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DVD Review



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

Monday, March 12, 2007

Doris Howie Prays for CFRB

I recently asked Doris Howie of OHzone.net to keep this ministry in prayer. I thought our members would be interested in her prayer, the enemy astounded and put on notice and those who are seeking to realize that this is unlike anything they've run into before. Here there is love. For one another, and for them. And in that love is the essence and power of God Himself. "If any man (person) thirsts, let him (or her) come unto Me and I will give unto the living water." - David

"Father, I block every thing that is not of YOU from this ministry, and ask that You set Your warring angels around all concerned. Fill them with Your Holy Spirit, direct their paths to Thy greatest glory, and bless all those who come into their sphere of influence. Use them, Father, and draw many, many people to a saving knowledge of Thy Son through their efforts. In Jesus' precious Name I pray. Amen."

I wanted all of you to know that there are people praying for this ministry, angels of the Lord camped around us to protect His Word. Be encouraged in the Lord. David in the Psalms used to say, "Lift up your voice and sing." Well, for some of us that's not too pleasing a sound, but we can lift up the words that God gives us to put down and share a story that explains Him, His Word and His truth. God is with us my brothers and sister. We, all of us, are ministers of the Lord. Let us do so with all that is in our being, with all the love we have that Jesus may be honored in every corner of the earth to te glory of our Heavenly Father. - David

Saturday, March 10, 2007

THE CHRONICLES OF SOONE: HEIR TO THE KING Day 7



James Somers is quite a prolific writer. For those who have at least started THE CHRONICLES OF SOONE you'll be glad to know it's a trilogy. Even after THE RETURN OF LUCIN he has more Castillian adventures in store for us. Yet that isn't all he's written. So on this day 7 of his tour I'm going to do 2 things. First, I want you to visit the BOOKTRAILER page on this blog and find the trailer for THE CHRONICLES OF SOONE: HEIR TO THE KING. Second, I'm going to list the works, at least some of them, that he has worked on and recently finished. I can't give you reviews on this as I haven't read them. I can tell you this, if he's put half as much work into them as he has to HEIR TO THE KING you're going to be quite pleased.



PERDITION'S GATE



A WORLD WITHIN -PART I



A WORLD WITHIN -PART II


As you can see, James Somers doesn't plan on going anywhere real soon. I've talked with him and while he loves writing for adults, such as THE CHRONICLES OF SOONE trilogy and PERDITION'S GATE, he also feels the need to reach out to the young people. This he hopes to have accomplished with A WORLD WITHIN. I underestand that he has another young adult novel that he's working on as well, but I could be wrong. He's part of a growing number of authors who write with incredible talent and with a deep sense of commitment.



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

Friday, March 09, 2007

THE CHRONICLES OF SOONE: HEIR TO THE KING

Day 6



When you get to the end of HEIR TO THE KING you're going to want to scream, "No! It can't end now." Well there's good news. HEIR TO THE KING ends, but not THE CHRONICLES OF SOONE. That continues on. THE CHRONICLES OF SOONE continues with THE RISE OF LUCIN.




I don't want to ruin things for you, but suffice it to say that you meet Lucin in HEIR TO THE KING. When they thought they were really done away with him he shows up again.



In dealing with this James Somers gets to the spiritual battleground we are on. Scripture says "...we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Here is where fiction writers shine, especially writers with talent like Somers. They shine a light on this unseen battlefield and show it for what it is. They make visible the invisible. To find out any more about Lucin and THE RISE OF LUCIN you're just going to have to go to his site or purchase his book when it comes out. Sorry.




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

Thursday, March 08, 2007

THE CHRONICLES OF SOONE: HEIR TO THE KING

Day 5



Another thing that James Somers does, quite nicely, and without intrusion on the story itself, is address the problem of racism. Those of you who have read this book and haven't thought about it, well, now is as good a time as any to reflect upon this.



