Ham, Ken. Illustrated by Bill Looney. The True Account of Adam and Eve. Green Forest: Master Books, 2012. 60pp. $15.99. Purchase at Amazon for less.
Ken Ham needs no introduction. You either love him and the ministry given to him by God or you don’t. Sadly, that is the way defending the importance of Scripture goes these days. I have reviewed a number of Ken Ham resources and you can read those here. This particular resource was written to “instruct readers about the historical account of the first two people, Adam and Eve, and to teach them to think with a Christian worldview…rooted in the Bible.” Mission accomplished.
The book begins oddly enough with an account of the biblical view of Creation mixed with an apologetic for a non-evolutionary understanding of how humans and this universe came into existence. Also, Ham offers an apologetic for the biblical understanding of marriage between one man and one woman. Afterward, we see how Adam and Eve disobeyed God and committed the first sin. The rest of the book shows how that one sinful act has decimated the world as it was then to what it is now. On most every page, the hope of Christ is offered and the Christian worldview is proclaimed as a holistic worldview that should never be compartmentalized.
First, let me say that I am biased at this point. Ken Ham’s ministry has been extremely influential in my life and ministry. I have moved from a non-thinking (let me be honest) old earth theistic evolutionist (I had to keep god in there somewhere!) to a critical thinking young earth creationist. That is not to say that I am correct (though I believe I am) but it is to say that I have found that a young earth creationist understanding of Gen. 1 is the only way I can maintain consistency with the rest of my theology.
Ok, now that that is said, I really enjoyed this work. Ken wrote it in such a way that he shows the importance and necessity of maintaining a Christian worldview in all areas of one’s faith. Furthermore, Bill Looney’s illustrations are top notch and would make great posters for your child’s bedroom. He has illustrated one other book with Ken Ham that I have reviewed. His illustrations are visually stimulating and extremely thought provoking.
The work as a whole is well written and developed. It offers an excellent introduction to your children about the historicity of the account we read in Genesis 1-3 and beyond. I liked the most that this book shows how much the fall of man has affected the world today and offers real reasons (and solutions) to the problems we see on our nightly news casts.
As with all of Ken’s books, I highly recommend this resource. For what it’s worth, this may be one of his finest books to date for children. This is more because an adult will find it interesting and it may perhaps even strike up a conversation that could lead to a paradigm shift in one’s thinking or even better…an opportunity to share the gospel and lead someone to salvation in Christ.