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Published by WestBow Press on May 28th 2015
Source: BookLook Bloggers
Genres: Christian, Fiction, General, Historical, Religious, Young Adult
Let There Be Light accompanies Bill Abrams on a time-traveling journey through history. Harnessing the energy of the sun’s ultraviolet light, his Light Assimilator enables him to travel on a voyage to discover the truth. His adventure takes him to the moments in time in which he discovers how the Ice Age fits into the Bible, the fate of the dinosaurs, the reasons why people lived to be hundreds of years old prior to the flood, and how, in fact, the flood itself could cover the whole earth.
Mark Leonard, a veteran presenter at numerous youth conferences and church camps, weaves together the Bible’s truth with this tale of a time-traveling explorer. He tells how, after several test runs, Bill decides to make a journey back to first-century Palestine to see the temple in Jerusalem. Taking off, Bill made three loops around the area and with the ship angled in a southerly direction towards the equator; the landing gear and the wings began retracting. In the blink of an eye, the craft disappeared into nothingness. And so his adventures begin.
Written for young adults, Let There Be Light will appeal to adult readers as well. If you enjoy stories that mix together adventure, engaging characters, and the discovery of deep scientific truths, then Let There Be Light will offer you a chance to go on an adventure that will change your view of the world and its history.
Let there be Light is a story that explores young creationists theories by telling the story of Bill, who travels back in time to the days of Noah.
Now, I know there are people that would debate evolution/young creation with me and let me just say—not interested. While this book explores these topics, it’s not something I want to delve into with this review. Because, this is a book review, not a debate.
I want to tell what I liked and disliked about this book.
Bill and Michael are both likable. I enjoyed getting to know them during the story. I enjoyed the arguments that one may hear in the evolution/creation debate. There was a LOT of info crammed in this little book.
Now, this is where I’m going to contradict myself. Remember how I liked all the information in this book? Well, sometimes it read a bit like a textbook.
As a Christian, I didn’t disagree with or dislike Bill’s salvation. But it felt so forced. In the end, the government forbids Bill and Michael from sharing the knowledge they gained about creation. Bill goes on to reveal how that’s okay with him. He plans to become a minister of the gospel. He states that maybe God wants people to love him without proof. Yet, it took Bill traveling in time (proof) to believe in Christ and the Bible.
While Amazon has this listed for children, I did see that Goodreads (and the synopsis) has it listed for the young adult. While the scientific jargon and theories are more suitable for young adults, the story of Bill and Michael reads a bit elementary.
I think that due to the overwhelming amount of information, footnotes would have been a great addition. If you’re a young creationist, this book may strengthen your arguments and belief system. Without resources and footnotes, it isn’t likely to change the minds of someone who believes in evolution. Not that footnotes can force a person to change their opinion but it offers validity and a starting point from which a person can start to piece together their conclusion.