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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

Wednesday, April 04, 2007


Day 5 Thursday

This Thursday we journey with an amazing cast of characters on a trip to another planet, one we never seem to reach during the course of the story. But “Mask of the Ferret”, by Ken Pick and Alan Loewen, is more than just a travel diary. We learn a thing or two about prejudice right from the start. It's the complexity and drive of the story that gets to you. Believe me there's a lot more I can say about this great story. Unfortunately I'd probably give away the fun parts so I'm forcing myself to be quiet here. (Envision an excited author who wants to tell the world about some great masterpiece they've written, but has clamped his hands over his mouth to protect the readers from getting all the juicy parts and you'll have a good picture of me trying to exercise self-restraint. It ain't easy folks, especially with some f the stories in here.

Outside the fact that Pick and Loewen use the word stewardess instead of flight attendant (I'm told that they may have done so purposely because there was no need for political correctness in this future society of interplanetary creatures) and the fact that they use the term Thalendri seems to be one letter short of C.S. Lewis' Thalendria is inconsequential. The story is captivating. I only wish I had the print copy to truly enjoy the true energy of the story.

Aboard ship is a courier, a tracker and several innocents among them the crew is counted. When things start to go wrong they really start to go wrong. Using the intellect that God gives us Father Heidler is able to help bring about some order to the chaos that has fallen upon them. Yet where true salvation comes from, ah, yes that is the greater part of the story. Excellent. Truly wonderful.

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Anonymous said...

This is Ken the co-author.

The character using the word "stewardess" is from a culture whose language is completely gendered (i.e. NO neuter gender). If you said "flight attendant" to her, the first question in her mind would be "Male flight attendant (steward) or female flight attendant (stewardess)?" This was my little dig at the "global replace string 'man' with string 'person'" you see nowadays.

I did not know of the C.S.Lewis reference w "Thalendri/thalendria"; given the circumstances of how the background universe came about, I suspect I got gulled by the guy who claimed to have coined the word.

A full explanation of how the story came to be written is in my author's interview at the book's website. (Warning -- possible popups.)

Karina Fabian said...

"Mask of the Ferret" is a favorite of ours for its complex believable universe, too! There's so much to enjoy in this story, knowing a little of the plot won't hurt:

An agent of the Order of St. Dismas is on the trail of an ancient artifact that can destroy minds psychically. Fr. Eric Heidler’s faith and training are his shield against the artifact’s attack, but in the end, it’s also his insight and ability to accept a genetically-engineered passenger for both her human and animal aspects that saves them all.

Thanks again for your thoughtful comments,

Karina and Rob Fabian
editors, ISIG

Caprice Hokstad said...

The Mask of the Ferret was one of my favorite stories in the whole anthology. (Second to Mr. Loewen's other story, Canticle of the Wolf).

I hear "The Adventures of Jill Noir" novel is in the works and I wish you both the best of luck with that. Short stories are such inadequate hors d'oeuvres for those of us with trilogy appetites!

Caprice Hokstad

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