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Unwrapping Wonder: Finding Hope in the Gift of Nature by Carol O'Casey

I have a greater appreciation of nature because of this book.

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I may not go to church, but I do believe that God created all of the natural wonders of the earth.

  • Sep 21, 2013
I have never read a book about the connection between nature and God before. The premise of Unwrapping Wonder is that everything in nature brings people closer to God. Going for a walk to observe things in nature is a form of worship, because it gives me a chance to appreciate all of God's natural wonders. I learned so much by reading this book. Carol O'Casey holds degrees in marine biology and biology, so her research is solid and fascinating. There are drawings by Matthew Kondratieff of things that I have never seen with my eyes before. I have never seen the wings of a cricket or the different parts of feather diagrammed before. I also found several quotations to be inspirational. There is a quotation by Leonardo Da Vinci about the gift of flight that I like. There is also a quotation by Albert Einstein that reminds me to keep moving in life, even though my life may seem out of balance at times. I have hope I can make rebalance my life when I need to.

I learned that the American dipper is the only aquatic song bird with the ability to see above and below the water. I can look above to God for guidance to my problems on earth. Carol O' Casey finds examples from nature and ties it in with God very well. The American dipper is an excellent example of this. I also learned that lichens are made of fungus and algae. I did not even how to describe a lichen before reading this book. The fungus protects the algae. The algae provides food for the fungus. I also learned that birds and squirrels eat lichens as their main source of nourishment. I have never seen a sand dollar before, so I really enjoyed the drawing of it. It looks like a cross between a sea urchin and a big shell to me. A sand dollar can instinctively move away from harm and to safety by using spines that it has. Fleeing from danger and moving toward safety is something that every person is born with, but it can be strengthened by a faith in God. I just haven't seen this in my own life yet, but I think it could happen. I learned that the resurrection plant has the ability to wilt and die and come back to life. I didn't even know that a plant that this exists. It looks like a big tumble weed. This resurrection plant reinforces my belief that miracles can and do happen. I want to get my hands on this plant and see for myself how this resurrection process works. I learned that I can calculate the temperature by counting the chirps of crickets I hear in fifteen seconds and adding the number forty to it. I have never done this, but this seems like a fun thing to do on my next camping trip. I learned that the bark of a tree contains salicylic acid. This acid is used to make aspirin. The bark of a tree is also used to make cinnamon.

I have a greater appreciation for everything about nature in this book. I may not go to church. I may not understand everything the Bible says. But, ,I do believe that God created all of the natural wonders of the earth though.

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September 21, 2013
Good description of nature!
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