“What is the last good book you read?”

This was today’s suggestion for “The Daily Post” Since I just started this blog I’ve decided that I would use the occasional suggestion from the Daily Post in order to have material for my blog. I won’t use it all the time, but if I ever feel inspired by a suggestion I will use it.

The last good book I read was actually two books, and it was more looking at the pictures than it was reading. The books are entitled Creature, and Bird, by photographer Andrew Zuckerman. They are amazing books. The pictures are absolutely stunning.

Andrew Zuckerman photographs his subjects against a completely white background. This does two things, first of all it allows you to focus on the animal itself, as there is nothing distracting going on around the creature. The white background also reflects the light in such a way that every detail of the animal becomes crystal clear. It reveals so much detail that you otherwise would never see.

The one and only thing I disliked about this book was that it favored an evolutionary viewpoint in the introduction. This is probably not a problem to some of you, but as a creationist I believe in a literal six day creation. Rather than see these books as an endorsement of evolution though, I see these books as a testament to God’s design. Looking at these pictures I can’t see how anyone could see all the intricate details of these amazing animals, and not believe that they were designed by God. There is no way that random mutations could produce the perfection in these creatures. Aside from that minor detail, I wholeheartedly reccomend these books to any animal lover, bird lover, or photography enthusiast. These are two picture books that you won’t want to just flip through. You’ll want to linger over every page, soaking in all of the amazing details.

I’ve wondered to myself as I’ve looked through these books, if this is what animals and birds will look like in the new earth. After God reverses the effects of the curse I imagine that any dullness of color the animals experience now will be erased, and all these details that we overlook will be displayed in all their glory.

You can find links to more information about the books, and if you feel so inclined, purchase them, by clicking the pictures above. They are a bit pricey, but they are so worth it. These are enormous books. When my copies arrived, the box weighed around thirteen pounds.

To see some of Andrew Zuckerman’s work you can click the link to his website, HERE.

He has also set up separate sites for both books. You can find Creature HERE and Bird HERE. You can look through a few sample images from the books. They are almost as clear as the actual book, and it will give you an idea of what the pictures look like. They are absolutely gorgeous! Some of them are almost mesmerizing. I could look at the parrots for hours, their feathers are so beautiful.

Have you read any good books lately?


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