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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, May 08, 2008

ASULON: SWORD OF FIRE - BOOK ONE, by William McGrath


Day 6, Friday

William McGrath has such vibrant characters. He takes great pains to assure us that we have real, believable characters, not cookie cut-outs of one another. You can picture Daniel, a country boy of a noble house who would fee much more at home fishing or hunting than living in a palace, like his father, Argeus. His mother, more queenly perhaps because of her bloodline, yet bolstered by her faith in Yeshua. Master Moor, the man responsible for Daniel's training, his protector. An assassin turned family guardian. There is Simon, the priest, who seems like such a minor character until they set out for Logres. It is then we learn of his true worth. Perhaps one of the most intriguing characters is Princess Rachel, the Abramim, yet follower of Yeshua. Beautiful, gentle, kind, loving and with special gifts from the Creator.


The good guys aren't the only ones he's created that are realistic. There's Sargon, head of the Builder's Guild, ambitious, but a little overconfident. Sargon underestimates the power of his Illuminati allies. Then there's Aesculapius, "Master f the Great White Brotherhood, Greatest of the Round Table of Nine, Philosopher-King of Philosopher-Kings. High Priest f the Illuminati." This guy has all the charm of the Ebola Virus. Subtle as a sledge hammer he insists that Sargon do certain things as his part in connection with the covenant between the guild and the Illuminati. Sargon doesn't listen too kindly to advice, which brings us to the guy in the Builder's Guild who is trying to usurp the power of Sargon and yet remain an ally. We meet quite a cast of characters among the guild, but it's when we meet Ferragus, another of the guild who wishes to have Sargon's place among the guild. Then there is Prince Rosh, who by his own admission isn't a higher authority among the Illuminati, but is in fact the Illuminati itself. His word is law, his intentions evil, he imagines him a god with real powers.


Good or bad, creating characters that are realistic is a must for me, and many other writers, William McGrath included. I think about how this is just like God. Scripture refers to God as the Author. In several other places we learn about how God knew us before He created the heavens and the earth. Now isn't that how we write? I mean we create our characters first, get to know them, the start writing the story. It works that way, because the characters are now real and can tell us when we're doing something wrong. You try to do something with them outside of their character and they're quick to tell you about it. I think there's something to this spiritually speaking. God created all of us, knew us before He started working on the story of the human race. That means when we're getting down on ourselves or feel ashamed to pray because of something we've done we really aren't hiding anything from Him. He knew we'd do these things before the foundation of the world. He knew each lie we'd tell, each item we'd steal, every time we'd let our eyes and mind wander to places where it has no business. He knew all about that. So instead of getting down on yourself, rejoice in the grace God has shown you, and allowed you to come before Him because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Rejoice that now you can rejoice, even knowing you are unworthy of such a great love, because God has made you worthy in His One and Only Son. He is the Great Author. He knew His characters before He started writing our story, His story really. He knew about how some would reject Him, but had to continue to write the story to get to those who would receive Him, even you and me. I guess God's type of writing is what we would call "character-driven writing." And it's great to be blessed by Him to identify with His Authorship by being authors ourselves. What a tremendous blessing and gift this is.


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2 comments:

ForstRose said...

As usual great insights. Now I wish I'd read the book. But back to the posts, there are three or four things in your posts that have hit me this week so far.

First - Resting in God's foreknowledge and authorship in our lives that even when we mess things up He knew it would happen and already knows if and how we will get back on track. I suppose that's one of the drawbacks of free-choice - the option and often the act of wandering off on rabbit trails that can delay or even harm us perhaps only temporarily but sometimes not.

Second - Recognizing and avoiding/revealing evil for who/what it is. Ok this is not really our job per se but God's though at the same time we as children have to be open and aware to recognize when He is revealing what we are to recognize and avoid and sometimes He directs us to present that Truth to others to help them as well. (As Cathy mentioned The Illuminati do in some ways bring to mind the Masons and for me some of the other religions in our world that may look Christian on the outside but either tweak Truth or add their own alleged revelations to it from those who are not God.

Third - That the bad guys are motivated by hunger for money and power and power over the money. You quote the verse about love of money being the root of all evil and this illustrating that. Even in my life that is a line that can be hard to find and draw. When does "love of money" actually occur and other issues then stem from it and when do we have valid concerns over our income versus "necessary" expenses??? This actually is a question that has come up for me recently as well as how to deal with the situation when the income isn't changing and costs are increasing. I'm still working on that one for now but just something that hit me in light of things being addressed in my home church in our current study/sermon series as well as things that you've brought up this week.

Melissa

David said...

Let me address your 3 points here Melissa, so people will know exactly what I'm saying. I'm going to try to keep it short, but you know me.

1. God's foreknowledge has nothing to do with our Free Will (free-choice). Some people think the two are the same. I simple cannot see a God who creates a Judas knowing he will go to Hell, even if it meant getting His Son on the cross for our sin. He knew it would happen. Judas could have chosen a different way, a way of repentance, but he chose not to until it was too late. God already knew this was going to happen, and I can only imagine how it must have hurt Him. We can see that pain in the face of Jesus at the Last Supper, "One of you will betray me," and later in the Garden, "Are you going to betray Me with a kiss?" As writers we may know our characters, but are frequently surprised by them. I think there is a Godly truth in there as well.

Second, recognizing evil is very much the part of the Christian. Too often, however, people focus on the wrongdoings of other people. The evil that they do is one thing, but these people themselves are not evil, not even in the Illuminati. As long as God's breath gives them life there is the chance that they may turn towards Him and repent. This is where our attack should be, and our weapon the love of God. The "Masons" are not, however, the "Illuminati". If anything it is the Builder's Guild that are the Masons. The Illuminati exists under that name to this day.

Three, when we question ourselves as to whether or not we we are "lovers of money" because we have so many legitimate needs we prove that we are not loving money. Christians are often beset with a kind of morose self-defamation, as if this were pleasing to the Lord, or at least, what we deserve. If we ever received what we deserved none of us would be saved. Salvation would not be offered to us...if we received what we deserved. It is when we question ourselves about these things, do I love money, pleasure, am I caught up in the things of this world, etc. that God seeks to bring our lives back into focus. We prove, just in questioning ourselves, that our hearts are tender towards Him. The next step is to confess our sins, repent and then praise God for removing these things from us.

And that's the short answer ;-)
David

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