As a new homeschooling mama, one question that nagged at me was how I was going to be able to teach science. Even to a preschooler. Since we use a literature-based curriculum, we get to read about science topics and then explore further when (not if) she asks follow-up questions. It’s my favorite part of our homeschooling day. So when Pastor Louie Giglio’s new book Indescribable: 100 Devotions about God & Science came across my path, I jumped at the opportunity to review it. Although I was given a copy in exchange for a review, I can assure you that all opinions are my own and I only recommend books that I love. I mean, who has time to read bad books when there are so many good ones out there?
The Beginning of My Indescribable Faith Journey
The first time I heard Chris Tomlin’s Indescribable was early in my faith journey. And it had become so popular that it wasn’t long before I was hearing it all the time. Soon, the words became only white noise. Until now. It must be more because I’m a visual person. I watched Louie Giglio’s message recently of the same name discussing God and science. Even more so, the vastness of the cosmos. Listening to Tomlin’s lyrics now means something a little different.
Here are just some of the lyrics:
From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea
Creation revealing Your majesty…
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name
You are amazing God
In Pastor Louie’s message, he discusses the whole expanse of the universe. The vastness of the Milky Way and just how large the universe is. He said he didn’t want to make people feel small. He wanted to show them just how small they really are. And if you aren’t careful, you can look at this message and feel insignificant. The truth is that you should feel exactly the opposite. Couple our knowledge of how wide and long and high and deep our universe is with scripture and you will discover how wide and long and high and deep Christ’s love is for us.
God has a specific purpose for you. You are not just a number. You are His beloved. He specifically had you in mind. After all, He knit you in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). You are wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). The very hairs on your head are numbered (Matthew 10:30) and even at the end, He will wipe every tear (Revelation 21:4). You are wonderfully made, Mama, and so are your kiddos. Knitting, counting hairs and wiping tears all require undivided attention and incredible closeness.
And God is close to you. Our problem sometimes is trying to teach our littles this as well.
Then, along came Louie Giglio’s new book, Indescribable: 100 Devotions about God & Science.
So What Makes it Indescribable
What I love about Pastor Louie’s new book is how it introduces different aspects of science to little ones and integrates these facts with scripture. Nicola Anderson’s illustrations are colorful and vibrant. Her cover art alone encapsulates the purpose of the book so well. With illustrations of the “highest of heights to the depths of the sea,” this devotion isn’t just for kids. From space to Earth to animals to people, the book brings so many new and interesting things into your special devotional time with your little one.
Each devotion my Sweet Firefly and I have done so far has led us on virtual adventures. We have learned about the mantis shrimp, corpse flower (yes, that’s a thing), and sloths. She is just learning about the vast universe that she is a small part of while also learning about the closeness of the God who created her. As I embarked on this journey of homeschooling my littles, I worried about how I would teach science when the way I learned science separated God from it. I knew I would be learning along with my little ones but never dreamed it would happen in a book geared towards young elementary school-aged kids.
I’ve learned so many interesting facts already and each devotion has a “Be Amazed” section that is truly fascinating. Did you know that in one part of the world they use whistles instead of words to communicate? Amazing! And you can create your own magnet with items you probably have in your kitchen!
If you’ve been around for a little bit, you know I love giving you a “What I love about this book” when giving you book recommendations (like my Top 10 Books for Fall and my Top 10 Books for Back to School).
What I love about this book
From the beginning, you will be drawn in when you see Nicola Anderson’s cover art. My Sweet Firefly squealed with excitement and practically ripped the book out of my hands when I first took the book out of the shipping box.
She promptly sat down on the stairs and began thumbing through the pages.
It would be easy to just have Nicola Anderson’s beautiful illustrations in a children’s devotion but they didn’t. The brilliant photography, especially of animals, will capture your attention. You and your little ones will definitely giggle over the photograph of the giraffe. The “Be Amazed” sections will prompt virtual adventures. Gotta love the Internet! And it will hold the attention of even younger children (My Sweet Firefly is almost 5).
The one thing I wish it had is an index. While the Introduction lists the pages that correspond to each of the categories (earth, space, animals, and people), it would make this homeschool mama’s job easier to incorporate into our learning to know what each devotion focuses on specifically. It’s not enough to deter us from enjoying it every day though. Munchkin just jumps into my lap and then we set out on our adventures!
Whether you are a homeschooling mama or just one who wants to spend time exploring with your child how indescribable our God really is, this book is a must read!
You can take a peek inside at Amazon along with the first three devotions!
What are your first impressions?