I’m excited to share an awesome book with you all today! The author, Morris Yoder, is a cousin of Lowell’s and has a passion for science, the heavens, and the hand of God as seen in creation.
Stretching all around us, across distances greater than the human imagination itself, are the Heavens that God has created. Each particular speck of light we see is bearing the witness of something far greater. In our galaxy alone there are approximately 100 billion stars. But our Milky Way Galaxy is reduced to an insignificant ember when viewed in light of the sea of galaxies across the far reaches of space. For every one of the stars in the Milky Way, we could find another entire galaxy of millions and billions more stars, with many of the stars possibly having planets in orbit around them. Across each galaxy He stretched a spectacular array of dramatic clouds of gas and dust called nebulae, which can extend trillions of miles through space. Scattered through this incredible spread of creativity are comets and asteroids, as well as strangely behaving and powerful quasars, magnetars, pulsars, and supernovas.
Because of these things we could ask; why the enormous size, why the dramatic display of power, and why the innumerable host of the heavens? The Creator has a purpose for everything He sets out to do. Is He trying to show us something? What is the message we see in the heavens?
With simple language and full color images from the Hubble Space Telescope this book reveals the glory of God as displayed in the heavens and its implications for His people.
The Celestial Message is a beautiful, hard-cover book filled with gorgeous, high-quality photos of the universe, stars, planets, comets, and more. Not only does this book contain loads of information regarding the heavens . . . but it is written with a creation worldview! As our children get older, I am finding out how rare that is. The combination of a book with gorgeous pictures and illustrations that catch the eye, together with accurate information about the heavens – and it is also one that is based upon Genesis 1:1, not evolution. Invaluable!
Here are some pictures I took of our book we have at home:
About the author:
Morris Yoder is a lifelong resident of Montezuma, Georgia. His fascination with the heavenly realm was born out of tragedy. As a five-year-old boy, he and his mother rushed to the family farm after hearing that his father had been attacked by a bull. There, Morris saw his badly wounded father, Allen, barely clinging to consciousness. A few hours later he passed away. Morris remembers that his life was instantly changed by this event. An ominous, foreboding sense of emptiness held him in its clutch. In his childlike way of thinking, he couldn’t understand why a good God would let a bad bull kill his father. As a result, he became bitter, lonely, and withdrawn.
Nurtured by his mother’s loving care, Morris grew older. As he grew, he continued to hear testimonies of how wonderful God was. He felt tired of resenting God and wanted to experience His goodness too. In addition, he desperately wanted a father figure in his life. So, several years after his father’s death, Morris made a pact with God. He told God that he would accept what had happened to his father, if God would fill the emptiness in his life and be a personal father to him. God responded to that prayer, and in the years that followed, He revealed Himself to Morris so clearly that it seemed God was always with him just as his earthly father had been.
As Morris looked up into the sky on quiet nights, the awe-inspiring heavens helped to soothe the gloomy emptiness in his being by speaking of something far greater than anything he had experienced on earth. He felt certain as he gazed upward that he was seeing the place where his father had gone and where his new Father dwelled. These realizations sparked his keen interest in the heavens and ultimately led to a more serious study of the cosmos.
(taken from Amazon)
While you’re there, take a peek around his website which is an awesome resource for information on the universe and upcoming astronomical events. Morris Yoder is also available for speaking engagements and he has a page that you can contact him with regarding speaking in your church, school, or community.
Now for the giveaway!
I have in my possession an autographed copy of The Celestial Message that will soon be on its way to somebody’s mailbox!
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