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1. Science and Secrets of Early medicine by Jurgen Thorwald

A book published 50 years ago but a very insightful one. Many people have a very distorted view of the ancient world but this book sets the record straight at least for the medical field. Describing what took place in the old civilizations Dr. Thorwald lets the modern world know that the ancients were not a bunch of shamans using magic to appease their patients. They were actually intelligent and knew real remedies for real diseases.

Dr. Thorwald also informs us that ancient doctors used prescriptions to enable the patient to get the right dosage of medicine. The ancients did not have big pharmaceutical companies dominating and monopolizing the medical field but they had to get their medicine from someone. Dr. Thorwald did not go into detail who that someone was but he does imply that medicine was available at will.

This book is a great read and the reader will be in shock at how advanced the ancients really were. They were not the illiterate cave man many archaeologists and scholars say they were. The ancients were not much different from modern man.

2. Underworld & Heavens Mirror both books by Graham Hancock

Graham Hancock’s main theory in all of his books on the ancient world is that there was an ancient civilization that was wiped out, not by Noah’s global flood, but by a few different local floods brought on by multiple melting ice ages.

He goes back tens of thousands of years to make his theory work but he can’t support one thing he says. He is great at digging up long forgotten evidence of an ancient society but he cannot make those discoveries fit his theory.

He is also good at asking many penetrating questions but those at times become redundant as he repeats them for every discovery found in different countries around the world. It would have been best if he saved the questions until after all the presentations of evidence had been made for all mysterious remains.

Mr. Hancock does well in bringing the evidence to people’s attention, whether it is sunk under the sea or placed upon dry land. BUT he can’t apply it properly because he does not believe God or the Bible. He does mention Noah’s flood but he doesn’t give it much credibility as he is stuck on his multiple ice age theory.

We believers can see how this forgotten evidence supports the biblical account and that these ancient civilizations were not destroyed by multiple local floods but one great global one. The evidence is there the problem is that the unbelieving world doesn’t or won’t apply it properly or correctly.

If you can handle wading through Mr. Hancock’s distortions of the evidence and his misleading theory then you will be rewarded by all the evidence that has been uncovered that strengthens the believer’s faith. The books are a treasure trove of proof that supports the validity of the Bible.

3. The archaeology of the Jerusalem Area by W. Harold Mare

If you are looking for information about archaeology in the city of Jerusalem and the discoveries made there then this book is for you. Much has been discovered since the book was published in 1987 but this is still a good resource and source for earlier digs.

Going in order from the beginning, Mr. Ware details the discoveries archaeological period by archaeological period. The glossary of technical terms is a bonus for the person learning about archaeology for the first time.

4. The Ancient Egyptians: Their Life & Customs by Sir J. Gardiner Wilkinson

Another very old book published in 1836 approx. and it is another book that is a very good resource. The author covers all aspects of ancient Egyptian daily life from its food and drink production to receiving of their guests to hunting and on it goes.

If one is looking for details they can’t find in more modern works on Egyptian life then this book is for you. It is a good tool for comparing modern authors works to see if they covered the subject thoroughly enough.

Old books do have their place and not all of their work is over-ruled or useless. They can help the student think through a subject to and determine if the modern counterparts are being honest and providing their readers with all the information available.

5. Did God Have a Wife? By Dr. Wm. Dever (#2)

This could have been a good book discussing the probable worship of a female deity but Dr. Dever undermines his goal in 3 places. In his introduction on page ix he states the following: ‘This is a book that, although it hopes to be true to the facts we know, does not attempt objectivity, for that is impossible and perhaps even undesirable.’

Then on page 83 he says: ‘Contrary to the revisionists, biblical criticism, ofany school that I know, has never claimed to be objective... And not since the death of 20th century positivism have any respectable historians been naïve enough to think that they could be objective.’

