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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, May 03, 2008


Day 1, Sunday

This fantasy about the ultimate war between good and evil is told rather smoothly, with characters we can relate to. William McGrath is willing to pull in some of the old Bible stories, mingle them with some myths concerning ancient times, give us a period of time that is more conducive to fantasy than the present, yet somehow manages to thrust the plot into the future. Whether it is the lifespan of the Anakim or the human race is simply going around one more time, seems vague to me. Yet he introduces powers, countries, and nations as if reporting some fast-breaking news. So if you like end time novels, mixed in with hand-to-hand combat, specifically swordplay, and political/spiritual movements on a world wide basis, this is a book you will enjoy.

The first person we meet is Daniel. Daniel is an Asherite, meaning he is of the tribe from which the kings of Asulon descend. There is also the mingling of the children of Anak with the Asherite males. Although he explains this rather well, you can really appreciate it better if you are acquainted with who the Anakim are. Scripture talks about them as "the sons of the God".(Gen. 6:2) This phrase, which is repeated in two verses down after mentioning that these are giants, in verse 4. These people, these giants are identified as the children of Anak in Numbers 13:33. Yet there are all kinds of rumors about who and what these people really were. Goliath, is said to have been a descendant of Anak. The main problem people have wrestled with is over the phrase "the sons of God". Some people claim this means these were angels who intermarried with humans. Others, a bit more "out there", believe these "sons of God" were aliens from another planet. Having greater knowledge, larger builds and longevity of life, these things were passed on through intermarriage with humans. Then there is a more conservative view that says that the phrase, "sons of God" refers to princes, which is basically where I find myself.

However, where would speculative fiction be without all these other possibilities? What if there were angels who where trapped outside of Heaven, yet swore no allegiance to Satan? This is where William McGrath takes us. Is he right? Who's to say? There's no one around to prove or disprove this claim, so it makes perfect sense (to the fiction writer) to use this as a tool to motivate the story.

One of the things I like about this work is that the author has stripped us of all those "weapons of mass destruction". Warfare is up close and personal. I've always believed if we kept war this way there would be less of it...I could be wrong, but it's my belief. In any event, you can't go swashbuckling around from behind a computer keyboard, typing in commands to kill an enemy thousands of miles away. There is no chivalry, no honor, no personal skill in that. Yet, put two people in the same arena with the same weapons, be they knives, swords, daggers or clubs, and honor shines like the Sun, and evil shrinks away into the shadows. It makes for a great fantasy, a great story. In ASULON, BOOK ONE: SWORD OF FIRE, William McGrath uses this to his advantage, and one soon learns that we are in the presence of a great storyteller.

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cathikin said...

Ah, yes: chivalry and honor. Those are certainly high values in this novel. I love the code that is given in the beginning and is an integral part of Daniel's training. Like knights of the Round Table, but even more noble than that with the spiritual dimensions. Anak, the angel on earth, is certainly a different twist than I've read before.

David said...

Unfortunately I didn't make mention of the obvious references to the Arthurian legends. I guess you could say Asulon is like a global Camelot.

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