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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

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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

Friday, December 14, 2007

12 Months with the Christian Fiction Review Blog



January
ARMS OF DELIVERANCE, by Tricia Goyer; historical romantic/suspense
Summary - Two friends, Mary and Lee, land similar reporting jobs at the New York Tribune on the eve of the war's outbreak and soon they become competitors. Mary's coverage of a bombing raid over Germany leads to a plane wreck and an adventurous escape attempt from across enemy lines. When Lee hears of Mary's plight, she bravely heads to war-torn Europe in an effort to help rescue her friend. Will there be enough time for diplomacy or will war get the best of everyone?

February
LIGHT AT THE EDGE OF DARKNESS, compiled by Cynthia MacKinnon; speculative fiction. Summary - Light at the Edge of Darkness is a compilation of 28 short stories, including 3 novelettes that cover the Biblical speculative fiction spectrum from horror and spiritual thriller to sci-fi to fantasy. Headlining the book is Undeniable, a riveting, chilling tale from Canadian horror writer, A.P. Fuchs. When forced to the edge of darkness, there's only one way back: embrace the Light. Light at the Edge of Darkness tells stories written from a Christian worldview intended to inspire and entertain readers. The showcased Biblical specific fiction sub-genres are: science fiction, dystopia, cyberpunk, fantasy, time travel, and supernatural. The stories have been organized into subgenres with some versatile authors writing in more than one category. Readers will find the serious, the light, the parody, and the heart-stopping.

March
THE CHRONICLES OF SOONE: HEIR TO THE KING, by James Somers; SF/fantasy. Summary - James Somers is able to capture an action flick on paper as he chronicles the events of a warrior prince. ...what immediately hits the reader in the face is found on the first page after the prologue, “Not so long ago, in another creation of God...” Wow, that is not something you find everyday in fiction, let alone science-fiction. The key is that he incorporates it like corn in mashed potatoes; its unfamiliar presence is obvious, but it works. Somers's writing style takes on a “no beat around the bush” approach that left me wanting more. ...a fun action novel that makes an underlying theme of God not feel out of plac

April
INFINITE SPACE, INFINITE GOD, compile by Karina Fabian; “Science fiction with a Catholic twist”. Contents - "
A Cruel and Unusual Punishment" by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
"Brother John" by Colleen Drippé
"Brother Jubal in the Womb of Silence" by Tim Myers
"Canticle of the Wolf" by Alan Loewen
"Far Traveler" by Colleen Drippé
"Hopkin's Well" by Adrienne Ray
"Interstellar Calling" by Karina L. Fabian
"Little Madeleine" by Simon Morden
"Mask of the Ferret" by Ken Pick and Alan Loewen
"Our Daily Bread" by Robert and Karina Fabian
"Stabat Mater" by Rose Dimond
"The Harvest" by Lori Z. Scott
"The Hosts of the Envoy" by Alex Lobdell
"These Three" by Karina and Robert Fabian
"Understanding" by J Sherer

May

PETTICOAT RANCH, by Mary Connealy; western/romantic suspense, comedy. Summary - Sophie Edwards is doing just fine, until a strange-yet oddly familiar-man rides into her life, insisting on rescuing her and her four daughters. Can she find a way to love a headstrong mountain man? When Clay McClellan discovers his brother has been murdered, he's bent on finding the killers and seeing them properly hung. But first his Christian duty demands that he marry his sister-in-law. After all, Sophie needs someone to protect her - right? Faith and love help unruly wed newlyweds find common ground and a chance at love on the Texas frontier.

June

THE 3RD COVENANT, by David Brollier; mystery/suspense. Summary - An ex-convict with an agenda and two of NYPD’s finest face off when Father Rierdon is found murdered in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Detectives Nat Adams, homicide, and May K. Wish, crime scene investigator from Manhattan South’s Crime Scene Unit, join forces to track a ruthless killer. Clues seem to point to one man, an ex-convict who has started his own church. As the body count piles up, the pressure is on to resolve the case quickly. Nat struggles, among the carnage, to live the life of a Christian, often failing. The chase is on, covering three states, but will they be able to resolve this case quickly enough? This question seems to mock them as they face a struggle against a religious cult that leaves behind a deadly bayonet as its calling card.

