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New Leaf Press / Master Books Review by Kate Kessler, Heather Jackowitz, and Judy Wales

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Have you ever wished there were beautiful, well-written, Biblically accurate creation science books to counter what is so prevalent today in the libraries and bookstores? Well look no further, because New Leaf Press / Master Books has them all in one place, right at the click of a mouse! Specializing in creation science books, their selections range from preschool right up to adult level. I requested several different books to give this publishing house a complete overview and what I received was beyond what I had expected. Creation science is a love of mine and what New Leaf Press / Master Books manages to produce to answer the difficult questions that the world produces is of infinite value. Below is a sampling of their varied products.

Wonders of Creation Series:
The Geology Book, The Weather Book, and The Astronomy Book

When I first began to homeschool, I was introduced to the colorful Eyewitness books that were full of pictures and information on all sorts of subjects related to the world. We enjoyed them but, unfortunately, those that touched on any science category were always littered with evolutionary dogma. I wanted books I could turn to that would explain the world of science from a creationist perspective, and still be as interesting and beautiful. The Wonders of Creation Series was just for what I was searching! Filled with its own colorful pictures and drawings, these books not only include a feast for the eyes, but sound explanations that make sense of the world around us - God's world that He created.

The Geology Book is probably my favorite of all of these books because this is a love of mine. So often we are told of the millions of years it took something to form, when in reality there is a completely logical reason for the way things look today that does not involve millions of years, only thousands. This 80-page hardback covers planet earth, inside and surfaces and how they formed, all three rock types and their formations, erosion, deposition, sediments becoming rock, fossilization, volcanism, deformation of rock, continental questions, metamorphism of rocks, decay, dating of the earth, creation, the fall, the flood, and the ice age. Chapter 7 includes answers to four pages of geological questions that people ask and then Chapter 8 ends with the Future Earth and a clear Gospel message. There is a detailed bibliography, resource list, and a glossary included as well. This attractive book is unequaled anywhere else for clear concise information from a creationist perspective.

The Weather Book is another beautiful hardback book in this superb series. They did not leave out anything in this one either - from beautiful pictures on every page to charts and maps of weather patterns. If you like weather, it is all here! The various topics covered are: What Causes Weather, World Climate Zones, Weather Facts, How to Read a Weather Map, Jet Stream, El Nino, Water in the Atmosphere, Clouds, Warm and Cold Fronts, Fog, Thunderstorms, Lightning, Hail and Wind Damage, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Winter Storms and other wild weather, Climate in the Past, Noah's Flood and the Ice Age that followed it, Future Climate, Observing the Weather and God, and Creation and You. This is not to be missed!

The Astronomy Book begins with the following quote: "Who has not looked into the heavens on a starry night with a sense of wonder? We see in the night sky the vastness of the universe. We have the feeling that some awesome power is responsible for it." These are frequently the feelings the dark night sky evoke in me and the sense of connection the sky gives me with the past is powerful. The ancient great ones looked up at the same moon and stars as I do - here in the 21st century. The Astronomy Book explores all aspects of the vast heavens.

Beginning with the questions, "What is Astronomy?" and "What Do Astronomers Study?" we then explore all aspects of the Universe. Cosmic and star distances, solar system facts, the origin of the universe, eclipses, telescopes, calendars, constellations, early rockets, space age and space programs, moon landing, space highlights, how the earth is different, study of the moon, sun and other planets, black holes, and other galaxies; and this is only the first eight chapters! There are still three more left that have a wealth of knowledge to be explored. Psalm 19:1 tells us that "the heavens declare the glory of God," and this book helps explain it to us.

I cannot tell you what a blessing these books have been to our family. We hope Master Books continues to grow this set for the benefit of those seeking real answers to honest questions about the earth in which we live. They will find them here.


-- Product Review by: Kate Kessler, Product Reviews Manager, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine

A is for Adam
By Ken and Mally Ham

This is a great favorite of mine and an oft chosen book by the children. Beginning with:

"A is for Adam; God made him from dust.
He wasn't a monkey, he looked just like us.
Although some scientists don't think it was so,
It was God who was there, and He ought to know."

A is for Adam starts right where it ought to start, at the beginning, and continues all the way through the fall, the flood, the Tower of Babel, the Gospel message, and ends with:

"Z is for zip, so quick it will be,
When Jesus comes back for you and for me,
If our name is found in the 'Lamb's Book of Life,'
We'll sure live forever in a place with no strife."

In this multipurpose hardback, you not only have a great story, but also included are devotional pages corresponding to each letter and then reproducible coloring pages too! If there is only one A-Z book you buy, make it this one; there is a lot packed between the cover!


-- Product Review by: Kate Kessler, Product Reviews Manager, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine

Noah's Ark Activity Book Set

Four soft-back early-learning books for your pre-school or kindergarten child is what is offered here. Sometimes it is hard to find interesting Biblically based workbooks for those little ones in your house who just have to "do" school and these 16-page activity books fill the bill. Opposites, Numbers (1-10), Alphabet, and Basic Skills are included. All are in the coloring book style and are ready for your child's crayons!


-- Product Review by: Kate Kessler, Product Reviews Manager, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine

Noah's Ark and the Great Flood
By Gloria Clanin

"Grandfather sat back in his rocking chair and turned in his Bible to the Book of Genesis. He smiled at his grandchildren. They had been waiting all day for him to tell them about the Flood that changed the world forever. It was hard for them to sit still now that the time had come. It pleased Grandfather that they loved this time of day. Grandfather settled back in his chair and began the story."

