Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Behemoth by Jonathan Leicht

Recommendation: ***** (5-star)

This action-packed sci-fi thriller is a lot of fun and provides plenty of food for thought as well. If you are looking for a good fiction book that deals with dinosaurs from a creationist standpoint - you have found it!
Two separate stories unfold as teams of scientists travel to Africa in search of dinosaurs. For years locals have spoken of and seen these large animals, but most chalk them up to legendary tales passed down through the ages. But when Jim Thompson, game warden at Masai Mara Game Reserve finds large unidentifiable animal tracks in his park and has several elephants mauled he sets out to find the beast that has found its way into the Game Reserve. He enlists the help of is long-time friend - dinosaur expert, Dr. Dan Williams and together they embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Meanwhile, Dr. Stephen Gregory has just been relieved of his teaching position at a university for his beliefs relating to the creation of the world. Upon his release he is presented with the opportunity to lead a dinosaur hunting expedition. As the two stories unfold there will be plenty of surprises and adventure along the way!

Positives: Finally a book that deals with dinosaurs from a creationist standpoint! Many questions about creation, evolution and science are handled and the creationist viewpoint is presented clearly and biblically.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: Obviously this book presents a great opportunity to talk about creation as taught in the Bible and evolution that is the popular worldview. Over and over again in the book the ideas of evolution are shown to be based on poor scientific methods while the Bible gives us all the answers we need to understand how and why our earth was created. Talk with your kids about the importance of the authority of Scripture in their lives (2 Tim. 3:16, John 17:17). Another interesting conversation to have is that if dinosaurs were ever found it would not change or have any  impact on the teachings of the Bible, however, evolutionists would have to change their entire belief system. What a great example of how truth never changes! While this is a fictional story I've provided some links that I found very interesting as I pondered whether there may still be dinosaurs here on earth. If you've never heard of Answers in Genesis, I highly recommend the resources they provide. Here and Here! Enjoy!

Age Level: 12 years of age and up

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