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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

Monday, December 03, 2007

WIND FOLLOWER, by Carole McDonnell

Day 2 Monday

For those wanting a sneak peek at the book I've posted the trailer for WIND FLOWER in our CFRB Book Trailer section. You'll get a good feel of the overall aspects of the story by viewing it. I found this on YouTube, and it is very well done. Enjoy. Also, be sure to take in any other of the trailers you see there, just in case you missed a tour.

The location of the story is fictitious. Which is great. I love visiting places like Middle Earth, Narnia, even Grace Bridge's virtual reality world. It releases you from some of the boundaries that you'd ordinarily have to face. I'm not sure what the name of this place is called (sorry Carole, too much to take in or remember I suppose), but it is divided into specific clan structures. There are clans within clans, so you really need to keep a scorebook handy, or have a good memory. The Angleni clan is depicted as the enemy of the other 3 clans. They are powerful, but the 3 remaining clans have made a truce with each other in order to have a united force against them. These 3 clans are the Doreni clan, The Theseni clan and the Ibeni clan. Going backwards, the Ibeni people are light-skinned, the Theseni are dark-skinned, while the Doreni are somewhere's between the two in skin color. The Angleni, by the way, are also light-skinned.

Here's some other facts about these clans that you'll want to know. The Doreni are a “fiercesome people”, but just in their own way. The Theseni are quiet and more compassionate. The Ibeni are pictured as immoral and lustful people. The Angleni people are warrior-like, but unlike the Doreni, they seem to be unjust in their actions. However, the Angleni have something the other clans do not, the “Lost Book”.

The Lost Book, we are told, is the original unadulterated Sacred Writings. The other clans have copies, but much has been added by their own people so these Sacred Writings have been fouled by all these additions. Worse, there are many traditions arisen from these “new” interpretations and false teachers, called “shamans” who lead the people falsely. What this has to do with Loic and Satha must be told in the story and not spoiled for you here. I will say, however, that both Loic and Satha, have an awareness that the Good Creator is to be honored alone. The shamans teach that there are many other spirits and shadow gods which must be revered. They teach the people that these spirit gods do the intervening on behalf of them to the Great Chief or Good Maker, because, it is explained, the Great Chief is far off. He is an impersonal God, not caring about the individual lives of mankind. Somehow Loic and Satha come to believe they have been taught falsely, but they are unsure of how to proceed. They decide that although the Good Maker may be far off, only him will they honor and worship. It is upon this that the book builds its foundaton.

On sale at Amazon Books

As well as Juno Books

You won't want to miss her blog either at
Carole McDonnell's Blog

Plus if you'll Google her name or WIND FOLLOWER, you'll come up with a ton of other links as well.


cathikin said...

I don't think Carole ever gave a name to her country. Just a few landmarks are named. It gives an impression of somewhere in Africa, but Africa is never mentioned. I also like that extra freedom of imaginary places.

David said...

I hadn't thought about that. When writing fantasy or sci-fi part of the fun for me is creating all those weird names and even making maps. Try doing a world map of an imagined planet to show the reader the progression of a world war. It was complicated, but fun. I think Carole had fun in other ways.


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