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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

Thursday, April 10, 2008

NEVER CEESE, by Sue Dent

Day 5, Thursday

Light and Dark. I glossed over this in a previous post, but I want to go into greater detail here. NEVER CEESE does something few books in this genre do, and that is to deal with light as well as darkness. In the beginning of the book we find Richard trying to deal with the fact that light can harm, even kill him. He goes around at night, and if he needs to prowl around the castle during the day he makes sure that all the curtains are drawn. He fears the light, as is the case with vampires throughout the vampire genre. Ceese also is a creature of the night, being a werewolf. She has been disciplining herself to adjust to being a human, so she does venture out into the daylight when the need occurs. We see here different reactions of darkness to light. Interestingly both Richard and Ceese are drawn to the light, even though they know it may cause them pain, even death. It is the love of another that draws them. What a beautiful way to depict this.

Darkness, on the other hand, hides from the light. Light exposes it, destroys it. There is a very real correlation between light and good, and darkness and evil. To take things a step further there is a correlation between light and life, and darkness and death. When we meet up with Richard he stays up way past dawn to spend time with Penelope, who is growing weak and dying. He hides in the darkness. Evil hides in the darkness of our hearts in much the same way. Just as Richard seems to be a pleasant person, outside of the fact that he's a vampire, you might be tempted to call him good. Yet he is not good. Like all of us, he is born into this world as though still born, dead, darkness is his only life. For that reason light threatens him, all of us. We don't want to come to the light, because doing so means our hiding places will be gone, our evil discovered. Yet there is a truth that we need to get out to the world about this hiding out from the light.

Light does in fact kill those who come into it, just as all the myths and legends about vampires have said. Yet it does more, so much more. Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, 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) In order for us to live, we first must die. For that reason we must come into the light. Our deeds must be exposed so that we might come to Him who is Light that He might kill us, that is our evil nature. Yet we also come to Him that He might raise us up into newness of life. For what good is it if we die and are not born again? Of what good is it for a seed to fall to the ground and die, unless it bring forth new life? This is what is not being told many people. So they walk around, the living dead, unwilling to come into the light. They fear this because they don't want to die. You've heard them say so. “Becoming a Christian means I have to give up everything, and I'm not willing to do that.” Or, “I'm an individual, and I'm not about to merge into some cosmic divinity.” Things along these lines we all have heard. The truth of it is that it is God who made us unique, not us. He chose us, knew us, formed us, before the worlds themselves were created. It is in not coming into the light that we blend into the darkness of all that is evil. There we lose the uniqueness that God wishes for us to have. To gain that truly personal individual that you were meant to be you must come into the light and die, that God may raise you up into what He had planned for you all along.

As we read NEVER CEESE we find that this truth is so forcefully portrayed in the lives of Ceese and Richard. Both fear the light, yet in the end...well, you'll have to read it for yourselves.

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Sue Dent said...

Thank-you for touching on this so eloquently. It's funny how most of this just naturally flowed out of me. The horror genre has been and always will be a wonderful way to show light and darkness.

Sucha a great genre for those of us who are Christians to write in should that be our calling. I'm not sure it's my genre. But I do enjoy seeing so many enjoy my little story!

David said...

All I can say is this is a beautifully crafted story with all our childhood friends (werewolves and vampires). Only we're seeing them in a different light. The real bad guy is this mad scientist. And that scruffy mob of college friends lend an authenticity that others might not see. They "go along with the crowd", which gets them into trouble.

On thing I will say is that you were true to your heart, and I feel that the reader feels that. If we can't climb into the sking of one of the characters we can climb into yours and understand the story clearer...if we take the initiative.

God bless you Sue.

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