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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

Friday, December 14, 2007

12 Months with the Christian Fiction Review Blog

ARMS OF DELIVERANCE, by Tricia Goyer; historical romantic/suspense
Summary - Two friends, Mary and Lee, land similar reporting jobs at the New York Tribune on the eve of the war's outbreak and soon they become competitors. Mary's coverage of a bombing raid over Germany leads to a plane wreck and an adventurous escape attempt from across enemy lines. When Lee hears of Mary's plight, she bravely heads to war-torn Europe in an effort to help rescue her friend. Will there be enough time for diplomacy or will war get the best of everyone?

LIGHT AT THE EDGE OF DARKNESS, compiled by Cynthia MacKinnon; speculative fiction. Summary - Light at the Edge of Darkness is a compilation of 28 short stories, including 3 novelettes that cover the Biblical speculative fiction spectrum from horror and spiritual thriller to sci-fi to fantasy. Headlining the book is Undeniable, a riveting, chilling tale from Canadian horror writer, A.P. Fuchs. When forced to the edge of darkness, there's only one way back: embrace the Light. Light at the Edge of Darkness tells stories written from a Christian worldview intended to inspire and entertain readers. The showcased Biblical specific fiction sub-genres are: science fiction, dystopia, cyberpunk, fantasy, time travel, and supernatural. The stories have been organized into subgenres with some versatile authors writing in more than one category. Readers will find the serious, the light, the parody, and the heart-stopping.

THE CHRONICLES OF SOONE: HEIR TO THE KING, by James Somers; SF/fantasy. Summary - James Somers is able to capture an action flick on paper as he chronicles the events of a warrior prince. ...what immediately hits the reader in the face is found on the first page after the prologue, “Not so long ago, in another creation of God...” Wow, that is not something you find everyday in fiction, let alone science-fiction. The key is that he incorporates it like corn in mashed potatoes; its unfamiliar presence is obvious, but it works. Somers's writing style takes on a “no beat around the bush” approach that left me wanting more. ...a fun action novel that makes an underlying theme of God not feel out of plac

INFINITE SPACE, INFINITE GOD, compile by Karina Fabian; “Science fiction with a Catholic twist”. Contents - "
A Cruel and Unusual Punishment" by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
"Brother John" by Colleen Drippé
"Brother Jubal in the Womb of Silence" by Tim Myers
"Canticle of the Wolf" by Alan Loewen
"Far Traveler" by Colleen Drippé
"Hopkin's Well" by Adrienne Ray
"Interstellar Calling" by Karina L. Fabian
"Little Madeleine" by Simon Morden
"Mask of the Ferret" by Ken Pick and Alan Loewen
"Our Daily Bread" by Robert and Karina Fabian
"Stabat Mater" by Rose Dimond
"The Harvest" by Lori Z. Scott
"The Hosts of the Envoy" by Alex Lobdell
"These Three" by Karina and Robert Fabian
"Understanding" by J Sherer


PETTICOAT RANCH, by Mary Connealy; western/romantic suspense, comedy. Summary - Sophie Edwards is doing just fine, until a strange-yet oddly familiar-man rides into her life, insisting on rescuing her and her four daughters. Can she find a way to love a headstrong mountain man? When Clay McClellan discovers his brother has been murdered, he's bent on finding the killers and seeing them properly hung. But first his Christian duty demands that he marry his sister-in-law. After all, Sophie needs someone to protect her - right? Faith and love help unruly wed newlyweds find common ground and a chance at love on the Texas frontier.


THE 3RD COVENANT, by David Brollier; mystery/suspense. Summary - An ex-convict with an agenda and two of NYPD’s finest face off when Father Rierdon is found murdered in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Detectives Nat Adams, homicide, and May K. Wish, crime scene investigator from Manhattan South’s Crime Scene Unit, join forces to track a ruthless killer. Clues seem to point to one man, an ex-convict who has started his own church. As the body count piles up, the pressure is on to resolve the case quickly. Nat struggles, among the carnage, to live the life of a Christian, often failing. The chase is on, covering three states, but will they be able to resolve this case quickly enough? This question seems to mock them as they face a struggle against a religious cult that leaves behind a deadly bayonet as its calling card.

