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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, August 08, 2007


by Caprice Hokstad

Day 5 Thursday

What would a good analogy be without a Peter and a Judas? Okay, this is an analogy, so the exact correlation between the Biblical characters and the ones in THE DUKE'S HANDMAID are going to be a bit different. Yet, as we enjoy a remarkable piece of fantasy we find ourselves learning about life, about love and about loyalty.

I put the Judas character as the Marquis Terzak. He sees himself as at the very least an equal with Prince Vahn, although his actions betray him. Yet the duke does not jump to the conclusion that he is a major player in a great act of betrayal against him. This comes later. You see, only those close to us can truly inflict such harm, for it is something we feel for them as well as for ourselves. Love, when it is so betray, does not seek revenge right away, but seeks a way to excuse or explain away the wrong. This causes Prince Vahn great pain.

Then there is timna, also very close to the prince, although she is but a slave. Still, she is Elva and as such has status above Itzi. She does not exercise such rights until later when she feels betrayed by kee. Instead of sticking up for kee, timna causes a rift in their friendship. The difference between the Marquis and timna is that timna had a penitent heart. In the end she is there with the prince and with kee. Yet much of her former joy had been stolen from her by her own misguided actions, just like Peter. He said he would never betray Jesus, that if necessary he would even die with Him. Yet, that very night Peter denied his Lord, not once, but three times. Once restored, because he too had a penitent heart, he became a great force within the church, a powerful elder.

In our day to day lives we work closely with people, are surrounded by friends and family, and sometimes we find that one becomes a Judas or a Marquis Terzak. Others become wishy washy and turn on us just when we need them like timna. The thing to remember here is tat they too are loved. It is the love of Prince Vahn that eventually is his downfall, for there are two sides to love. And it is the penitent heart of timna, who like Peter, teaches us that all that is needed to re-establish our fellowship with our Lord is for us to apologize to Him. The word used in the Bible is “repent”. It goes beyond just saying, “I'm sorry”. It includes tears, a broken heart, and a spirit willing to do whatever our Lord commands. If, of all the people I've mentioned so far in this story you could chose to be either the marquis or timna, chose timna. Chose the path of a broken heart, and find renewed fellowship with our Lord.

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


Caprice Hokstad said...

Perhaps this explains a fact which was always puzzling to me: that timna was so well-liked by critiquers. I've had many people tell me that they liked her more than the heroine, kee, and I never did understand why. When I asked, no one ever gave me a solid answer, it was just a feeling they could never put their finger on. But this may well be it.

However, I did listen to all those people and I gave her a much bigger part in the next book than I originally intended. And I think the Peter analogy (though I never really thought of it that way) holds well for that book too.

Another brilliant post, David.

Daniel I Weaver said...

Interesting insight, David. It amazes me how you pull so much out of every story you review.

God bless,

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