So far it all sounds good, the author doesn’t think he could be objective and calls it impossible and then shows why it is. But we have to turn back to page 71 to expose the double standard and hypocrisy in Dr. Dever’s writing and perspective. He writes: ‘The perspective of all the biblical writers is a factor that limits their usefulness in another regard. I is no exaggeration to say that all the biblical literature…constitutes what is essentially propaganda. The writers make no pretense to objectivity.’

They are not supposed to be objective, they were obeying God but this is the problem when reading secular writers. They will apply certain rules to the biblical authors while not holding themselves to the same standards. Such hypocrisy ruins the work and undercuts the purpose of the book. The reader can no longer trust the words and conclusions of Dr. Dever. He is a person who reads into the past a lot and bases many of his opinions upon silence not evidence.

This book is a good read to find such tidbits that destroy the arguments of the secular world and it is a good read to find out what not to do. Anything Dr. Dever has to say now in his lectures, books etc. are seriously suspect. Secularists are good to read to find out about what evidence has been discovered but you cannot listen to their opinions because they are not lead by God and do not have the truth.

A believer does not listen to the unchurched world, this includes those who call themselves experts, archaeologists, scholars. They do not have the Holy Spirit helping them and they do not bring the truth. If they have any truth it is wrapped in distortions, lies, speculation and so on and lead people away from the truth of the Bible.

6. Genome by Matt Ridley

I like reading secular books because the information contained in them far surpasses most books on similar topics written by Christian authors. The Christian author is too busy trying to preach a gospel message in their pages that they leave out so much vital information needed by the reader.

There is nothing wrong with putting a gospel message in at the end of the book and leave the body of the work for important information but the Christian author doesn’t seem to get that point. The secular works, like this one, tend to over-emphasize the evolutionary theory but if you can get past the rhetoric then you will learn a lot about , in this case, genetics and how genes and DNA work.

That is what happens with this book. I do not agree with much of what Mr. Ridley ‘preaches’ in his book but the information on the genetic world is vast. This book is a good read but one needs the help of God to get past the praise of evolution and see the evidence that God has placed in the genetic realm.

7. Big Bang by Simon Singh

This book is a good history on the astronomical field of science. The author traces the development of astronomy from the Babylonian times on up to the present highlighting the important figures who made a great impact on the field.

I do disagree with a comment made on page 18, ‘it is generally agreed by philosophers and historians of science that the Babylonians were not true scientists…’ It is typical of the arrogant attitude of the modern scientific world to say things like that as it is based upon a bias against any religious belief and the Babylonians had religious belief, but that is not to say they all had it.

The author also traces the history of the Big Bang theory and how it developed over the centuries as it was shaped by the many discoveries made by leading men. The book allows the reader to get a real grip on the history of the work done by those men and it also presents a lot of evidence for self-analysis by the reader. But again, the Christian needs to have the help of God to see past the distortions, the false directions taken and look at the evidence itself to see that God provided proof of His work in the stars.

It is a great read and once again it outshines any Christian work for its depth and information provided. Sadly, it too can be used to lead people astray if they take their eyes off Christ and the words of the Bible and listen to the secular ‘experts’.

8. A Century of Biblical Archaeology by P.R.S. Moorey

As the title says this book traces the highlights found in this field for the past 100 years. The author covers Biblical Archaeology from its birth to the 1990s including the excavations and texts, the golden age, new methods, the changing from the pioneers to their students and biblical archaeology’s impact.

The best thing about this book is that it helps fill in the gaps for those who do not have an extensive historical knowledge of archaeology. The author hits the high points of those 100 years talking about the usual powerful figures whom loom large in the early portion of the field’s history.

This book is for the person who wants to read about archaeology without having to pore through dry, dusty archaeological textbooks and technical papers.

9. The Slaughter of the Dissidents by Dr. Jerry Bergmann

This book sounds like it is going to be a detailed study of Christians who suffered at the hands of the evolutionist via losing their jobs, careers, academic position and reputation. The author does detail many of those stories which did and do happen.

