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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

Sunday, October 05, 2008

HIGHER HONOR, by S.M. Kirkland

Day 1. HIGHER HONOR, by S. M. Kirkland is an interesting work in a number of ways. First, due to the professionalism of the author, the copy I reviewed was not the copy that will go on the market. Almost at the last minute, with a consult from her editor/publisher, Sue decided it still needed a lot of work. That isn't to say the book isn't good in the unpolished form in which I read it, but it speaks to the quality of the author herself. Writers tend to want to get things out there as quickly as possible, and often make the mistake of overlooking some glaring errors. S. M. Kirkland wasn't willing to take that route. Sure it sounded good. The book was even printed up and bound. In fact, most of the errors weren't all the kind of errors that would stop a reader. Mostly they were technical errors in the writing itself. This made me appreciate both Sue and her book HIGHER HONOR all the more.

As for the book itself, well she takes situations and places them within a military framework. Cassidy Saunders, our heroine, is in her senior year at the John McIntosh Military Institute, holding the rank of captain. She finds herself in the undesirable position of looking over the other cadets, specifically other cadets with the same rank, and required to report to her supervisors of any infractions. I've never been in the military myself, but as a correctional officer for 20 years I can tell you that you quickly lose favor with most of your peers when placed in this situation. Cassidy is hard, but fair. However, that's not the way Captain Chris Banton feels. He feels as if he's being harassed, and he's not about to let some young woman tell him what he can and cannot do. This is how the book begins.

Funny how many life situations start out the same way, one person put in the role of authority, while another person feeling berated. Did you know that this is the result of sin? It's true. Sin reaches down into those small crevices in our hearts, those places we think no one knows about, and begins to rot us from the inside out. In Galatians 5 Paul talks about the evil that lurks in the hearts of those who do evil. Here is the list he gives, "Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such." Looking at this list we are tempted to categorize things into terrible, bad, and not so bad. Yet each sin is the same to God. Let's eliminate the more obvious sins and see what Paul is saying. They would be, "hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such." In other words, most of the list has to do with the way we react to the things around us. It would be easy for both Cassidy or Chris to hate, to have conflicts (variances), to cause strife or seditions (rebellion), to speak falsely about others, to envy what each other had. If they did it would further be easy to let that hatred lead to murder, drunkenness, revellings and things of that sort." I really don't think we realize what kind of impact we have on the world around us. We need to be reminded that one deed does not affect one person, but can change the course of many lives, sometimes forever. That is something for us to think about. Let our lives be guided instead by love, as Jesus teaches us, "Love one another." We will see that this isn't always an easy thing to do, but it is the right thing to do.
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Caprice Hokstad said...

Good intro to Higher Honor but your purchase buttons are a little messed up. The TWCP button just leads to the image jpg and the other buttons lead to Laura Davis's book.

David said...

Thanks Caprice. I'll go in and fix that (and the other 5 posts...groan). Thanks for the buttons. I did them 3 and 3 rather than have them run off the page. Looks nice.

Susan said...

Thanks, David, for that awesome intro! It was a not a decision I took lightly --3 weeks before my due date. It was already selling well and getting good review. . .but I knew it could be better.

Also, I plan to give away 3 copies of "Higher Honor" to readers who comment on any of the blogs about "Higher Honor."

Thanks again! I'm excited to read the review :)

David said...

Just some FYI here. I'm having trouble with the links and the buttons. So if you're visiting here and wondering what's going wrong, it's on this end, not yours. I'm trying to fix it up. Caprice was kind enough to find a few for me, but I'm finding others. By the grace of God I hope that everything will be fine for tomorrow's post (and the rest of the week)

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