Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Your Guide to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (True North Series)

Going out west? Thinking about checking out Yellowstone and Grand Teton areas? You NEED this book!

I have not had the privilege of visiting either Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Parks, but someday I hope to go! Reading this book (which is filled with great pictures and information about the parks) has increased my interest in visiting and bringing my children with me!

This book is in the True North Series of guidebooks to national parks. Several have been written already. The books are written from a Christian, young-earth perspective. The geology and physical features of the area are explained from a Biblical perspective. Much of what you read elsewhere when looking into the formation of these land features deals with millions of years of processes. To those who subscribe to a Biblical, young-earth (creationist) viewpoint, the millions of years just doesn't jive. Noah's flood, however, does. I was very interested to read the explanations based on God, not millions of years. I also like it when they draw parallels between Mt St Helens and The Flood processes--it puts a much more modern "face" on these erosive formation processes.

The book is a tour guide of sorts, it gives info on what you should see/where you should go/what you should do. It is full of pictures, trivia, and interpretation. The fold-out pages give a clear picture of where things are located (lots of maps and sections of maps!) and speak about the ecology, geology, history, activities available, and much more.

There is a large section in the back entitled "Understanding the Parks" which speaks in more general terms about the parks and the surrounding areas. It touches on The Flood model of formation, geology, the biology/ecology of the area, fossils in the parks, and human history in the area. Also mentioned is how the parks were formed (as national parks).

This book is a great tool, very handy, very user-friendly. I think people of all ages, from children to adults will enjoy this book and learn a lot from it. It is eyecatching, informative, and certainly not boring!! The Biblical viewpoints expressed in it are a refreshing change to those who hold this worldview. I look forward to reading other guides in this series for other national parks as they become available!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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