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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

Friday, July 11, 2008

CHENOA'S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY, by Becky Dice



Day 6 - Changes! One of the other great things about CHENOA'S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY is the way Becky Dice shows the subtle way that Chenoa changes over the course of the book. From a reluctant, almost rebellious teen, she actually does grow into a loving caring young woman. Yet it doesn't happen over night, like some other authors have portrayed their characters. Chenoa had to go through the fires first. She had to face herself, I mean really face who she was, before any real and positive change could take place.

For those of you who have read the book you're probably wondering why I'm skirting around some issues and plot points. The fact is I don't want to tell the story so the reader has nothing to surprise them. It's hard enough to write a single review without giving away too much, but I try to write seven when we have a regular blog tour. (We're hoping for more Tag Team Tours in the future so stay tuned folks) Anyway, that's why I am not mentioning things you may think need to be mentioned. For those who haven't read the book, trust me when I say you will find yourself understanding everything I've been saying in a much deeper sense when you do read it. Becky has put so much of herself into this book that even she wasn't aware of it. I think going back and re-reading it helped her through some sticky times that followed publication. That is the way of the writer. God speaks to us, but we're not always sure it's God. A lot of the time we think it's a good point to throw in there. Only when we re-examine what we've written do we realize that there was no possible way that we could have been that intuitive or intelligent. So praises go up to God. We give Him the glory for our writing.

Why am I stating that here? Because, like Chenoa, the changes we go through in our lives are so subtle that we often miss them. Thank God that hindsight is 20/20. The problem with hindsight is you can't go back and correct the mistakes you made. What you can do, however, what Chenoa does, is learn from them so that you don't make the same mistakes in the future. Always remember that if you are a child of God then He is working to bring about perfection in your life. This means you will have to bear a lot of hardships, but it also means that He will be right there helping you through them. As it says in 1st Corinthians 10:13, "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able, but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it." Now if you look at this closely, God isn't saying He's going to pull you out of the fire, but He will provide protection through the fire, even Jesus. For while we are changing to be conformed into the image of God's Son, the Father looks upon us and sees the perfection of Jesus. This is mercy. This is love. Here we find our joy and our rest. If we can't find a reason to praise God when we realize this, then maybe we need to check and see if we really are living in Christ.

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

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