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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

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

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

Day 5 Thursday

Another pair of characters in TIME MASTERS that I find particularly interesting is Shona Whittard and Kitty Morgan. You may notice that I'm not pairing them off like Noah paired off animals for the ark. That's because these pairs fall into different categories. They are integral to one another. Dallan and Kwaku are important to one another. So are John Eaton and Lany Mosgofian. And now we come to Shona and Kitty. Their lives are so bound up in one another's that it is nearly impossible to talk about one without talking about the other.

Shona is the long-searched for Maiden, the Muiraran who must join with Dallan MacDonald for the survival of both Muiraran and Human races. The interesting thing is she doesn't know she is Muiraran. She thinks she's a human. Yet she suspects something is not only different about her, but changing. We first meet Shona as she wakes up to see her face changing in the mirror. Now that's weird. When we see her dreams we begin to get a clue as to what is going on. Little by little, and I must say that Geralyn Beauchamp doles out precious little at a time, we become aware of what a Muiraran must be like,yet keeps you at the edge of your seat while doing so. She introduces her with such painfully detailed increments that by the end of the book we know both who and what Shone is. To me she is like one awakening from spiritual slumber. The Holy Spirit works in the children of God so that, even after they have drifted away and become entangled in the things of this world, draws them back to their Heavenly Father. As He does so He begins to work in the heart and mind of these children, creating something new. Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” What we are witnessing in Shona, and in Dallan for that matter, is a transformation from something they believed they were to something far greater. This is what the Lord wants for each of us.

Kitty is another story altogether. This wonderful, compassionate and somewhat “airhead” is laughable. If you don't believe me, just wait until you get to Angus' Weapon's shop scene. Remarkably written, it feels like slapstick comedy in the middle of a serious piece of work. Yet, as I said, she is compassionate. I love the character of Kitty, probably because she is so believable. Not that the others aren't, but it's easy for me, at least, to identify with someone who will stick their neck out for their friend, and at the same time cause catastrophe in their wake. I look at her and see how wonderful and marvelous God truly is. David was a very sorry excuse for a saint, and yet Scripture says of him, “He was a man after God's own heart.” This is said of no other person in all of Scripture. Don't believe me, look it up. Move to the New Testament. Who did Jesus choose to be His Disciples? Were they men of status, of honor, of wealth? No! They were simply men who were willing to be taught the truth and follow it...well, except for one. Kitty is of that same caliber. She is Shona's friend, and it doesn't mean she has to understand everything. It doesn't mean she is graceful, because we all learn that she really isn't. It doesn't mean that her mind is as pure as we'd like to think, because one of the first things we learn about Kitty is she gawks at men. She is, however, available, anytime, anywhere, for her friend. You and I are not perfect either. We have plenty of faults, but are we willing to be like Kitty? Are we willing to be there for Jesus anytime, anywhere? Before you answer that perhaps you read Matthew 25:31-46. “Inasmuch as ye have done so unto the least of these My brethren, ye have done so unto Me.” That is what Kitty teaches me. I don't know if Geralyn had that in mind, but that's what I got out of it. Hope you don't mind me sharing it with you. I just love Kitty. Through her we learn the meaning of the words, “Love covers a multitude of sins."

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Frank Creed said...

My last blog post is up at A Frank Review!

Caprice Hokstad said...

I wanted Kitty to be allowed to go with Shona into the future. Everything will be so foreign to Shona, and she is already losing her family and the only home she has ever known... it seems Shona would need Kitty just to keep from going insane. But of course, it's not my story and Dallan does promise a visit, so who knows what could happen.

Geralyn Beauchamp said...

Kitty turned loose on the far future .... Ohhhhh, yikes! :) You won't be disappointed, Caprice! Hey Frank, great reiview! Thanks! You're next! I'm reading Flashpoint! It ROCKS!!!! Then it's your turn, Caprice! Next month it's all about you! Woo Hoo!!!!!

cathikin said...

Once again an outstanding article! Your insights into the characters are right on. Yes, I too came to like Kitty, although I ave had friends like her that can REALLY get on one's nerves.

David said...

When you are compassionate enough and befriend someone who is likewise compassionate you can bet they'll get under your skin. I think there were times when Shona just wanted to scream at Kitty. Yet there was no one who was as faithful to her as a friend.

BTW, read between the lines. There is something about Kitty the author is trying to tell you. That (and the salvation or protection of our future) is why she didn't go with Shona.

I've read TIME MASTERS twice so maybe it was easier for me to pick up on this, also, my eyes aren't as young as they used to be and I'm forced to read slower. Praise God for that!!!

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