Somers is able to tackle the racism issue by placing it on another planet at a different time. The planet is Castai III. All thoses living on Castai are referred to as “Castillians”. Among them is the warrior clan of the Barudii people. These are guardians of the planet and generally considered the “good guys”. Whenever you run into a Barudii in the book you're all prepped to think here's another good guy. It's not that simple, it never is. The book actually starts out with another group of Castillians called Vorn, as they are systematically wiping out the Barudii people. The Vorn, in turn, were cloning whole armies. These were called the Horva. There is genetic reconstruction, cloning, all kinds of interesting things in this book. Now the Barudii and the Vorn were people who had physical differences which led to war. Sound familiar? Later we see how wisdom, not violence is the key to their co-existence and survival. I can't go on much further than this without giving up more of the story than I'd like. Needless to say he portrays people, who like us, through racial prejudice nearly kill each other off. Luckily for us, that's the beginning of the story. There is a way to fix things and strengthen all people. That comes later, along with a few surprises.



Why deal with the racial issue at all? I suppose, as a writer, it just seemed like the right vehicle for the story. Yet we have to ask ourselves the same thing, why is race an issue in our society? Are we doing anything about it? If not, what can we do? You see, it's not merely a teaching about racial prejudice, but a challenge for each of us to do something about it.




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

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

THE CHRONICLES OF SOONE: HEIR TO THE KING

Day 4



What about all that psychic stuff? Yeah, I can hear the nay-sayers now. They'll be putting this great work of Christian fiction down and even possibly teaching people that this is a demonic work. I want you readers to know right up front that Somers has not added anything in this book that is offensive to the Gospel. It's the people who do not know their Bibles and think they do that will be offended the most. Well, good for James.



The Barudii warrior uses kinetic powers to enhance their natural abilities. These psychic powers aren't like those palm reader or anything of the sort. These powers are powers that are, first of all, genetically passed on. Has anyone stopped to think how Adam took care of the entire Garden of Eden on a daily basis? Could it be possible that his spirit and the Spirit of God were, at that time, so in tune that the natural abilities of his mind to move himself from place to place was commonplace? What about Philip, who after baptizing the eunich in the desert was found preaching at the city of Azotus. It says the Spirit caught up Philip and took him away. (Acts 8:26-40) If we, now being sinful, now use only 10% or less of our mind isn't it conceivable that in the sinless state we would be able to do things that would today be considered miracles? For the Barudii warrior he was simply making use of the God-given gifts he had been given. This included powers that we do not have, but prior to sin coming into the world we may well have had.



And let's not forget that we're talking about an allegory which depicts spiritual warfare in a physical sense. To do this Somers uses several different techniques, all of which I found fascinating. There is more to this than I can put down in a short post. Let's just enjoy the vision God has given James Somers and he has shared with us in his writings. After all, fiction is meant to be enjoyed, not picked apart like some frog in a biology class.




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

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

THE CHRONICLES OF SOONE: HEIR TO THE KING

Day 3



Okay, so maybe you're wondering how I rated this work. That's a fair question, and while you could go to Amazon and read my review I've decided to post it here.



THE CHRONICLES OF SOONE: HEIR TO THE KING, by Rev. James Somers is a no-stop roller-coaster ride of adventure, terror, love and hate. The plot starts out pretty straight-forward, but then does an odd, but enjoyable twist. Soon the reader becomes caught up in a maze of adventure, battles, wisdom, love, hate and sorrow that is hard to find elsewhere. For his first novel this is a most remarkable story. It is in some ways simple and straight-forward, yet in others it is almost unbearably complex. As a mystery writer I like the fact that I couldn't quite get a handle on the story. I mean, I could never predict what was coming next. With the introduction of new terms, that make their way into your vocabulary as if you'd know them all your life, the clan of Barudii warriors and the races of Castaillan, Vorn and Baruk all seem to make sense. I would love to say more, but if I did I'm afraid I would start giving away pieces of the story that would take away from your uncovering them for yourself. Treat this story like a gold mine in which you have found a vein of gold. As you follow that vein and mine it just as it seems to thin out and threaten to disappear altogether it breaks open into a new and larger vein. And this Somers is able to keep up throughout this epic novel. You just know the next one is going to be just as fantastic. - David Brollier; author of THE 3RD COVENANT



(You're wondering why I didn't give it a 5? That's because of some mechanical problems with the writing that the editors failed to pick up on or imposed on his otherwise great story. Otherwise it would definitely have been a 5)




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

Sunday, March 04, 2007

THE CHRONICLES OF SOONE: HEIR TO THE KING

Day 2



I'd like to look at some things about HEIR TO THE KING that seems to me important to do so. For you won't find Jesus mentioned in there. References to God seem to be scarce. Yet this is an important work of Christian fiction. Let me explain.



