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Michael Faraday: Spiritual Dynamo (Trail Blazers) Paperback – January 20, 2011
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Derick Bingham was the teaching pastor at Christchurch, Belfast. He was also an Adjunct Professor of English Literature at the John Brown University and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts. A popular author and well known public speaker Derick passed away on the 6th of March 2010 following a long battle with Leukemia.
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~ Physicist Ernst Rutherford
Michael Faraday (1791-1867) was an extraordinary scientist. His work in the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry laid the foundation for much of what we experience in our daily lives today. Faraday built the first motor, the first generator and the first transformer. His work with electricity was truly spectacular.
In addition to his discoveries regarding electricity, Michael Faraday liquified chlorine, discovered nanoparticles, was involved in the building of many lighthouses, and worked for mine safety. Faraday began his life poor and uneducated, and found his passion for science through the books he would read as a bookbinder¡¯s apprentice. His experience of living outside the elite scientific community, and his love for Christ, gave him a heart for the average person.
Throughout his scientific career, Faraday gave scientific lectures ¨C complete with experiments ¨C to help the layperson understand science. He even created lectures specifically for children. Later in his life, Faraday championed the idea of providing quality education for children from all levels of society.
Michael Faraday: Spiritual Dynamo by Derick Bingham (Christian Focus Publications) tells the story of Michael Faraday for children aged 8-14. This school year, our family is studying the 1800¡äs, so I scheduled Spiritual Dynamo during the week we learned about the Industrial Revolution. We love history, and we love studying events and time periods. We also love studying God¡¯s people and the way He works through their lives and obedience to impact His world.
For my boys, it was exciting to read about a scientist who served the Lord. Generally, our Christian biographies revolve around theologians and missionaries. It¡¯s really interesting to read about the way God works in other vocations and areas of life as well. Michael Faraday was not a missionary, but his discoveries and work improved the everyday lives of common people. My children both commented on the fact that they loved reading about a scientist.
I¡¯m a fan of Christian Focus Publications¡¯ Trailblazers series for middle grade children. At the present moment, they have 33 biographies available. We own nearly every one, and we¡¯ve read about half of them. Through reading about the lives of men and women who loved Christ, and who dedicated their lives to His service, my boys and I have all been inspired to follow Him in our own lives. It¡¯s truly amazing to see the way God works through the lives of ordinary individuals.
The godly people in the land
are my true heroes!
I take pleasure in them!
I want to thank Christian Focus Publications for supplying an ebook copy of Michael Faraday: Spiritual Dynamo in exchange for my honest opinion. To be really honest, I don¡¯t care for ebooks, and I already had a copy of Spiritual Dynamo. I just really liked the book, I love the Trailblazers series, and I was excited to be a part of their ¡®Trailblazers Book Review Extravaganza¡¯. Check it out!
~ Danika Cooley