Purposeful Design ~ Book Review

Jay Schabacker of Purposeful Design recently sent us his book Purposeful Design: Understanding the Creation to review. I am always on the lookout for great books that can help us in our homeschool. This books goes along with what we are studying in science and what we studied earlier in the year for history.

Purposeful Design ~ Book Review

Each chapter of the book is devoted to each day of creation.

Introduction – The “Man in the Moon” ~ Tells about the moon’s orbit

Chapter 1 ~ The First Day: Creation of the Heavens and the Earth- the Foundation of it All ~ Talks about the earth rotation and orbit

Chapter 2 ~ The Second Day: Creation of the Atmosphere and Water ~ We learn about the rain cycle

Chapter 3 ~ The Third Day: Creation of the Dry Land and Vegetation ~ Tells us how beneficial fruits and vegetable are to us

Chapter 4 ~ The Fourth Day: Creation of the Sun, Moon, and Stars ~ We learn about seasons and tides

Chapter 5 ~ The Fifth Day: Creation of the Birds and Fish ~ Tells us why birds and fish were created

Chapter 6 ~ The Sixth Day: Creation of the Land Creatures and Humans ~ We learn about animals and the uniqueness of human beings

Chapter 7 ~ The Seventh Day ~ Reminds us to take a day of rest


This book is beautifully illustrated with great photographs as well as many scripture verses throughout. Purposeful Design is appropriate for children of all ages and is available for $18.95. You can download three chapters of this book for free.

There is also a free bonus Young Explorers Club curriculum that goes along perfectly with the book.  It is a pdf of pages of questions about each day of creation.

Page 1 from the Student Workbook

I read this book to my children when we received it. They loved listening to what Mr. Schabacker wrote about the wonderful world we live in and how God thoughtfully created everything in it. As I stated above, this book goes along wonderfully with what my 4th and 6th graders are using for science this year. It also was a great read for review for the history curriculum we are using this year. All of my children, ages 12, 11, 9, and 3, enjoyed listening to each chapter and looking at the pictures while I read through each page. We read through the questions from the PDF download and my children answered the questions orally.

My science boy, age 12, loved this book. He loved all of the pictures and he mentioned that his favorite part was reading why God chose the earth to tilt at exactly 23 1/2 degrees. He said he had never really thought about what would happen if it was tilted at 0 degrees or 50 degrees.

My 11 year old said his favorite part of the book was the photos. My 9 year old and 3 year old also loved looking at all of the pictures.

I liked this book and also loved looking at all the beautiful pictures throughout the book. It is a well put together book that my family can use for many years.

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