Title: Brilliant: Made in the Image of God
Author: Bruce Malone
Major Themes: Dinosaurs, Archaeology
Synopsis: Beautiful pictures and engaging text show many evidences that ancient man was actually extremely brilliant.
I love to read book catalogs, and one book that caught my eye not too long ago was Brilliant: Made in the Image of God. I love reading about the achievements of ancient man. This book sounded like it would be a good one to read aloud to the family, and it sure was! I read a 2-page spread each morning as part of our homeschool day, and everyone found it fascinating! This book was well worth the money we spent for it.
Bruce Malone has chosen 52 examples of archaeological finds that either show how brilliant ancient man was, or how Creation had to have been a relatively recent event. Each of these examples is described in a 2-page spread, with beautiful color photos of the artifact and a clear, interesting story about it. Each spread also has a timeline showing where this example fits into history, and a map showing where it originated or happened.
Did dinosaurs really die out before man came on the scene? If so, why do numerous examples of ancient art depict very realistic dinosaurs? A number of pages show examples of these. I was fascinated with the photos of Ica stones from Peruvian tombs, some showing dinosaurs and others showing amazing abilities of the ancient Peruvians.
Many pages depict amazing architectural accomplishments from long ago. How were the pyramids built? Guess what: There are many more in other parts of the world than Egypt! What about the incredible stone structures in Central and South America? We were all amazed at the superglue the Neanderthals made, too.
All of us thoroughly enjoyed Brilliant. Quite often after I finished reading our page for the day, someone would take the book and go study the pictures more closely. Even the ones who work and weren’t home to hear me read the book were often filled in later and spent time studying this beautiful hardcover book. I highly recommend Brilliant to anyone who is interested in ancient history from a Biblical perspective!
Reading Independently—Ages 12 – 15, 15 and Above, Adults