Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Elements of Faith Book Review!!

Elements of Faith (Vol. 1) by Richard Duncan, is a unique presentation on the first 50 elements of the Periodic Table.  This book covers the elements from Hydrogen to Tin, and doesn't just explain the history and discovery of the elements. It goes deeper, and shows how each element gives glory to God, and points to a Creator. There are 2 pages for each element, and include a Bible verse, data, analysis, reaction, quick quiz, and response for each one.
The verse connects with the element under study, and the data shares basic information about it (discovery, where it can be found, etc.). The analysis tells an interesting fact about the element. For example, the Fluorine analysis details a few of the inventions made possible by fluorine-nuclear energy, freon, teflon, etc. I found the Neon analysis very interesting as well, as it discusses how the first neon sign was made in 1923! The reaction is the part that connects the scientific part with the Bible. Obviously the Sodium reaction talks about Christians being the Salt of the earth; each element is connected with a Biblical truth in this section, though.
At the end of the book there are experiments, such as "Using Borax to Make Slime" and "Using Electroplating to Coat a Quarter With A Thin Layer of Copper". The kids will definitely enjoy these! 
I love the layout of the book, and I have really enjoyed reading it. Elements of Faith makes chemistry fun and interesting, and we will be incorporating this into the children's schooling. 
The thing I appreciate most about this book is how it connects science with faith. So many people think you have to believe in either science or God-not both. Obviously, we know that is not true; but I found it refreshing to read a chemistry book that points to God as Creator, and shows how the Bible and science work together. You can read a sample of the book here.

"Elements of Faith, Vol. 1 examines the first 50 elements of the Periodic Table and finds meaningful insights and spiritual applications in each of them. A look at the elements can teach many lessons, from the awesomeness of God’s creation to the dedication of many God-fearing scientists who have been so influential in the history of science. Add activities, quizzes, and a treasure trove of helpful information, and you have a one-of-a-kind resource every student needs!
The periodic table presented as never before! Richard D. Duncan is a professional engineer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati (1981). He has spent most of his career in the fields of water treatment and environmental engineering. Richard and his wife Carolyn live in southern Ohio, where they are active members of Christ’s Community Church in Portsmouth."

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book for review from New Leaf Publishing Group. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

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