This Biblically based book by Dr. Jonathan Henry is a great introduction to the universe that will capture the attention of any budding astronomer. Every page has color pictures with text to beautifully illustrate your journey through the universe.
Henry uses a logical progression starting with what is astronomy and the overwhelming immensity of the universe. Before the galactic tour begins, he has two very interesting chapters: “Why did God Create the Heavenly Bodies?” and “Space Exploration.”
Throughout the book, God is honored as the Great Creator of the Universe and all the wonders it contains. Many scriptures are quoted with explanations. For example, the effects of sin touched every portion of the universe. Henry goes on to explore the rest of our solar system.
One of my favorite parts is about the sun. Life on earth would be totally impossible if our sun were a variable star. Unlike other stars, our sun varies only a few tenths of one percent. Thank God for our constant sun!
The facts about age and origin of the moon were equally amazing. As a 9-year-old on July 20, 1969, I followed the moon landing with a passion and knew nearly every crater’s name. My young mind wondered, “When will astronauts visit the sun?” This humorous example shows that even younger children will read and re-read this book.
Henry concludes with: “Catastrophes in the Solar System.” He even touches on “Did an Asteroid Kill the Dinosaurs?”
The Astronomy Book by Dr. Jonathan Henry
Originally published in the May/June 2001 issue of Think and Believe.