From Publishers Weekly
Since 2002, ordained United Church of Christ minister Dowd and his wife, science writer Connie Barlow, have traveled the country celebrating evolution as a grand epic story with a host of psychological and moral implications for shaping contemporary life. As narrator, Dowd projects an earnest next-door neighbor teaching style that earns a measure of patience and forgiveness when he undertakes divergent metaphors and analogies that may leave listeners scratching their heads at times. Dowds talking points offer a potpourri of scientific and theological insights that remain generally engaging, though not necessarily stirring. He reaches the peak of his effectiveness when he provides specific calls to actions for his audience to meld flat-Earth Christianity and evolutionary Christianity in both their personal problem-solving and in larger global challenges. These nuggets make the lengthy journey worthwhile, at least for those in the fields of science and religion wanting to foster new areas for dialogue beyond the current culture wars. A Viking hardcover. (Sept.)
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Part science lesson, part motivational speech, and part sermon, this book has it all. A former Young Earth creationist minister, Dowd came to the realization that it is possible to believe both in God and in evolution. To many, this is far from earth-shattering news; to Dowd, it is groundbreaking information he has taken on the road with his wife, acclaimed science writer Connie Barlow. This book is their presentation in print form. It starts with an excellent overview of Darwinian evolution, then goes a bit off track as Dowd uses terms like "Lizard Legacy" and "Monkey Mind" in trying to explain what evolution means to human psychological development; this motivational section is complete with self-help exercises to assist readers in bettering their interpersonal relationships. Next, the book goes into a sermon about how we need to tame our Monkey Minds with religion, or Higher Porpoise, whatever religious tradition we choose to follow. It wraps up well with an ecological call to stop global warming. A well-written work that presents some interesting concepts; recommended for larger libraries.
--Jennifer Kuncken, Williamsburg Regional Lib., VA, Library Journal