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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

Monday, July 07, 2008


CHENOA'S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY, by Becky Dice is exactly that, a spiritual journey of a young lady as she enters womanhood. As with every journey Chenoa's journey includes many choices. You have to choose whether to turn right or left or go straight ahead. Each fork in the road presents new opportunities or, if we let them, obstacles. You see, our choices can make things easier or harder for us. The problem is that the choices that seem to make things easier are often the ones that create bigger problems in our lives. Spiritually we must make similar choices. Do we go forward or stand still? Do we turn here? What direction do we go? How do we follow the Lord? That's one of the many mysteries of life that isn't so much a mystery as it is an action that enables us to allow God to direct us properly.

Let's examine some of the choices that Chenoa has to make. She has to choose whether she will go with her parents to Ohio or rebel against their wishes. She has to choose whether to strike up a relationship with a young man named Paul Alchesay. Later she has to choose whether to betray a friendship in order to make one. Each step Chenoa makes is marked by her choices, for good or ill. Not every choice is the wisest. Initially the choices revolving her move seem to be the most abrasive and difficult. Then the choices about Dakotah Little Eagle seem to take a front seat. Later even these choices are overshadowed by even more difficult decisions. At the core of all these choices is her spiritual condition. In the beginning her knowlege of Jesus is nothing more than head knowledge of some person her parents believe in. This creates difficulties making the right choices. The closer she gets to knowing Jesus for herself the easier it is to make the right decision, even if life seems to go spinning out of control.

This is one of the "secret" truths about following the Lord. Making the right choices becomes easier, while life seems to become incredibly harder. This is God's way of making us stronger. We are like gold. We can be encased in dirt, our glory hidden from all, or we can allow God to put us through His refining fire to purify us, so that our glory, His glory, may be visible to all. Let us learn from Chenoa to make wise choices, even when things get rough, knowing that our Heavenly Father cares for us. We may not understand, but we can know and rest in His love. That is, or should be, enough. There will come times when this is difficult to believe. At those times we must resolve to hold fast. As Job says, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him."

David Brollier
CFRB co-founder


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I'm also going to give you her blog address and ask Becky to start entering some things there. Becky, like Chenoa, use this blog as your "diary", your journal. If you aren't active there people won't know how to contact you. Or worse, they'll think you don't care...which I know is false. So write down your own spiritual journey. People want to know. You can find her blog at:

Becky at Author's Den


cathikin said...

Choices. Yes, one of the most important themes of the novel. And of our lives.

David said...

Amen to that. I was going to label this post, "Choices", but forgot to do so, burned out as I was. I am so grateful that I was able to write these posts ahead of time and have them posted automatically by Blogger. That took a lot of pressure off. It was one choice I made ;-)

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