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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

Saturday, July 12, 2008

CHENOA'S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY, by Becky Dice


Day 7 - In reading CHENOA'S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY and getting to know its author, I've found out something about myself, and indeed, perhaps, about many authors. Our "heroes" and "heroines" are those patterned after the self we wish we could be. Yes, we through in our faults and flaws, but we make them somehow better than we are. Whether it's the ability to grasp a spiritual truth more quickly or to apply that knowledge in our daily lives, to a limited degree, we are reflected in their eyes as something greater than we perceive in ourselves. It's kind of like looking into a magic mirror that has the common sense to tell us we are the most beautiful, or intelligent, or wise, in all the land, lest we reveal our true nature and smash the mirror to pieces. I say this, not because Becky Dice is a person burdened with difficulties that could be easily overcome if she would follow the Word of God, but because all of us seem to suffer the same misconceptions. So we are like Chenoa, a bit larger in "life" than we are ourselves. Yet, upon closer inspection, we find that we have given ourselves the answers to the burdens we carry. How? you may ask. We do so by giving that particular greatness to our protagonists. God speaks through His Word, and as His Word abides in the hearts of the Christian writer, it then becomes His Word that flows through us, teaching both our main character, and us, the way to truly live.

I suppose this is an odd post, but I'm an odd sort of person. I live out my fantasy of a greater perfection in the life of Nat Adams, the NYPD detective in my story. Frank Creed lives out a fantasy of a greater "self" in the person of Calmity Kid, introduced to us in Flashpoint. Grace Bridges does the same thing in her book. I could go on and on. The author is reflected in the lives of the characters they create. I have said this reflection seems to us to be somewhat distorted to suit our wishes. This is not entirely true. For the Christian we see just who we are, lost, unloveable, very tormented creatures. We devise a method of making them less so in our stories, but we are really not suspending the truth for our benefit. We are applying glimpses of who we truly are in Christ to our overall reflection. All we are and give credit to comes from living in Jesus. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith, and as such has created us, His characters in His novel, His story, to be both flawed and yet perfected by His blood. This duality can be seen in CHENOA'S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY and many other Christian fiction works. We apply a righteousness that exceeds our own to the protagonist because this is precisely what God has done for us in Christ Jesus.

Still this is a process, like the shedding of old dead skin and the adding of layers of who Jesus is. The more we live in Christ the more we become like Him, and the more we become like Him the more the dead self is buried and done away. Yet it is a process, a lifelong journey that we must not forsake. When challenged to be dismayed, we must look at the end result, which is perfection in the very likeness of Jesus. This is done not by any greatness of our own, but through the power of the Holy Spirit that raised Christ from the dead. With discipline and obedience to God the Holy Spirit makes us perfect. We stand now before God in Jesus, who is our perfection. The apostle Paul put it this way, "For now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face." We are imitating what our mortal minds can comprehend, but one day we shall cast off this cloak of morality and put on immortality. We are already seated with Christ at the right hand of God.

I mention all of this because it is good to read over what we have written. For as we have written God has been speaking to us, just as God speaks to Becky Dice through CHENOA'S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY. While the stories may be universal, the lessons poignant, when we re-read them, we find that God has spoken to us in the most intimate of terms. In that we can be thrilled, for we know that He has taken time out just for us. To me, there is nothing better in life than to be a writer...that is if I am a writer for the Lord. Pick up a copy of CHENOA'S SPIRITUAL JOURNEY and see if you don't see yourself in it and find God speaking to you as well.

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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