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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2010
ISBN  1933204893  
EAN  9781933204895  

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This book will appeal to all who see a conflict between science and faith. By understanding the scientific progression from Newton to Einstein, readers will discover the truth of Matthew 28:20 which says surely Christ is always with us to the very end of the age. In the postmodern age people often feel disconnected from God and those around them. Our lives are divided into public and private, secular and religious, material and spiritual, all while we are desperately trying to figure out how all the pieces fit together so we can live a more unified life. This book explores how some scientific advancements can provide insight into who and what we are as spiritual beings. This unique book weaves the authors personal process of discovery with discussions of scientific topics. The early chapters focus on his early years and how as a teenager he rebelled and drifted away from God but then, during graduate school, came to the realization that faith and science do not have to compete with each other. The author examines three basic philosophical questions and other topics such as the mathematics of higher dimensions and the nature of light while sharing his journey from humble beginnings on a small Nebraskan farm to successful inventor and entrepreneur.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! George F. Garlick, Ph.D. is a recognized physicist and entrepreneur who pioneered holographic ultrasound technology. He owns 14 businesses, including a medical company specializing in holographic ultrasound technology for the enhanced detection of breast cancer. His work has attracted enormous interest both in the scientific community. A prolific philanthropist and biblical scholar, he has taught extensively on the unification of science and theology. He resides in Richland, WA.

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Interesting Insights, But Didn't Resonate  Jun 1, 2010
For years there's been much hoopla over the apparent conflict between science and Biblical truth.

One extreme says that science is absolute, that all we can know is what we can see and measure empirically. Miracles aren't possible. We are, essentially, cosmic accidents. The other extreme completely ignores the reality that science has anything to legitimately offer in terms of understanding how the world and humanity were created and designed to function.

However, neither position is intellectually honest. Neither leads to a complete understanding of truth. But is there really as great a divide as some make it seem?

In The Journey to Truth, author George Garlick seeks to show how science offers insight into Biblical truth. Garlick, a physicist who pioneered holographic ultrasound technology, blends science, theology and a dash of biography in this short book. To be honest, I found the results to be somewhat mixed.

His personal stories provided a great deal of insight into his character, which I greatly appreciated. The last chapter--where he speaks of being compelled to stop and pick up two young men on the Interstate and trying to restore the vitality of his hometown--reveals a man who is deeply compassionate and wants to use the gifts he's been given for the good of others and the glory of God.

It's very obvious reading this book that Garlick is a scientist. He provides in-depth descriptions of various scientific theories related to the creation of the universe, time/space and more. And he describes them in such a way that makes it clear that he obviously knows what he's talking about.

Which is good, because I don't. This is what is known as "the curse of knowledge." Those with knowledge describe what they're talking about in such a way that either

a. only those who share this knowledge will understand; or
b. the illustration becomes bogged in over-communication as the writer seeks to bring the reader up to the same level of knowledge

More often than not, I found myself scratching my head and wondering if there might be another way of communicating this same point. Perhaps it's because I'm not a big science-guy. I did well in it in school, but it was never my passion.

I'm guessing that someone who really loves quantum mechanics and quirks & quarks would completely understand what Garlick is talking about in roughly half the book, but I was left a bit in the dark. This, unfortunately, made for some hard slogging in the middle chapters of The Journey to Truth.

So how does scientific discovery point us to Biblical truth? Throughout the book, Garlick provides some intriguing insights that point to the truth that this universe didn't accidentally happen. Scientific discovery, when honestly looked at, reveals to us what God has plainly made known. We know that He is a God of order, given how intricately detailed our bodies and this world are. We know that He is infinitely powerful because only a being of infinite power could cause everything to come from nothing.

What Garlick is describing is the truth of Romans 1:18-20:

"For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made."

On page 40, Garlick illustrates this in a very interesting way. Imagine a mountain where one side is perfectly smooth and the other is jagged. The smooth side is what the Bible reveals. The other is science. Both, Garlick says, eventually come to the same conclusion. Eventually scientists will reach the top of the mountain of truth and find a bunch of theologians already waiting there.

As glad as I am that he makes this point, there's so much more that can be said because this is really only dealing with general revelation, rather than special revelation.

If the mountain is God's general revelation (natural theology as some describe it), then this is a very apt metaphor. However, it can only really tell us that there is a God who created the world and everything in it, but it can't tell us all that much about Him.

Science can tell us a great deal about the "how" of God's creative act, but not the "why."

But it doesn't speak to our condition as sinners. And it doesn't speak to our need of a Savior.

These are things that there are no scientific categories for.

The Journey to Truth provides some helpful insights, but ultimately it left me feeling a bit cold. While some, particularly those who really enjoy science, will undoubtedly enjoy it, it's not a book that resonated well with me.


