Author: Ken Ham
Illustrator: Bill Looney
Publisher: Master Books, division of New Leaf Publishing Group
Suggested Price: $15.99
Master Books and New Leaf Publishing Group have become one of my favorite publishers of educational materials. They publish a wide variety of books with a Biblical world-view: Christian theology, homeschool curriculum (history and science), children's books, and creation science books. We had previously bought The True Story of Noah's Ark, published by them, and I was very pleased to have the chance to review The True Account of Adam & Eve, as well. The author, Ken Ham, is a respected Creation Scientist, who works with Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum. I've enjoyed his research and articles showing how scientific discoveries support the Biblical account for years.
When we received The True Account of Adam & Eve, I was not surprised by its quality. That's exactly what I've come to expect from New Leaf Publishing Group. It is a hardcover book with full-color illustrations on every page -- very well-made. The illustrations are colorful and realistic, and will keep the attention of children as you read the book. There is even a double-centerfold which provides a 4-page panorama to enjoy.
However, I was surprised to find that this reads more as a mini-theology book than a picture book. It has a lot more text than the Noah's Ark book did. It is not a book that a child will ask for as a bedtime story, but it is an important learning tool for any parent wanting their children to understand the Biblical account of Adam & Eve. This book counters the modern explanations that God used evolution over millions of years to create, and supports the Biblical account of seven literal days as a factual record. This isn't a popular belief anymore, but it is one that our family still believes in. We still believe that Genesis needs to be accepted as Truth, as the foundation for accepting the rest of Scriptures as Truth. If you're looking for a book with an evolution or millions-of-years viewpoint, this is not the book for you.
I think the book will work better for children ages 8 -12, with the younger children needing to have it read to them, and the older ones reading it themselves. If you read it to children under the age of 8, you'll probably need to read it in sections and take breaks. My 6 year old can not sit through it and retain enough information, she'll do much better with reading it in segments. It is well-written and will be easily understood by children. It also makes it easy for parents to understand and explain to their children.
Parents who are struggling to figure out how their education and the Bible fit together, or who have children asking questions about Creation and Evolution, should read this book. I definitely recommend it!
You can view a video trailer about the book right here.
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This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review by New Leaf Publishing Group. No other payment was received and these opinions are my own.