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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

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Coming this March - THE CHRONICLES OF SOONE: HEIR TO THE KING

by James Somers



Coming this March 4th, THE CHRONICLES OF SOONE: HEIR TO THE KING, by James Somers. I just wanted to get this up and remind everyone of this special blogtour. Well, all our blogtours are special, but I wanted to create an anticipation for this wonderful work. I think you're going to love it. I promise not to make the same bonehead mistakes as I did with the last tour, like changing our URL in the middle of the tour. You can bank on that. All mistakes made this time will be brand new.



You're in for a real treat, for while LIGHT AT THE EDGE OF DARKNESS was an excellent book it was a compilation of short stories, powerful short stories I might add. THE CHRONICLES OF SOONE is along the same lines as some of those stories, but in booklength format. Somers does a great job. From the characters to the surroundings to the actual story itself I think you're going to find yourself pleased beyond your imagination.



Don't look for any direct allegories in this book. James Somers has chosen not to do that nor to be preachy in his style. Instead he has chosen to drive along a story of action and adventure that embody some very basic Christian teachings. You may not be aware of it as you read it, which I'm sure was his intent, but you will be learning what it means to be a Christian, to act and live as a Christian. He does this without ever bringing the topic up. Not many writers can pull this off without ruining the story. Somers not only “pulls it off” but the way he does so makes the story and even the teachings themselves seem so very natural. - David




Don't miss out on checking his site at Breakneck Books

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Updates, Additions and Changes

I just wanted to make everyone aware of some of the work we've been doing, sort of "behind the scenes". First is the update of the URL. I've been finding on our site some of the old URLs still hiding out in various HTML. That's my fault and I promise to ferret them out and change things so that everything will work properly. For CFRB members, you'll need to update your CFRB Members blogroll (if you haven't done so already). There's a file at the Member's site at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CFRB where you can get the HTML code to do this.

Changes, well, other than the name I've changed the Submission Guidelines page to reflect the change in our joining process. Instead of filling out an application you go to the yahoo page above and join. It's that simple. We will, of course, be watching to make sure you fit somewhere within the structure of CFRB. If you're not a Christian, instead of waiting for us to find that out and have the unpleasant task of asking you to leave, why not just become a Christian. You can contact Jackie, myself, any member of LGG (Lost Genre Guild) and others at CFRB if you have questions in that regards. We're here to point you to Jesus FIRST, sell books second.

Additions. I left this until last because I'm a little excited about this. There used to be a "Book Review" page (which we still may put up in he future), but I've replaced it with the "CFRB Booktrailers" page. Here you will be able to see the booktrailers we've used or will use for the books we have or soon will take on tour. Mary, I'm leaving yours off until I can get something for INFINITE SPACE, INFINITE GOD, then I'll put yours up as well. In fact although I have one it isn't up yet either. I'm trying to do this in order. In any event there are currently 3 booktrailer; ARMS OF DELIVERANCE, LIGHT AT THE EDGE OF DARKNESS and THE CHRONICLES OF SOONE: HEIR TO THE KING. Be sure to direct people to this page if they want to know a little about your book and we have the trailer. - David Brollier; co-founder

Saturday, February 10, 2007

LIGHT AT THE EDGE OF DARKNESS - Day Seven



Light at the Edge of Darkness - Day Seven
compiled by Cynthia MacKinnon

Another really great story is “Fair Balance” by S. M. Kirkland. To be honest, there are a lot of good stories. It would take the better part of a month, a day at a time, to do a little bit on each. That would be totally exhausting for me, as much as I loved these stories. Anyway, In “Fair Balance”. The story sets you up and then takes you a place where true justice is carried out. The principle characters you think would be ones to trust are just the opposite. Yet there is a love that reaches out, even to the rebellious. I'm not going to say more than that, just that the judgment reached is one that is fair, one that is properly balanced (hence the title).

