Category Archives: non-fiction

Educational and informative story about Renaissance Italy 

Renaissance Italy is a time period commonly known for it’s architecture and paintings. There is much history from this time period that we commonly see influenced today. How much do you know about the Renaissance era?

“If You Were Me and Lived in… Renaissance Italy” by Carole P. Roman and illustrated by Silvia Brunetti is a very educational and informative story that brings the reader to the late 1400s. The descriptions of type of work, clothing, inside the homes, education, etc are exceptional and makes the reader feel like they are right there. As the wealthy Medici are described as the owners of the largest bank in Europe, they spend a lot of money for elaborate paintings and architecture. They often had balls where they constantly needed new gowns and outfits made of the finest fabrics brought in from other countries like silk from China.

Children often shared a room with their siblings, boys in one room and girls in another. Sometimes the home had a shop in it where there was a hole in the floor above the shop so the father could see if anyone came into the shop. The boys would wear clothing like their father’s, just in smaller sizes, while the girls would wear clothing like their mother. The status of the family was often evident with their clothing. The boys often went to school and the girls would stay home to practice their daily chores and duties like sewing, cooking, cleaning, and baking. 

Prior to this book, I knew very little about the Renaissance era and now I feel very informed. The book includes historical information and commonly mentioned names from this time period. I read this aloud to my 8-year-old son, who perked his head up when I said the names of MIchaelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, and Raphael. This is when he realized the turtles he’s been watching on television were named after famous men from Renaissance Italy. It’s always great when he can connect the dots on his own!

This is one of many in the “If You Were Me and Lived in…” series by Carole P. Roman. As I will be sharing about more of these great books, I’d like to comment about how this story in particular was educational for me as a grown adult! Thank you for teaching me more about what I thought I knew already!

A soft cover copy was provided for an honest review. I highly recommend this book and the others in this series to anyone interested in learning more about other cultures and time periods. It;s a simple read and the illustrations are very relevant.

Book review: God of the Big Bang by Leslie Wickman

Comparing the Almighty God of the Bible and the notion of earth being created by the “Big Bang”, Leslie Wickman pulls together the scientific reasonings and evidence that both can coexist. We don’t need to choose one over the other, but both God and science is here on Earth and God of the Big Bang explains a lot of it.

God of the Big Bang begins with Leslie Wickman, an astrologist, sharing a bit about her background as a child in a Christian family and a scientist father, where she followed as she grew older. She goes on to share how she was contracted by CNN regarding a blog and it went viral. This resulted in Leslie Wickman being contacted by Worthy Publishing to write God of the Big Bang


I was pleasantly surprised to find the author mention Dr William Lane Craig, whom I got to hear debate an atheist at Purdue University years ago and I had the pleasure to meet him at an apologetics while he was in Hawaii for an apologetics conference at Kalihi Union Church in 2011. God of the Big Bang by Leslie Wickman focuses on a variety of biblical background to there is a cause for everything. For example, I put green chilis in my soup which caused the soup to be spicy, which caused my 6 year old to not like the soup, which caused us to make the child something else for dinner. Similarly, the same goes for creation, ultimately leading to there was a cause for this earth, solar system, and universe being created.

The scientific method is broken down and explained with examples and quotes from popular scientists like Charles Darwin and Galileo Galilei. Scientific method, as I recall from high school, is about hypothesis then attempting to prove or disprove the hypothesis. When it comes to the question of “Is God real?” Is there any proof to confirm or deny that He exists?

When comparing science versus God, one does not exist without the other. In the centuries of written evidence of creatures living on earth, there is no evidence that any creature evolving into something else like the theory of “evolution” suggests. If evolution does exist, why is there no written evidence of any creature evolving into something else?

God of the Big Bang by Leslie Wickman explains that earth is the result of the “Goldilocks Effect” where it’s not too hot, not too cold, not too big, not too small, everything is just right. In other words, earth is not too close and not too far from the sun creating the perfect place for water to remain on the ground and toxic gases are too light, leaving the perfect atmosphere for vegetation to flourish. There are many scientific reasons for how life on earth would not exist if anything were even one degree different from where earth is in comparison to the sun, the author goes into all of this and it is quite convincing that she is absolutely correct. 

Never did I expect God of the Big Bang to discuss the reasonings behind UFOs, but Leslie Wickman even described the likelihood of intelligent life out in the universe and how many light years it would take to get here in addition to all the physical challenges there are to travel at speeds to get here from that distance. This was a section I wish I had read before my husband and uncle had a pretty intense discussion about how UFOs and aliens do or don’t exist the other night. It would have been great evidence to share! It will need to wait for the next time we have dinner.

The beauty of the inclusion of various scientists findings as well as actual scripture placed into this book is quite evident that Leslie Wickman’s findings are supported that God and science can coexist. Written with a scientists perspective with education and experiences in the science field while including Leslie Wickman’s Christian background, God of the Big Bang is a book I highly recommend for the Christian apologist, the scientist, and those who are curious about life on earth and other planets. 

God of the Big Bang by Leslie Wickman can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and for $15.99 available April 14, 2015.