Today we have a great addition to our series about Self-Published Geniuses, where we bring you news of authors with a vanity press book in which the author claims to have made paradigm-shattering discoveries, and announces his work by hiring a press release service.
The press release for this one is titled Author Writes About Connections Between Religion and Science, issued by WebWire. It says, with some bold font added by us for emphasis:
“Experiencing Bible Science” is a lab book written by Louise Barrett Derr. It is a lab book for experiencing the science and culture found in Scripture, thus enriching both Bible and science study. It helps the readers identify the similarities of both entities.
Wowie — bible science! This is what you’ve been looking for, dear reader! Let’s read on:
The book has activities designed for independent learning or small groups. The activities in the book are very appropriate to those who just started their teens. The measurements used in the activities found in the book are in US/Imperial and Metric. The materials that are needed for some activities are easily available everywhere, worldwide.
It sounds wonderful! Here’s more:
“Experiencing Bible Science” is recommended to those who are in their early teens, those with fresh mindsets. This is also a very good book to enjoy for those who are young at heart. This is a must-have and a great addition to one’s collection. It also has interesting activities inside for creative interaction and information.
Here’s Amazon’s listing for the book:Experiencing Bible Science: An Activity Book for Children. The title is a bit different from the one in the press release, but it’s the same author. However, Amazon says it was published in 2013, so maybe this is an update. No — the press release says it was published in 2011, and the paperback price is only $31.95 — a real bargain!
They say it’s published by WestBowPress. We Googled for them. Yup — their website says they’re a religious vanity publisher. Okay! We’ve got a vanity press book and we’ve got the author’s press release. There’s not much more in the press release, so let’s find out what else Amazon says:
Experiencing Bible Science is an activity book for elementary-aged students. Each activity is intended for experiencing the science and culture in Scripture, thus enriching Bible study. Most activities are designed for independent learning or small groups. They will challenge those in home schools, Christian academies, Bible camps, vacation Bible school, and other children’s groups.
Lovely! They also give us some information about the author:
Louise Barrett Derr received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education form UNC-Chapel Hill. For twenty-six years she taught in the North Carolina public schools. [Hee hee!] Mrs. Derr developed and presented her curricula for gifted children at numerous state and national teachers’ conferences. This motorcyclist, private airplane pilot, and scuba diver also enjoys gardening and nature study.
Amazon says the paperback version of the book is 128 pages, and it costs only $16.95, which is half the price mentioned in the press release. You can’t go wrong with that!
What else can we learn about this great book? Aha, Amazon has a “Look inside” feature. Scanning it quickly, we find this under the heading “Noah’s rainbow”:
After the worldwide flood, God put a rainbow in the clouds of the sky. He told Noah that it was to be a reminder that He would never again destroy all living creatures in the world by a flood. The rainbow is so beautiful that God has one around his throne, see Revelation 4:3. The colors of light are one of the most beautiful effects of science.
Then there’s an exercise about making a rainbow by spraying water and watching the colors appear. That’s great bible science!
This looks like an excellent book! Well, dear reader, what are you waiting for? Go get it!
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