. The book starts off talking about galaxies and Earth, transitions into living creatures, highlights humans, and wraps up with how we know the Bible / Christianity is both true and historically accurate. At the end of each chapter are "just for fun" sections that both kids and adults will enjoy. They are not so much the fill-in-the-blank or journaling type but are more of just initiated prompts for the reader to learn more. Bible is quoted at times, which is nice. The pages are nice and glossy with excellent pictures. My only criticism is that I'd like for the book to be hardcover!

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

    It Couldn't Just Happen

    If you're a Christian parents and you want to raise a Christian child, this book will definitely be useful for you as it has the answer to most of your children's curiosity on bible facts and whatnot. Tis book explained the Christian views of Big Bang and whatnot in a way that young children could grasps and understand.

    This is a definitely good tool for Christian parents who will definitely encounter a few 'How, when, why, what, who' question during children's growing up times.

    This book is wonderfully researched and well organized. Highly recommended to Christian parents as well as teachers alike. It can also be used during Sunday classes.

    I received an ARC of this book from Thomas Nelson Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review for this book. Whatever I've written here is my own opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2011

    A Creationist Perspective

    This book is written from the creationist perspective and geared toward children eight years old and up. Richards is an established author of over 100 books and he has a remarkable grasp on what language would best fit this age group. While many books in this category bash opposing viewpoints and simply compare and contrast perspectives, this book does not go down the road of taking cheap shots at evolution. It does provide an appropriate description of evolution but is respectful in tone. The best chapters of the book explore the wonders of nature and the intricacies of the human body. It is with this evidence the author moves to demonstrate how this points to a designer and creator. This book isn't likely to persuade an evolutionist but it does provide very useful information for the child who is attempting to understand the creationist perspective. In an attempt to provide full disclosure: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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    Posted August 29, 2011

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