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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

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

CHENOA'S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY, by Becky Dice


Day 4 - As a coming of age novel, particularly from a female's point of view, Becky Dice handles this very well. I especially like the insertion of Paul Alchesay and Dakotah Little Eagle. Here are two different young men, both Native Americans, but very much different. Paul seems to see life for the Indian as one that is limited, one that is destined for poverty. Dakotah, on the other hand, isn't bound by those around him. Because of his faith in Christ he believes that anything is possible. Yet, Chenoa finds herself drawn to both of these young men, for different reasons. Eventually she is going to have to make a choice, and that knowledge alone seems to frighten her.

Here we see the groundwork laid out for her by her parents. Her parents have taught her the value of an education. Paul doesn't share that value. He believes you have to get out there and start making money if you want to have any place in society, especially on the reservation. Dakotah shares Chenoa's value of education, perhaps even trusts in it more than she does. We find that this becomes a key factor with Chenoa.

There is also the fact that Chenoa has been told about Dakotah, before meeting him, by Tamara Reams, Dr. Douglas and Barbara Reams daughter. Not only did Tamara tell Chenoa about him, but she had a picture of him and was making plans to move in on him when he dumped his current girlfriend. While this may seem a little "As the World Turns" for some, it's really the way things are. You have two people who are infatuated with the same person, which is what eventually happens. Chenoa must make a choice here as well. The one she makes has its good points, but is backed by some bad motives. She figures that there's no harm in getting to know this boy if they're going to go back to the rez. That decision leads her to a place where she really starts falling for Dakotah, placing her at odds with Tamara.

Have you ever been in a situation that isn't really all that bad, but it flies in the face of someone you are close to? Have you ever felt as if you were intruding where you shouldn't go, or perhaps you've been the one who has trespass where you believe was something that was yours? Silly little decisions like this can cause a world of hurt and sometimes never heal. We should always walk in love. This means that if you are attracted to someone that a friend of yours has told you they are attracted to, you put your friend first. I know that's hard to do, especially for the coming-of-age woman. Still, it's what must be done. Several times the apostle Paul tells us to put others first. Because Chenoa didn't do that she has to deal with the consequences. That is something we should always remember, every action, every choice we make has its own set of consequences, good and bad. Like the parable of the sower and the seed, you really do harvest what you plant.

Once again Becky Dice attacks a very real issue, hitting us where we live. She does so realistically to the point where you feel as if you are Chenoa (or Dakotah). You can feel the pain, the frustration over making wrong choices and wishing you would have made the right ones. That, I think is a key to this whole book. We can avoid some of these wrong choices, if we will look at the consequences of making bad choices.

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

2 comments:

ForstRose said...

As usual David you have brought out so many things from this book.

And yes sometimes we can avoid bad choices if we consider the consequences before acting but I think Chenoa like many of us also learns some valuable lessons, if she chooses to accept them and put them to use, through experiencing the unpleasant consequences of her choices. The hard way isn't necessarily the way we'd like to learn things or the best way to learn a lesson in terms of the fallout for the person who has to endure the consequences of their choice but it is probably the most effective method of learning a lesson in that people don't often forget how things ended up when they go badly and human nature is to want to avoid that same result in the future.

In other words the lesson sticks and people don't want to repeat the steps that landed them there so they make a more concerted effort to avoid it the next time.

Melissa

Christian Fiction Review said...

We are all children, infants really, in the grand scheme of things. Yet we are trying to act grown up. The problem is that the more grown up we try to act like the more childish we appear. Yes, we need the fire of our situations to burn away this childish attitude, to remember that we are simply God's children and can depend on Him anytime, anywhere. Now doing this is the hard part. I find myself like Chenoa, wishing for an easy way out, only to find that I have to face a harder truth than what I had imagined. Chenoa is, in this sense, my hero. She stuck it out and ultimately became victorious, at least partially, because she humbled herself before the Lord. Oh that we would learn that very simple lesson.

David

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