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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

Saturday, February 09, 2008

NOR IRON BARS A CAGE, by Caprice Hokstad

Day 7 Saturday

Conflicts, Contrasts and Choices!

NOR IRON BARS A CAGE, by Caprice Hokstad, is filled with conflicts. In this respect it mirrors real life. Duke Vahn, after setting his house in order, has the conflict of dealing with Countess Delorae. Kee has the conflict of dealing with the Ganlucian officials while posing as a runaway slave. Capt. Shil has to deal with the conflict of facing the Duke with yet another failure. When the Duke gets this all squared away, and the small group he sent to Ganluc returns, they are faced with war in the northeast border of Latoph. Lady Shil realizes she's going into labor just as the Duke sets out to aid his brother, while her husband is still in Ganluc, again, his condition and whereabouts unknown. There are many other conflicts that these people must deal with, just as you and I find ourselves dealing with conflicts that come into our lives, disrupting an otherwise peaceful life. Yet these conflicts serve a purpose. If we are wise, these conflicts will serve to only make us wiser and stronger. The foolish will be overwhelmed by these conflicts and live in panic or turmoil.

These conflicts also show a contrast between the different characters and the way they handle situations. Duke Vahn and Countess Delorae reacted quite differently when they found themselves in trouble. The Duke embraced the situation and forged through. The Countess, on the other hand, caused her own conflict by inducing this conflict on Prince Vahn. She handled her end quite differently. Kee, Capt. Shil and Pharn Patkus all displayed a Christlike quality of caring for the others more than themselves when conflict came their way. They wanted to help the other more than remove themselves from the conflict. This is seen best in a certain display on the part of Capt. Shil. Now look at Saerula and how she handled conflict when Duke Vahn was forced to kill off her guard. This supremely selfish individual thought not of their deaths, but of her own “honor”, if you could call it that. Look for these contrasts and learn about the people around us, about ourselves. How do we handle adversity?

This brings us to “choices”. For while it is in these contrasts that we can see the true character of these people, it is their choices that have brought them to that place. In one instance honor is chosen over selfish ambition, in another, sacrifice instead of self-preservation. The author has wondered at the number of males who were interested, even after reading THE DUKE'S HANDMAID, and realizing this was a romance, that they would want to read more. That's because this is not a simple romance. She gives us enough action to feed our male egos, but there is something far deeper and greater even than that. It is that, in her quiet way, she is talking about that great romance of our Lord for His people. Jesus said, “By this shall all men know you are my disciples, that ye love one another.” When force to make choices, be sure to found them on love, the love of God the Father, and the love of our brothers and sisters in Christ, yes even a love for the lost, above a love for your own goals. While you should have a healthy opinion of yourself, realize that it is only by God's mercy than any of us can stand before Him. So make choices that will reveal a character so like Christ that the world will want what we have.

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Caprice Hokstad said...

A full week of seven wonderful posts. I am trruly humbled by all of this. "Thank you" seems like such a hollow reward for all this care and effort. I would be more distressed over that inadequacy except I realize that your True Master will reward your efforts with treasure in Heaven, where no moth can destroy. But for now, I hope my sincere thanks will tide you over until the next tour when someone else is blessed.

David said...

Your thanks means more to me than you realize, for we are taught that when we do something for another child of God we minister to Jesus. So your saying "Thank you," is almost as like Jesus saying "Thank you" Himself. There is no greater reward than that. May God bless you richly. You too, are a servant of the Most High, who has labored, and your labor has not been in vain.

The Time Mistress said...

Another great post, David! And I like how you sepatrated out all the conflicts. Caprice did a nice job with the layers of tension she built through out the story with the different conflict aspects she had going on. Tension, tension, tension! Always, always more tension! Makes for a good read. :)

David said...

Ah, my two favorite fantasy gals. Caprice keeps the action going fast and furious. I've often thought of her romance as if it were a new Song of Solomon. The speed she delivers her stories leaves you breathless, and wanting more. Geralyn, creates her tension another way. She lays out her groundwork then feeds you her story so slowly that you feel as though life is speeding around you and you are caught in a slow-motion dream. She deals with a different kind of tension. While both deal with an external tension, Caprice uses it to drive her story. Geralyn uses it as a vehicle to get where she wants to go, using internal tension to drive her story. And you are both the greatest. I am privileged to know both of you.

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