This has been a great tour, apart from my changing the URL to the blog in the middle of it. And I wanted to leave you with just one last thing, the booktrailer for LIGHT AT THE EDGE OF DARKNESS. Maybe after seeing it you'll feel more like buying this wonderful book. - David

Visit S.M. Kirkland at: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=87156559


Don't forget to visit Dan I. Weaver's blog at: http://www.danieliweaver.com/blog/


Also don't miss THE LOST GENRE GUILD blog where these writers came from; Their blog is at http://lostgenre.blogspot.com/



Friday, February 09, 2007

LIGHT AT THE EDGE OF DARKNESS - Day Six



Light at the Edge of Darkness - Day Six
compiled by Cynthia MacKinnon

For a bit of really out of the ordinary you might want to try “At the Mountains of Lunacy” by Stephen L. Rice. In this delightfully absurd twist of fantasy you find yourself among a group of “plumbers” hired by a king, who is not quite all there himself, to clear the pathway through the Mountains of Lunacy. On the way you meet some extraordinary and interesting characters. To better understand this story you have to realize that they are doing double-duty as mail carriers since nothing in the postal code says postmen have to go to these Mountains and since the plumbers are going anyway...well you guessed it. They draw the duty of being mail carriers themselves. That, however, is probably the least weird thing you'll read in this story. It has monsters, zombies and werewolves, but the real dangers lie deeper than them. Of course I'm not about to give away the story. You know me better than that. Just brace yourself. Everything you've ever learned about, well these different mythological creatures is, shall we say, not quite right. I'm sure you will have a lot of fun reading it, as I did. Just to put your minds at ease, even with the inclusion of some of the most horrible creatures possible the work itself is not horror. - David

You can read a little more about Stephen L. Rice at: http://www.authorsden.com/visit/author.asp?AuthorID=49233


Don't forget to visit Dan I. Weaver's blog at: http://www.danieliweaver.com/blog/


Also don't miss THE LOST GENRE GUILD blog where these writers came from; Their blog is at http://lostgenre.blogspot.com/



Wednesday, February 07, 2007

LIGHT AT THE EDGE OF DARKNESS - Day Five



Light at the Edge of Darkness - Day Five
compiled by Cynthia MacKinnon

Another of my favorite stories is another of Daniel I. Weaver's stories, “Seeing Blind”. Years in the future on a distant planet an evil darkness is engulfing that planet threatening to swallow it whole and keep light from ever touching its face again. An oracle has been searching for some way to fight against this darkness, some way to protect his people. Where he goes, what he finds and how he is enabled to protect the planet is just plane good writing. It was like having Stephen King give the Sunday School lesson. Dan can get a little graphic, although I think this is one of his milder pieces, but still, it can get to you. If you don't like descriptive evil stay away from Dan's writing. He has a tendency to write things the way he sees them. Seeing blind is no exception, although the twists it takes are unexpected. - David

The success of a blog tour really can only be partially judged by the comments we receive. So don't just come in and lurk. Please, leave a comment. Then, especially if you're from a blog of your own, "ping" our site with Technorati. There's even a Technorati Search bar for you in the sidebar. Please use this and God bless you all.


Don't forget to visit Dan I. Weaver's blog at: http://www.danieliweaver.com/blog/


Also don't miss THE LOST GENRE GUILD blog where these writers came from; Their blog is at http://lostgenre.blogspot.com/



Tuesday, February 06, 2007

LIGHT AT THE EDGE OF DARKNESS - Day Four



Light at the Edge of Darkness - Day Four
compiled by Cynthia MacKinnon

There's a story in here that makes us ask ourselves, “How true am I to my Jesus?” In A.P. Fuchs supernatural thriller, “Undeniable”, he says he wrote it to find out how much persecution a Christian could take before breaking. If some of you think this story is outrageous and can't possibly happen then either you're so deep in denial of the truth or you have no idea what is already going on around the world. The rather gory opening scene leads to even worse torments. It's one thing to take a beating yourself, but what if your spouse were involved? What if it was your child? What if it was your son? That is the path he takes us on in this most incredible journey of a faith that even his captors must admit is “Undeniable”. - David Brollier

I should have put this up with the review on “Allison”, but here's a link to one of Deborah Cullins Smith's sites. I chose this because she has a list of some other stories you may want to check out. Be sure to visit and say “Hi!” Elfwood


Don't forget to visit Dan I. Weaver's blog at: http://www.danieliweaver.com/blog/


Also don't miss THE LOST GENRE GUILD blog where these writers came from; Their blog is at http://lostgenre.blogspot.com/



