Thursday, March 25, 2010

Book Review ~ Isaac Newton by Mitch Stokes

I recently received a complimentary copy of Isaac Newton from Thomas Nelson Publishers for review. This title is one in a new series of books called Christian Encounters.

Isaac Newton is well-known for his discoveries in the scientific arena. It is not as widely known that he actually devoted more study to theology than to the sciences. Mitch Stokes does an excellent job of painting a truer picture of Newton than the one that resides in the minds of most. He artfully peels away the layers of myth and legend that have come to surround the life of this remarkable man. And, he reveals the true heart and and goal of Isaac Newton, to know God better.

I was surprised at the detail with which Mr. Stokes explains many of Newton's theories, while still keeping the story readable. He also reveals nuances of the relationships that Newton had with his contemporaries and how they impacted his study and discovery throughout his life.

I learned much about a man who was willing to go to the furthest lengths to learn, not for fame or fortune (for he would much rather have kept to himself), but as a means of worshipping and bringing glory to the God that he served.

The Christian Encounters series is intended to bring to life individuals of significance throughout history who were also people of great faith. Biographies of Jane Austen, John Bunyan, Saint Patrick and Winston Churchill are already available. Five more titles including Johann Sebastian Bach, William F. Buckley, St. Francis, Anne Bradstreet and J.R.R. Tolkien are scheduled to release in August of this year.

Although not required to write a positive review of the book by the publisher, I am happy to. I hope to acquire more books in this series as well. There is much to learn from the lives of those who have traveled before us.

To view more information about this book, visit Thomas Nelson Publishers.

You can also preview this book on Amazon.

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