To begin with, the tale is just that, a tale, a story. It happens on a planet that doesn't even know earth exists so the mention of Jesus would be out of place. Yet, the Biblical themes are abundant. The very title talks about the coming of a new king. Isn't this what the Bible is about, Jesus, the King of kings. Look at how Jesus ascended to this kingship. When you do you will see how there is a similarity between Kale and Jesus. I'm not saying Kale is divine or anything like that, but that you can understand Jesus a bit better when you understand Kale.



That's not the only thing. Pay attention to the transformation that takes place in Tiet Soone's life and it will remind you of how we, as Christians, begin to mature and become more like Jesus. I'm only scratching the surface here because I don't want to give away too much of the story. All I can say is that when you read this book you are doing two things, you are enjoying a wonderfully crafted tale, and you are learning some of the basic truths about God. You'll do that because you are in the story and not realizing that teaching is going on. Don't read it to be taught, but to enjoy. For Jesus would have us enjoy Him much the same way. And when we spend time with our Lord, enjoying His presence we find that we learn many things needed to walk this Christian walk.




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

THE CHRONICLES OF SOONE: HEIR TO THE KING - Day 1

Day 1



This week CFRB is proud to begin its week-long blogtour of James Somers fantasy/sci-fi/supernatural thriller THE CHRONICLES OF SOONE: HEIR TO THE KING. Before I begin it may be of interest to readers to note that Somers has 2 more installments in his THE CHRONICLES OF SOONE series. I believe the 2nd is due out sometime in the fall. The 3rd will be next year.



Why do I call this a "fantasy/sci-fi/supernatural thriller"? Simply because Somers incorporates all 3 in such a fluid way that he seems to have created his own genre, which has yet to be named. I just couldn't in good conscience relegate this work to any one of these Biblical Speculative Fiction genres. That's right. It's also Christian. There's no preaching in the book, which I found highly remarkable since James Somers is actually Rev. James Somers, an assistant pastor in a Baptist church. He is careful to create a story that breathes with the truths of Scripture, yet not once preach. Instead he tells a tale, an extraordinary tale.



There are people who aren't going to like this work for the simple fact that it isn't a work of non-fiction. I feel sorry for them. There are others who may be put off that this work was written by a Christian with Christian themes running throughout the work. I feel doubly sorry for them. For the rest of you, you are about to be treated by a work that fits no preceding molds, lives and breathes as if it were a living thing, not just a story. In short, if you are willing to read this book you are going to be drawn by your heart, stimulated in your mind and left breathless in the end. Be sure to treat yourself to one of the best fantasies or sci-fis I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Journey with Tiet Soone to his rise to recapture the throne of his people. See how wisdom and logic are not always compatible. And well, just plain enjoy yourself.




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

Friday, March 02, 2007

Barnes & Noble Book Signing

I'm sure many of you are wondering how I did at the Barnes & Noble book signing in Newburgh, NY. Well, as far as book signings go it was a little disappointing, especially since it was at one of the most famous bookstores in the nation. Yet, as I keep emphasizing, mostly because it's something I'm learning as well, this isn't about my book, but about Jesus. In that sense the event was SPECTACULAR!

I was treated very well and have Carol Scalzo to thank for that. I was set up among the stationary and maps to the far left of the front door. And for the inquiring minds, yes I did come an hour early. After repeated announcements and only one person showing up early and then leaving, Carol relocated me just to the right of the main entrance. I began saying "Hi" and "Do you like mysteries?" to people coming in, with varied success.

