October 11, 2017

Indescribable: 100 Devotions for Kids About God and Science

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Science is definitely one of our favorite subjects around here. I especially love it when I can find tools and resources that take the subject and pair it with Bible teachings. Indescribable by Louie Giglio is definitely one of those resources. As soon as I saw this one advertised for release, I knew it was one that I had to add to our collection.


ABOUT THE BOOK:
Discover the Wonders of the Universe with the Creator. It’s impossible to out-imagine God. He orchestrates time, creates light, and speaks things into existence—from the largest stars to the smallest starfish. God is a powerful, purposeful, personal, unparalleled Creator. Indescribable displays the majesty of creation with scientific findings, photography, and original illustrations. These 100 devotions encourage awe at God’s creativity with an in-depth look at


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Louie Giglio is pastor of Passion City Church and founder of the Passion movement, which exists to call a generation to leverage their lives for the fame of Jesus. Since 1997, Passion has gathered collegiate-aged young people at events across the U.S. and around the world, uniting millions of students in worship, prayer, and justice. In addition to the collegiate gatherings of Passion Conferences, Louie and his wife, Shelley, lead the teams at Passion City Church, sixstepsrecords, and the Passion Global Institute.



The heavens tell the glory of God. And the skies announce 
what his hands have made.– Psalm 19:1





Indescribable contains a total of 100 devotionals for children to read and explore. Each one specifically touches up on a scientific subject of some sort, while also paralleling it with a Biblical truth. To give you an example, one that we just read is entitled, Dinosaur Rock. This devotion first starts off with a science lesson about fossils and how they are formed by leaving impressions in muddy soil and sedimentary rocks. It then moves on to discuss how we tend to leave impressions on the hearts of other people while we interact with them, so we need to remember to follow what Jesus says about showing love and kindness to others.

Every devotion starts off with a scripture verse for children to reflect on and ends with a prayer. A unique inclusion and one of our favorite features is a small area off to the side that's called Be Amazed. This section offers a neat scientific fact about something related to that particular devotion. So for instance, in the Dinosaur Rock devotion (mentioned above), we start off with a scripture verse:



Love each other. You must love each other as I have loved you. 
All people will know that you are my followers if you love each other–John 13: 34-35



The final prayer speaks of asking God to teach us to love others as He loves us, while asking Him to also help us leave positive "fossil impressions" so that the people we happen to come across throughout our lives grow eager to know Him. The Be Amazed section shares a fun fact about the saber-toothed squirrel fossils that were previously discovered in Argentina.

This devotional also offers a handy table of contents, as well as a break down of four major scientific topics and where they can be found in the book. The four topics include space, Earth, animals, and people. I really appreciate the break down of each topic, which is really convenient, although I would have liked to see them either color-coded on each devotion page or perhaps even sectioned together, so that each study can easily be identified for children.

In addition to the 100 informative devotions that truly speak to children both on an intellectual level, as well as a spiritual one, the book contains fun illustrations and some photography throughout. I do have to admit, that I was expecting a lot more imagery and photography to pair up with each science topic. I guess I was initially hoping for more of a National Geographic feel with tons of image examples of what was being discussed. When it comes to teaching younger children, I always think it's fun to add in a lot of visuals, especially when you're talking about science. With that being said, I was extremely pleased to see how thorough the text was with explaining scientific findings and theories. Each devotion and lesson goes into quite a bit of detail, which is perfect for early learners. What I personally like to do is read a devotion with my son and then open up some other related learning books or websites to add in those extra visuals.




Indescribable is definitely a unique devotional for children that serves two purposes, to teach science and the Lord's word. I love that the two can be combined together. Some of the devotions have an almost Apologetics feel to them, especially when we dive into topics about God's creation. The author does a wonderful job at taking the two subjects and pairing them together. There is a lot to learn in this book both on a spiritual and educational level.


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