I think just about everyone loves space. I know of multiple people, myself included, who have at one point in their childhood considered becoming an astronomer or cosmologist (or astronaut). The Story of the Cosmos is perfect for just such people. To be honest, a lot of the scientific stuff kind of went over my head, but that did not stop me from enjoying the book!
The book, edited by Paul Gould and Daniel Ray, is organized in three parts and each chapter is written by a different contributor. Part one is one of my favourites, though all three are pretty rad. This part explores the cosmos from fancy space rocks (The Stones Cry Glory by Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ) to the end of the universe (God, Black Holes, and the End of the Universe by Sarah Salviander). Part two focuses on the expression of the cosmos in art and literature and focuses on J. R. R. Tolkien (Holly Ordway), C. S. Lewis (Michael Ward), and Vincent Van Gogh (Terry Glaspey). The last is more apologetic in nature, and focuses on evidences of the creation of the cosmos defending creation ex nihilo and elaborating on the fine tuning of the universe.
The Story of the Cosmos will help readers see how the heavens declare the glory of God. I’ve learned quite a good deal from its pages, from cosmological eschatology to how far the edge of the universe is from earth (not far, apparently). If you’ve always been interested in space and looking for something to read in Christian perspective that is still highly educational, captivating, and legitimately awesome, this book is for you.
Many thanks to Harvest House for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.