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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

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Day 2, Monday

Our story begins with Julia, wife of a minister in Wales. As Merideth and their six children leave for church she looks forward to some time alone. Those plans are interrupted when two strangers enter the picture. The end result is that Julia witnesses one of the men transforming from a man to a wolf and back again. The other man rapes her, but the wolf scratches her thigh, then gives her a warning. Basically she's to tell her husband to get out of Dodge. That's basically the prologue and I hope Sue doesn't butcher me for butchering her story so quickly. I just wanted to give you the setting. Of course, chapter one begins much later and there are new names. Julia and Merideth seem to have been forgotten. Our three main characters are Penelope, Richard and Ceese.

It is here that we see how painstakingly Ms. Dent has gone to be true to the traditional vampire, while still portraying them as victim as well as predator. The love Penelope and Richard share is so very real, and realistically portrayed. This relationship is very important as the foundation of the story. Richard, our favorite vampire, truly loves Penelope, and it is that single thing that helps him hold on to some forgotten memories. It's difficult for me to get into the story without spoiling it for you readers. There are a lot of really wonderful things in here. One I'll never forget is that when Penelope is dying, and realises it, she meets with Richard and has him quote John 3:16. This verse is known to almost every Christian. It's usually the first verse they ever learn by heart, “For God so love the world, that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” The problem is the curse. The curse that Richard has makes it painful to even think about things that are holy. The word holy alone causes anguish. Now to have him mention the name of God, to quote Scripture about God's great act of love, well, you'll have to read it to really feel it.

Isn't it the same in our society? How many people just can't mention the name of Jesus or God without scoffing at the name? Atheists are so incensed with hatred towards a God they claim doesn't exist that they spend a lot of time and effort trying to prove He doesn't exist. Now I don't believe Buddha was a god, or Baal, or Odin, or any of the pantheon of gods paraded before us from various societies and religions. I don't, however, spend time trying to disprove it. The fact that my God exists is enough. What does surprise me is the depth of the love of God. Just when I think I've glimpsed the vastness of it God reveals something new, and I realize just how small my view of God's love is. It is this love that is painful. For Jesus is the Light, and we all know that vampires have a difficult time with light.

So what was Penelope doing bringing Richard face to face with the one thing that caused him so much anguish? She loved him, remember. She had to touch that part of him that was not yet ruined by the curse. She had hopes for him, hopes that he would one day be free of his curse. That's the reason she called for Ceese, a young woman who just so happens to be a werewolf. Young here is a relative term. She's nearly as old as Richard, and she also is seeking to free herself of her curse. She has one thing that Richard doesn't, hope. She has a hope that there is a way, some way, to rid herself of this curse she has. It is that hope that Richard so desperately needs. At the end of 1st Corinthians 13 we are told that there are three things that are greater than everything else. They are faith, hope and love. He needs to be reminded of this love and introduced to the possibility of hope. Without the combination of the two there will never be an avenue for faith to take root in his heart.

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And for those interested in what Sue Dent has to say for herself check out this list of interviews with her.

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Back to the Mountains

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cathikin said...

I found it interesting that Richard constantly said he could feel things like love or care like normal people, but his actions seemed to indicate otherwise. I wondered if he wasn't just in denial because it hurt too much to feel. His affection for Penelope was so obvious in the way he gave in to her wishes so often. And then there's the rage he went into when she died. The fact that there was more beneath the surface than Richard would admit helped to keep us hoping that the curse wasn't unbeatable, and that the power of God was still greater than that of Satan.

Sue Dent said...

And to be cursed by two! :o

Did I just say that? I think I did! *g* Hey, it ain't a spoiler if I throw it in myself. LOL

Such wonderful coverage. Thanks David!!

David said...

I found the idea of being curse so Biblical it almost slapped you in the face. Sue was adept in covering this by using vampires and werewolves. And yes, we all feel, but that is as "Monk" says, both a blessing and a curse. We are meant to feel good things, but we aren't meant to be directed by our feelings. Richard feels so deeply and can't see it. He tries not to be controlled by these feelings. I found Ceese a very interesting form of introducing hope into Richard's life. Who is the "Ceese" in your life? would have been a great question.

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