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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

Monday, February 04, 2008

NOR IRON BARS A CAGE, by Caprice Hokstad

Day 3 Tuesday

The Love of a Father

The one theme that runs through THE DUKE'S HANDMAID and NOR IRON BARS A CAGE, by Caprice Hokstad, is that of the love of a father. In this case the father is Duke Vahn. Deceived by his former wife, Saerula, she has abducted their son and taken little Dauntere to Ganluc. There she uses her native countrymen, her father, King Pendo and her own scheming to keep father and son apart. As a father myself I can tell you what devastating possibilities such a separation must be. Caprice carefully describes the pains and loneliness of the Duke because of the loss of his son. He also feels largely at fault. Now secretly married to kee, Duke Vahn finds some comfort, but she realizes that if she is to truly serve her master she must aide him in restoring his son to him. This is a tremendous statement. How many step-mothers would love their husbands to the point of retrieving a child born to the previous wife? You see? This book is all about love.

When the Prince of the Powers of this World abducted the son of God, Adam, through deceit and temptation, our Heavenly Father mourned much the same way as Duke Vahn. There are vast differences to be sure. Vahn isn't God, for one, and he doesn't know the end from the beginning for another. Still, the pain God feels over the loss of His children due to sin was so great that love compelled Him to step down from His thrown. The plan was a bold one, one that would not be suspect as the teachings of the Law or preaching of the prophets. For He would cloak Himself as a servant. Do you see any similarity here? Kee posed as a slave to gain knowledge from other slaves in Ganluc as to where Dauntere might be hidden. God clothed Himself in the person of Jesus, entered our history as a servant. When all were expecting a king, the king washed the feet of His own disciples. He offered Himself up to die that we might live. He went beyond what kee had foreseen, although she realizes that she may pay the ultimate price to return to the Duke his son.

These similarities can't be just coincidental. They aren't perfect, and yet they are like reading the stories of the Old Testament so that we may catch a fleeting glimpse of God. That is what Caprice Hokstad has so graciously done for us. She has given us a store that helps us catch a glimpse of both the great love of our Heavenly Father, what our love should be like for Him, and even a glimpse of God Himself, for “God is love.”

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Caprice Hokstad said...

Not sure I deserve that much credit, but I hope the love of God permeates everything I write, even when I don't set out to write a sermon (as should never be the case in fiction).

Your kind words bless me.

David said...

You didn't deliver a sermon, and yet all the outline points, message and emphasis of several sermons are found within NOR IRON BARS A CAGE. Some of Jesus' greatest "sermons" weren't sermons at all, they were parables. And that is just what you have given us. You haven't said, "Listen up boneheads. If you don't agree with these teachings you're going to Hell." Instead you said, "I want to tell you an incredible love story about a lower class servant girl and her master. In the end, however, we still get it, or at least many of us do.

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