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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.

For more you can go here:
http://godsnotdeadthemovie.com/synopsis

To purchase a copy try these links:
Amazon
ChristianBook.com
Barnes & Noble

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

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

CHENOA'S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY, by Becky Dice


Day 3 - Choices! That's what we've been talking about. Let us look at her choices chronologically. Her first choice is to oppose her parent's move to Ohio, to move off of the "rez" as she calls it. This isn't surprising. Most teenagers would rebel against being uprooted from their family and friends. It's the way Chenoa makes her choices here that become important. Rather than absolutely refusing to leave, although she does kick up quite a fuss, she tries to find another way to go about it. She appeals to her grandparents. The idea of playing her grandparents against her parents is not uncommon. It's very similar to a child playing their mother against their father. The idea is to form a schism between the two, and in it a weak point where they can get their way. Did you notice how her grandfather answers her, "If it is okay with your mother and father, you may stay with us." While seeing her point of view, and even presenting an open door for her, he still bows to the will of the parents. This is an imporant part of the story. Chenoa is blessed with an extended family that refuses to allow these little tricks to create division. Instead they work towards a unity that benefits all. Chenoa, of course doesn't see this.

In the end, so far as this choice goes, Chenoa finds herself being uprooted and taken to Ohio with her little brother, River, and her parents. As much as she dislikes it she has been told that this may not be permanent, and although not a Christian she is asking God to send them all back to the rez. She knows that this may just be a temporary thing. Her father hasn't even been promised a job and they will be returning to the rez, even if he does get the job. So she is able to "stomach" this distasteful move.

Because of her attitude, which sways from one end of the spectrum to the other, she ends up spending some quality time with her mother, grandmother and grandfather. Each one encourages her in their own way. We should be like this. We should be willing to go wherever God sends us, and if we have a problem with it, instead of getting all bent out of shape, spend time talking with Him and letting Him encourage and bless us. It will only help prepare us for a future we have not yet been prepared.

So what about you? Do you see yourself as being selfish about what you want? Are you willing to stick things out, even though you may not agree with them? Are you willing to go to church when a football game is on or a movie you want to see? Are you willing to give God some quality time so He may draw you closer to Him, that you may see and begin to understand just how much God loves you? While CHENOA'S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY could probably have used another re-write (what novel couldn't?) Becky Dice hits on some very hard core and realistic issues that we all face. What's more she approaches it from the point of rebelling against those proper choices, and later on moves towards making correct choices. Yet, like the rest of us, she will make many wrong choices before she's through. In this sense I found this work a spiritual powerhouse. Many are probably going to disagree with me, but when you strip away some of the formatting problems, a few other technical errors and focus on the story, this one is bold, honest, and hits us where we live. For that reason it may make some of us uncomfortable, and for that reason it is all the more powerful.

David Brollier
CFRB co-founder


You can purchase CHENOA'S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY at:

Barnes and Nobel
Amazon
Target
and Yahoo

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

4 comments:

cathikin said...

I was also struck by the fact that the grandparents were wise enough to bow to the decisions of Chenoa's parents. I suppose that was in part due to trusting the parents' motives. Trust. Another important element that goes hand in hand with faith and is displayed in the novel with both negative and positive examples.

David said...

I suppose if I were to follow the issues brought up in CHENOA'S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY I could keep on writing review posts for another week or so. Yes, trust, which is actually c component of faith, is a big issue that is brought up. I went the other way, following Chenoa, rather than her grandparents, primarily because I wanted to show the stages of growth that she went through. Unfortunately, not every young woman has such a loving home. As teenagers we all felt like we were being "abused" or not given our due rights as real people, but thank God for Godly parents who knew enough to say "No!" when it was warranted. Chenoa was privileged to have such parents, as am I.

cathikin said...

Yes, it is true. So many young people don't grow up in such a home. Well, yes, the growth that Chenoa encounters is, of course, the main theme of the book. Hence the name. But there are so many side issues that show up. That's the way life is. That is a part of the beauty of this novel, how much it captures of real life in a little snippet.

Christian Fiction Review said...

That's what I found so dynamic in this novel, the willingness to take on so many key issues with grit, meet them where we live, and provide answers. We've had other writers present some realistic situations which were rather dismal. This is not the whole story. Becky was able to tell the whole story, the dismal, ugly truths and the real truth that sets us free. That is what makes this such a fantastic book.

David

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