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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.

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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

Saturday, February 02, 2008

NOR IRON BARS A CAGE, by Caprice Hokstad

Day 1 Sunday

Treasure of Spiritual Lessons

Caprice Hokstad is one of the most unique and interesting writers that I've had the pleasure to read. This is in no way putting down other writers, but is my assessment of her work, her dedication, and her insight, both as a writer and as a person. Interestingly enough NOR IRON BARS A CAGE, her second book, and the second one toured here, follows TIME MASTERS, BOOK ONE: THE CALL, by Geralyn Beauchamp. I find this extremely interesting, because these are both, basically, romance in a fantasy setting. It seems, as far as the books are concerned, however, that's where the similarities end. Beauchammp was content to stick to planet earth and travel back and forth through time. Her fantasy input had to do with the introduction of the Muiraran race. Hokstad goes beyond that in her fantasy setting.

As in her first book, THE DUKE'S HANDMAID, she includes a map so we can visualize the places she's talking about. This is a bit Tolkienesque, and I like it. Above the map are the words “The Continent of Raeru on the World of Byntar”. The main focus is on Duke Vahn Rebono of Latoph and his secret wife kee. The world she creates is full, rich and vibrant. Although much like ours it is very much different, as mentioned last Summer when THE DUKE'S HANDMAID was toured here. I would liken it to one of the worlds that Digory never made it to when he and Polly used his Uncle Andrews magic rings to travel to different worlds. Readers of C.S. Lewis' CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, in particular THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW, will recall this account. The rings didn't bring them immediately to another world, but a “world between the worlds”. In that in between world there were pools. When entering one pool you entered a different world. Lewis had these children entering Charn and Narnia (at its birth), but the idea that there are all kinds of other worlds that were never explored gives basis to all fantasy worlds, including Byntar.

After reading the book once, and then going back over it again, I am amazed at the amount of spiritual knowledge that is hidden within the pages of this wonderful book. You really never can say the Duke is Jesus and kee is the Church. Perhaps one way of looking at it s that they are both different aspects of the church working together to give a fuller picture of Jesus. Both are flawed, yet both exhibit qualities that we should as Christians. Take for instance the case of Captain Zinto, right at the beginning of the book. Here is a poor ship's captain who has been commandeered by King Arx, the Duke's brother. Little thought has gone into acquiring the vessel other than to supply transportation for the king. Zinto is furious, but he dare not show it. He has a shipload full of silk and if he takes the king, which he really has little say over, he will be stranded in the north just as the storm season sets in. His silk will be lost, and with it his income. Duke Vahn arrives and is apprised of the situation. He says if he can't persuade the king to another course he will personally by the silk from him. How like Christ this is, to extend mercy and grace even when none is looked for. He even offers the use of his own ship. As writers I wonder how much we realize we are speaking to ourselves as well as to our readers. For surely Caprice Hokstad has extended mercy and grace to all who will but open the pages of this book and bask in its many wonders.

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Caprice Hokstad said...

Thank you, David. You always have such interesting insights. I never gave the exchange with Captain Zinto that much consideration, as Zinto is a rather minor character and the little scene where he appears is not hugely critical to the overall plot. How wonderful that you could find an application I never even thought of!

By the way, the B&N link seems to be defective. Try this one instead: Barnes and Noble

cathikin said...

As always, you have such great insights. I love to read your blogs as you pull out so much truth.

David said...

Thank you both. The unfortunate thing is that I could write more and more about NOR IRON BARS A CAGE because of all that is in there. I find it difficult to believe that you, Caprice, were really not aware of this. Some of it is intrinsic to who the characters involved.

I redid the link to B&N. I hope it works. I had a link to Books a Million, but just couldn't get it to work right at all.

David said...

I think I have the links fixed. Check them out on your end. Originally I had B&N as well as BookAMillion, but took the latter out. Then trying to correct the former was ready to take that out. It came down to just typing the text in and using the link button on the editor to turn the text into a link.

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