Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Review: Creation Illustrated

Creation Illustrated 1Looking for some relaxing summer reading material for your beach trip?  We’ve got it covered.

Looking for some amazing science ideas?  We’ve got it covered.

Looking for healthy fun in the kitchen?  We’ve got it covered.

Looking for something to entertain your kiddo while you get those dishes washed?  We’ve got it covered.

Looking for a bedtime story for your littles?  We’ve got it covered.

Creation Illustrated 2Looking for inspiration with that photography hobby?  We’ve got it covered.

Looking for reading comprehension exercises?  We’ve got it covered.

Looking for an illustrated scripture verse to pin on your bulletin board?  We’ve got it covered.

Looking for poetry to inspire a literature exercise?  We’ve got it covered.

Looking for early-morning reading that draws you closer to God? We’ve got it covered.

Looking for God?  This magazine will point you to Him each page of the way…


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Our Purpose…is to share the wonders of God’s creation. By revealing fresh insights of His infinite wisdom, gentle touch, undeniable justice, redeeming love, and flawless design, pure truth shall bring renewed peace. Each part of this publication is offered as a reprieve from the daily rigors of life so that all can look to the future with unbridled gratitude and hope.

Creation Illustrated is published quarterly (beginning in Fall 1993) as a private, nonprofit, non-denominationally owned ministry dedicated to the eternal impact of sharing Biblical truth through the blessings of God's creation.

The editors and publishers are a Christian couple, Tom and Jennifer Ish, who homeschooled their daughter, Melissa, and have dedicated their lives to serving God by providing positive choices in reading material for the whole family.

Recommended Age:  All 
Price:  1 year (4 magazines) – $19.95; 2 years – $37.95; 3 years – $53.95
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We recently received the last four issues of Creation Illustrated, and it’s been a real treat to read through them.

What Mom Liked: 

  • Visual appeal.  This magazine just draws one in instantly with the rich, colorful photos.  Young and old alike, readers and nonreaders, are compelled to keep turning pages to see what beauty is contained on the next page.  Creation Illustrated Samples
  • Creator-focused.  It is all about Him.  There is a lot to be learned about His creation, to be sure, but each article leads to God through object lessons, scripture, and more. Creation Illustrated Two Page Spread on Prayer Gardening
  • Kid-friendly.  Any kid will enjoy just leafing through the photos, but there are several features just for kids.  The children’s story, with a larger font for younger readers.  Esmé has enjoyed hearing about cute little critters in these stories.  The 2-page instructional guide with questions, activity ideas, and puzzle that easily adapt the magazine to a homeschool setting.  Esmé completed her first major word search puzzle in one of these magazines.  The photo contest for youth – Esmé loves reading the names and ages of each winner, perhaps personalizing and envisioning her own photography prowess as she reaches those ages.
  • Recipes.  There are some beautifully-laid-out healthy recipes in each magazine.  We get in a rut with our meal ideas – these recipes use new ingredients and food combos that we’ll just have to try out.
  • Mission-Focused.  There are some people who will never pick up an overtly Christian-focused magazine lying around your house, but Creation Illustrated will draw them in with its photos.  The content is likely to appeal to the younger environmentally-conscious generation, with plant-based recipes and a range of photo-documented adventures.  And once the magazine is in your hands, the words will direct you straight to the Creator.

If you live in the US, I absolutely recommend signing up for a Free Trial Issue here:!  It is considered a subscription, but you can cancel after receiving the first magazine without paying a cent.

Disclaimer:  Thanks to
Creation Illustrated for providing a year’s-worth of magazines in exchange for an unbiased review, and to Schoolhouse Review Crew for coordinating the review.  All opinions are our own.

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Healthy & Happy said...

I also love those books. And after being reminded with your post here i subscribed to the journals or ADRA Cambodia!