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Overview Is God just watching from a distance? Or is He intimately involved in every detail of His creation-including your life? The psalmist exclaimed, "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands"(Ps. 19:1). Dr. Richard Swenson asserts that, in fact, all nature reveals a God who constantly nurtures and sustains His creation-including our own bodies-in ways we can scarcely comprehend. Drawing from his background in medicine and the nature sciences, Dr. Swenson examines the wonders of creation and explains how they reveal a majestic God whose mastery of detail is evident everywhere, from the breathtaking complexity of living cells to the awesome grandeur of the cosmos. He shows us a God whose genius, power, sophistication, and artistry shout from every element of our universe. With evidence from both science and Scripture, Swenson helps us see ourselves as God sees us-treasured creations with whom He desires intimate relationship.
Publishers Description Nature reveals a God who constantly nurtures and sustains His creation--including our own bodies--in ways that we can scarcely comprehend. Discover the wonders of creation and how they reveal a majestic God whose mastery of detail is evident everywhere. Learn to see yourself as God sees you: a treasured creation with whom He desires intimate relationship. - Indexed for easy reference
From Publishers Weekly This forgettable survey of divine design in the natural world offers an awkward
treatment of what could have been a compelling topic. Swenson, a physician and
consultant best known to evangelical readers as the author of Margin,
alternates between schoolbook science and pious observations in a style
reminiscent of the Wonders of God's Creation films put out by Moody Bible
Institute a generation ago--if lacking the vividness of the latter. The book
aims to illuminate both the greatness and intimacy of God's involvement with
creation, spanning astronomy, biology, physiology and the microphysical world.
This is a delicate task, as some resonances between science and theology are
more apt than others. Swenson's attempt to quantify Jesus' red blood cells is
particularly inane ("Without a doubt, he shed at least one red blood cell for
every human who ever lived," he assures readers). Swenson primarily focuses on
Christian devotional interests, occasionally hinting at broader discussions
about biological complexity and cosmological coincidences. But the largest
share of the book is devoted to more or less direct expositions of specific
sciences, mining their subject matter for impressive statistics and handles for
(often strained) biblical allusions. Problems of disease or suffering are not
acknowledged. Christian readers looking for theological reflection on human
physiology will prefer Paul Brand and Philip Yancey's near-classic Fearfully
and Wonderfully Made, which approaches the topic with notably deeper insight
and compassion. (Nov.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews More Than Meets The Eye: Fascinating Glimpses of God's Power and Design by Richard Swenson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Booklist - 10/01/2000 page 307
Christian Retailing - 10/23/2000 page 22
Publishers Weekly - 10/16/2000 page 69
CBA Retailers - 11/01/2000 page 80
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 5.49" Height: 0.59" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Oct 20, 2000
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
ISBN 1576830691 ISBN13 9781576830697
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More About Richard Swenson
Dr. Richard Swenson is the best-selling author of Margin and In Search of Balance. He holds an MD from the University of Illinois and has worked in both private practice and academic medicine within the University of Wisconsin system. Today he is an author, educator, researcher, and futurist with a focus on the connection between health, faith, and culture. Perhaps most important, he is a lifelong student of margin, contentment, simplicity, and balanced living.
Reviews - What do customers think about More Than Meets The Eye: Fascinating Glimpses of God's Power and Design?
Designed, not Evolved Nov 10, 2008
Awe-inspiring accounts of how the universe, from galaxies down to subatomic particles, show evidence of God's design. Great for devotional and classroom use.
More than meets the eye. A must for everyone Nov 14, 2007
I have read this book more than once. I have bought several and given as gifts. It really is the perfect book for everyone. It is an easy read. It is language and concept that children and adults can enjoy and relate to.
This is a must for all students interested in science and human nature.
This is a must for the non believer. It certainly proves, the grand design.
Splendid!...Glory goes to God. Oct 10, 2007
I'm just starting my second round thru the book. There's just so much to try to wrap one's mind around. I recommend this book to those who have an interest in physics, quantum mechanics, science, theology and the Creator of the Universe! (Sub-atomic particles will make your head spin!) I also recommend Dr. Swenson's video series of the same title.
Awesome Reinforcement of God's Artful design Sep 9, 2007
Don't know how ANYONE could read this book and believe that "we" crawled out of some sludge hole as some other creature and "evolved" into what we are today. We were CREATED by the MASTER ARTIST! All you need to know is here. An excellent book to provide to those you know who are unsaved and skeptical!
"Reason Redeemed by Grace" Oct 29, 2005
The two this site Editorial Reviews (from Publishers Weekly and Booklist) just don't get it. Why is it hard for people to understand that a book written by a Christian, for a Christian audience, by a Christian publisher will develop it's theme from a Christian perspective. And why would someone wonder how a Christian could believe that God could hear a billion prayers at once (since, God being God, from the Christian world-view, can hear an infinite number of prayers at any given "moment").
"More Than Meets the Eye," by Dr. Richard Swenson offers exactly what the subtitle accurately promises: fascinating glimpses of God's power and design. It does not pretentiously pretend to offer in-depth scientific analysis. It does present micro and macro signs of God's transcendence and immanence. Science and faith, when looked at with what Luther called "reason redeemed by grace," consistently connect to show God's handiwork, God's fingerprints, God's footprints everywhere--from the largest star to the smallest particle. No, "More Than Meets the Eye" is not the final word. However, it is a fascinating glimpse for those willing to look at creation and the Creator with intellectual integrity and spiritual authenticity.
Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Soul Physicians," "Spiritual Friends," "Biblical Psychology," "Martin Luther's Pastoral Counseling," and "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction."