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It Couldn't Just Happen: Knowing the Truth About God's Awesome Creation [Kindle Edition]

Lawrence O. Richards
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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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  • File Size: 3832 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Csm Rep edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CWF3R6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be a good resource July 18, 2011
Format:Paperback
I vacillated over whether or not I should order this book for a review. A few reviewers on Amazon had given the book less than glowing reviews claiming that it was full of scientific inaccuracies. However, the lesson I learned was that you can't trust everything you read in a review (present company excluded, of course).

It Couldn't Just Happen is divided into 5 parts: Earth in Our Universe, How Life Began, Evidence from Living Things, Humanity in God's Nature and The Book That Didn't Just Happen. Each part ends with a "Just For Fun" section which contains 5 questions or activities to help the child dig deeper into the concepts that were covered.

I was sort of expecting the layout of the book to be similar to Usborne or DK, however it was not. It had more the feel of a encyclopedia with words dominating the page. The writing style is easy to read, though sometimes a tad bit dry especially on the section on the planets.

There were some errors in the book which is little surprising considering that this is the revised edition. For example, "two parts of oxygen combined with one of hydrogen produces water." (page 34) Hmm, how did that slip by the proofreader? However, I don't think there were nearly as many errors as some have claimed and another reviewer did a good job of responding to the claims.

All in all, I'd give it an "ok" rating.

I received this book free from Booksneeze.com in exchange for an honest review.
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96 of 125 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could like this book more September 19, 2011
Format:Paperback
I was very excited to review It Just Couldn't Happen, (I recieved a free copy from booksneeze.com) however I've been dragging my feet in actually reading it because it didn't take me long into the book to figure out IT DOESN'T TAKE THE BIBLE LITERALLY!

Here is a book that supposedly offers proof as to why a creationist's world-view is the most logical and scientifically sound and it completely discounts a literal interpretation of the first several chapters in Genesis, and claims the Bible never really gives an indication of how old the earth is. (I believe the geneologies and 6 morning and evenings of creations could refute this!)

Why does it matter? Who cares how old the earth is if you just believe God created everything? I'll tell you why it matters, if creation took longer than 6 days, then there would have been death in the world before Adam and that is a clear contradiction of scripture, (Romans 5:12) it was by sin that death entered into the world.

An older earth means years and years of plant and animal death, cancer, disease, and survival of the fittest. And yet on the 6th day of creation God calls everything "very good." You will never convince me that a perfect, holy, loving, just God would ever call years of suffering and death of the very creatures he made very good. It was sin that marred creation, THIS WAS NOT GOD'S original design.

More importantly a God who would call a creation filled with death "very good" makes him slightly manevolent. When someone asks a Christian who doesn't believe the literal interpretation of Genesis why they have cancer, or how could a loving God let my child die, or why is there so much evil in the world; does this person truly have a good answer?
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38 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Was Expecting August 16, 2011
Format:Paperback
I still remember sitting in my fourth grade class. Public school. Crayons, scissors, Elmer's glue and a worksheet of the continents. The assignment: Color, cut and paste the continents together, fitting them together like a "puzzle." You know, the whole "continental drift" thing. I remember looking at the sheet and thinking "these do not fit!" In my opinion, it didn't work, I wasn't buying it, something was off. The years go on and each year another theory, another concept, carbon dating, soil strata, millions of years, apes, Darwin, and so on. So, the inevitable happened, I graduated high school, even a Christian college, without a firm belief in either Creationism or the Theory of Evolution. I didn't really care. They were just some facts thrown at me, didn't really matter to me and I just left it at that.

And then I was introduced to the teachings of Kent Hovind. From this moment on, everything changed. Kent Hovind is a young earth creationist who uses the Bible to prove Creationism. His seminars changed my life. Truth is truth and when I heard this, it encouraged me to delve into the Bible for myself and take these issues of Creation and Evolution seriously seeking the truth for myself.

Over the years I have become more and more of a Creation enthusiast and my husband is as well. So when it comes to raising our kids we are always avoiding the books that begin with "millions of years ago," and seeking reading materials that we actually believe and want our children reading. So when I heard about "It Couldn't Just Happen" by Lawrence Richards I was thrilled. Finally, a science textbook, that my kids can actually read. But when I received it, it wasn't anything like what I was expecting.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is full of false information February 3, 2015
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Format:Kindle Edition
I am a Christian. I am a conservative. My children are home schooled. I have a master's degree in biology and work in biology labs at a university. I am an evolutionist. I know lots of creationists, and do not think that they are "stupid." However... this is a TERRIBLE book. It is full of statements that are just false.

It says there are no transitional fossils. Untrue. There are good transitional fossils for a lot of different organisms, including whales, human beings, horses, as well as the fish to amphibian and reptile to mammal. A fossil fish, Tiktaalik, was just discovered with wrist bones and the beginnings of finger bones. Unlike what he says in the book, transitional fossils for horses are well documented, with the number of toes being reduced over time. He dismisses it wrongly. If you look at the rear legs of a horse or donkey, you can actually see the vestigial remnants of to toes- equestrians call them chestnuts. Are you a bird hunter? The next time you shoot a bobwhite quail, look at the very tip of the wing under the feathers. They have tiny vestigial claws, inherited from their reptile ancestors.

It equivocates dinosaurs with lizards. Dinosaurs are not lizards.

It has a picture of a bird skeleton, and calls it a dinosaur. Well, technically birds are dinosaurs but I doubt the author would agree. He doesn't even know the identity of the skeleton in the stock photo he uses.

He dismisses beneficial mutations. Beneficial mutations have been well documented. One example that springs to my mind are plants that have mutated naturally to grow on lead contaminated soil. Beneficial mutations have been documented in science many times.

He says that bacteria have not evolved multicellularity in the lab.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written. Understandable for 10 to 11 year ...
Very well written. Understandable for 10 to 11 year olds on up.
Published 7 days ago by J Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting explanations
Interesting explanations about Bible questions.
Published 25 days ago by Teresa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This is a wonderful book for teens and adults. It shows how creation makes more sense than evolution!!
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I am homeschooled and I read chapter in this book every week. It is an amazing book, talkng about the big bang theory and evolution. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing!
My son used this for a rhetoric class and I love the logic and science. If you have been indoctrinated to think a certain way, this book will be eye opening and educational
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5.0 out of 5 stars The design of life requires a brilliant Designer and a a powerfull...
This book is very well written for teenagers. It takes you step by step, in a very logical way, to understand why life could not just happen without the deep envolment of the God... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Still Searching
It's okay. It contains factual errors, including calling water O2H instead of H2O. I'm still looking for a good science text that is both Christian and based on real science, not... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Susan S.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
My family has really appreciated the depth in this book.
Published 8 months ago by Oterio Davis
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This is a good book to introduce grades 5+ to a Biblical worldview concerning creation. The format is easy to read and the illustrations are great. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Nichole Wise
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So this year I was going to a school called Classical Conversations, and through the whole year they had us read a chapter a week. Read more
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