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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, December 05, 2007

WIND FOLLOWER, by Carole McDonnell

Day 4 Wednesday

A love story is supposed to follow, boy meets girl, girl meets boy, the exchange of their love and then a happily ever after ending. From the beginning this love story ignores or breaks that mold. Refusing to be limited by the age-old formula things seem to go awry right from the start. Satha wants nothing to do with the young prince, no matter how great his status might be. Her mother is insistent upon the two getting together and married, which only provokes Satha's rebellious spirit. When brought into the presence of Loic, her disdain is further fueled by his wish to make her his wife. So much for a Prince Charming.

Loic, on the other hand, is so taken by her, from the moment he lays eyes on her, that he must have her. He is so adamant about this before his father that he nearly ruins whatever relationship he has with his father. After she is brought before them the father conspires with his son to arrange for their marriage, and as I've said, this doesn't sit well with young Satha, but neither does it set well with others. We begin to see something modeled, not after the boy meets girl, boy gets girl, happily ever after, of contemporary romance novels. Instead we find the makings of the Montagues and the Capulets of Romeo and Juliet.

We are wondering if these two will be no better off than Shakespeare's greatest lovers. Without spoiling things for you, I will tell you this, whatever their fate, the tribulations that they go through, that which they bring upon themselves, those that are thrust upon the, are Loic and Satha are no Romeo and Juliet.

There's a bit of Song of Solomon in this tale. A love embraced to the point of pain, even estrangement. A love that grips so terrible it is feared. This is the story of WIND FOLLOWER. It is the story of a love that turns a self-conscious young woman into a slave to its power, and a young, spoiled boy, into a man, a warrior. For beyond the pain, love holds the deepest of secrets, it refuses to die. As Paul says in 1st Corinthians 13, “Love never fails.”

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cathikin said...

I also envisioned a bit of the Song of Solomon in their love story. And of course arranged marriages were common in the Old Testament days. Definitely not the coontemporary idea or fairy tale type love story, but maybe that's why I prefer it. Not much on formula love stories.

Caprice Hokstad said...

Shakespeare never occurred to me, but I like how you likened it to Romeo and Juliet. Insightful.

David said...

This is definitely a story about the bare truth of love, real love. While Song of Solomon and Romeo and Juliet do figure into this kind of reality, Carole takes it even further. While her "Romeo" is head over heels for her "Juliet", Juliet begins by not wanting anything to do with him. There's a lesson here. What we really have is a working picture of "women submit yourselves to your husbands" in the context of "men, love your wives." If you fail to put these 2 together you don't understand what Paul is saying. Carole put those 2 together so we could watch what happens, and that is her genious.

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