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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

Thursday, April 05, 2007


Day 6 Friday

Little Madeline, by Simon Morden, is a story, except for a few references of a more modern technology and that she was some kind of mutant life form, could be about any city in the world, small or large. As Jesus told His disciples, “The poor you have with you always.” LES MISERABLES, by Victor Hugo talks about beating the odds of both poverty and injustice. Many other works by famous writers deal with this as well. “Little Madeline” is a story about the inner battle a person must fight to break loose of these chains. It does not mean they can shake loose poverty, but it means they can shake loose the bondage that poverty threatens us with.

I enjoyed the story, especially since accepting the truth was in itself another battle that she needed to fight. I only have one criticism and it's that when she goes home after attending the Catholic church she finds her apartment vandalized and the vandal still in the apartment. I would have had her get home to the same dismal place, the same disappointing mother, the same circumstances. Then mention that a few days or weeks later she came home and found her home ransacked. It makes for a more believable story. Other than that, however, I thought it was excellent.

But what is the story really about? Is it about poverty? Maybe. About overcoming obstacles? In part. Is it about that churning bitterness towards another that really on hurts yourself? Yes, that too. “Little Madeline” is one of those rare stories that takes you smack dab into the center of life's problems and then shows you the choices you, or rather that of the heroine in this case, have. We come to the realization that we only have two choices, to remain in bondage to poverty and all its many evils, or to fight against what society says we must bear. We have weapons, but only in the hands of God are they effective. We can chose, therefore, to be victims or victors in Him. Either way, the choice is always ours.

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Karina Fabian said...

Madeleine isn't quite a mutated life form, just a human with a gentic mutation that makes her larger and stronger than most, well, WWF champions, with an aggression that kicks in instinctively.

That's why the scene with the vandal in her apartment is so important to the story. This is when she realizes that she needs help or she will kill someone unintentionally.

Karina Fabian

Mary Connealy said...

Petticoat Ranch is going to be a real change of pace isn't it. :)
I really sincerely appreciate the kind words about Petticoat Ranch you posted in your Amazon review. Thank you, David and God bless you. They came on a day when I really needed the encouragement.

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