I received a review copy of this 2-volume set to provide feedback based upon are use of the product.
Munchkin plans on studying geology and biology with a focus in paleontology in college, so this 2 volume set was of great interest to her. She’s had some experience with the topics due to taking classes through AIG, so I was curious as to what she would think of the books.
Here are her thoughts on the Earth’s Catastrophic Past Volume 1 & 2 by Andrew Snelling:
The first volume states and meticulously answer many common questions including how many animals were on the ark, what happened in the creation week, and how long the flood lasted. It’s an overview meant for someone looking to get a good understanding of the earth’s past from a Biblical worldview. It can be redundant at times. If an individual already has a good understanding of the topics, they may find the first volume to be on the dry side.
The second volume is technically advanced and provides good resources for more in-depth study of the topics. This volume is meant for someone who wants a deeper understanding of the topics and assumes a solid grasp of the basics.
Both volumes suffer from formatting that looks less than professional at times. Personal preference would find the footnotes at the end of the chapters rather than taking up large portions of the pages. It would be helpful if the illustrations, graphs, and figures were placed next to where they were referenced as constantly having to flip back and forth between the different places can discourage readers from viewing the material.
Dr. Snelling quotes a variety of different individuals when proving his points rather than just relying on his own studies and works. Both volumes are overall interesting and cover a broad range of topics while still remaining coherent. The 2-volume set provides are great deal of information started from the basics and continuing to in-depth coverage of the topics.
This 2-volume set is definitely a good resource to have on hand for someone who is interested in the history of the earth from a Biblical worldview.