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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, August 07, 2007


by Caprice Hokstad

Day 4 Wednesday

One person of interest is Saerula, Prince Vahn's wife. She is the exact opposite of kee. In fact, she's the exact opposite of anything any sane man would want in a woman. She's not from Latoph, but from a bordering land called Ganluc. (Don't you just love the names Caprice picks for all these things?) Saerula is so full of herself that she really doesn't need a husband to have a partner. There's actually enough of her for several relationships, so long as it's all about her. Being from Ganluc, she holds this over Prince Vahn. She uses every instance she can find to control and manipulate him so that she can get what she wants and rob him of what he wants.

Saerula is actually an important person to our analogy. She's the opposite of Vahn, sort of a devil type. As you read THE DUKE'S HANDMAID it will surprise you how far she will go to make Prince Vahn uncomfortable, yet how far he will go to try and please her. This is where we need to focus our attention. True love looks out for the other person, it doesn't demand its own way. So with Saerula we see the false love matched up against true love. With all Prince Vahn has to put up with he still loves her. He goes to extremes to please her, at his own personal cost. That is true love. Yet Saerula seeks only to please herself, and no one can adequately do that for her. This makes her a terrible person to live with.

Now I'm not saying kee is the Church or Prince Vahn is Jesus or Saerula is Satan. This story doesn't work that way. It's about types, about bringing to light Scriptural teachings. Still, with all those feminists in the past trying to say that God is a woman, it does my heart good to see Satan at least typed as a woman. There are 2 things you should know about Saerula. First, no matter what she receives she is never satisfied. Second, she wouldn't hesitate to harm anyone if she thought it would bring her a couple of seconds of pleasure. Do you have a Saerula in your life? Not a person, but a personality, a bondage that sucks the life out of you? I think we all do. In Romans the apostle Paul says, “Who shall deliver me from this body of death,” speaking here of his sinful nature. “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 7:24,25) The point is, our sinful nature is going to rise up and try to take over. It's going to try to please itself, at the expense of our spiritual self. So, which “self” are we going to cater to? Are we going to cater to the newly born Prince Vahn in us, or in the demanding, destructive Saerula in us? Whichever one we feed is the one that will grow stronger, the one that will have mastery over us. So, which one will you feed?

THE DUKE'S HANDMAID is available at

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

1 comment:

Caprice Hokstad said...

David, I absolutely love this post. My favorite sentence: "Saerula is so full of herself that she really doesn't need a husband to have a partner." I literally laughed out loud and everyone in the house heard me and wondered what was so funny! That is such an apt description! Love it!

Second favorite: "In fact, she's the exact opposite of anything any sane man would want in a woman." Also true. And while I didn't really make much of an issue of this in the story (and perhaps I should have) the marriage was arranged by Prince Vahn's father (the King) for purely political reasons. Saerula didn't want to marry at all, and certainly not someone from a country where a king's whim isn't law, like it is in her native land.

Vahn had never met her before the wedding day and since he really did not have a choice, he tried very hard to make the best of it.
She faked being a "good" wife for quite a few years (before the story opens) and he really thought she loved him. She was merely biding her time until she could get something to hold over his head, namely, his son. Since the reader doesn't really meet the fake-sweet-wife, it's probably hard to understand why Prince Vahn keeps trying so hard. Things were better in the beginning and he is trying to recapture that.

Can't say much more or I'll give too much away, but I should probably come clean: there is a lot more of Saerula in me than I'd like to admit.

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