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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

Friday, November 09, 2007

FAITH AWAKENED



by Grace Bridges

Day 6 Friday



The technology that she uses in this story include genetic engineering, virtual reality and cryonics. Let's look at these one at a time.

Genetic engineering is already being done. This is the human manipulation of DNA to create something different than what was originally intended. By different I mean the same thing only stronger, purer, in some ways better. It seems we are always trying to improve on what God has made. In FAITH AWAKENED geneticists find a way to create a fertilizer that increases productivity. This is perhaps a real possibility. Yet, look at how Grace Bridges handles this. The new fruit that grows looks ugly, misshapen, and only grows a single season. It's seeds, however can be utilized for the next planting season, with the same results of increased harvest of misshapen fruit. I find this interesting. Whether intended or not Grace is saying you cannot improve on what God has created. It may seem to be an improvement, but it loses its beauty, and even shortens its lifespan. In short you can't improve on what God has made. You'll have to read the story to see how devastating this technology really becomes.

We're all acquainted with virtual reality on one level or another. There are now tons of VR games that are played regularly by kids. VR really is nothing more than a computer-generated reality. Gamers love the stuff. You take on a character, add in some of your own characteristics, within defined limits, and place that character in a pre-designed world, whether it's something like Middle Earth, King Arthur's world, or an urban war-zone. VR is limited, however, kind of like a large box. Inside it can be large enough to seem like it's the real deal, but the reality is you can't go beyond certain borders. You can't remember things that haven't happened. You can't embrace experiences that haven't already been experienced. So, to mimic that, you make memories smaller, or link them together. You take real experiences and shrink them down so they feel realistic. Again, Grace Bridges has done a marvelous job of showing us which world is which, even if the characters stuck inside each world can't be sure which is real or not. This adds to the credibility of VR technology being used, and it also helps the readers keep track of who's who without a scorecard.

I'm sure most of us have heard about people being frozen, while still alive, to prevent actual death. The name for this science is cryonics. According to Wikipedia, "Cryonics is the low temperature preservation of humans and other animals that can no longer be sustained by contemporary medicine until resuscitation may be possible in the future. Human cryopreservation is not currently reversible. In the United States, cryonics can only be legally performed on humans after pronounced legally dead. The rationale for cryonics is that the process may be reversible in the future if performed soon enough, and that cryopreserved people may not really be dead by the information-theoretic definition of death." Apparently cryonics, at least in the U.S. can only be used after a person is pronounced dead. Although it can only be useful if the person is not truly dead. Then there are other obstacles to this, however, a growing number of scientists are backing cryonics for the preservation of human life when it cannot be achieved through what we are currently capable of. So Grace Bridges uses cryonics in this way. If we will let ourselves plunge into this "what if" scenario, the her descriptions of the apparatus used for this is very imaginative, realistic and sometimes graphic. Even the feelings a person might have are explored and utilized for her story. I found it mesmerizing.

Grace Bridges does something unique, something I never would have thought of, and it is just beautiful. She combines cryonics with VR technology. In doing so people don't have to just be frozen for a length of time, like sleeping, or more correctly, in a coma. Instead while they are in this coma state they experience a world that they have created using VR technology with Mariah's computer programming skills to help out. You define the world you'll be in, the people you meet, even some events up to a point. If you'll notice, the life of Faith is full of “blank spots”. That's because it's a virtual world. No way could we create every feeling, thought and experience we go through in life, so in a virtual world you'd expect “gaps” to appear. To me, this is part of the genius of the story. She takes the unacceptable, unbelievable, and makes it believable to those in a cryogenic virtual world. This is an awesome task, done with skills I wish I had.

If this post doesn't move people to visit her site and get her book, then I don't think anything would. Yet if you are into science fiction, or even just fantasy, you will be doing yourself a disservice by not getting this book.


On sale at Lulu Books


Check out her main website at Grace Bridges – The Future is What You Make It


You won't want to miss her blog either at
Grace Bridges' Blog


The best site for information, pics, audios, etc, however, can be found at
Faith Awakened

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