July
*TRUE LIGHT, by Terri Blackstock; suspense. Summary - Eight months into a global blackout, the residents of Oak Hollow are coping with the deep winter nights. But the struggle to survive can bring out the worst in a person—or a community. A teenager has been shot and the suspect sits in jail. As the son of a convicted murderer, Mark Green already has one strike against him. Now he faces the wrath of all Oak Hollow. But the Branning family stands with him as he fights to survive—and forgive. Book three in Terri Blackstock’s Restoration series. (This was our first guest tour)

August

THE DUKE'S HANDMAID, by Caprice Hokstad; romantic fantasy. Summary - What if Prince Charming married the Wicked Stepmother before he ever met Cinderella? Keedrina is a young peasant who lives near a thriving seaport town. After marauders kill her family and burn her farmhouse, she meets Duke Vahn, who champions her cause, apprehends the outlaws, and dispenses justice. The duke offers Keedrina food and shelter in return for service. Can the simple farmgirl find a family among the refined servants in the duke's house? Not if the prejudiced and conniving duchess has her way! Book one of a fantasy trilogy, The Duke's Handmaid is a "coming of age" story with the flavor of a classic fairy tale. Having elements of mystery, adventure, and romance, as well as new-world discovery, prophesy, and magic, The Duke's Handmaid is strongly character-driven and defies sub-categorization.

September

HIGH STREET, by Jack Stinson; drama. Summary - Jamie Boyer sits in a stark homeless shelter in one of the seedier areas just off of High Street, certain that he has messed up his life forever. The young man had left his home on the farm just six months earlier for college in the big city. After falling in with the wrong crowd and getting mixed up with alcohol and drugs, his life is shattered. From his occasional church visits while growing up, Jamie knows that he is running from God. Can Jamie work his way out of his problems alone--and will anything really be different if he gets back to the college bars on High Street?

**LET THEM EAT CAKE, by Sandra Byrd; YA fiction (Lexi Stuart doesn't seem to be able to get the dots in life to connect correctly. The book begins with her dragging herself into a job that she hates...and soon loses. Without a job, a pension for food and French, she treats herself at this new French place, pastries, cafe la creme, breads...and an owner to die for. Soon she finds herself applying for a job there, and actually getting it. Try explaining that to the folks who sent you money to go to college and get a “good” job. Few people seem to respect her decision and the fireworks building up at work aren't helping matters. The trouble is, Alexandra, (that's what the owner calls her), loves her job, even the challenges it brings. Is this what God wants for her life? If so, she'll have a second helping, thank you very much. (single day guest tour)

October
FLASHPOINT, by Frank Creed; cyberpunk. Summary - Persecution in Chicago has reached the Flashpoint. In the year 2036, all nations are run by a one-world government. The One State has only one threat: Fundamentalist terrorists. The One State has declared that every Fundamentalist is a terrorist including Bible believing Christians! But the One State has not yet encountered Calamity Kid and e-girl . . . When peacekeepers bust a home-church in Ward-Six of the Chicago Metroplex, brother and sister, Dave and Jen Williams, are the only members who evade capture. Their only place to turn? A Christian ‘terrorist’ cell known as the Body of Christ. In their shattered world, Dave and Jen adopt codenames and slip between the Underground cracks of the Chicago Metroplex. They must save their home-church before their parents, brother, and neighbors are all brainwashed by the One State Neros. Calamity Kid and e-girl fearlessly walk the valley of death, because He is with them. But they’ll need every molecule of their re-formed faith to face down peacekeepers, gangers, One-State Neros, and fallen-angels, in America’s dark Post-Modern Humanist age.

November
FAITH AWAKENED, by Grace Bridges; SF. Summary - Have you ever wondered... if your life is designed? Coincidences, deja vu, fate, God... what does it all mean? Have you ever longed to return to childhood? I know I have. Perhaps it's possible. Have you ever wished you could go back and do things differently? Maybe you can.
Maybe you did already. Have you asked yourself if your life is really real? And if it isn't... what would it mean for your faith?
If you could design your own virtual world to live in, what would it look like? If you lived on a dark and empty planet, how far would you go to save your life? Is God a computer programmer? And can he take you to heaven... before you die?

