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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

Friday, January 11, 2008

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

Day 6 Friday

The next pair I'd like to talk about I'd bet will even surprise Geralyn Beauchamp. We don't meet this pair until the fifteenth chapter. And if you think the slaughter of the MacDonalds at Glencoe was dark, you've got another thing coming. Philip is arguing with Brennan. It starts with Brennan mocking Philip about how they killed his wife years ago, the only person Philip ever really loved. Both men seem equal as far as status goes, but they appear to be on opposite sides of the moral compass. Philip is compassionate, but weak, lonely, and try as he might, no match for Brennan. Brennan on the other hand is ruthless, cares only for himself, the devil in human form. CAUTION: Spoiler follows. If you really want to be surprised by the book read no further. Otherwise, enjoy the insights.

What Beauchamp does in chapter fifteen is a fantastic piece of writing. You see, we are at some point in the past, in England, in the mansion of Lord Philip Brennan. That's right. Philip and Brennan are the same person. The way she introduces you to these two, and they really are two distinct personalities, is amazing. Two side of the same person fighting for supremacy over the other. As is the case most of the time the evil side seems stronger, more deceitful, more full of tricks. Thing is, we all battle this same battle. We win some fights and lose some. The thing that differs us from Lord Philip Brennan is that we keep trying, most of us any way. We find a way to get back up and fight again and again. Sort of like Dallan, who for ten years gets up and fights Kwaku, only to be beaten down again and again. Ten years. Think of it. What keeps a man going like that? That's only the physical, though, we're talking about the spiritual battle. This is where it gets sticky. How do you and I and anyone else keep getting up after failure upon failure? How do we continue on when we keep falling down? The answer is to realize that victory is ours if we endure to the end.

Philip Brennan reminds me of Judas Iscariot. Judas fought the same battle and lost, just like Philip did to Brennan. Judas thought he could force Jesus to take the throne over Israel. When it become clear that wasn't in His plan, Judas, who had already been stealing from the disciples, decided he could at least make some money off of this. He gave in to the evil nature that we all have. If we give in, if we give up, evil will destroy us. There are other examples of those who fought and endured to the end. The person who comes to mind is Paul. He said that even though he knew what he should be doing he found himself doing just the opposite, and when he tried to keep from doing what he knew was wrong, it was that very thing he found himself doing. So how did Paul do it? How did Paul keep from falling into the same trap as Philip Brennan? He looked to the cross of Jesus, remembered the words Jesus spoke, “It is finished” and realized that, right or wrong, his victory was wrapped up in the person and actions of Jesus. Jesus was Paul's strength. Jesus was Paul's escape through suffering. Jesus can do this for all of us, if we can only hang in there and put our trust in Him. Sin is inevitable. But repentance gives us new life. It holds death at bay. If we will only hold on, endure until the end, our salvation will be sure. If we do not, we will end up no better than Philip Brennan. What kind of future is in store for you? Did you know that you can chose life? You can kill the Brennan in you. Even if you have to do it every day for the rest of your life, it will be worth it to feel the warmth and closeness of your Lord.

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cathikin said...

Super insight here! This is the kind of stuff that makes me want to promote this book for Christian Schools and he schoolers. But it is a BIG spoinler for someone who hasn;t read the book.

Caprice Hokstad said...

Maybe I'm not the best person to ask about spoilers, but this doesn't seem to be that big of a spoiler to me. I don't remember being in suspense for long about the secret of who Philip and Brennan were. And while it is an interesting twist, I don't think that even had I been "spoiled" about this one thing, that it would have detracted at all from enjoyment of the rest of the book.

Very good analogy though.

David said...

I think you both are right ;-) If you look at from the point of view of who is going to disrupt Dallan and Shona's life while they try to join, yes it is a big spoiler. If you look at it as a superb writing style where two sides of the same individual are introduced as if they are different people, it's not that great a spoiler. Either way, however, you have to admit, that this is one great piece of literature. (Not that yours isn't Caprice)

Geralyn Beauchamp said...

... and we haven't seen the last of Philip Brennan. :) Great post David! Wow! golly gee but I am SOOOOOOOOO humbled!!!!!!

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