One of three books in the Creation Adventure Series published by the Institute for Creation Research, Mystery of the Ark was by far my favorite.
“And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.” [Gen. 8:4]
Dr. John Morris and his team believe that this same ark – Noah’s ark – rests high atop the treacherous slopes of Mount Ararat in modern day Turkey. They have set out on a journey of discovery to and penetrate the snowy drifts and icy glaciers of Ararat’s peak. But this is no picnic trip; it means not only battling the fierce atmosphere and landscape, but also not being captured by the enemy Russian and Iraqi bandits who sometimes ravage the mountain.
Will Dr. Morris and his team make it through this ordeal alive? And will they find the elusive ark?
Mystery of the Ark tells the rare story of a team of scientists who are devoted to defending Biblical truths and glorifying God with their discoveries. It shows the example of great and learned men who are willing to risk their lives for the sake of their work and God’s glory.
The story is sprinkled with Biblical/Creationist references and teachings, especially regarding the flood of Noah’s time. Questions are answered regarding the size of the Ark, how the larger animals could have possibly fit into it, and why God’s word is the only completely true source of information concerning these things.
When Dr. Morris and his team are being entertained by The Muhtar (a chief of the Kurds), he tells them the story of how the Ark came to rest on Mount Ararat. He mixes the Biblical account of Noah and his family with the Kurdish legends of what took place afterwards.
The Muhtar also warns Dr. Morris’ team of the ‘djinn’ – evil spirits who work harm on those that seek for the Ark. Later, Chuck (one of the team members) says “I’ve gotta believe there just might be somethin’ about those evil spirits our Commandant and Ali’s grandpa, the Muhtar talked about.” [pgs. 71-72]
Dr. Morris remembers the time when he “accepted Jesus as [his] personal Savior”. He later encourages a young boy to accept Jesus by confessing that he is a sinner. This is done without any accompanying discipleship or instruction.
Several Arabs bid people farewell by saying “May Allah be with you.” One Arab equates Allah with the Christian God.
Conclusion. An excellent resource to teach children about the ongoing modern day search for Noah’s Ark as well as Dr. Morris’ great courage and love for truth.
Review © 2012 Laura Verret