The cover of this book says it all. God’s amazing grace includes nature. His most prized creations (you and me, of course, but all the flora and fauna, too) can’t be duplicated in a lab. No way, no how.
Even all the nifty antibiotics and lifestyle drugs these days — the wonder products of pharmaceutical companies — can’t match the astounding complexity and therapuetic power of a simple drop of the commonest-of-common, lavender essential oil.
Now I’ve never really thought too hard about chemistry. I passed it in high school; to mix things up, and for a bit of relief from consuming novels, I took astronomy, physics and calculus in college, even though I was an English major. After a long time away from all things associated with the study of matter, I tend to think of chemistry in the same realm with mad scientists in labs, and meth labs in campers, a la Breaking Bad.
Now, wonder of wonders, I’m newly in love… with matter! Particularly the chemical stories and vignettes described in the book. Like, why does a bee get drunk on plant nectar and woozily dance through the air — even when there’s no female in sight to impress. Would you like to know why he does that? There are tons of stories about nature’s remedies like this inside. I highly recommend this.