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God's Mighty Acts in Creation Paperback – August 12, 2010
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About the Author
Starr Meade served as the director of children’s ministries for ten years at her local church and taught Latin and Bible for eight years at a Christian school. She is a graduate of Arizona College of the Bible and has authored a number of books. Starr lives in Arizona with her husband, where she currently teaches homeschool students and is mother to three grown children and six grandchildren.
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However, from the first chapter in the book, I realized that this book was very different from other stereotypical creation books. Meade does follow the Day 1, Day 2 pattern seen in Genesis 1, but that's as far as the similarities go. Each two-page chapter discusses something created on a particular day and how that created thing illustrates an aspect of God's character. For example, for Day 1 Meade points us to the holiness of God, illustrated in the creation of light ("God is light and in him is no darkness at all" - 1 John 1:5); or to Jesus, the Light of the World. We see the mountains pointing us to the eternity and unchangeableness of God. God's goodness is seen in the abundant variety of foods that were created. The vastness of space points us to a God without limit. Additionally, for each thing created, we are told about a time when God overruled how the created thing usually operates, showing that God is owns every part of creation and can do what he pleases with it. For example, he showed his power over the sun and moon when he made them stand still for Joshua and the children of Israel. Meade starts with an aspect of creation and beautifully draws our attention to the One who created it.
While the book is rather small (only 109 pages), it is jam packed with wonderful truths about God as illustrated through creation. Because each chapter is a short two pages long, it is perfect for family devotions or for middle aged children to read on their own. Very few children's books have left me excited to start using it for our family Bible time, but God's Mighty Acts in Creation certainly does have me looking forward to reading with our children the many ways God's beauty is seen in creation.
Disclaimer: Thanks to Crossway's Homeschool Book Review program for providing a review copy of this book. I was under no obligation to write a positive review.
I expected this book to simply go through the six days of creation, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that it does so much more! It uses the six days as a framework not only to show how created things display God's power and wisdom in the creation story, but to explore and apply many other references to nature throughout the Bible and to show how all His created works reflect who He is. For example, "Day 1: Light and Water" contains readings on Jesus as the Light of the World and the Living Water, "Day 3: Land and Plants" addresses God's sovereignty over nations and Jesus as the True Vine, "Day 5: Birds and Fish" discusses the ravens feeding Elijah, and "Day 6: Animals and People" includes Daniel and the lions.
One of the things I love about Ms. Meade's books is that she doesn't water things down...she has a real gift for putting difficult concepts into terms that are simple enough for young children to grasp. Using her books together, I've seen my kids have several "a-ha" moments where they were able to clearly understand and articulate back to me truths that I didn't fully understand until adulthood. This book continues to follow that trend. It's engaging and meaty, perfect for family or individual use. My nine year old is using it for his personal devotional time, but I plan to go through it to discuss as a family in the near future. I highly recommend God's Mighty Acts in Creation and God's Mighty Acts in Salvation and I'm hopeful there will possibly be more titles in the series!
Thanks to Angie Cheatham at Crossway for providing review copies to me.
Creator and Creation: An Introduction-2 lessons
Day 1: Light and Water-4 lessons on light and 6 on water
Day 3: Land and Plants-10 lessons
Day 4: Sun, Moon, and Stars--5 lessons
Day 5: Birds and Fish-6 lessons
Day 6: Animals and People-12 lessons
Although initially I was confused about the omission of "Day 2" in the Table of Contents, this is the only complaint I have about this volume. This family-friendly resource goes well beyond the usual content of similar devotional books written for 8-12 year olds. Meade has developed lessons which pointedly demonstrate the character of God and frequently offer many interesting observations about nature as well. "As For Me and My House" sections are well-designed for discussion, participation and application for children in this age range. No illustrations are included within this devotional, yet I personally feel none are necessary. Recommended for families with children in this age range.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Crossway Books through their Homeschool Book Review Program. No other compensation was provided, and opinions represent my own.