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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, February 06, 2008

NOR IRON BARS A CAGE, by Caprice Hokstad

Day 5 Thursday

Campaign in Ganluc

NOR IRON BARS A CAGE, by Caprice Hokstad, begins in Latoph and ends in Latoph, however, a good portion of the book either is focused on Ganluc or actually takes place in Ganluc. Duke Vahn Rebono's previous wife has run off with one of the male slaves taking their infant son, Dauntere, with her back to Ganluc. This is extremely important since Duke Vahn is the primary heir to the throne of Byntar. In fact he should have been made co-ruler with his brother since they are twins. However, it is the Duke's hope that one day he will receive the throne to which he has been denied. This being the case Dauntere would reign after his death. Saerula also knows this and is making plans of her own. In the middle is an infant who has nothing more to do about their squabbles or kingships or authorities than to eat and dirty his diaper.

The Duke's attention turns more to Ganluc after an informal talk with Lord and Lady Shil, in the presence of his wife, kee. Kee comes up with a plan for her to pose as a runaway slave and have Captain Nagost Shil pose as the one sent to retrieve her. The plan is set into motion and puts Captain Shil and kee, as well as Lord Pharn Patkus, a good friend of the Duke's and a healer. There are many adventures here. Some are near brushes with danger. Others are near brushes with death. It's in one of the towns in Ganluc that we see how really bad off Ganluc is. Ruled by a king we know little about except by way of his daughter, Saerula, we see the country really divided. They are basically poor, uneducated, and for the most part kept that way by the authorities. Honor, loyalty and justice seem to be foreign to them. And perhaps that's the reason Caprice takes us there.

One thing's for certain, we get a great number of really good teachings on our trek through Ganluc. There's the love that causes kee to put her life in jeopardy to find the son of Master Vahn. There's Lord Patkus' foresight in having a chastity belt made for kee. There's Lord Shil and Lord Patkus arguing over who is more to blame fore the circumstance they end up in. There's Pharn who fells left out...until he's the only one who can get them out of danger. There's the story of the poverty of a nation that didn't need to treat their slaves that way, and the injustice of Ganluc. The persecution of those who are blameless. These are all teachings found in another book, the Bible. There was the prostitute who hid the spies on her rooftop in Jericho. Gideon who prayed that God would prove that what he'd heard was from God. The disciples arguing about who gets to sit next to Jesus in Heaven, then arguing about who is more to blame the most when Jesus is put to death. There's the Good Samaritan who is despised by every Jew, and yet is the only one to tend to a Jew who had been beaten up by thieves. Then there's the whole business of the arrest, trial and death of Jesus. Ganluc isn't the only society that displays a false justice. This book is just jammed packed with gems like this. I could mention more, but I don't want to spoil the story for you. Only know this, the road to and through Ganluc is a hard one. It's a road that Christians are called to walk. We walk it because we know that it's like a desert wasteland. We know that the only way to the Living Water that gives life is to cross through the wilderness of this unjust world. Persecution is our badge of courage. It pains us, even causes us to want to lash out ourselves. And it's at those times we have to ask ourselves, “Do I love my Master or do I love getting even more?” Like kee, we must choose rightly, even if it brings us much pain.

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Caprice Hokstad said...

Wow. You did a wonderful job of showing the adventures and conflicts without spoiling a thing! That surely wasn't easy. I don't know who you do it. Every day gets better.

Thank you again.

David said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it. I enjoy writing the reviews almost as much as I do reading the book. It gives me a chance to really study the work, and believe me, your books are a great study.

One thing that is always a challenge is to tell people what I see without telling them the story. I've wanted to talk about the Honors Match of Nobles and Nomads, but left that out for the reader to enjoy. I wanted to talk about the humiliation Duke Vahn went through and left that out. I wanted to talk about how he turned things around and left that out. Most of all, I wanted to tell people that Dauntere was returned to the Duke at the end of the book, but I left that out as well.

All in all, writing good reviews is easy with writers like you, Geralyn, Frank, Grace, Mary, and some of the others. That's why I want more visibility. You guys are the "Inklings" of today's world.

The Time Mistress said...

Really great post David! I always enjoy them! And a good tease as to the great adventure aspect the book has!

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