Grandfather then takes his grandchildren on the adventure of a lifetime through his storytelling of the Genesis flood. This small, inexpensive little soft-back will offer your children the real story with Scripture quotes and believable pictures of an ark that is capable of bearing God's chosen to safety. Just as Noah and his family were saved from the judgment, this story reflects Jesus' saving love for us in His redemption.


-- Product Review by: Kate Kessler, Product Reviews Manager, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine

Noah's Ark Noah's Flood Lots of Water, Lots of Mud!
By John Morris

This is an invaluable book! This sturdy hardback measures roughly 8.5" by 11" and offers the child with solid Noah's Ark questions real answers. Full color and packed with information you will find answers to questions like: Was there death before the flood? Where did all the fossils come from and how do we account for them? Where did all that water come from and how could all the animals get inside? What happened to the ark? If the flood was powerful enough to cover the whole world, push up mountains and cause such catastrophic results, why didn't it sink the ark too? What about the world's flood legends; aren't they all made-up? Why was there a flood, anyway?

If you or your children are wondering the answers to these questions, well you will just have to buy this book! It is worth every penny and will truly inform and enlighten you. It will also encourage you to see the truth in the Biblical account of creation and the flood. Our God is an awesome God!


-- Product Review by: Kate Kessler, Product Reviews Manager, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine

Dinosaurs of Eden: Tracing the Mystery through History
By Ken Ham

This is for children who cannot get enough of dinosaurs. Do you have one of those kids too? Superbly written by the President of Answers in Genesis, this is a wonderful look into the place of dinosaurs throughout history. Were they around millions of years ago, or were they around a little more recently? What about all those legends about dragons? Do they have a place in dinosaur history? Sound farfetched? Well this book does not share the evolutionary view of the history of dinosaurs, but what is shared is fascinating and wonderful.

Come on a journey with two time-traveling young adults to discover the Biblical history of dinosaurs, the universe, and the Garden of Eden before the fall. "You'll be there watching - traveling through the centuries - learning the true history of the earth, and along the way discovering the very meaning and purpose of life!" Beautiful artwork is captured in this full-size hardback and Ken Ham's knowledgeable enthusiasm too!


-- Product Review by: Kate Kessler, Product Reviews Manager, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine

Champions of Discovery Series

The Champions of Discovery series consists of three little, but information-packed, books by John Hudson Tyner. The titles are Champions of Mathematics, Champions of Science, and Champions of Inventions. Each book is written at a junior high reading level, but they would make interesting read-alouds for younger children. Older children (like my husband and me!) will enjoy them, too. These books approach each subject (math and science) from a historical, biographical angle. Learning about the lives of famous mathematicians, scientists, and inventors is sure to make these subjects come alive to young and old alike.

Champions of Mathematics covers the lives and work of Pythagoras, Euclid, Archimedes, Leonardo Fibonacci, Isaac Newton, the Bernouilli family, Leonhard Euler, and Carl Gauss. The spiritual lives of these famous mathematicians are not neglected in Tyner's account; Pythagoras is said to have been "a pagan who did not have access to the Word of God. But even in his ignorance, he saw the hand of the Creator in his studies." And of Isaac Newton he says "the Bible, and not nature, had been Isaac Newton's greatest passion. He wrote two books about the Bible. He devoted more time to Scripture than to science."

The Champions of Science book covers Copernicus, Aristotle, Galileo, Johannes Kepler, Rene Descartes, Archimedes, Pascal, Robert Boyle, Christiaan Huygens, and Kit Wren. Again, these are very interesting biographies that discuss the life, religion, and major achievements of each scientist.

The Champions of Invention book starts with John Gutenberg (printing press) and goes on to research James Watt (steam engine), Benjamin Franklin (Franklin's stove, lightening rod), Samuel Morse (telegraph), Michael Faraday (electronics), Joseph Henry (the "forgotten hero"), William Thomson (trans-Atlantic telegraph), Thomas Edison (phonograph, light bulb, motion pictures), and Charles Babbage (the first computer). Other biographies are sprinkled throughout the book, such as Alexander Graham Bell's story told within Joseph Henry's biography.

These three little books would make a great supplement to any science program. I know that my own children are infinitely more interested in something when they know the "who" behind the "what" and "why." I also think it gives children something to aspire to when they read about real people who struggled and persevered to learn, invent, and improve. I particularly like the inclusion of each man's faith (or lack thereof) in these biographies. It is important that our children see that many great men of science believed in the Bible, and that science and the Bible are not enemies. Be sure to check out these and other great science books at www.newleafpress.net.


-- Product Review by: Heather Jackowitz, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine

The Great Turning Point
By Terry Mortenson

The Great Turning Point by Terry Mortenson is an interesting book. I usually do not get hooked on books about geology at all. This book has really helped me to understand a lot that I did not before. It is broke down into sections that make it easier to follow. The Introduction explains why it is important to reexamine the men in the book where several reasons are given including merely wanting to satisfy our historical curiosity.

Explanation of how the book is organized concludes the introduction section. The Historical section follows with discussion on the intellectual and religious background, the history of geology leading up to the early 19th century, the culture environment at the time, and the marks of geological ability in the early 1800's.

The Seven Individual Portraits was my favorite section. In this section seven different scriptural geologists are portrayed. They are in chronological order of their writings in geology. After learning about the seven scriptural geologists the next section compares their similarities and differences. Six other scriptural geologists are brought into this section for accuracy of generalization. I learned so much from this book myself that I am going to have my high school-aged daughters study this book next year. I would recommend this to any adults or older students who want learn more about the true history of science.



-- Product Review by Judy Wales, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, March, 2006

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