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From readers of the first edition
“I read the book cover to cover in the first
48 hours after I received it (it was hard to
put down). The author does a great job of
laying out the known facts about the Ropen.
“I was equally fascinated with his personal
account of summoning up the courage to
go on the trip in the first place. The book
was as much . . . about finding the courage
within you to do something extraordinary
as it was about a possible cryptozoological
event.” (Alex Aguila, Florida)
Pub: Oct 31, 2014
Copyright 2007-2014 Jonathan David Whitcomb
“I bought this book some time ago expecting
nothing but the typical, boring cryptozoology
book. However, what I found was that it con-
tains a wealth of INTERESTING information
on a cryptid that until now, I had known rela-
tively little about. Mr. Whitcomb's way of
storytelling was captivating to say the least.
His scientific procedures also impressed me.
Normally, when Creationists study crypto-
zoology, there are very little facts presented:
mostly just a bunch of reports of ‘sightings’
without going too much into detail.
“In this book, you will be presented not only
with an entertaining ‘search for a lost animal’
story, but you will also come across very
specific details... all the way down to the
exact silhouette of the creature, its diet, size,
etc. . . .
“All in all, a very satisfying, captivating read
on a little known animal. I'm looking forward
to reading more by this author!”
(J. Navarro, May 23, 2011)
“I sat up till nearly 4 a.m. reading your book. . . .
personally I think you have done a brilliant job
of it. Its full of humor and spirituality. Every
page was interesting! Your honesty in the book
really shone through and it was just such good
reading. Loved it!” (Penny, Australia)
“Thanks for your valuable book, that’s not
only informative (very intelligently written),
but very interesting to read.”
(Gizella Szegeczky, California).
“Be prepared to have your eyes opened to
the mysteries yet to be discovered in God's
awesome creation. This book is packed full
of sightings and details of the amazing and
intriguing animal known as Ropen that is
found in Papua New Guinea. . . .
“I would give this book 10 stars if I could!
This book should be in every library!!”
“I can hardly put this book down. It is quite
astonishing to read of creatures so large that
they can lift a human up into the air or rob a
corpse from a new grave. They even glow at
night with bioluminescence.
“It is understandable how eyewitness are
sometimes reluctant to tell their stories be-
cause of ridicule they experience - fueled by
Western evolutionary superstition. How sad
we in the west are so blinded by wrong assump-
tions fed to us by the 'scientific' mainstream.
“This book is so refreshing. Jonathan Whitcomb
is to be congratulated for giving us a glimpse
of our world denied us by the wildlife 'experts'
from western countries.” (S. Lee)
From readers of the second edition
Brief explanation of the third edition of the book, by Whitcomb
This retitled edition is greatly expanded, with
a new chapter, “Pterosaurs in the USA,” that
is a hundred pages long. In addition, sightings
from various areas of the planet are included.
Other material has been removed. The new
title, Searching for Ropens and Finding God,
makes it clear that religion clears the path of
our investigation, yet this third edition is more
of a call for tolerance for religion. The first and
second editions included lengthy reasoning for
belief in the Bible and disbelief in the General
Theory of Evolution. This expanded edition is
less preachy, more of a call for mutual respect,
defending the investigative procedures of my
associates more than defending many details
about our religious beliefs.
Consider this from the Introduction:
“Yet this is not mainly about religion, not in
the usual sense. It’s less likely to take you to
church than into the lives of ordinary persons
who have encountered extraordinary flying
creatures, and into the lives of Christians who
have risked their health, even their lives, in
searching for living pterosaurs. Our disbelief
in the General Theory of Evolution has freed
us to search far and near, and for years, with
a firm belief that God’s purposes will prevail.”
With that said, readers will find this book
promotes giving credit to God for the life we
have in this wonderful world.
Searching for Ropens and Finding God, fourth edition
From the introduction:
We live in a world in which modern
Westerners, at least many respectable
or respected ones, have believed all
magical dragons to be only legendary
and all pterosaurs to be extinct and
even more ancient; also in this world,
many natives, whom we had assumed
more primitive or less gifted than us,
have believed all dragons to be real and
either magical or spiritually gifted. In
some areas, they believe dragons to be
both ancient and modern. What if all
of us have been only partially correct?
What if flying dragons are not so much
ancient as modern, not so much magical
as physically gifted, not so much legen-
dary as real?
From the first chapter:
Later I learned that a hungry ropen doesn’t
always wait for a funeral. I phoned Carl Baugh,
founder of the Creation Evidence Museum in
Glen Rose, Texas, who had visited Papua New
Guinea to investigate the ropen stories. He told
me about an old man, crippled with cancer in
about 1995, who was attacked by one of the
creatures. In daylight, in a village near the city
of Lae, thirty eyewitnesses saw the creature
carry the man into the air, then drop him. This
happened three times before the creature finally
carried off the body to eat it. It sounded like a
dragon story but with an eerie feeling of reality.
. . . I wrote to Baugh, but I had no idea how
deeply I would be drawn into the mystery.