As a young earth Creationist, I love finding new materials I can use to back up my beliefs. Don’t Miss the Boat from Master Books by Paul Taylor is an excellent resource and I am so glad I was able to review it!
Mr. Taylor has a master’s degree in science education and a degree in chemistry, so it is no surprise that Don’t Miss the Boat is extremely scientific and detailed in it’s explanations of different dating methods, Ice Age, flood topography and the like. The book is broken down into 5 sections: Exposition of scripture, History, Science, Fictional monologues from pre-flood viewpoints, and an exposition titled The Gospel According to Noah. The end of the book contains a study guide that is a great addition if you choose to do a small group study of this book. There is also a DVD that contains a complete small group study curriculum that can be purchased to use with the book.
Mr. Taylor has made accessible to more people the science behind the Creationist view of the flood. He has broken down the complexities into easy to understand language which is a great bonus if you are trying to help yourself, or your young teenager who doesn’t have the science background yet, to understand and better defend your beliefs against skeptics with solid, accurate information and science. There are explanations and examples coupled with scriptures throughout the book. Mr. Taylor is also very clear on his beliefs and how he interprets Scripture.
Why is the flood so important? “Learning about the state of the world immediately before the Flood is, therefore, a good training ground for getting ready for Jesus’ Second Coming. His Second Coming will be a one-of-a-kind event, and it hasn’t happened yet. But the Flood has already happened and, because Jesus Himself made the comparison, we would do well to study what happened the first time God decided to end the world.” (p.11-12) The end article, The Gospel according to Noah, presents the gospel and salvation in a wonderful parallel between the Flood and Jesus, a perspective I had never seen presented. It is an excellent comparison.
Don’t Miss The Boat’s different sections make it very easy to skip around the book and to skim parts you don’t care for as much, if you like history but are not into the science part, or if you are really into the scripture part and love narratives you won’t be lost if you read those parts first. I do recommend reading the entire book, and I will be reading it again.
Several of the arguments I have heard (how do you explain fossils, what about carbon dating, etc.) and was always afraid to respond to from “progressive” Christians, non-believers, evolution and intelligent design believers, etc. have all been tackled in a reasonable and scientific method so I am now much more confident in my ability to defend what I believe to be the Biblical truth as it is recorded in Genesis. If you are looking for a wonderful addition to your Creationist resources, this is it! Don’t Miss the Boat is sure to engage and enlighten.
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