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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, December 06, 2007

WIND FOLLOWER, by Carole McDonnell

Day 5 Thursday

Hidden with the folds of this epic story are some interesting things I'd like to point out. Some are more obvious than others, bu they were all very interesting to me. Let's see if you find them interesting as well.

Talub and his wife, Voora, are Angleni people who become masters over Satha, a fact that she finds difficult to accept. After a time, Voora appears she will be barren, so Talub takes Satha to raise up children for himself and Voora. It has been suggested that this is an obvious analogy of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar. Yet you cannot help but notice that Talub is nothing like Abraham, Voora, nothing like Sarah. Satha and Hagar are the only couple who may possibly be considered similar. Yet, it was the custom, in the days of Abraham, for a man to raise up children for his wife through her handmaid. So we find the event historically correct. I don't believe it was the author's intention to make a parallel here. I believe she was using an ancient practice as a vehicle for her story. In doing so she shows us what happens on the other side of the same coin. To me this is interesting. Put two people through the same social confines, one a Christian, the other an atheist or agnostic. While they both may do the same thing as far as the situation is concerned, the end result is worlds apart.

The act of selling Satha into slavery also seems like the selling of Joseph into slavery. Here you have a story that is very similar, with one detraction, Satha had yet come to the kind of faith Joseph had at this point. So her reaction was not to embrace her position as a way to please God, but rather to rebel. So it is a longer road that she travels to a place of acceptance of God as He is. The idea of a personal God is not an accepted by the others in any of the clans. Loic wrestles with this, but even after he does accept it he finds he must convince Satha of this truth, that God cares for them personally. In the end she accepts this because of her love for Loic.

In this we also see that all Jesus asks of us is to accept what He says because of our love for Him. Once we accept and believe Him, then He is able to teach us, just as Loic was able to teach Satha.

These are only a few of the parallels that I saw in this novel. It was interesting to see these things rise up of their own accord and not forced upon the story. In my mind it makes it more powerful.

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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.

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