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Book Review: Star Struck

Star Struck
Seeing the Creator in the Wonders of our Cosmos
By Dr. David Bradstreet and Steve Rabey

Join Christian astronomers in exploring the wonders of the Cosmos. 

We are living in a time of unprecedented astronomical exploration and discovery. The heavens are revealing ever more fascinating details about the handiwork of our Creator. But how many of us appreciate or even notice God’s extravagant handiwork? In Star Struck, astronomer David Bradstreet and writer Steve Rabey take you on a guided tour of stars, asteroids, galaxies, nebula, black holes, and other cosmic characters, showing that the story of astronomy is a story of people seeking to better understand the Creator’s character by studying his two books – Scripture and nature. Following in the footsteps of top Christian astronomers like Kepler, Galileo, and Big Bang theorist Georges Lemaire, Bradstreet introduces you to men and women of faith who study newborn stars, search for Earthlike planets, and regularly experience awe, wonder, praise, and humility exploring the complexity and elegance of the cosmos. A century after the Wright brothers first flew, we’re living through an exciting era of space travel and discovery. Every day, powerful new telescopes and probes help us discover wonders hidden from the time of creation. Star Struck helps readers understand these developments and better appreciate the majesty and mystery of the God who created the cosmos long ago and still sustains it today through complex processes we are just beginning to comprehend. 

David Bradstreet is an award-winning professor, author, and astronomy “rock star” who has been teaching students about the heavens since 1976 at Eastern University, where he serves as professor and chair of the Astronomy and Physics Department, and as director of the David H. Bradstreet Observatory and Julia Fowler Planetarium. Dave earned an MS and a PhD in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of Pennsylvania and has worked with NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the International Astronomical Union. He authored  the Binary Maker 3.0 software program that helps astronomical researchers calculate the orbits of binary stars. Dave has been happily married to his best friend, Colleen, for thirty-eight years. 

Steve Rabey is the award-winning author of more than forty books (bestsellers Rachel’s Tears and The Lessons of St. Francis) and 2,000 articles (New York Times, Christianity Today). Steve has an MA in church history from Denver Seminary, and he has taught at Denver and Fuller seminaries and the US Air Force Academy. He and author/speaker wife Lois live in Colorado. 

My Thoughts: Like a lot of kids I loved the idea of space travel. It was so fascinating to me, and even more so now after seeing the possibility of going to Mars. However this didn’t seem to fit very well with the Christian ideal, that is until I read star struck. It is all about space and how it relates to God. If you like The Adam Quest you’ll like this book. 


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