I noticed a man with a walker. He was behind me at the magazines for some time. I didn't want to embarrass him, nor did I feel right about pushing my book off on someone in such obvious physical distress. Yet, as he came closer I asked him about his legs, hoping he'd tell me it was just a break or twist that needed time to be healed. As it turned out the man had Krone's disease. I then asked him if he liked mysteries. Wonder of wonder he said, "I only like reading Christian fiction." That's when I told him I was a Christian and this was indeed a Christian fiction novel. That was my first sale. He said, "Christians got to help out other Christians." I joyfully autographed a copy for him, more because I was in the presence of another brother in Christ than the fact that he was buying my book. He went on to tell me that he had died and been brought back to life several times, had no kidneys, several of the vertebrae in his lower spine had developed fractures and he had to go back to surgery. Yet he wasn't trying to gain sympathy. He was telling his testimony of how God was with him through all of this. We shared and encouraged one another. Towards the end we exchanged business cards and he said, "I may not be healed, but I live a healed life." What wonderful faith. This man's name is Rob. Please keep him in prayer and thank God for brothers like him in the family of God.

Next came a young man I allowed to take a copy of the book over to the side and read it. Turns out he was also a Christian. His name was Tim. He was soon to be married and was trying to get a job closer to home when he stopped in. We talked and shared and had a wonderful time. I gave him my business card as he didn't have money to buy the book. (I gave out a number of business cards that day)

Following his exit came a middle-aged professional woman with a white lab coat. Obviously, I thought, in a hurry to come in, grab something light and leave. I asked her what I'd been asking others, "Do you like mysteries?" She asked me what it was about. When I told her it was about a Christian detective and an agnostic CSI working together to solve a murder she became very pleased. It turns out she is Jewish and related my quick synopsis to the new "Jesus Family" stuff that's just hit the fan. In fact I mentioned that I wondered how far away this burial plot was, because they would have to take the body of Jesus down from the cross, carry it to this location, prepare it for burial (wrapping it in strips of cloth) and then bury it and return before Sundown, because the Sabbath began then and no Jew would travel or do any of these things on the Sabbath. That's when she told me she was Jewish. She may have been Jewish, but her mom is a converted Jew and is now a Christian. (Thank you "mom") As such this woman was very open to discussing ALL of Scripture, both Old and New Testaments, specifically trying to identify the personhood of God and whether or not Jesus could be divine. For the better part of 2 hours we talked. During this time one woman came up and purchased 2 copies of my book, "I just came in to get a couple of cards," she explained showing us the growing mound of books in her arm. When she left me and this Jewish woman continue until 10:30 or 10:45 talking about Jesus.

Why am I putting all of this on the CFRB site? Because THIS is what this site is about. It's not about becoming the best selling author, although I don't know of any author that wishes they couldn't at least be listed among the NY Times best sellers. But this was about spreading His Gospel and using fiction to open the doors that would otherwise have remained closed. I personally believe God brought me there for this one woman. Not only did He bring me there, but He prepared me in faith by bringing to me not ONE, but TWO of His servants prior to this meeting.

Looking at this book signing in the natural sense it was a failure. I could probably sell more books at the library where I work. Yet, in the spiritual sense this event was a beautiful success. May each of us claim Hebrews 12:1,2 as OUR verse. Not only does this verse tell us that we have the saints cheering us on and admonish us to "lay aside the sin that doth so easily beset us", but it tells us that Jesus is Our Author, the Finisher of Our faith. Just as we create our characters before we write, so also did God know us before the world was created. He knows how we will act, react, think, because He made us. As a writer this is such a beautiful truth, for Jesus is not only the Word, but the Author, and He, in His great joy and love and mercy, has given ME, little old me, a gift that is so much like Him. I can hardly contain the joy this gives me. I's sorry if this is a little long for some of you, but I am not sorry for writing it down. "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation." We are characters in God's novel, his heroes and heroines. Can you think of anything more wonderful than that, other than receiving the love and mercy of God through Jesus who shed His blood that we might be called the children of God? I can't. Well, maybe one thing, He has given us a gift, a talent that is so like Him that our relationship with Him is like that of our characters. We are the characters and they are us. They are real, alive and powerful. So in writing God enables me to do, in some small way, what He does, for He is the Great Author. Praise God! - David Brollier - author of THE 3RD COVENANT

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