My problem with the author is his automatic lumping of all bad things happening to Christians as some sort of persecution when in reality the Christian may not have done his job correctly or researched properly.

Not every bad thing that happens to a believer is persecution and the Christian should not take the martyr mentality especially when the sad turn of events is not really an attack on the person’s faith.

The book is a good read but discretion is needed in order to decipher what really is persecution and what is not. The believer has to be careful not to falsely label opposition, sometimes the criticism is constructive and warranted and the believer needs to be open to the fact that they need to study better so they actually know the truth instead of the party line.

10 Africa and the Bible by Edwin M. Yamauchi

A well-researched and thought out book on the relationship between Africa and the Bible. It goes beyond the surface and delves into specific issues like the curse of ham, Solomon and Africa, and why the author thinks the Ethiopian eunuch was not Ethiopian.

One can’t go wrong with a Dr. Yamauchi book for they are written well and the information is organized. He doesn’t hold punches when other archaeologists go wrong. For example on page 79 he mentions Israel Finkelstein and his attempts to re-date everything to the 9th century BC and calls his views ‘idiosyncratic and are rejected by other archaeologists.’

There is one weak point in his book and it is the chapter on the Ethiopian eunuch. The author asks the question ‘Was the Ethiopian eunuch really Ethiopian?’ The problem is, he doesn’t answer the question and talks about everything else about the location of Ethiopia, the kings and queens of that country and on it goes. It is frustrating to have a question asked and not have it answered.

The book is only 220 pages long, excluding the usual bibliography and other reference material.

11 Persia and the Bible by Edwin M. Yamauchi

Another well researched and organized book by Dr. Yamauchi. This book is over twice the size of the book on Africa but there is a lot more interaction from Persia with Israel than with Africa. The author covers the different leaders mentioned in the Bible and has a chapter dealing with the ancient cultic religion Zoroastrianism, its history, texts and archaeological information.

He also deals with the topic of The Magi, exploring their origin, work, astrology and more. One section that stands out is the one on the Book of Esther. This is a long and informative read and one needs to be determined to make their way through it all. It is worth reading if one wants to explore the ancient kingdom of Persia and its relationship with the people of the Bible.

12 Hitler’s Pope by John Cornwall

A book on Pope Pius XII and his activities before and during the second world war. This book is a depends book. It depends on how you view the Roman Catholic Church, Popes and the author.

The author records the controversy about Pius’ action or lack thereof concerning the Jewish people during their Hitlerian persecution. This is a subject which should bring anger from both sides as the defenders of the Pope and his detractors but the author handles the issue in a honest way and in reading this book I did not come down on the side of the Pope.

The reader will have to weigh the evidence presented by the author and make up their own minds about Pope Pius XII. Of course no one can read long dead minds and we will never know the true motivations or reasoning behind the his actions which condemned so many innocent people.

The reader cannot judge the Pope as there is nothing in the past that can be changed we can only learn from it and do better than he did.

13 Censored Science by Bruce Malone

The title of the book leads the buyer to conclude that the author is going to reveal some real problems Christians face when interacting with the secular science world. One is hoping that the book is filled with interesting examples of where the secularist oppress the Christian scientist and the truth. One hopes by reading the first page that the author filled the pages with academic work and sound reasoning, supported by verifiable evidence. The author states that it took him 3 years to complete this volume and when one finally opens its chapters the reader is left wondering why it took that long.

The author states on the 13th page that his work is filled with ‘some of the most compelling scientific evidences supporting biblical creation.’ It isn’t. There are some good tidbits in there but most of the information presented is old and presented in a very weak manner.

The presentation is typical evangelical christian style, strong on words short on depth and analyzation. Some of the examples the author uses just do not illustrate the point he is trying to make. They are off target and wouldn’t convince a flea.

