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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

Friday, April 11, 2008

NEVER CEESE, by Sue Dent

Day 7, Saturday

Love. In my past posts about NEVER CEESE I've touched on love constantly. The reason is because that is the underlying strength of both Christianity and the story itself. Yesterday I wrote about evil because it is in direct contrast with love. I want to clarify something before I continue. All evil is a form of rebellion against Love, and God is Love. (see 1st John 4:8) I mention this to get at the devil, the author of all rebellions against God. It's how he became a devil, when he was initially one of the highest angels in Heaven. Whether by “non-choice” or choice, we rebel against the riches of God and His love, we make ourselves enemies of God. We all were enemies of God, which is why He became a man, the man we call Jesus, in order to die for our sin, our rebellion against Him. Which gets us right back to love, which is where I want to be.

The two initial characters, Merideth and Penelope found refuge in love. Even when Penelope told her husband about that day and what happened to her, his respons was not to abandon her to whatever fate awaited her, but to remove her and his family from that place. Why? Because of love. Love demanded that he care for his wife, his family. This becomes important later in the story, but I'll let you find it. Then we have the love of Penelope and Richard, hundreds of years later, a fact that is explained by Richard being a vampire and Penelope, although now dying, was once under a similar curse. Her love gives him some of his humanity back, and with it a place for hope to reside. There is the love of Penelope and Ceese, which is an incredible love, one that has allowed Ceese to train herself to get through much of the things that would normally cause her pain. More than that, however, it is this love that gets her to listen to Penelope and work with Richard, as much as she despises him. This promise, in time blossoms into a love she feels towards Richard, and he feels towards her. This amazing change is the crux of the story, it's where the story shifts around from one thing to another. Their mutual love for each other gives them strength to go beyond what they would normally go. It gives them the idea of being able to sacrifice themself for the other. Then there is the love of Cassie for an old lady named Penelope that gives her new strength in her own life. There are other examples, but this will do for now. My intent is not to give you the plot, but to whet your taste so you can enjoy it as I have.

Love never comes empty-handed. It offers gifts in one hand, for those who are obedient, and chastisement in the other hand for those who are disobedient. Both arms of love are there to embrace, even after chastisement, the object of love. Here I'm not talking about love as, “I love oranges”, but both brotherly love and divine love (phileo and agape loves respectively). It is the love of one for another. Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) Jesus called His disciples friends, and in doing so calls all of us who follow Him His friends as well. Romans 5:8 puts it this way, “For God commendeth His love towards us in this, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” This is love, true love. It doesn't ask for anything other than to be received, and even that is not forced upon us. God loves each and every one of us. This is so clearly seen in NEVER CEESE that you can't help bumping into this on practically every page. While we may not see it as the love of God, we still recognize it as love, and God is the author of Love, as He is Love itself.

NEVER CEESE is more than just a well-told story. It is an urging for each of us to come to that Love. We have joined through some very dark places, been forced to look at the darkness within our own hearts, yet has brought us out into the great light of love. If you like stories about vampires and such you must read this book. If that's not your “cup of tea” I encourage you to read it anyway. It may just change some of your thinking. Whatever the case, don't ever look at a novel about werewolves and vampires without thinking, “I too am cursed” and following that thought up with, “But I have been set free from the curse by the love of God.” In doing so we have traveled from darkness into light, from rebellion into love, from death into life. There is nothing greater than this. We, who have received Jesus as our Lord and Savior, have all come out of the darkness into life. We may still struggle with rebellion, but our righteousness is in Jesus Christ. In Him we find we have gone from death unto life by the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead.

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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.

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visit the following links of participating CFRB sites:

Back to the Mountains

Queen of Convolusion

A Frank Review

Between Sundays

Bibliophile's Retreat

Cathi's Chatter

Christian Mystery Writers

S.M. Kirkland's Blog

The Melody Within

The Time Mistress

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M. C. Pearson said...

Although I do not have time to become a member with your group because of running the FIRST Blog Alliances, I want to say congratulations on starting this up. THE MORE THE MERRIER! Let's get HIS word out! Can I hear an AMEN?

David said...

There are several of us promoting Christian fiction because we believe it to be a powerful method to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To any who would read this I would caution them at seeing any competition between us. There is none. We are simply different parts of the same Body of Christ, with Jesus as the Head of the Body. We do, usually, as we are told. Give Him the honor, praise and glory. I'm just another writer.

M. C. Pearson said...

Yep, we are all His messengers. Just as there are many missionaries, there can be many blog missionaries!

David said...

Amen! I look at CFRB as a ministry site more than a promotional site for Christian fiction authors and their works, yet we minister largely by doing exactly that. If some self-published author comes in with a great story we want to run with it because we know it will touch the hearts of people. NEVER CEESE, by Sue Dent enabled us to reach a people that are often forgotten or looked down upon. It enabled us to bring light to a dark place, and that thrilled me. Slated early next year we even have a gamebook scheduled to be toured. God is so good.

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