I can hardly believe this is the last review for the 2014 cruise year. Purposeful Design: Understanding the Creation by Jay Schabacker was an interesting read. Schubacker’s book walks the readers through God’s creation one day at a time.
The book is too pretty to be called a textbook, but it can easily be used and covered in school. It is too scientifically detailed to be an evening read-a-loud, although it is not a science book. A simple description is it is a hardcover, coffee-table book with beautifully designed pages that are colorful and engaging. Purposeful Design covers scientific and Biblical facts in a manner that is appealing to young children and also interesting to adults.
There are seven chapters (for seven days of creation) that cover the following:
Chapter 1: The First Day Creation of the Heavens and the Earth – the Foundation of it All
Chapter 2: The Second Day Creation of the Atmosphere and Water
Chapter 3: he Third Day Creation of the Dry Land and Vegetation
Chapter 4: The Fourth Day Creation of the Sun, Moon and Stars
Chapter 5: The Fifth Day Creation of the Birds and Fish
Chapter 6: Creation Day Six Creation of Land Creatures and Humans
Chapter 7: The Seventh Day
Although Purposeful Design is only 91 pages long and full of many pictures, it is not one to completely read in one sitting. Each chapter is complete and full of interesting content that ties everything together enough where you could take your time reading through the book one chapter each day.
Schubaker has written a workbook to go along with the book that allows you to use the book as more than just a flip through read. I wanted the children to enjoy reading it, so I did allow them to go through the book alone.. The older two did grab the book and read ahead, but we also sat together and used the workbook pages when I read the book as a read-a-loud. Depending upon the age of your child, Purposeful Design may just be a good read-a-loud. If you have older children who can write and put their thoughts together well, then using the workbook is another way to get even more from Schabacker’s book.
We actually took some weeks to read through the book covering at least one chapter a week and included the exercises available in the workbook. The student workbook is downloadable and there is also a downloadable answer key available for the workbook.
Our schedule looked like this using the workbook:
Day One: We read chapter one and discussed our thoughts.
Day Two: We covered the workbook sheets for the related chapter.
Day Three: We read and discussed the reflection verses as to how they related to the chapter.
Day Four: We completed the remaining exercises.
You may read excerpts from the book.
We enjoyed reading through the book. It would be a nice accompaniment when reading through the story of creation while studying the Bible with your children. I can also see my children picking up the book again later to just read sections at a time that interest them.
If you have a coffee table, then Purposeful Design would be a good one to place on it. I can see it as a book that someone would pick up and glance through making it a great conversation starter with visitors in your home about God.
Children who read the book may also join the Young Explorer’s Club, which is free.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Purposeful Design is regularly $24.95, but may be purchasde for $18.95 through PayPal. The purchase also includes the free Young Explorer’s Club curriculum.