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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Schoolhouse Review Crew: Creation Illustrated Magazine

 Creation Illustrated Magazine has often been called "The Christian answer to National Geographic."  The magazine has been published quarterly by a homeschool family for the last 19 years and is dedicated to the eternal impact of sharing Biblical truth through the blessing of God's creation.

Mission Statement:

"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."

Each edition is divided into 3 sections: Creation Illustrated in Nature, in Scripture, and in Living to provide readers with mental, spiritual, and physical enrichment.  Every issue of the magazine is a keepsake for future reference or further study, not a throwaway publication.  Issues contain stunning color photography, outdoor adventures, animal features, garden features, recipes, activities, and a youth photo contest.  There are uplifting articles and character building lessons in every feature.  Each issue also contains an Instructional Guide to help homeschoolers glean facts and spiritual lessons from each story.

A yearly subscription (4 issues) is $19.95 for shipping to the US (Canada and other countries have an additional charge to cover shipping costs.)  A 2 year subscription is $37.95 and 3 years is $53.95.

To request a free issue as part of a subscription click here. You will receive your free issue and a notice with an opportunity to keep receiving the magazine. If you like it you pay $19.95 for 4 more issues. If you don't you can write cancel on the notice, pay nothing, and the free issue is yours to keep.

You can also purchase back issues by clicking here.

I had recently heard of Creation Illustrated and was thrilled when I had an opportunity to review it!  I loved the idea behind the magazine and that it was creation based and family friendly.  Everything written in the magazine gives glory to God.  The photography in each issue is absolutely breath taking!  The photographs alone are more than worth the price of the magazine.  Nature comes alive on the pages through each beautiful color photograph.  I cannot emphasize enough how beautiful they are and my photographs within this post does not do the pictures justice.  The magazine even encourages photographers 5-15 to head out into nature and take their own photographs and submit them to the magazine with a saying or poem telling what the photograph says about God the Creator.  Prize money is awarded for 1st through Honorable Mention and are published in the magazine.

The magazine is more than photographs.  Each issue has several educational, creation based uplifting articles that show how amazing God is!  I loved the Educational Guide and thought the recipes that are included looked and sounded delicious!  The addition of a Children's Story in each issue makes the magazine that much more family friendly.  Although the younger children can look at and enjoy the photography throughout the magazine, many of the articles are written above their heads.  It was great to find something just for them.  You will definitely want to hold on to each issue and look it over again and again.

To see what other crew mates had to say click here.

Disclaimer:  As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew I received 4 complimentary issues of Creation Illustrated Magazine for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation. 

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