It is sad to see someone spend 3 years working on a book and come away with, after all that time and effort invested, something that resembles a grade school primer. If you buy it, you will get some information you do not know but in the end such nuggets are over-shadowed by the superficial presentation. It is a good book for a novice who is looking for beginner information about creation.

14 Bones of Contention by Marvin L. Lubenow

This is a very enjoyable work. At just over 350 pages it is filled with solid information refuting the evolutionists’ arguments and provides could points to use in one’s personal discussions with unbelievers. The author takes the time to ask thought provoking questions throughout and when he makes certain statements, for example ‘Darwin was a racist’, he takes the time to explain how he came to that conclusion.

The author delves into the problem of the Neanderthals and other supposed human ancestors and points out inconsistancies with the evolutionary argument. One example can be found on pg. 253, and he is talking about the supposed Neanderthal burial practices. I quote: ‘The Neandertal fossil evidence shows that the Neandertal burial practice is in complete accord with the Genesis record.’

He doesn’t stop at there but also uses helium, DNA and other scientific examples of why creation is true and evolution is not. It does have its weak points though and one I found was on his supposed refutation of radiomatic dating. I found that his argument on 273-6 against radiomatic dating did not refute the secular dating system.

Dr. Lubenow is a young earth Creationist and though I am not an Old earth supporter or advocate I have trouble with the YEC argument. Sometimes I feel that YECers are forcing the evidence to fit their thinking. Nothing supports the OEC model or the evolutionary one but believers must be careful not to take the opposite side just because an unbeliever takes one side of the argument.

Believers should strive for the truth and the truth is we do not know when God created the heavens and the earth. He doesn’t tell us that information and when God hides information, it won’t be known. So believers should be biblical about their creation stance and not automatically take a YEC position when the correct one is ‘I do not know’. That is another weakness of this book and with many creationist arguments. They try to make God say or do something He did not.

15 After Dolly by Ian Wilmut and Roger Highfield

Another excellent book from the secularist point of view and a person intimately involved with the cloning of the sheep called Dolly. This book is an inside tale of what really went on during the successful attempt of cloning an animal.

Throughout the pages the believer can find tidbits of evidence supporting biblical creation. For example on page 86 when he writes ‘…a sheep will not tolerate a goat embryo and vice versa…’ This book is a good insight to the actual workings of genes and DNA enlightening the believer of the world of genetics.

The authors make great statements letting the public know the that genetics is not the infallible tool many assume it is. Another example comes form page 40, “Genes are not as powerful as many people think.”

It is an honest appraisal of the whole cloning field and addresses some right wing fears by stating that certain genetical moves are utterly impossible and it is discussed in the first chapter.

The book is a good read for information on the science of genetics and cloning but once again the believer needs to look to God to avoid following a false trail. Secular scientists do discover real things, and the truth, what they do with it is another thing and it means that the information is applied to evolution. The believer can’t follow them but take the discoveries and with the aid of the Holy Spirit see what the truth really is.

16 Microbe Hunters by Paul De Kruif

If one wants a good history on the development of the study of the microscopic world this is it. Twelve chapters highlighting a different person who made important breakthroughs concerning germs and their cures.

One can’t say scientists as a few of these men were not scientists but ordinary men who had an unordinary interest in health problems. The author includes the highs and the lows in each man’s life and records their progress in their work, along with their impact on the medical field.

This book gives the basics to microbe study enough whet one’s appetite and leaves the reader looking for more information on each man and their work.

17 Liberty and the News by Walter Lippmann

In today’s world of talking heads, beauty queen anchorman, opinionated ‘news’ shows the meaning of the words news and journalism have been lost. Instead of objective reporting by real reporters the world gets sensationalism by ratings mad producers.

Gone are the days of real journalists who sacrificed to get the truth and report it honestly, now it is stories to manipulate the watching public or to keep them distracted. People like Edward R. Murrow are long gone replaced by wannabes and never weres.

