Puposeful Design cover photo

Book Review: Purposeful Design, Understanding the Creation


Usually, when I get a list of books available for review, I don’t get excited. Most of them are stories, general Christian living helps, or touchy/feely stuff I couldn’t care less about. But, a couple weeks ago, one came available I was thrilled to apply for!

Purposeful Design, Understanding the Creation by Jay Schabacker is a delightful exploration of the Creation Week, giving us examples of how to apply it to our lives and thinking.  There are seven chapters, each covering principles we can gather from God’s activities each day.

I especially enjoyed his wisdom on the different ways plants and animals make our lives rich and full. He covered the important role the moon has in helping the earth function well for life. Sometimes the focus was on the big picture:

  • What keeps the universe going?
  • How are plants useful?
  • What causes the seasons?
  • Instincts
  • What makes people special?
  • What makes me special?

Sometimes he explored a single example of a principle in action. He seems to really like the moon. He also likes apples, camels, and ice.

In every area discussed in Genesis Chapter One, Schabacker helps us think of ways we can be thankful to our Creator.

The author using a globe to show the seasons

Click to read the author’s biography- it’s cool!

This book is not designed to cover any area of creation science in depth. Instead, it reads more like a celebration of God’s handiwork. It’s laid out in a coffee table format with large photos and text broken into bite-sized pieces. In fact, it only took me about an hour to read through the whole thing since I didn’t stop to savor things much.

What the book shines at is introducing people to what it looks like to think about creation as the Bible shows us. Here are some ways you could use it:

  • Give a new believer to introduce them to creationist thinking
  • As a starting point for a Sunday School class (easily adapted to any age)
  • Keep on your coffee table for visitors
  • Read through during family time

Now, it’s your turn to check Purposeful Design out! When I checked out Jay Schabacker’s website, I was thrilled to see he’s made several chapters from the book available for free. You can see the style of the book and absorb some of the most important sections to decide for yourself if it’s worth the investment.

There are a few things you should be aware of before getting your own copy. The book uses a number of low quality stock photos that show pixelation. It would have been nice if they had been sharper, but you can easily tell what they’re showing. Other than that, the book is a glossy and high quality hardcover.

You can purchase Understanding Design directly from the author (and get a signed copy, plus bulk discounts) or get it for about the same price at Amazon.

We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. Psalm 78:4 

Disclaimer: I got a free review copy from the author. I wasn’t told what to write; all thoughts are my own.


Lawn With Hundreds of Dandelions

Parents: Believe in Special Creation if you must, but don’t pass it on to your kids!

Yesterday this video made the rounds on the Creation facebook pages.  It is not from a Creationist site and this guy is certainly not a Creationist himself.  Have a look for yourself:


Notice how he says that it’s OK with him if you old people continue to believe your misguided worldview, but don’t hurt society by teaching it to your kids.

If I were an Israeli or German, Indian, I would be hurt by his Ameri-centric view of science.

Horizontal gene transfer (HGT), also Lateral g...
Does that look simple to you?

My brother is a mechanical engineer and I asked him if he used evolution to do his science.  His immediate response was, “no, that’s for biology.”

The world is more complicated without evolution, and Creationism is “self inconsistent”?   Compared to what? Evolution?  I note that he didn’t give any examples of where Creationism would get in the way and where consistent Evolutionary thinking would point researchers in a useful direction.

Check out this list of Creation believing scientists to see how incompatable Creation is with science.

Notice that they need VOTERS that believe Evolution.  Can you guess why that would be?  Because if we believe in a Creator God that we are accountable to and that people are more special than animals, then our vote will be harder to control.  For example: We won’t be for euthanasia.   We won’t want to holding society back because people are singlehandedly overheating the world.  We also won’t be for forcibly limiting population growth.

When he said it was fine to continue believing if we want to, but not passing our belief on to the next generation, it reminded me of some other groups saying the same thing.  Check these out:

Persecution of Christians during the USSR: The deprivation of parental rights for teaching religion to their children, a ban on the presence of children at church services (beginning in 1961 with the Baptists and then extended to the Orthodox in 1963) and the administration of the Eucharist to children over the age of four.

China: it is illegal to teach Children about Jesus until they are 18 

Sweden is going to make it illegal to talk about God outside of Religion class and “Björklund told reporters that the Intelligent Design theory would be banned from Swedish biology classes even as a proposed theory.”

And of course we are well aware of the desire Evolutionary Atheists have to stop children from hearing about the possibility of an Intelligent Designer.  “Public schools shouldn’t teach Intelligent Design for the very same reason that they shouldn’t teach flat-earth or Creationist theory.  Because it is nonsense…We know—just as surely as we know that the earth revolves around the sun—that evolution has spawned earth’s wonderful diversity.  We have an obligation to tell our students the truth, not whatever a group of well-meaning but misguided intelligent design theorists think we should tell them.”

Now, how will we react to this news?  Cover our children’s ears and buy a ranch in the middle of Montana?  Hardly!

Is God real?  Is He powerful?  Can our children be deceived against their will?  There is no reason to worry, but there is a lot of reason to PRAY, prepare ourselves for the battle and be honest with our children.  My kids will know more about Evolution than any of their peers by the time the graduate high school.  They will just also know the flaws, problems and faulty predictions that go along with Evolutionary thinking.

The scariest thing for me as a parent is that each of my children has free will.  I called my engineer brother last night and learned he has turned theistic evolutionist.  That hurts, but he has free will just like I do.  If your kids are more interested in being liked by everyone than they are the truth, they have a good chance of ending up like that, too, whenever they get out in the world (which will happen).  I have a couple of young ones like that with those tendencies in my house now!

So am I worried?  No, because Jesus is more powerful and I’m teaching my children as much about the Enemy’s [Satan, never people] tactics and lies as I can.  There are no guarantees, but there is a lot of hope- as long as they belong to Jesus, it’s all going to be alright in 100 years!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness [seized] it not. John 1:1-5

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.  Matthew 24:24

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.  I John 4:3-6

For more check out:

As For Me and My House by Eric Reinstedt at A Great God and Good Coffee

Creation Ministries International, Video: Evolutionism is not appropriate for anyone

Time is Nye for a Rebuttal and Bill Nye “The Humanist Guy” by Ken Ham Videos

Biblical Relevance in Modern Culture: Bill Nye – The Philosophy Guy a longer, thoughtful article by Marc Jacobs of Scripturosity