Indescribable: 100 Devotions about God & Science by Louie Giglio review and giveaway

Illustrator: Nicola Anderson
Categories:  Christian nonfiction, children's nonfiction, devotional, science
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Format: hardback review copy
My Rating: 4-stars

Age Range: 6 - 10 (children of all ages, everywhere)
Grade Level: 2 - 4

Description

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.

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

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

  • Space, Galaxies, Planets, and Stars
  • Earth, Geology, Oceans, and Weather
  • Animals—from Hummingbirds to Dinosaurs
  • Our Minds, Bodies, and Imaginations

Each devotion features a “Be Amazed” section with fascinating facts, hands-on activities, and a closing prayer. Based on Louie Giglio’s popular messages “Indescribable” and “How Great Is Our God,” Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God & Science will help kids discover the incredible creation of our indescribable God.

Review

Hello friends.  Long time no post.  Sorry!  My husband Darrell and I made the decision one-week before school started to begin homeschooling our 8-year old daughter Aubrey (3rd grade) and our just turned 11-years old today son Justin (5th grade).  I never thought that I would homeschool, yet God has a way of introducing circumstances and changing hearts.  He changed my heart... He gave me a willingness and even an excitement to begin homeschooling.  We weren't exactly prepared for it though.  We joined a local Classical Conversations community and love it.  I received the majority of my materials the day before our first community class day began and the rest trickled in over the next couple of weeks.  Oh, my.... talk about crazy.  We just completed our first-semester two-weeks ago and I feel like I'm finally starting to catch on.  Now, what does that have to do with the review of Indescribable?

Indescribable: 100 Devotions about God & Science is a wonderful homeschool resource.  It is not so much a devotional as it is a book that shares some interesting tidbits of science and then relates how God's indescribable imagination, creativity, and scripture relate to the science.  This book is the very first thing that my kids ask for as we begin a school day.  They look forward to it.  They are excited about it!

Breakdown

Each lesson begins with a scripture verse.  Giglio seems to primarily use the International Children's Bible (ICB).  There are also lessons from the New International Version (NIV).  I'm not happy with the use of the ICB.  I truly don't believe that a child needs a simplified version.  It is our responsibility as parents to teach our children about God.  it can lead to wonderful places when you discuss the meaning of words and concepts that you encounter in the Bible that a child doesn't understand.  A conversation about what Bible version is appropriate is hugely controversial, of this I am aware.  This is a review, so I'm sharing my thoughts.  My children and I have chosen to look up the scripture in our personal bibles, which happen to be the English Standard Version (ESV).  The kids rotate who looks up the scripture of the day.  This practice helps them to locate passages in their Bible and gives them an opportunity to read God's word out loud.

The content of the lesson reports an interesting science fact and ties it into a relationship with God.  Either the relation of God's creation and imagination to the fact or how that fact can lead towards building a greater relationship with Christ, 

The lesson ends with a very short one or two-sentence prayer relating to the material.

Last but not least... my kid's favorite part, Be Amazed.  Here you will find fascinating science facts, calls to action, etc.  Fun information.  

I have found Indescribable: 100 Devotions about God & Science to be a jumping off point for some intimate conversations about God and a whole lot of trips to the Internet to google about the scientific facts involved. I recommend that you get a copy to enjoy with your kids.  You definitely don't need to be a homeschool family to learn and have fun with this devotional.

Disclosure... I am not an advocate of all things Louie Giglio.  He has some theological beliefs that I do not find expressed in scripture.

As a reviewer for FrontGate Media, I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to FrontGate Media, the author, and publisher.


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This review was originally posted on December 18, 2017 on a poorly thought out secondary book review blog on this site.  I'm moving it here to keep this clean and simple.