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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

Thursday, August 07, 2008

CHION, by Darryl Sloan

Day 5. Another thing that Darryl Sloan deals with in this novel is the struggle with faith. He alternates between feeling like God isn't listening to his prayers, and knowing that God isn't listening and answering, even if we don't see it. Jamie sees this snow and the tragedy that results, and he wavers. He prays that Tara would be safe, but he doesn't really believe that God cares enough to answer his prayer until Tara is safe. This is the way it really is. We are asked to do something that is far beyond our capability to fulfill, but when we ask God to be our strength it seems like He always says, "Work it out yourself." It takes a long time to realize that God is answering our prayers, only in a much different way than we thought He would.

That's so real, so like us, so like God. We are so weak, so short-sighted. We get to thinking we have all the answers, when we are really stupid. I'm sorry if that sounds rather blunt. We run around doing our own thing. If God is really our Heavenly Father, don't you think we should act like it? Shouldn't we be obedient children and realize that, as our Dad, God knows what is best for us. Jamie shows some really great insight. He steps out on, what might be called faith, to help Tara. He sees a possible way of escape, but he refuses to leave her behind. Each decision he makes from that point on is marked by an unusual commitment. Yes, Jamie falters in his faith, but eventually he overcomes.

Look at the great saints in the Bible. Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, the prophets, they all have tremendous faults. Lying, stealing, adultery, even murder. These guys were not the cream of the crop if you just look at what they did wrong. If you look at how they handled those wrongs, asked forgiveness, and in some cases bore incredible hardships because they knew they had to reap what they had planted, even if God did forgive them. It gives me hope. If God could love them and record in His Book that these were men of faith, then there is hope for me. There's hope for Jamie. That hope lies in bearing our burdens to Him who died for them and repent of our sins. Hope is the product of God's grace, which is an attribute of His love. This is seen so beautifully in CHION.

David Brollier
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