Get ready to learn about the latest 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 is titled Christian Author Louise Barrett Derr’s Book Brings Readers to Appreciate the Science Behind God’s Creation. It was issued by WebWire. Their website says: “WebWire distributes your business, organizational and personal news releases and press releases on and over the Internet.” Here are some excerpts from the press release, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Is it possible to teach science from a faith perspective? Can a student appreciate faith and science at the same time? Retired teacher Louise Barrett Derr would answer “yes.” [That’s wonderful!] Derr expounds her answer by publishing a Bible activity book titled “Experiencing Bible Science: A Lab Book for the Young at Heart” (WestBow Press, 2011).
Aha — they say it’s published by WestBow Press. 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. It qualifies for our collection. Back to the press release. It says:
The book is aimed at students “young at heart” of any age, as the author puts it, and its purpose is to help them discover science in the Scriptures.
A noble purpose indeed! Then they tell us:
The first in the “Experiencing Bible Science” series, the book is divided into four sections: “Earth”, “Sky”, “Water” [That’s three of the four Classical elements], and “Other Activities”, which contains additional projects that can be adapted to help students know more about the science found in the Scriptures. The activities mostly follow the inquiry approach style and through them, the author encourages students to reflect on the wonders of creation as they reveal God’s glory.
The press release continues:
To relate the world of the Bible to the natural world, students undertake activities that mirror conventional science activities at school but with an emphasis on the Scriptures. Students obtain the items they need to perform a particular science activity, follow the procedures, record their findings and observations, link their results to their hypothesis, and wrap up their conclusion.
Sounds great! But what items are needed to do bible science? It seems to us that nothing is needed except a loin cloth, and maybe a shepherd’s staff. Let’s read on:
Students are encouraged to wear an old white shirt for a lad [sic] coat. “This stimulates them to realize they are having experiences related to science,” said the author in the book’s introduction for parents and teachers.
Great idea! So we looked for the book at Amazon — and here it is! The cost is only $31.95 in paperback. What a great deal!
Hey — you’re probably wondering about the brilliant author. The press release tells us:
Louise Barrett Derr received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from UNC-Chapel Hill. For twenty-six years, she taught in North Carolina public schools. Mrs. Derr developed and presented her curricula for science and for gifted children at numerous state and national teacher’s conferences. This motorcyclist, private airplane pilot, and scuba diver enjoys gardening and nature study. She has previously been active in Boy Scouts and the Civil Air Patrol. Traveling in twenty-three countries around the world has given her a desire to see people everywhere and discover the science in the Scriptures.
Not only that — we’re also informed that the author has her own website where you can obtain even more information!
Okay, dear reader. That’s all we can find about this great book, but it’s more than enough. Go ahead — buy it! Tell ’em the Curmudgeon sent ya.
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