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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, August 09, 2007


by Caprice Hokstad

Day 6 Friday

THE DUKE'S HANDMAID is an epic tale of good verses evil, and Caprice Hokstad has done a terrific job incorporating all the different ingredients that make such a tale worth telling over and over again. I've introduced you to several of the key characters, although not all of them. There's the healer, friend to both kee and Duke Vahn, Prince Vahn's captain of the guard, and several others. Now I'd like to look at two other aspects of the story; Betrayal and Loyalty. If you're waiting for my write-up about loyalty, come back tomorrow, because today I'm going to talk about betrayal.

Betrayal seems to be a key ingredient to almost any story about good verses evil, regardless of the genre. Somehow, someway, it manages to raise its ugly little head in many stories. THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WAREDROBE, by C.S. Lewis, is one case in point. Edmund, one of the four children in the book, is deceived into betraying his brother and sisters to the White Witch of Narnia. In J.R.R. Tolkien's THE LORD OF THE RINGS we see the betrayal of Boromir, son of the Steward of Gondor, the Steward himself, Grima Wormtongue and Saruman the White. Each betrays their own status seeking something that is not theirs to have, and each ends up with what they deserve.

In THE DUKE'S HANDMAID the principal betrayer is Saerula, Duke Vahn's wife. To hold her own husband captive in his own household, making life miserable at his every turn wasn't enough for her. And while the prince thinks that because she is pregnant she should be afforded some slack. Yet, she keeps pushing and pushing. He hopes that in the end, after the child is born, she will learn to love him. The Marquis Terzak is another betrayer, or co-conspirator with Saerula. Because of his relationship with the family much of what he does goes unobserved. Yet in the battle of good and evil, beware, evil will always be made evident.

I don't want to go much into how these people betrayed the Duke or how he responded to them once they were found out, because one of the greatest things about reading a book is discovering these things for yourself. Yet, I want to leave you with this thought, evil will always be brought out into the open. It shall there be shown for the ugly thing it truly is, and made into something of a mockery. Good, true good, that can come from God alone, shines upon each of us. Those who receive this light into ourselves have nothing to fear, for His love wipes away our evil. Yet, those who would mock God, His good, or in any way seek to betray Him, they shall find themselves standing naked before the judgment seat of God. This is the story of the betrayer in THE DUKE'S HANDMAID. Evil shall be made to pay full price for their evil. Yet love covers a multitude of sins, yet that is for tomorrow.

THE DUKE'S HANDMAID is available at

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

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