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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

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

TIME MASTERS, BOOK ONE: THE CALL, by Geralyn Beauchamp

Day 3 Tuesday

TIME MASTERS gives us some wonderful characters, not just Dallan MacDonald. In fact, they almost come in pairs. There's Dallan and Kwaku, John and Lany, Shona and Kitty, Julia and Brennan. They aren't paired off the way you'd think, like boy-girl, boy-girl. To complete our first couple, and look at one of the most colorful, disagreeable and important figures in the story, Kwaku Awahnee, Time Master. I've already stated that he has this annoying habit of laughing at the most inopportune times. This coupled with his awesome strength and the fact that his presence alone scares most people to death make him the least popular person in all Genis Lee, or anywhere else for that matter.

Geralyn Beauchamp gives us the chance to step back a tiny bit and see Kwaku just a little better than those close to him. When someone is in danger, it seems that Kwaku always shows up. He may just seem to aggravate an already tense situation, but we find that he has a purpose in what he does. Oh, you're not going to get that right off, but you will come to see this. Dallan calls him, “the bloody heathen”, and yet, as we read, we are left to wonder, just who is the real heathen here? Oh sure, Kwaku is the most annoying creature in the book, but he does have faith in the Creator. While others say they have faith in the Creator, and even Dallan ascribes to the Lord, it is Kwaku's faith that makes him strong. It is why he can laugh at situations that would cause us terrible anxiety. Maybe that's the point. Beauchamp is giving us a lesson on faith and we don't even realize it. It is so wonderfully interwoven into the personality of one of her characters, rather than the story plot, that we don't realize this beautiful teaching, or that we are being taught. That's awesome writing.

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to really have the kind of faith that God asks us to have? Scripture says that without faith it is impossible to please God. So put yourself in the story. You know that things are going to turn out right. Everyone around you seems to fret and question and get tense at everything. They may try to have faith, and may even have a measure of faith, like John or Lany, but you know. Now, step out of the story. What would it be like to have that kind of faith in our lives? Oh, we have a measure of faith, well some of us, sure. But what if we were so convinced of God's love for us, His power and control over every situation we found ourselves in that we knew, beyond a shadow of any doubt, that God really would take care of things? What would our lives be like? Wouldn't we live in peace and joy? Wouldn't we even laugh at times when others thought that doing so was totally out of place? I think we would. Furthermore, I think this is the kind of faith God is calling His people to. There is a point in the book where Kwaku does something that is truly amazing. He tells Dallan that he has done all he could, now he must turn him over to the Creator. Kwaku knew his part, where it begins and where it ends. And he knew that only God could take Dallan the rest of the way. What about you? Do you know where your part begins, and where it ends? Do you know, not just believe, but know, that God is in control of what you cannot do? That's faith, the kind of faith God is trying to bring about in His people. Walking by faith is the most powerful weapon we have, that and love. If you look closely, you'll notice that Kwaku isn't short in that area either.

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1 comment:

Geralyn Beauchamp said...

Kwaku is an interesting character in that when I began to create him, he ... well he just sorta popped in fully loaded. There wasn't much work involved in him, though I did write a full profile for him about halfway through writing the book. There were reasons he laughs so much, and I wanted to see what they were. Kwaku is actually the Azurti name for Wednesday. And if Wednesday's child is full of woe, as the poem goes, then Kwaku at a young age was determined NOT to be so full of the nasty stuff! And so, he laughs. And laughs, and laughs, and laughs ....

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