Monday, February 05, 2007

LIGHT AT THE EDGE OF DARKNESS - Day 3



Light at the Edge of Darkness - Day Three
compiled by Cynthia MacKinnon

So, how are we doing? Everyone enjoying this wonderful book? What? You didn't get it yet? Shame on you. You have to the end of the week before C.E. Lavender sends the Takers out to get you. Only kidding

That is the short story I'd like to talk about today. “Protected”, by C.E. Lavender is an amazing story where the hero learns what it means to be a hero late in the story. In the beginning he's a cross between someone trying to make a quick buck and someone trying to run from another above him. It involves the Takers, who are sent out to, well, take people. Our hero is sent to find a shield for his boss and falls in love with the woman he's suppose to set up to be taken. You can picture this out in the old west, up in the mountains, almost anywhere that seems remote. Make your own scenery, but don't miss out on what's going on. Our reluctant hero has learned something from the woman he's fallen in love with. What can it possibility be and can he really find himself “Protected” by it if he uses it in his own life? Well, you'll have to read it to find out. I'm not telling. Daniel I. Weaver has several stories in this anthology, this is one of the less graphic, yet somehow it is more poignant that the others. Well, at least in my opinion. - David Brollier

Visit Grace Bridges for some more views and perspectives on LIGHT AT THE EDGE OF DARKNESS Grace Bridges



Don't forget to visit Dan I. Weaver's blog at: http://www.danieliweaver.com/blog/


Also don't miss THE LOST GENRE GUILD blog where these writers came from; Their blog is at http://lostgenre.blogspot.com/



Sunday, February 04, 2007

LIGHT AT THE EDGE OF DARKNESS - Day 2



Light at the Edge of Darkness - Day Two
compiled by Cynthia MacKinnon

On this the 2nd day of our blog tour for LIGHT AT THE EDGE OF DARKNESS I'd like to do something a little different and see how it works. My favorites: I'll break them down, a day at a times and hope that you will get hooked enough to go out and buy a copy of this great book.

For today let's look at the story "Allison". Unfortunately I cannot go into it as much as I would like because it would ruin the story for you. The way the story is woven pulls you into the fantastic, then into one of those "What if?" scenarios. You can almost see Allison and her friends. You feel for her. She wants to see her mother, but it hasn't been possible. Now a way has been made for her to have a brief visit and she's looking forward to it. She's also nervous. She hopes her mother will like her. This story is the absolute best story I've ever read that talks about just how much God loves us. It is never preachy, but it will grab at your heart.

Well that's my bit for today. For another great review, done from another angle and therefore giving out some other information visit Virtual Book Tour de Net

Don't forget to visit Dan I. Weaver's blog at: http://www.danieliweaver.com/blog/


Also don't miss THE LOST GENRE GUILD blog where these writers came from; Their blog is at http://lostgenre.blogspot.com/



Saturday, February 03, 2007

Light At the Edge of Darkness - Day 1



Light at the Edge of Darkness,
compiled by Cynthia MacKinnon

Bein somewhat new to speculative fiction I was anxious to see what it was all about. Boy was I ever pleasantly surprised. I guess this isn't for everyone, but it's just fantanstic. Cynthia MacKinnon has taken great pains to chose 28 of the most powerful stories from such writers as A.P. Fuchs, Frank Creed, Daniel I. Weaver, Deborah C. Smith and more to bring together a true gathering of the masters, at least as far as Christian speculative fiction goes. There is horror, humor, sci-fi, fantasy, and more. There's one story in there that will make you think twice about the healing of the blind man in the Bible. I have truly found this an amazing book and recommend it to all people, whether or not this is "their thing". It just may help get them out of that spiritual box so God can do His thing. That's one of the things I love about this book. Cynthia has retooled this work so that different subgenres are mixed all together rather than being all clumped together. I like that. Also she says she has added a table of contents so that readers can go right to the kind of writing that appeals to them without having to do a "hit or miss" reading of the book. This is an excellent addition to an already excellent book.

Don't forget to visit Dan I. Weaver's blog at: http://www.danieliweaver.com/blog/


Also don't miss THE LOST GENRE GUILD blog where these writers came from; Their blog is at http://lostgenre.blogspot.com/



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