*TRUE LIGHT, by Terri Blackstock; suspense. Summary - Eight months into a global blackout, the residents of Oak Hollow are coping with the deep winter nights. But the struggle to survive can bring out the worst in a person—or a community. A teenager has been shot and the suspect sits in jail. As the son of a convicted murderer, Mark Green already has one strike against him. Now he faces the wrath of all Oak Hollow. But the Branning family stands with him as he fights to survive—and forgive. Book three in Terri Blackstock’s Restoration series. (This was our first guest tour)


THE DUKE'S HANDMAID, by Caprice Hokstad; romantic fantasy. Summary - What if Prince Charming married the Wicked Stepmother before he ever met Cinderella? Keedrina is a young peasant who lives near a thriving seaport town. After marauders kill her family and burn her farmhouse, she meets Duke Vahn, who champions her cause, apprehends the outlaws, and dispenses justice. The duke offers Keedrina food and shelter in return for service. Can the simple farmgirl find a family among the refined servants in the duke's house? Not if the prejudiced and conniving duchess has her way! Book one of a fantasy trilogy, The Duke's Handmaid is a "coming of age" story with the flavor of a classic fairy tale. Having elements of mystery, adventure, and romance, as well as new-world discovery, prophesy, and magic, The Duke's Handmaid is strongly character-driven and defies sub-categorization.


HIGH STREET, by Jack Stinson; drama. Summary - Jamie Boyer sits in a stark homeless shelter in one of the seedier areas just off of High Street, certain that he has messed up his life forever. The young man had left his home on the farm just six months earlier for college in the big city. After falling in with the wrong crowd and getting mixed up with alcohol and drugs, his life is shattered. From his occasional church visits while growing up, Jamie knows that he is running from God. Can Jamie work his way out of his problems alone--and will anything really be different if he gets back to the college bars on High Street?

**LET THEM EAT CAKE, by Sandra Byrd; YA fiction (Lexi Stuart doesn't seem to be able to get the dots in life to connect correctly. The book begins with her dragging herself into a job that she hates...and soon loses. Without a job, a pension for food and French, she treats herself at this new French place, pastries, cafe la creme, breads...and an owner to die for. Soon she finds herself applying for a job there, and actually getting it. Try explaining that to the folks who sent you money to go to college and get a “good” job. Few people seem to respect her decision and the fireworks building up at work aren't helping matters. The trouble is, Alexandra, (that's what the owner calls her), loves her job, even the challenges it brings. Is this what God wants for her life? If so, she'll have a second helping, thank you very much. (single day guest tour)

FLASHPOINT, by Frank Creed; cyberpunk. Summary - Persecution in Chicago has reached the Flashpoint. In the year 2036, all nations are run by a one-world government. The One State has only one threat: Fundamentalist terrorists. The One State has declared that every Fundamentalist is a terrorist including Bible believing Christians! But the One State has not yet encountered Calamity Kid and e-girl . . . When peacekeepers bust a home-church in Ward-Six of the Chicago Metroplex, brother and sister, Dave and Jen Williams, are the only members who evade capture. Their only place to turn? A Christian ‘terrorist’ cell known as the Body of Christ. In their shattered world, Dave and Jen adopt codenames and slip between the Underground cracks of the Chicago Metroplex. They must save their home-church before their parents, brother, and neighbors are all brainwashed by the One State Neros. Calamity Kid and e-girl fearlessly walk the valley of death, because He is with them. But they’ll need every molecule of their re-formed faith to face down peacekeepers, gangers, One-State Neros, and fallen-angels, in America’s dark Post-Modern Humanist age.

FAITH AWAKENED, by Grace Bridges; SF. Summary - Have you ever wondered... if your life is designed? Coincidences, deja vu, fate, God... what does it all mean? Have you ever longed to return to childhood? I know I have. Perhaps it's possible. Have you ever wished you could go back and do things differently? Maybe you can.
Maybe you did already. Have you asked yourself if your life is really real? And if it isn't... what would it mean for your faith?
If you could design your own virtual world to live in, what would it look like? If you lived on a dark and empty planet, how far would you go to save your life? Is God a computer programmer? And can he take you to heaven... before you die?

WIND FOLLOWER, by Carole McDonnell; romantic fantasy. Summary - A fourth tribe has come to the land of the three tribes; the light-skinned newcomers are fated to change the tribes' way of life and religion. Satha, a dark-skinned woman from a poor Theseni clan, and Loic, her wealthy young Doreni husband, are too busy forging their new life together to pay much heed. But when Satha is dishonored and Loic must avenge her, they find themselves drawn into a cultural battle. Kidnapped and enslaved, Satha strives to retain her autonomy. Loic struggles against the Arkhai, spirits who fear his his quest will lead him to the true god whose place they have usurped. With the Creator's aid there remains hope they will be reunited and find their mutual destiny, even if it means losing the love and respect of their comrades, families, clans, and tribes.

* = Guest author
**= One day guest author

As you can see, it's been a wonderful year. God bless you all and may next year prove to be even better.

David Brollier, CFRB co-founder


James Somers said...

great slideshow and what a year you've had, Dave!


David said...

Well, the slide show was an addition because one of the other members thought it would be great. They were using it on there blog. As for the year, I'd say we've ALL had a great year. There have been ups and downs, but mostly ups. You, for instance, are now senior pastor of your own church as well as a published author. I don't know which is going to be the biggest challenge. May God grant you the strength and wisdom to do what He asks of you without apology.


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