CHRISTIAN BOOK REVIEW: The Book of the Moon

Most everything you might want or need to know about the Moon.

  • TITLE: The Book of the Moon
  • AUTHOR: Maggie Aderin-Pocock
  • YEAR: 2019
  • PUBLISHER: BBC Books
  • PAGES: 240
  • GENRE: Non-fiction
  • INTENDED AUDIENCE: Everyone interested in the Moon.
  • MAIN POINTS (If non-fiction): This book covers the basics of the Earth’s one and only Moon–where it (possibly) came from, what it is, how it works, and the many ways in which it influences our lives. The book also includes a good deal of history of the way human beings have interacted with the moon, in science and literature. Hard to put the book down, once you get started.
  • REVIEW: I was interested in this topic because my grandmother used to show us the moon phases on our calendar, after which we’d take a look at the night sky. When my grandma was young, in the late 19th Century, a moon lit sky had more significance than today, when artificial lighting means every night can be illuminated. The author, is “an honorary research associate in University College London’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.” She explains the topic in a clear, logical, and interesting way.
  • RECOMMENDATION: Highly recommended.
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A Time for War?

 

Today I was reading about King David in 1 Chronicles chapters 11 and 12.   This section covers the deeds of some of David’s warriors.  For example , Jashobeam, was one of the mighty 3.  He killed 300 Philistines in a battle, using his spear. Abishai also killed 300 of the enemy in battle with his spear.  King David was a man after God’s own heart.  Yet David, and his warriors were fierce killers in battle.

King David

It seems we always think of God promoting peace on earth and good will toward others.  Yet there are clearly times when God sent his people into battle with instructions to kill the enemy.    For example, God instructed his people to kill the inhabitants in the promised land during the time of Joshua.

And there is the story of Saul, who disobeyed God by failing to kill every person in the city of Amalek.  God said he was sorry he made Saul the king in the first place because he did not follow through on these instructions.

Ecclesiastes, chapter 3 says “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven… a time to love,  and a time to hate;  a time for war, and a time for peace.”

We live in an imperfect world.  But in all cases, follow God.

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