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The Hand of God: Thoughts and Images Reflecting the Spirit of the Universe Paperback – August 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Templeton Foundation Press; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890151521
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890151522
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Founder of Lionheart Books, Reagan has produced the ideal smaller coffee-table book for the 21st century. The Hand of God combines dozens of dazzling images of starscapes and far planets captured by the Hubble telescope with reflections on the self, the stars, and the universe, from writers as various as Oscar Wilde, Albert Einstein, Annie Dillard, and Edward Taylor. To Reagan's credit, the writers selected are admirable, and the quotations from their works are well chosen, but the images alone are worth the price of admission and are as profound as the writings that surround them. Highly recommended.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Michael Reagan is the president and founder of Lionheart Books. Before that, he was the head of Turner Publishing, where he was responsible for a number of bestsellers such as Moonshot, Dinotopia, and Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book. He is a graduate of Georgia State University. He and his wife live in Atlanta, Georgia, with their three children.

Sharon Begley is an editor at Newsweek magazine and was previously the science editor of the Wall Street Journal. She has won the Aviation/Space Writer’s Association Premier Award, a Global Award for Media Excellence, and the Educational Press Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award.
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One of the more awe inspiring books I've ever read.
Liberty
I can look at the amazing photos in this book over and over, and the quotes are profound and thought-provoking.
Sarah
For those of us who don't believe in a supreme creator,well this book might just change your mind.......
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By JAD on December 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a book to provide snippets of inspiration for others who are dear to you, or, perhaps one that will spark your own prayer and devotional time, this may be the book you are seeking.

"The Hand of God" is a collection of photographs taken in space, many by the Hubble Telescope, showing the vast and awe-inspiring wonder of the universe. These photos, a new "eye on the heavens" show every manner of nebula, comet and star formation for the wondering earthbound traveler. Presented in deep and vivid colors, the photos are thoughtfully paired with inspirational quotations, both familiar and obscure.

Of the many gorgeous images, surprises abound. A view of Jupiter's Great Red Spot and its surroundings looks every bit like a segment of Van Gogh's "Starry Night". A shimmering white cross-like photograph of Galaxy NGC 4640A is coupled with these lines from an ancient Jewish proverb: "God said to Abraham, 'But for me, you would not be here.' 'I know that, Lord,' Abraham answered, 'but were I not here, there would be no one to think about you.'"

Here are page after page of vast and panoramic views--both in word and in photograph, ranging from the tender greens and blues of our own earth, to a halo-like image of a filament eruption on our sun.

One would not classify this as a coffee table book per se, since its 8" x 8 1/2" dimensions are much smaller. It is perhaps best called an end table or nightstand book, suitable for an occasional glance or prolonged study. Either way, the unfamiliar images are profoundly inspiring, and invite the reader to move beyond Arthur Schopenhauer's observation, "Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world." This book is sure to expand your limits and inspire your vision, beautifully.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Liberty on September 16, 2004
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One of the more awe inspiring books I've ever read. The pictures alone are incredible. The images are tastefully paired with quotes ranging from Stephen Hawking to Galileo, Scripture to Huck Finn, John Glenn to Shakespeare... I don't recall seeing this quote in the book, but the lines it most strongly reminds me of come from the Psalms: "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. . ."

This book is well worth five stars. I have ordered half a dozen copies for myself and others, and expect to buy more.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Adventurer on October 18, 2005
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Whatever your religious/spiriual leaning, the inexpressible mystery of creation is evident in these Hubble Telescope photographs coupled with quotations from the world's best minds and hearts.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Laz on February 6, 2007
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I am not one to give praise easily. In fact, I can't remember when I last reviewed a book. But this book is truly a work of art. It is very well written and will prick the conscience of any agnostic or non-believer. It's as if there is this giant puzzle which nobody has been able to put together, till Michael Reagan came along and assembled the pieces.

Well done, that man. I also believe this book should be in every Primary school library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Lambeth on August 10, 2007
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This work brings home the grandeur of our universe (and the creator behind it) as best as any book, video or special I have ever seen. The quotes from theologians, astronomers and prophets that accompany the images do not all point to a singular philosophy or faith, so do not be too hasty to write this tome off as a religious work or creationist propaganda. The photo prints are of superb quality and the quotations are well matched. My personal favorite quote is found on page 128, next to an image of a cluster of Massive Infant Stars: "I find it as difficult to understand a scientist who does not acknowledge the presence of a superior rationality behind the existence of the universe as it is to comprehend a theologian who would deny the advances of science. And there is certainly no scientific reason why God cannot retain the same relevance on our modern world that he held before we began probing His creation with telescope, cyclotron and space vehicles." -Wernher Braun
This text is also a fresh reminder that while popular, secular science writers often demonstrate a lack of wonder and exaggerate the claims of their theories, the real scientists, the Einsteins, Newtons and Keplers, regarded themselves as full of wonder and mere children who had stumbled upon a few pretty pebbles upon the ocean's beach (a paraphrase from Abraham Heschel's "A Philosophy of Judaism"). Regardless of your personal faith proclivities, if you understand that no human has all the answers (and perhaps not even very many) you will enjoy this book, guaranteed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Shields on February 10, 2007
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This excellent collection of pictures from space presents an awesome and inspiring view of space through many of the Hubble photos accompanied by pertinent and profound quotes from thinking peple.

It is a marvelous and thought-provoking encounter with the heavens regardless of your religious views.

I have given it to my children and friends and received 5-star responses from all who see it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ladyfalcon on February 13, 2011
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This is certainly one of the best books I have purchased in a long while.The use of breath-taking photography and inspiring verses set the tone for a wonderful book that captures the essence of the universe.I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in astronomy for it will certainly spark one's interest in the subject.For those of us who don't believe in a supreme creator,well this book might just change your mind.......
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