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DVD Review

I apologize for not being more active, but not having other reviewers or books to review, it's been a little difficult. However I want to let you know about this wonderful DVD "God's Not Dead." Working at the library I found it on our shelves and took it home. When I brought it back I raved about it. I wanted to take it out again, but it seems word gets around. It's always on hold for someone else. That's great.

The opening scene is in a freshman college philosophy class. The professor states he is an atheist, and asks that if everyone will sign a paper with 3 little words on it he can dispense of the dust and get to the subject. Those 3 words are "God Is Dead." One student cannot sign that. He is given 3 chances to argue the case of the existence of God before the class.

Fueled by hate on one side and a determined love of God on the other this is not your simple movie. The poor kid researches and goes off on a journey of his own to state his case. The end is nothing short of amazing. I guess telling people stuff like this is one of the reasons I can't get a hold of it a second time. It's really that good.

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May our Lord be with you now and always. Remember, God is in control, even when things look like they're crashing all around you. David

Thursday, March 08, 2007


Day 5

Another thing that James Somers does, quite nicely, and without intrusion on the story itself, is address the problem of racism. Those of you who have read this book and haven't thought about it, well, now is as good a time as any to reflect upon this.

Somers is able to tackle the racism issue by placing it on another planet at a different time. The planet is Castai III. All thoses living on Castai are referred to as “Castillians”. Among them is the warrior clan of the Barudii people. These are guardians of the planet and generally considered the “good guys”. Whenever you run into a Barudii in the book you're all prepped to think here's another good guy. It's not that simple, it never is. The book actually starts out with another group of Castillians called Vorn, as they are systematically wiping out the Barudii people. The Vorn, in turn, were cloning whole armies. These were called the Horva. There is genetic reconstruction, cloning, all kinds of interesting things in this book. Now the Barudii and the Vorn were people who had physical differences which led to war. Sound familiar? Later we see how wisdom, not violence is the key to their co-existence and survival. I can't go on much further than this without giving up more of the story than I'd like. Needless to say he portrays people, who like us, through racial prejudice nearly kill each other off. Luckily for us, that's the beginning of the story. There is a way to fix things and strengthen all people. That comes later, along with a few surprises.

Why deal with the racial issue at all? I suppose, as a writer, it just seemed like the right vehicle for the story. Yet we have to ask ourselves the same thing, why is race an issue in our society? Are we doing anything about it? If not, what can we do? You see, it's not merely a teaching about racial prejudice, but a challenge for each of us to do something about it.

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