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The Rocks Don't Lie: Starred Library Journal Review

June 20, 2012

The Rocks Don't Lie by David Montgomery (Norton, August 2012) earned a starred review from Library Journal:

 ...Montgomery (geomorphology, Univ. of Washington; Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations) offers a thorough critique of creationist worldviews (including Noah’s flood) while treating his opponents with respect, reflecting on both ancient and modern debates and demonstrating that Christians have been arguing among themselves about these subjects for millennia. He admits that geologists have often stifled dissent and stubbornly rejected the idea that massive floods could have ever occurred, discounting such ideas as myths though there have, in fact, been many throughout human history. These catastrophic events likely inspired the famous stories of floods found around the globe, Montgomery concedes. VERDICT The combination of historical study and humility on behalf of geology makes for an extremely persuasive work. Highly recommended.

—John M. Kistler, Washington, PA

Full review on the Library Journal website.

Posted by Waleslit on June 20, 2012  |  Permalink

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Oprah!

June 6, 2012

Oprah Magazine loves Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain by Lucia Perillo. From the review:

“Don't tell me about bad boys,” writes Lucia Perillo. “I've seen my black clouds come and go.” What she's also seen are some pretty dark-minded women—from a solitary mother addicted to cough syrup to a mistreated housewife who dreams of armed robbery. In the hands of a less-talented writer, these characters would turn out hard-boiled and, worse, hard to love. Instead, Perillo infuses each one with joy and humor, celebrating the best intentions behind the worst choices... Relentlessly compassionate, this is a collection for the mistake makers and trying-as-hard-as-we-canners of the world—which probably means all of us.

Posted by waleslit on June 6, 2012  |  Permalink

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The Reviews Don't Lie

June 4, 2012

Another strong review for David Montgomery's book The Rocks Don't Lie (Norton, August 2012) Kirkus Reviews. To read the full review on their website you will need a subscription, but here's a slice:

Examining a wide variety of flood and creation stories across centuries, Montgomery provides an enthusiastic and valuable recounting of the history of geology and how the advances in science have consistently faced opposition from the guardians of so-called religious authority, based on a literal reading of the Bible. The immense chronological spans and what is now known about the origins of the Earth and universe provoke the bitter opposition of the creationists. Montgomery insists that faith and science “can peacefully coexist,” and his extensive documentation shows that the revival of creationism, as it exists today, has nothing to do with either science or faith.

A forceful rallying cry for people of goodwill to join together to develop an alternative to the dangerous irrationalism that afflicts so many Americans.

Posted by Waleslit on June 4, 2012  |  Permalink

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