Happily, there is still a good book out there to remind us of what real news is supposed to be. Published in 1920 by Walter Lippmann, its pages are filled with the proper duty of the news and its purveyors plus observations that make a person think about what has been lost over time.

One example is found on pg. 2, and I quote: ‘It sometimes seems that after the armistice was signed , millions of Americans must have taken a vow that they would never again do any thinking for themselves. They were willing to die for their country but not willing to think for it.’

This is more so today than back in 1920 as video computer games have reached into a person’s brain and lulled their intellectual activity to sleep. Entertainment has become more important than serious study. Another good example of his observation is found on page 3:

“The work of reporters has thus become confused with the work of preachers, revivalists, prophets and agitators. The current theory of American newspaperdom is that an abstraction like the truth and a grace like fairness must be sacrificed whenever anyone thinks the necessities of civilization require the sacrifice.’

More true now than it ever was. This book is a great read and though it is probably too late to change and fix the damage that has been done, maybe a few will alter course and turn back to the truth.

18 Korea Witness by Donald Kirk and Choe Sang Hun

In keeping with the previous review this book is a collection of writingsby the foreign media that came to Korea and cover the news that took place in this land. The authors asked for real stories from real reporters and they got a bountiful amount of replies. Filling 437 pages, the submissions provide a different type of history. One from the eyes of those who were paid to report what took place.

The book covers a span of 135 years- 1871 to 2006- with interesting stories from the failed American invasion in 1871 to the Gwangju rebellion to the beginnings of 2000. It is an eye-opener for those who thought they knew Korean history. The authors dedicated the book to the fallen correspondents of the Korean war and those people are remembered with their own monument in Unification Park in Paju South Korea.

If you are a Korean war buff or simply interested in Korea and its people, this book is worth the money and the time to read it.

19. Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings; Mystery in Acambaro; Path of the Poles all 3 by dr. Charles Hapgood

The late Dr. Hapgood did the world a favor by doing the research he did. In the first book listed above, Dr. Hapgood explores the mystery of the maps drawn with longitude long before longitude was included in maps. That wasn’t the only mystery Dr. Hapgood explored as many ancient maps held lands undiscovered and Antarctica without the ice. The second book listed above, dr. Hapgood traveled to Mexico to investigate the mysterious figurines of dinosaurs made by a people who lived long after dinosaurs were said to have been extinct. These figurines are lost in controversy.

The final book listed above talks about Dr. Hapgood’s theory of shifting poles. Some scholars have claimed to have discredited it but I hesitate to jump on board because there may have been 1 shift because of Noah’s flood. This book contains great evidence for the biblical flood, found in Chapter 11 and it is worth the believer buying the book and see what evidence has been found in support of God’s word.

All 3 books are worth reading because the amount of evidence contained in them broadens the mind of the believer and help them to grow in faith. Of course one needs to rely on God to make sure they do not fall into any traps and get detoured form their faith.

20 The Flood by Dr. Alfred M. Rehwinkel

This is a Christian perspective on Noah’s flood and though it is written 60 years ago approx. the evidence doesn’t go out of style nor does it get over-turned. Like the Path of the Poles above, this book contains mountains of evidence for the biblical account but it doesn’t come with the usual secular traps and mis-applied conclusions.

For example on page 187 we read the following: ‘Then followed the burial. The convulsions of the earth had provided the graves. The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them, just as they had collected on the tops of these hills. There the bones of the large and the small, the gentle and the ferocious, the carnivorous and the herbivorous, were thrown together in wild confusion in a common grave, and there the Almighty has preserved them for a memorial and a warning that generations of men yet to follow may behold and learn that the Lord, our God, is a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Him.’

The evidence is out there but God is not going to spoon feed it to use. Believers have to get off their couches, turn off their video games and search with the guidance of God. It is not contained in just Christian books like this one, but in secular works as well. Dr. Rehwinkel helps the Christian by doing a lot of the leg work and recording it in this book. If believers are involved in discussions about the flood this book will be a valuable tool for them.

