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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

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

CHION, by Darryl Sloan

Day 4. Loners. Have you ever been a loner, or are you a loner? Do you interact with those around you, but don't feel like you belong? Do you ever feel like you really don't want to belong with the crowd, but feel lonely nonetheless? Jamie Metcalfe is a loner. One gets the feeling that he is a loner by choice. He can hold his own with the rest of the kids his age, but deep inside he just doesn't fit, nor does he really want to. The only person of any real value to him in school is Tara Morton. Having a crush on a girl at such a young age is going to set you apart. It's going to make you the butt of foul jokes and intolerable teasing. Yet, for reasons explained later in the book, that doesn't bother Jamie. He would rather be set apart, be a loner, than conform to their narrow-mindedness. Yet, on the other hand, he really doesn't want to be alone. Perhaps that only fuels his feelings for Tara.

For those who think this is all a bunch of crap, that kids this age don't have feelings like Jamie has, let me correct them. You see, I had a girlfriend when I was 13. She was a girl from my church. I envisioned growing up and singing and preaching the Gospel as she accompanied me in both singing and playing the piano. She was beautiful, and I was completely taken with her. A year after we started "seeing" each other, which basically meant we hung out together at church or at church functions, she broke up with me. The pain I felt I still can't describe. It was as if all of a sudden I was lost. I tried in vain to find out what happened and win her back, but all it did was make me look like a bigger loser, so I finally learned to let things rest. Had we been trapped in church by this "sticky snow" I would have done anything and everything to see that both me and my girl got out safely. I would be concerned about the others, but if it was a choice between just the two of us or not getting out at all, I would have taken her and only her. Mind you my brother was there too, so what I'm saying packs a lot of weight. I would have done the same thing as Jamie.

Being a loner has its good points and its bad points. The good points are being able to shield yourself from a lot of the garbage that is out there in our society. One of the really bad points is that you start to become proud. You think that you can go it alone, and begin to tune everyone out, even God. I was like that too. Oh, I prayed to Him, but He didn't seem to be listening. This is one of what I call "Elijah moments". After defeating the prophets of Baal, Elijah fled from Queen Jezebel. During his flight he dropped to the ground and asked God to kill him, "I'm the only one who hasn't bowed his knee to Baal," he lamented. God reminded him that there were thousands of others who had not bowed to Baal, thousands who still served God faithfully. God then led Elijah into the wilderness. Notice how the trial comes right after the victory? Now that's really not in the story, but who knows what the next chapter of the story would have been like? Would Jamie have had to battle against his own pride? Probably, because he had been shielding himself for so long by being a loner that he left himself unprotected. Pride managed to seep into his heart. We even see a glimpse of this in the ending, but I'll let you find that for yourself.

David Brollier
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