A review copy was provided by Bring it On Communications
Faith Seeking Understanding  May 7, 2010
I consider myself a pastor, theologian, and amateur philosopher, not a scientist. Nevertheless I love science even though my academic scientific training is limited to High School Physics and Chemistry. George F Garlick is a Scientist and readily admits that he is no theologian. Nevertheless his familiarity with western philosophers such as Leibniz and Pascal as well as Christian Scripture and theology is evident.

Garlicks inspirational and autobiographical book The Journey To Truth: How Scientific Discovery Provides Insights Into Spiritual Truths is an example of faith seeking understanding as he documents how he has wrestled to reconcile and synthesize his religious beliefs with recent scientific discoveries. Since Garlick assumes that humans are spiritual beings, this is not a Christian apology written for atheists or agnostics but rather a meditation for people of faith who, like Garlick, seek to understand their faith in light or the latest metaphysics. To his credit, Garlick occasionally employs picturesque metaphors like a poet as he seeks to present his "understanding of scientific facts and new scientific theories as honestly as possible and then demonstrate how they can help us interpret the truths of challenging passages in Scripture." I think his science, however, is better than his theology and biblical interpretation.

I easily followed Garlick's discussion of the Big Bang, the fifth dimension and superstring theory, but some less scientifically inclined readers might find the level of science he brings into dialogue with his religion a bit overwhelming. While I resonated with some of his application of scientific theories to theology, being thoroughly schooled in and committed to inclusive language I was a bit put off by his exclusive use of male pronouns to refer to God and a little disappointed when his reading of Scripture was far more literal than my own.

At times I felt that Garlick's synthesis of science and religion was a bit schizophrenic. For instance I think he came close to defining God as the infinite unified energy of the Big Bang while at the same time holding fast to defending the factual reality of miracles rather than interpreting them as mytho-poetic reflections of spiritual, not physical, realities. I was also a put off by his out of pocket rejection of Process Theology, which I think offers more possibilities for a synthesis of the Christian faith and metaphysics than traditional theology And while Garlick's religion and religious truths are predominantly Christian, I often found myself thinking that his arguments and examples could also be applied to the truths of other religious systems, but he did not go there. He did not even hint of going there be a possibility.

On the whole, I found Garlick's science engaging but nothing new. I found his theology and biblical interpretation a little wanting. On the other hand, a more moderate to conservative and less scientifically minded reader than me could easily find their faith both enriched and stretched as they are exposed to some of the latest cosmology.
Good, but Unbalanced  May 1, 2010
"The Journey to Truth" begins with an autobiography of George Garlick's childhood and his developing curiosity in scientific and theological topics. As the book progresses, George attempts to weave together the two topics into a unified perspective.

I thought the book started off fairly slow. I am generally indifferent to autobiographies and I was unfamiliar with the author. I also found his initial discussions on scientific and theological topics to be fairly standard. Still, there was some insight and I continued with my reading.

It is fortunate that I persisted, because the initial chapters were clearly just building the foundation. Beginning with chapter five, the book suddenly delves deeper and begins to discuss scientific and mathematical concepts on dimensions, light, and time. The topics were freshly unfamiliar.I found his correlation of these scientific concepts to theological concepts insightful and fascinating. It spurred me to take notes and do further research. These chapters occasionally get bogged down with complex scientific terminology and mathematical equations. Some of the more complex material may have been better served in an appendix.

In the end I found the book insightful, but there could be a bit more balance. I found the book initially too straightforward, while the later half is occasionally too complex. Never-the-less, it is a worth reading.
Hope to use as at book club sometimes  Apr 24, 2010
Great book --The part about the DIMENSIONS OF CREATION was especially memorable to me when he said that science thinks that the 5th dimension is a spiritual dimension. Also mind boggling how energy was created into matter.

A little harder reading for me because I do NOT have a scientific background-- I am recommending it to my friends at the Presbyterian Book Club & also I attend a Methodist Church where I hope we will study it in the future.
The Journey to truth - How scientific discovery provides insights into spiritual truths.  Apr 8, 2010
Book review by Bill Hartmann - 1329 words
The Book: The Journey To Truth - How scientific discovery provides insights into spiritual truths.
Author: George F. Garlick Ph.D
VMI Publishers - copyright 2009
ISBN: 978-1-933204-89-5
LC # 2009938966
This Bio of George F. Garlick's life was taken directly from his personal website. He was born and raised in Frontier County, Nebraska. He went on to earn a doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering and Solid state Physics from Iowa State University. Through his work in acoustical holography, Mr. Garlick received broad recognition for pioneering the invention of "through transmission holography" that is being applied to medical imaging for breast cancer detection and other applications. He is a business man who owns and operates many businesses including a charitable foundation. George Garlick spearheaded the first university campus in the Tri-Cities by generating community support and fundraising to establish what is now Washington State University Tri-Cities. He remains continually involved in supporting educational campus developments both in Washington as well as in his native state supporting the development of the University of Nebraska College Of technical Agriculture and is also active on many community boards and committees. Mr. Garlick lives with his wife Carol in eastern Washington; he has one daughter and two sons. This book is his first.

