About this project
"His Eye on the Sparrow: The Science Behind the Birds of the Bible"
BOOK! 224 pages; 30 or more pen-and-ink illustrations
A fun read for any bird lover, by the author of 20-some popular books about birds & gardening.
This is a bird book. It can be used by Christians, sure, and I hope it will be, but it's for everybody, whether or not you ever read the Bible. Please see 'updates' for links to sample text.
I've always thought of the Bible as interesting and important, but I'd never thought of it as a nature book until I started researching this project.
Imagine my surprise to learn that the Bible is actually one of the oldest records of bird behavior! What may seem like a passing mention of a dove, a sparrow, a bittern, a cormorant, or other bird is actually firmly grounded in the real-life habits and behavior of those birds, then and now.
"His Eye on The Sparrow" examines descriptions of birds in this ancient text, and draws upon my own 50 years of field observations and scientific research to show that the original authors were in fact astute naturalists.
But, ack, can't get a traditional publisher interested in this project! So far, the response has been "No, thanks. We don't do Christian books."
So now it's up to you guys!
The amount we're asking for will cover self-publishing, with pen-and-ink sketches of the birds done by me. If we go over our goal, we'll use the extra for maybe a nicer cover or better quality paper or some color in the illustrations, whatever we can do to make a better book.
I love a great story, and "His Eye on the Sparrow" is full of them. It connects the ancient wisdom of the Bible with the latest research and my own lifetime of observing and studying birds.
Each of the 15 chapters—Dove, Sparrow, Raven, Eagle, Quail, Bittern, Owl, Pelican, Phalarope, Hawk (including Osprey), Cormorant, Heron, Swallow, Nighthawk, and Swan—will include scriptural references that illustrate the essential nature of that bird.
Then, in a lively, informal, personal style, the book will examine the scientific truths behind the Scriptures, showing how the Bible integrates real bird behavior with inspiring verses that draw on human nature as well as natural history.
Take the famous dove of Noah’s Ark, for instance.
Noah sent the dove from the Ark, to see if any land had been spared. The dove returned with a bit of greenery in its beak, and Noah rejoiced.
But before Noah released that celebrated dove, he made a first attempt by sending out a raven.
At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made, and sent forth a raven; and it went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. Genesis 8:6-7
The raven never returned to the Ark. Why? Eating habits! Ravens eat just about anything, whether it’s plant, animal, or insect. Scavenging is their stock in trade. The raven was no doubt happily flexing its wings and enjoying a banquet as the waters receded.
As you get to know the birds through Scripture, through science, and through stories about them, you’ll feel a deeper connection—to the birds, and to the Bible... no matter what your religious beliefs.
VERY IMPORTANT P.S.!
If this book makes money, I would LOVE to give back every penny you wonderful people donate! You get to keep the rewards, of course, but you would also get your money back, so you can help sombody else out (no clue when; books can take a year or more to start bringing in money, and there's no way to tell now what this one may do). It just wouldn't feel right otherwise.
OTHER VERY IMPORTANT P.S., SINCE I CAN'T CHANGE IT IN THE "REWARDS" SECTION:
$25 donors will also get a copy of "His Eye on the Sparrow" once it's published, in addition to the other rewards that level specifies!
Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, And maketh us wiser than the birds of the heavens? —Job 35:11
Risks and challenges
This book is gonna happen! If we can't find a publisher willing to take it on, then we will publish this ourselves.
And market it ourselves. We're eccentric enough to get media attention, and experienced at public speaking, whether it's a church, a big book fair, or a national conference.
We believe in this book's unique approach to the subject—science and Scripture are *not* two separate entities: they dovetail perfectly in this book—and we are going to do this!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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