Currently, Mapping is rated 4.5 stars on Amazon. The only review less than 4 was from someone who bought the Kindle version, but it did not work on his tablet, so he could not read the book. Selected comments are shown below, newest first. Those posted elsewhere on the Internet have a separate entry above, so are not included here. Full reviews can be found at
http://www.amazon.com/Mapping-Origins-Debate-Beginning-Everything/dp/0830839879/

 

"Rau is very knowledgeable. I learned a lot not just about the different views but also about biology and geology. He works hard to present as unbiased a view as possible, with the exception of atheistic unguided evolution, which he clearly rejects." Anonymous

"Great book. It goes out of its way to try to remain unbiased (and share what bias it has). I had never imagined so many models but the arguments and breakdown are both useful and as objective as you can expect given the sensitive nature of the debate. Helped informed me about various positions, stances, and the evidence that supports or opposes each model. Well written, easy to read - I read it cover to cover in just a few days." Jeremy Likness

"This is a great book! Has a lot of info on origins of everything that I have never heard before. Very interesting and enjoyable." Nlub

"This is an interesting book, one that can easily be expanded in later editions and I highly recommend it although, as the author himself iterates, I do not agree with some of his arguments but not for the reasons Rau anticipates when explicitly informs the reader." Keith H. Bray (this is a long review, with extensive commentary that I will have to address at a later time)

"Unbiased overview that identifies each view's presuppositions and the current scientific understanding. Also includes great bibliography and some good overview charts." J. Touryan "Jonny T"

"All and all it is a great starting off point from which the reader can negotiate the debate when exploring more in depth literature on each model. I wish I had read this book prior to affiliating myself with any of the models, or taking any science courses." mparker

"Gerald Rau does a great job in identifying how a person's basic philosophy affects what are considered valid and not valid arguments from evidence. Gerald presents the relevant categories of evidence very well. Good science involves testing to see what is really true or not, yet people rarely test or even think about their own basic philosophy - it is an unquestioned starting point for most people." fabman4

"This book tries and I think succeeds in discussing the current main 6 models of origins in an uplifting way. He tries to see strengths and challenges in each model and tries very hard to avoid the rhetorical accusative style of that some on the extremes on the spectrum use. He has some very useful charts which delimit what the similarities and differences of each model are." Jazzman2222

"This book is a very helpful overview of the various alternatives from a Christian (or monotheistic) perspective. The author gives a good presentation of the influence of background, worldview and our personal presuppositions on how we view such things. I think he is rather too skeptical on the importance and influence of evidence on changing one's views, though he does believe that, at most, only one of these views is correct." Robert C. Newman

"Gerald Rau introduces a number of interesting new insights, even for someone who has done a fair amount of reading on this topic. He helps the reader to understand the debate, rather than arguing for any particular position. He is about as unbiased as possible. He does a good job of concisely presenting the issues, the models, and the arguments for and against each model. I can recommend this book for anyone interested in this topic." Paul R. Bruggink

"The origins debate is smeared with incoherent opinions, illogical worldviews and false beliefs. This book provides the possibility to remove confusion and even emotion from this volatile debate, by explaining and evaluating each model." Paul Allen "Azezel Books"

"I teach in this area and have a considerable number of books in this particular genre, but must say it is , far and away, the best for the following reasons. First, Rau knows the diverse literature and yet is descriptive and irenic in dealing with the diversity. Second, while he deals with the theological issues, his focus and approach is primarily through the scientific. Third, his goal is to develop critical thinking concerning the integration of the scientific and the theological rather than engaging in polemical and apologetical defenses of his own (or others) perspectives - in fact in his closing he says a book representing his views has yet to be written. Fourth, the structural layout is well developed and the tables and charts are excellent illustrations and summaries of the content of the book. This makes for good use as a college textbook. I have already recommended this for course adoption to my science and theological colleagues. While I do not usually write this type of review, and know that not everyone may agree with my assessment, I believe Rau has written a winner!" Anonymous