Physical Book description/Summary
"The Journey To truth" is a 5.5 x8.5 paperback. It is 145 pages long. It is a moderately casual book to read and is very easy to understand. I interpret the cover art as the scientific concept of an atom where electrons orbit the nucleus such as Bohr's Planetary Model found on page 70 of this book. The back cover copy accurately describes and delivers on what's inside. The interior pages are filled with short stories and many scientific tidbits which show how God revealed himself to the author throughout his personal life and business career.
From the pages of this book, I believe George F. Garlick to be a very humble and generous man. Also from these pages, you will find a person who chose the more difficult and nobler of paths many are forced to choose from during hard times. At the onset of his early childhood he was able to see Gods hand of grace and mercy all around him. While witnessing his father's struggles to provide a living on the family farm he developed a keen curiosity about things of nature, like lightning and thunder storms, the beauty of rainbows and the animals that shared the farm with them. His desires to know about these aspects of life were the catalyst that drove him to a life of science and ultimately a relationship with Jesus. Despite his very poor (monetary) beginnings on the rural Nebraska farm, life was filled with wonder and happiness for George. This book takes you back to a time when family closeness was what principally mattered and you experience a semblance of strong family ties in his musings. The author does a splendid job of relating his childhood relationship with his father and it's a touching book just on that level alone not to mention all the scientific/spiritual revelations experienced and explained by Dr. Garlick.

While looking through some face book pages a few weeks ago I came across this book, and as I have a strong desire for learning the truth, the title "The Journey to Truth" really intrigued me to read it. "The Journey to Truth" shows the evidence of Gods unseen involvement in the complex building blocks of light, time and matter. As a first time author, George Garlick provides a very contagious spirit for the benefit of his readers. He skillfully explains and presents some complicated theories in a simplistic and elementary fashion and this approach allows anybody to gain a clearer understanding of how God influences the sciences.
"The Journey to Truth" is a well rounded piece of writing of many important moments throughout the author's life and career. Most of the stories and examples throughout the text will gently push buttons in many lives. I was personally touched by the early childhood events of the author's life and I'm sure others will be too. His stories easily demonstrate how God walks with each of us through our own personal language and needs. It's fascinating to me to see God communicating with others and it reminds you that God is busy on many fronts and levels. Dr. Garlic does a good job of mixing humanity in with his scientific exploration and that dynamic is filled with many unplanned twists and turns as we see God "not quite" giving the answers that George Garlick expected.
The layout of the book is simple, genuine and pleasant to read. I would say that it's very laid back in style and tone and I am glad the author used simple illustrations to help me through certain parts of the book. You will see that they are laid out so a person will get a narrower understanding, and this helps the book to have a quicker more lively feel to it. He works hard to keep the work from bogging down which I can imagine could easily happen in the scientific publishing world. He does a good job of boiling it all down for us overall.
I personally believe that to get a well rounded perspective on something; I have an obligation to explore any new areas of insight about life as well as God that I come across to get to the truth. Also, I believe it's arrogant to shut out or disregard someone else's personal revelations and that's why it's important to read a book such as this because it admits upfront that I don't have all the answers. I don't know how much writing is done on the subject of "Gods involvement with science", but I do know it's the very first I have ever read with the whole book devoted to this subject.
To me "The Journey to Truth" is a wonderful teaching tool and platform for higher education and with book in hand George Garlick continues to spend a lot of his life helping others to be able to pursue a higher education themselves. Finally, in looking for the essence of George Garlick I made a revealing discovery where he talks about his faith in God and states, "So for me, why would we not come to our knees in great adoration and awe of the reality that what is not seen is the foundation and explanation of our existence."

I whole hardily recommend this book to any high school or college student who aspires to scientific pursuits. I also believe it is a wonderful testimony of a man who spent years of his life struggling with God for the answers and it would benefit any reader seeking more truths concerning God.
It states in Proverbs 25:2 "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter." This verse more fully translated: The glory - It is agreeable to the nature of God; it is a testimony of his infinite wisdom, and of his absolute power and sovereignty. To conceal - To keep his counsels, and the reasons of his actions in his own breast. Search out - To communicate their counsels to others, that so they may search and find out the right way. (Wesley's notes).
George F. Garlick can definitely claim this as his mantra through life. Through this book I truly believe we are all given an opportunity to see Gods hand in our own lives and as George Garlick knows, it takes the humble spirit of a child to welcome him, put are trust in him and let go of the belief that everything has an easy explanation. This ultimately is the bottom line for all of us; everything cannot be figured out and explained away from the human standpoint.

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