December
WIND FOLLOWER, by Carole McDonnell; romantic fantasy. Summary - A fourth tribe has come to the land of the three tribes; the light-skinned newcomers are fated to change the tribes' way of life and religion. Satha, a dark-skinned woman from a poor Theseni clan, and Loic, her wealthy young Doreni husband, are too busy forging their new life together to pay much heed. But when Satha is dishonored and Loic must avenge her, they find themselves drawn into a cultural battle. Kidnapped and enslaved, Satha strives to retain her autonomy. Loic struggles against the Arkhai, spirits who fear his his quest will lead him to the true god whose place they have usurped. With the Creator's aid there remains hope they will be reunited and find their mutual destiny, even if it means losing the love and respect of their comrades, families, clans, and tribes.

* = Guest author
**= One day guest author

As you can see, it's been a wonderful year. God bless you all and may next year prove to be even better.

David Brollier, CFRB co-founder

Saturday, December 08, 2007

WIND FOLLOWER, by Carole McDonnell



Day 7 Saturday


There seems to have been a lot of chatter of this story that preceded this tour. Some had concerns about one thing, others had concerns about another, but the fact remains, WIND FOLLOWER is an intricately woven story, true to the reality she created, full of colorful and realistic characters. I suspect any detractors were only expressing their personal tastes in fiction. I stated right off that I had some of these concerns. That doesn't mean this book isn't something that should not be explored. If you like this style of writing you will be greatly enriched by WIND FOLLOWER every step of the way. Even those who had problems with the style couldn't help but find many things about this story which captured their minds and heart.


WIND FOLLOWER is first and foremost, at least in my mind, a romance, one filled with pitfalls and trials that they had to overcome. In fact, the only thing that separates this from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, was the ending. Can love exist among these “Montagues” and “Capulets”? It is a tale of a loving and personal God trying to bring His truth to people who would refuse it. A tale of those who would accept His Truth as opposed to those who would refuse it. It is the parable of the “Sower and the Seed” found in the Gospels. You reap what you sow. Loic and Satha, even in the days before they realized God was someone who took a personal interest in their lives, placed their trust in Him, and they bore good fruit. It is a tale of how prejudice isn't bound to race or color, but lives in the hearts and minds of all people. Only the brave and courageous overcome that evil within themselves. And, my personal favorite, it is a tale of how religion can destroy a people instead of offering hope and salvation through a relationship with Jesus Christ.


I want to expound on that last point. How many times have you heard of a denomination saying you can't do this or that, or that you have to do such and such to be a Christian? Where do they get their authority? Certainly not from Scripture. When the disciples wanted to stop a man from casting out demons in Jesus' name, He told them, “Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part. For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.” (Mark 9:38-41) I tell you this truth, unless Christians get back to Scripture and realize that being a Christian is a personal matter, a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and not a list of dos and don'ts, we're going to come under the same wrath of God as the unsaved, maybe more. After all, we who claim to know the truth, should impart that truth, not some man's definition of what that might be. WIND FOLLOWER takes aim at man's twisting of the truth and lets loose with both barrels. I'm proud of her for that, and pray that this message hits home in time. We don't have time to be playing games. Even if I didn't believe we were in the end times. How long does a person live? 75, 85, 95 years or so? After that their ability to reach the lost is over. Or to be even more clear. Think of the circle of people around you. Those you go to school with or work with, how many times does this group change? Or when you move from one place to another, don't you lose an entire mission field? Be watchful and diligent, for you may never get the chance to reach these people that are around you now ever again. God has placed that annoying neighbor next door so that you might reach them with the love of God. He found that job you have for the same reason. How many times will we go from mission field to mission field without reaping a harvest, or at least planting some seeds? Yes, Carole, I had trouble with your particular writing style, but I am behind you 200% when you start requiring God's workers in His fields to stop coming back to Him empty handed. Jesus said the fields were white unto harvest. He said the laborers are few. How sad that must make Him, and I'm as guilty as anyone else. I go out into a field and return with one or two apples in my sack at harvest time. I plant seeds only when it is convenient to me. I am not Loic. I am not Satha. I am not that brave. I am not that willing to step out of my comfort zone for my Lord. I wish to be, and with God's help will be more and more successful at this. What about you? Do you hold to the traditions of men like idols of stone or precious metals? Or are you willing to do what the Lord of lords asks of you, wherever and whenever He asks? Are you willing to follow the wind? She choses this word, “wind”, by no accident. In both the Hebrew and the Greek the same word for “wind” also means “breath” and “spirit”. Are you willing to let God's wind fill your with life and then move you along to do His will? This is the challenge, not that Loic is WIND FOLLOWER, but that YOU might become a wind follower as well.




