I went to get the Children’s Atlas of God’s World out of my suitcase to write this review, and I had to wait for ten minutes while my fourteen-year-old flipped through the book reading bits here and there from every page and studying the beautiful pictures. She was especially interested in the page about New Zealand, because we just watched an episode of Amazing Race that took place in New Zealand.
The gorgeous pictures and illustrations are the first thing you notice when you open the book. Each initial country page is laid out in a similar way with an introductory section, a section about the flag, a section about famous Christians from that country, a map, and section with some other information about the country. The maps themselves have Christian heritage and tradition marks. A second set of pages for each country includes interesting facts and features with vivid pictures.
The second thing you notice, and what my daughter noticed right away, is the amount of interesting information included in this book. The book is intended to focus on the Christian history of each country and does not really reference the existence of other religions or secular world views. The book also references Noah’s Flood and the geographical changes caused by it and is written from a Christian, Young Earth Creation Point-Of-View.
Children’s Atlas of God’s World is written as a text for elementary students, but it is interesting enough that my fourteen-year-old got sidetracked by it. I certainly found it fun to read and study myself.
My Bottom Line: Any time a book is written from a Christian, Creation perspective it has an advantage with me before I even start. This book is well-written, beautifully-designed and captivating. I highly recommend it.