It Couldn’t Just Happen, by Lawrence O. Richards, is a children’s book about creation as opposed to evolution. Since children are continually exposed to the theory of evolution in public schools and in the media, it is important to have a resource such as this that discusses the creation model and presents evidence of it.
The book, not at all what I expected, is presented in a textbook fashion and clearly uses a vocabulary appropriate for older children. It is divided into five major parts: Earth in Our Universe, How Life Began, Evidence from Living Things, Humanity in God’s Nature, and The Book that Didn’t Just Happen. Each part includes several chapters, each with a “Just for Fun” section that presents ideas for further discussion or exploration.
I appreciated the wealth of information in this book, as well as the incredible photographs included. I was especially glad to see the last section, which discusses how we can be sure that the Bible and Jesus are trustworthy, included. Also, the index at the end could be especially helpful if one were looking for information on a particular topic.
I found the book a little slow in the beginning, but easier to read further in. In addition, I found that some of the evidence was more of a circumstantial nature than provable fact. One must be carefully evaluate the evidence for him or herself and form an individual opinion.
Nevertheless, it was a marvelous book, a great addition to any library.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.