Wonders of the Living World (Illustrated Hardback)

Curiosity, awe, and the meaning of life


ISBN: 9780745980546 Categories: ,

ISBN: 9780745980546

Publication date: June 18, 2021

Format: Hardback

Extent: 192 pages

Dimensions: 240mm(length) 195mm(width)

Imprint: Lion Books

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The living world is beautiful, intricate, and highly ordered. Organisms flourish across virtually every location on earth, and biological scientists are constantly discovering more about them.

These findings spark awe in those who study the natural world, and also raise questions about the meaning of what we see: What’s so special about life? Why are we here? Where is it all heading?

Drawing on the thoughts of six scientists of faith, the work of the theologian Alister McGrath, and the biblical scholar Hilary Marlow, Dr Ruth M. Bancewicz examines their research to assess the claim that the discoveries of science are consistent with the existence of a God. 

Beautifully and creatively illustrated, Wonders of the Living World for adults (16+) will inspire curiosity and amazement, and prove a fascinating guide to your thinking about the meaning of life.



Prof. Stephen Freeland, Astrobiologist; Dr Rhoda Hawkins, Theoretical Physicist; Prof. Jeff Hardin, Cell and Developmental Biologist; Prof. Simon Conway Morris, Palaeobiologist; Prof. Jeff Schloss, Evolutionary Biologist; Dr Margaret Miller, Marine Biologist.

Meet the author: Dr Ruth Bancewicz

Ruth Bancewicz

Dr Ruth Bancewicz is Church Engagement Director at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge (UK), where her remit is to help the UK Church interact with science in a helpful way. She studied genetics at the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh, and worked for Christians in Science for several years. She has written the Test of FAITH resources (Patermoster), God in the Lab: how science enhances faith (Monarch), and Wonders of the Living World: curiosity, awe, and the meaning of life (Lion).

Meet the author: Danny Allison

Danny Allison

Danny Allison is an illustrator based on England’s rainy northwest coast. Danny’s nomadic journey around the world has informed his artwork and found him a global client base. His background in photography gives him an expert’s eye for composition, and material to work with in his illustrations. He has a degree in Illustration from Preston University. Danny is the illustrator of Wonders of the Living World.

Reviews for Wonders of the Living World (Illustrated Hardback)

'In this beautifully illustrated book, the wonders of the living world are seen through the eyes of six high-profile scientists. Full of fascinating insights, the book describes the world in a way that is accessible to those with or without any science background. A highly recommended journey.' - Dr Denis R. Alexander, Emeritus Director, The Faraday Institute

"This is a wonderful book about wonder. In the presence of the world's top scientists this will lead you into a new excitement and appreciation of the natural world. And for some it may lead to worship." - Revd Professor David Wilkinson, Principal of St John's College, Durham

"Provides a front-row seat to the excitement of new discovery." ARD LOUIS, Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford

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