Subscribe now

Review

Universe – Time, Space, Life, God

By Nigel Faithfull
October 2018 | Review by Paul Relf
  • Publisher: Great Writing Publications
  • ISBN: 978-0-9996559-0-0
  • Pages: 216
  • Price: 12.99

Everyone has questions on big issues. This title provides fascinating insights into four common areas of such questions: time, space, life and God. The four areas are addressed separately, each section giving scientific details (where relevant) as well as quotations from great scientists, thinkers, writers and theologians. The reader’s thinking is challenged and the light of biblical teaching is shed along the way.

In terms of layout, each topic is split into many small sections with subheadings and illustrations. For example, when a person is quoted there is usually a picture of them or a picture/diagram of something else relevant. This can make the book difficult to follow and it’s not always easy to see connections between sections. However, it works well as a book to dip into to find stimulating quotations or useful information.

Each of the four topics is approached in a different way. For example, under the ‘Time’ section you will read about atoms, the law of gravity and relativity, but headings also include ‘Time to pause’, ‘Time passes and is gone for ever’ and ‘When did time begin?’. As with other chapters, challenges for the reader are included, such as the question, ‘How will you spend eternity?’.

Of the many quotations, one by Augustine illustrates how the book stimulates thought: ‘But if the present were always present, and did not pass into past time, it obviously would not be time but eternity’ (p.59).

At whom is the book aimed? Probably not the sceptic — they may well resist the frequent biblical references. It would suit any who are seeking or those who have a measure of Christian background or interest in the faith. Young people would benefit from reading it, as well as preachers on the lookout for useful illustrations and quotations.

Overall, this is an excellent and thought-provoking book. It challenges those who ignore God and embrace ideas such as humanism. May all who read it conclude that God is indeed the author and creator of the universe — including time, space and life.

Paul Relf

Chatham

Book Reviews

Read our latest book reviews

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
The Devil’s Music: How Christians Inspired, Condemned, and Embraced Rock ’n’ Roll
Randall J. Stephens

In pacey style, The Devil’s Music traces the turbulent relationship between pop music and American evangelicalism from the 1950s to the present day. The story begins in the revivalist meetings of Pentecostal churches in the southern states, characterised by shouting,…

See all book reviews
Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
The Gospel-Shaped Life
Ian Hamilton

Some readers may be familiar with Ian Hamilton’s earlier work, The Faith-Shaped Life — a series of 43 short pieces examining dimensions of our faith as believers in Jesus. The Gospel-Shaped Life follows the same pattern. It aims ‘to explore…

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
The Doctor Who Became a Preacher: Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Banner Board Books)
Rebecca VanDoodewaard

This is a cracking little board book for reading to very young children. It shows how doctors help people who are sick, before relating how Martyn Lloyd-Jones chose to preach the good news instead, with many people coming to hear…

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
Triumphant Love: The contextual, creative and strategic missionary work of Amy Beatrice Carmichael in south India
J (Hans) Kommers

The following information has been provided by Chris Kavanagh, director of the Dohnavur Fellowship Corporation. Dr Jacky Woolcock, who served in Dohnavur 1969–1987 writes, ‘I met Dr Kommers in the Dohnavur UK office in 2015, being offered to read the…