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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

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

TRUE LIGHT, by Terri Blackstock

Day 4 Wednesday

The Heart of the Matter

We've come to know Mark Green in Terri's first book of the series, LAST LIGHT. He is the obvious scapegoat for anything that goes wrong in Oak Hollow. When a young man is shot for the deer he killed it isn't surprising to see this happening all over again.

What is surprising is how Mark grows under all this pressure. At first he wants to run, but then he realizes that won't solve anything. He begins a long, difficult task, of learning what it really means to forgive. This, I believe is the heart of the story.

I find it refreshing to hear Christians talking more and more about forgiveness. While there are still some serious dents in our armor, it is this teaching that will help us get back on Christ, our sure foundation. In the past I've heard messages on love, on condemnation, on the gifts of the Spirit, all kinds of messages, but for some reason people seemed to be afraid of the message of forgiveness. The reason becomes clear as you watch Mark's life in TRUE LIGHT ... forgiveness is not easy.

This is an odd statement coming from someone who has no right to come before our Father God were it not for the forgiveness He has shown me. If Jesus can look down from the cross and say, “Father forgive them (and in that He included you and me), why can't I find the same grace to forgive others? And that is where Mark Green finds himself.

To make matters worse, we have this prevailing feeling that we only need to forgive if we are in the wrong. The opposite is actually the truth. It is when others are in the wrong they need our forgiveness. Mark finds that it doesn't matter that he's innocent. What matters is that he forgives, and that is difficult for him to do, yet he does so anyway.

When we do not forgive we hold the offending party hostage, and in turn are kept hostage to our own sin. Yet, when we release them by the power of forgiveness we find that it is we who are also released. I urge everyone who reads TRUE LIGHT to do a study on forgiveness in your Bible. You will be amazed at the power God wants to unleashe into our lives ... if we will only forgive. - David Brollier

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Be sure to visit Terri's website and find out a lot more about her and her writing than you'll find here. Terri Blackstock: Up All Night Fiction

1 comment:

Terri Blackstock said...

Great review, David. I love when people "get" the message I was trying to convey! Thanks for blogging about my book.

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