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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, April 05, 2008

NEVER CEESE, by Sue Dent

Day 1, Sunday

Some time ago another writer asked for some advice about writing a story about vampires. I was taken back. A Christian book about vampires? What was she thinking? Instead of writing her off as a kook, or telling her that there was no place for her at CFRB, I asked her about this. As it turned out the book was not going to be a Christian one, but a secular one, but a strange thing began to take place. God began showing me how powerful He could explain His love, mercy and forgiveness, in a vampire story. So I began to encourage people who wrote dark horror Christian stories to look into writing a series on vampires. It seems no one took me up on that. Yet during that time a little book was out that I gave no attention to. The name of that book was NEVER CEESE, by Sue Dent. It wasn't until well over a year that I realized, well actually someone told me, that NEVER CEESE was about vampires. This time, however, in stead of being taken back, I was looking forward to just such a story.

I give you this background because many of you are going to visit here and think that we've gone off the deep end. How dare we tour a book about werewolves and vampires on a Christian site. I maintain that every Christian story is just such a story, even if these creatures aren't mentioned. Even your best Christian romance is a vampire story. How can I say that? I want you to think about all you've heard or read about vampires, and even werewolves. Sue Dent mentions them as being cursed, and this is a universal description. Finer details, such as the fear of light, love of darkness, the need for blood to survive, and even the fear of a crucifix are all Christian teachings. Since Adam, all of us have been born not only under a curse, but cursed ourselves. We are, as it were, still born, the living dead, a description that may well describe zombies. Let us consider these points from a Christian world view. Each of us is born into a world of evil and become partakers of that evil ourselves. As such the Light is the one thing that we cannot bear. It would show us who we really are and destroy us. So we prefer the darkness. Jesus even mentions this, “ loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19) Right we are to fear the light, because we were once vampires, werewolves and zombies. Light finally killed us, yet in killing us brought to us a newness of life. Again as Jesus said, “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” (John 12:24) Only the curse didn't let us see this at first. We believed a lie and walked in darkness for a long time. Even now darkness calls to us, trying to pull us back into the curse from which we have been set free. When we were cursed we may not have thrived on blood in the literal sense, but didn't each of us thrive on making others feel bad, even if we felt they deserved to feel bad. You've seen, known or have been picked on by bullies. Rather than become different than them we became them wishing them harm instead of goodness. We feasted on their every failure. Such is the way of the vampire. Such is the case of each of us before we are set free from the curse by the blood of Christ. And have you noticed that it really isn't the crucifix, but the empty cross that people fear. They fear it because if what Christians teach is true then it means only one of two things, they must die to be set free, or that they must face everlasting torment...torment that begins here on earth.

No, I no longer see the stories about vampires and werewolves as anti-Christian in nature, but as a means of exposing the anti-Christian tendencies within each of us and then showing us the way to freedom and life and light. This is the story of NEVER CEESE, and it is the story of every Christian story in its essence. Take the parable of the Prodigal Son that Jesus taught (see Luke 15:11-32). The younger son sucks his inheritance from his father to gratify himself. He spends his money giving in to every deed of darkness his flesh desires. Then the curse is made known to him when a famine hits the land and his “friends” all leave him. He finds himself a job feeding the pigs, and fighting over their food. This is the life of the vampire, the werewolf, the zombie. Then Scripture says, the young man came to himself. There was hope for him, even if he had to lose his name, and it was in his father's house. He could be a servant, be well-clothed, fed and sheltered. Light fell upon him and the chains of darkness fell from his feet. Yet this prodigal was not taken back as a servant, but restored by the father as his son. Did Jesus mean to make this a vampire story? I rather doubt it, but all the elements of vampirism exist nonetheless. I think that Jesus knew that the Gospel could be described and understood in terms of vampire literature and welcomed the opportunity to show how great His love for us really is. This is why I have been so thrilled to read this story. It's not some created character who stumbles upon Christianity through their own goodness, but a story about how their very evil points them to Christ.

You can buy NEVER CEESE at Amazon

As well as Barnes and Noble

Be sure to check out the link at The Writer's Cafe Press TWCP

And don't forget to visit Sue Dent's page at Never Ceese

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


cathikin said...

WOW! What an incredible post about the Christian elements that can be found in the werewolf/vampire tales! I never thought about all of that before. Thanks so much for posting this one. I'm going to send as many as possible over to read this one.

David said...

Many of these thoughts have been forming in my mind before I ever knew NEVER CEESE was about werewolves and vampires. Praise God for Sue Dent's obedience to the Lord in writing this novel. All I did was comment on it.

Sue Dent said...

And I know He was there too because I'd come to a particularly tricky part and ask how? And He'd push me right through the moment with an answer. "Ahhhh," I'd say using that unbelievably creative noggin He gave me. "Interesting indeed!"

David said...

I know that feeling Sue. It's great when you can say your book is really God's work and know what you're talking about. Others think we're just dedicating the work to Him, but we know that every creative aspect of the story came directly from God. It's the mistakes, typos, grammar errors, etc. that come from us.

Caprice Hokstad said...

How funny. You WANTED a story about vampires and werewolves but didn't realize Never Ceese fit the bill while I wanted to read Sue's work, but was put off by the perception that Never Ceese (which I KNEW was about vampires and werewolves) would be horror and therefore too dark for my taste! Too bad we both didn't communicate sooner.

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