 21. The Genesis Factor ed. by Ron J. Bigalke, Jr.

This was another disappointing book from the young earth creation camp. Its full title is The Genesis Factor: Myths and Realities and that lead the reader to think that this book was actually going to deal with the ancient myths that abound on creation.

Instead what the reader got was the pet agenda from the Dr. Henry Morris and his buddies. Yes, there were some good spots where solid information was given but those were rare. Mostly this book was just a rehash of material found in many other books, not only by the late dr. Morris but also the ICR group.

Very little written was new or informative and basically it was just a public attack on Dr. Hugh Ross and his progressive creationism movement. What makes this a sad volume is the inclusiveness by Dr. Morris and his fellow contributors of such people into the fold of Christianity.

Paul wrote that ‘if any man or angel brings a different gospel than the one Jesus and the disciples brought, let them be cursed…’ What is lost in today’s supposed christian world is the this teaching and the teaching on false preachers/teachers. The supposed modern christian thinks that everyone who claims to be a christian is one and should not be excluded from the club but what they are doing in reality is letting the ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ in through the front door.

The contributors to this book are no different as they allow for false teachers to be accepted for what they aren’t and they fail to call them what they really are—false teachers. Dr. Hugh Ross is a false teacher who teaches things that God did not say and he should not be given the status of membership into God’s kingdom because of this.

The Bible teachings are very clear on this and the modern organized Christian needs to grow courageous and start pointing out these false people so the congregation will not be confused or put in danger of falling away from true belief.

This book does an injustice to the Christian world and its mission of preaching the truth as it does not go far enough in details about the origins of all things and it goes too far in accepting those who do not preach what Jesus and the disciples taught. If the modern church wants to make an impact for God, they need to get their message consistent with the Bible and clear away the false teachings that abound in congregations today.

This book is not recommended but there might be tidbits in its pages for those who struggle in this issue which may help them.

22. Dragons or Dinosaurs by Darek Isaacs

I really wish that believers would learn how to write their books and journal articles much better. Too often they are caught up in their personal agenda to see how their words are being put on the page for the reader.

This book is no exception to the many bad examples of terrible christian writing. The author has a very good topic; though the words ‘creation or evolution’ under the title undermine the study for the author’s agenda is quite clear. This work is not really about exploring the topic of dinosaurs or dragons but more of an attack on the theory of evolution.

It would have been much better if the author stuck to discussing the subject indicated in the title. It would have been more interesting, solved a lot of puzzles, informed the believer on the issue and shown how the name change took place.

He starts off well with the words “No small number of biblical translators has assumed a haunting debt on their conscience due to this creature’s stubborn presence in the native languages of our scriptures.” (pg. 1) But the subsequent paragraphs fail to show how he came to this conclusion and provides no evidence for why he said it.

What follows is an incoherent rambling on dragons, their presence and pixels, etc. He just does not make sense nor can he stay focused as he repeats himself not only in the same chapter but the same page and even the same paragraph.  There is no unity, no direction, no step by step explanation of what he has found in his research and how it applies to the Bible and the believer.

On page 10 he quotes an author whose words are: “…Those dragons were a common feature of legends and folklore from ancient times in virtually every culture of the world.” Yet he produces no examples of this nor sources where one can turn to find out more information.

When the author comes to difficult words or scientific procedures he insults the reader’s intelligence by stopping what he is talking about to give an elementary school level explanation of those words or procedures. Though the book is not on an academic level anyways.

The reader is lead to believe through the title and back cover blurb that the author is presenting something worth reading. He is not as he jumps around and does leaps and bounds to different topics on the same page. One never knows where he is going next and it is not good.

There are some good nuggets in the work but it takes a lot of effort to figure out where they are and mine them. The book is frustrating and leads to nowhere.