Star Watching by David Block (Batavia, Ill: Lion Publishing, 1988) Hardcover, 159 pp.

Star Watching has been called a visual feast” and it is not difficult to see why. Its magnificent color plates were photographed from some of the world’s largest telescopes as well as from unmanned spacecraft.

Noted astronomer and Harvard University professor, Owen Gingerich, comments in his Foreword to this volume:

“David Block celebrates the paradox of our place in the universe. From the nebular wombs of new stars to the filamentary remains of dead and exploded stars, from the strange new worlds of the Voyager spacecraft to the dazzling pinwheel spirals of the distant galaxies, he exhibits the glories of the larger creation. At the same time he pauses to reflect on the astonishing details that have made the universe a hospitable place for intelligent life and inquiring minds.”

A good example of that reflection comes at the conclusion of a chapter on Extragalactic Radio Beacons. Says Dr. Block:

“An amazingly large galaxy? Yes. In an amazingly large universe? Yes. Telling us of an amazingly all-powerful God. We live in a world made by a personal God. A God for whom it is as easy, or as difficult, to make a galaxy as it is to make a flower, or a blade of grass.”

Star Watching is a book which not only builds the case, but also tells you who in the scientific community is saying what that contributes to our understanding that God created the universe.

The book is written to help the reader understand and explain the meaning of the universe, and should be read along with Ross’s The Fingerprint of God.