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.

Friday, December 07, 2007

WIND FOLLOWER, by Carole McDonnell



Day 6 Friday


As a special treat, I asked Carole McDonnell to give us some background on the story, as well as some of the goals she hopes to achieve. I found her comments particularly enlightening. I hope you find them just as satisfying. - David


Carole McDonnell

The story is set in an alternate Africa where three tribes live. The ruling tribe is called the Doreni and are ancestor worshipers. A sojourning tribe is the Ibeni and they are animists. The native tribe is the Theseni and they have a dualistic God who is a combination of a destroyer and a Creator.


I guess I created an alternate Africa because I like alternate history. In this case, if I had stuck to Africa as it really is/was, I would've had to know Asian history, Native American history, African history, and all kinds of history. I would've had to choose what tribe the Doreni were really descended from and where they came from. That would've limited me. I wouldn't have been able to choose each tribes' religious practices at will.


The cultures, as they are in the book, have customs I picked up from my love of anthropology, comparative religion, etc. There's a great book out there by Don Richardson called "Eternity in their hearts." It's about how folklore and paganism points to the Christian gospel. For instance, the many ideas in so many cultures about a pure sacrifice. I wanted to show that the pagans had a witness that would lead them to the gospel if the bringers of the gospel cared enough to understand the pagans' culture.


I also wanted to show my love for the Bible. There are three important things in Wind Follower: the Lost Book, marriage, and hospitality.


The law of hospitality was chosen because I wanted to show that God had put a hook in this particular culture that would lead them to the gospel. That hook would be the Bible verse: "I was wounded in the house of my friends." The Doreni culture is very aware of the sin of being inhospitable. Just as the ancient Israelites were aware of sinfulness. The Doreni consider the lack of hospitality akin to sin and they have a prophecy about a Host wounded by a Guest.


Marriage is also important in the book. It has to be because I wanted, on a personal level, to write a book about marital faithfulness.


But the most important thing is the Lost Book. The Bible...and the proper interpretation of it. In fact, at the end of the novel, the Lost Book has been given to all the tribes, but the meaning of it has been tainted somewhat because the demonic elements have created denominations who are more concerned with their own issues than they are with directly serving the Creator. That was very important to me. I get so tired of hearing Christians get into denominational issues and forget our wonderful Bible and our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


I hope Wind Follower shows the love and honor I have for the Bible and the distaste I have for denominational and clerical infighting.


As you can see, WIND FOLLOWER isn't just another book. It's not even another Christian book. It's a story that is aimed at all the false teachings we've let divide the Body of Christ for hundreds of years. She takes Christianity back to what it really is, a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Denominations have stripped much of the truth from us just as surely as Okiak and the other shamans in the various clans. The story even tells us that the Lost Book wasn't really lost in the common sense of the word. It was defiled by people changing it and writing books of their own to alter what the real book said to fit their own agendas. And the sad thing about this is, we're still doing it. Jesus didn't die on the cross to start a famous religion. He died on the cross because He loves you. That is the basis of this story, and until we, as His children, start to wake up to that fact, we will be among the many who Jesus said would fall away during the end times. I know this isn't a pretty post, but it's not a pretty story. It's the truth. The truth isn't always pretty, but it is always the truth. - David




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.

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.





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.

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.”




