Saturday, November 2, 2013

Unwrapping Wonder by Carol O'Casey

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


Heeding technology's cry to "get connected" can result in overloaded circuits of the mind. Frenetic connections can cause frazzled lives.
Step outside to cultivate a connection with creation and deepen your relationship with the Creator.
Unwrapping Wonder offers a delightful mix of natural history, human story, and God's glory. Each chapter "unwraps" one object of nature such as the barnacle, the honey bee, the tiniest seed. As readers peer within these gifts, they discover more of nature, God, and themselves.
This book is for individuals, families and groups who enjoy learning about creation and getting to know the Creator better through the wonders he has made, and those looking for hope in a hectic world. It will help restore the reader's soul.
Each chapter includes:
  • The Wonder Introduced - through anecdote, natural history, or life story.
  • The Wonder Unwrapped - minute hidden details revealed and explained in everyday terms.
  • The Wonder Applied - Practical, spiritual lessons for daily living.
  • Promise of Hope: Relevant Scripture to inspire hope.
  • "Wondercise": A short, hands-on nature activity designed to awaken heart, mind and soul to the wonder of creation and give praise to the Creator.

Carol O'Casey has spent years in the field - literally - from cataloging plants high in the mountains of Southern California to mucking through mud monitoring shorebirds on the coast of Washington state. She has taught science to college students and also to sixth graders. She and her husband, a pastor and Christian college professor, live in Oregon. They are the parents of three grown children. Carol's passion is expounding the wonders tucked in the cathedrals of God's wilds. She teaches "Wonder Workshops" and speaks at retreats. Learn more at

Trade Paperback
224 pgs / 6" x 9"
Illustrated: original drawings by Matthew Kondratieff
ISBN: 9780981892986
Category: Nature Studies/ God & Creation/ Spiritual Growth

"A wide-ranging, entertaining and educational romp in the wilds. O'Casey - a woman of deep faith and strong science - blends a delightful mix of lessons on faith, biology, history ... Where else can one find scripture alongside a formula for calculating air temperature based on the rate of a cricket's chirp? I love it! True to her self-stated goal in life, in 'Unwrapping Wonder' O'Casey truly does glorify God with her passion for creation." ~Tom Rowley, US Director of A Rocha

"Carol O'Casey beckons us to consider the wonders of God's creation. To savor, to relish, to partake, to revel in: in this hurried life do we make the time to do such things? Take up the challenge. Each chapter is an event well worth it." ~ Dennis Ellingson, author of God's Healing Herbs and God's Wild Herbs

from the Publisher

Margie's Comments: A big thank-you to Cladach Publishing for allowing me some extra time to get my review posted. The tour ended last week. 

Much as I love being outdoors, especially in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, I don't usually enjoy the insects so much. Thankfully in Colorado at 9000 ft. there aren't that many! But I do love the flora and fauna and the birds. So I enjoyed Carol O'Casey's book that points out the wonders of God's creation. Such detail and beauty speaks of the amazing creativeness of our God. The application of God's Word and the spiritual lessons we can learn, I especially enjoyed. This would be a great book to use with children when enjoying nature. I'll definitely be sharing this book with other families who are looking for ways to enhance their time in the outdoors. 

In the next post, I'll post a Q&A with the author.

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