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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.

For more you can go here:
http://godsnotdeadthemovie.com/synopsis

To purchase a copy try these links:
Amazon
ChristianBook.com
Barnes & Noble

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

Monday, August 06, 2007

THE DUKE'S HANDMAID

Day 3 Tuesday



The next important character we meet is the Prince Vahn Rebono, Duke of Latoph. We see him as a compassionate man, yet one who is not afraid to hand down justice when it is deserved. He treats, as much as is possible in this society, Elva and Itzi as equals. No one is beyond his compassion unless they place themselves there. As the Duke meets Keedrina we see all of these qualities come into play. Should there be another world, and a kingdom on that world, and you or I were to visit such a kingdom, we would be thankful of the great compassion the Duke has on his subjects.



The Duke is not without his own problems. Keedrina is commanded to keep her hair over her ears. We assume that this is so she might pass as an Elva, which is true. Yet it this becomes even more clear when we find out about Prince Vahn's wife. She's that person that you feel you need you must please, but there is no way to succeed in doing so. For his son's sake, and for a true love he has for his wife, he ends up doing things that are very unnatural to him, things that oppose his very nature. In doing so he begins to doubt himself. Keedrina comes into the middle of this melodrama, promptly falls in love with the Duke, but is satisfied to be only his slave, not his mistress. This is true love. People who claim to have “fallen in love” with someone, but become intimately involved with someone who is married are not truly loving them. Even if they did really love that person, they would prove it by standing off to the side and being thankful for that person's happiness. This thinking we have today that says we must gratify ourselves is wrong, all wrong. It isn't love at all, it's lust, the satanic counterfeit of love.



As the story progresses we see a brilliant, compassionate man torn apart by the selfishness of his wife. In the sidelines kee weeps for her master. She doesn't wish to supplant her mistress, but at thes same time is torn by how her master is being torn apart. This is the model of a true slave, one who is free to walk away and not be a servant of anyone, yet remains.



Again, revealing much more at this point would ruin the story for the reader. Yet, I ask you to look at these two people, master and servant, and ask yourself, “Isn't this what Christianity is all about? Isn't this the kind of servant Jesus wants us to be? Aren't we to feel pain when He is distressed? Often my mind strays back to the last night Jesus spent with His disciples. That night He was in so much pain and conflict, and some had the gall to ask Him if they could sit on His left and right when He became king. One disciple went so far as to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Another denied ever knowing Him. Most scattered and hid. Only one followed close enough to actually view the crucifixion with His mother, and that was John. No wonder Jesus called him, the beloved. Now in Latoph, not all lines run parallel with those in Scripture. Many times it's like mixing different parables together into a new one. Still, the truth is still there, unchanged. Love is a loyalty that knows no limits. We see this in Prince Vahn, and we see this in kee. The question is, we see this loyalty in Jesus, do others see that same loyalty to Him in us? - David




THE DUKE'S HANDMAID is available at Amazon.com


Don't miss out on checking her site at Welcome to Latoph


And of course her blog as well at Queen of Convolution


Read the first chapter of THE DUKE'S HANDAID at THE DUKE'S HANDMAID – Chapter One

2 comments:

Caprice Hokstad said...

Your posts just keep getting better and better. I suspect you've given me more credit than I deserve. What else can I say but thanks?

David said...

I don't give you credit, but the story, which deserves more credit than I can give it. Face it, as writers we just get to take the first ride, but you're welcome just the same.

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