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.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

WIND FOLLOWER, by Carole McDonnell



Day 3 Tuesday



Another important character in the story, although I don't think he really ever got to say anything, is Kirka. Krika and Loic were heart brothers. They grew up sharing many of the same privileges and yet both shared the belief that the Good Maker was more than they had been taught, and the spirit gods were something to be shunned, not worshiped. We meet Krika in the Prologue, where his father sacrifices him before the assembly of the Pagutsu clan, part of the Doreni people. His father is a shaman among the Pagutsu, and believes that his death is necessary to appease the spirit gods so they will not take revenge on them.


This action, and the inaction of Loic's father to intercede, as well as his own cowardice in the face of his friend's approahing doom, shape, mold, taint and influence Loic's personality as he grows up into manhood. When I was a boy growing up I had two circles of friends, basically because neither circle mingled with the other. I had church friends and I had neighborhood friends. Both of my neighborhood friends came from church families. It's just that they went to different churches. I had a favorite among the two, but I liked them both, most of the time anyway. If someone had said anything against my friends, either those in church or those in the neighborhood, I felt willing to stand up for them, or at least offer my encouragement after they had been maligned. Loic never had this privilege. He had the chance to stand up for his friend, but that would have meant standing against his father as well as the shaman and other elders. His cowardliness can be understood. Yet the feeling that his father had betrayed his friend to death, coupled with the fact that he would never get to encourage his friend made him feel guilty. In the best of times Krika, his friendship and his death, were always on his mind.


Do you have someone who is right in their thinking, but is taking flak for it? Are you brave enough to stand with them, to try to intercede on their behalf, to be there to encourage them later on? If so, hold them dearly. Don't be a friend that only loves when it is convenient. Don't be someone who leaves when things get tough. If you will do this, you will find help in the future when you are maligned. You will find those willing to stand beside you and fight for you. Your burden will not seem so unbearable. Loic's burden was escapable. All he had to do was be true to his friend. In his heart he was, but the seeds he planted, seeds of inaction, of not being brave enough to stand with his friend even if it meant death, grew and became a burden he carried for the better part of his life. Learn from him.




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.

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.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

WIND FOLLOWER, by Carole McDonnell



Day 1 Sunday



Take a young woman, living basically poor. Add a young man who basically has everything. Not only are they fiscally mismatched, but they are from different clans, we might refer to them as different races. Yet the young man loves this woman. He must have her. She is more than a little hesitant about such a relationship, but slowly he wins her love. WIND FOLLOWER follows the stories of Loic, a Pagutsu firstborn male to an affluent family, just shy of being the prince among his people, and Satha, not so affluent, but their fathers are friends. I don't think anyone is quite equipped for the story that follows this rather strange beginning.

Before I begin, I'd like to make a few comments, more or less at the author's insistence. If you have trouble with stories that throw out a bunch of new words, many of them nearly unpronounceable, changes in the point-of-view that, although alternate between Loic and Satha every chapter, then perhaps this is not the novel for you. You can read read the prologue of her book online and perhaps decide for yourself. It can be found here Excerpts



Okay, now that I've gotten that out of the way, let me begin. There is a complexity in this novel that is found in few other places. This book weaves allegory in ways that are as unexpected to people who are acquainted as those who know nothing about the story it patterns after. This is because it is not a strict allegory, but a new story that weaves many allegories into something brand new. Sometimes the complexity got in the way for me, but if you stick with it, you may just be surprised to find yourself in love with a new land, new characters, and caught up in an adventure that you never dreamed you would. If this is your kind of reading matter, I advise you to give it time. Don't let the words or its complexity to rob you of a good story. You owe that much to yourself.





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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Everyone Ready?

Tomorrow begins the tour of WIND FOLLOWER, by Carole McDonnell. Are you ready? Sure I could write a message to the CFRB members, but we've been working on this already. This is for all you bloggers out there. You won't want to miss out on this tour. We're ending our first year as a review blog and WIND FOLLOWER is a great way to wind things up. Check back tomorrow and each day next week to see all that we have in store, and also check the Book Trailer page. It'll give you a hint of what's to come.

David Brollier

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