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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

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

HIGHER HONOR, by S.M. Kirkland

Day 3. The conflict between Cassidy and Chris isn't the only thing going on here. Her roommate and close friend, Cadet Captain Mandy Montgomery has gotten engaged to another of Cassidy's friends, Cadet Lieutenant Michael Collinger. Another friend, Ryan Hayes, but here's the clincher, Ryan is also a close friend of Chris Banton. Ryan and Michael are close as well, which makes for some real interesting situations. Who do you go to when you're in trouble, when the person causing the trouble is friends with your friends? I think the Psalmist said it best, "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills." David knew that if he focused on God everything else would find its proper place. The only one he could trust was God. It takes quite a while for some of these characters to understand this.

One of the things I really liked was Michael. I mean, sure Ryan was possibly a closer friend, but Michael cared so much that even early in the story we find that he gets so engrossed in praying for his friends that he realizes he's not riding his motorcycle safely. His focus has been on his friends instead of the road. He worries, not so much about their physical problems, although that does come into play. His immediate concern is the spiritual condition of his friends. Mandy shares in this, but in different ways. The balance that Mandy and Michael add to the story is great. In some places it may get a little predictable, but since this book goes beyond the issue of salvation, it works well just the same.

As we walk through this life we all need people we can depend on, as long as we realize they're going to fail us from time to time. Only God is fully faithful. Look at the examples we have. David and Jonathon, Paul and Barnabas, and the best example of all, Jesus and His disciples. They all had their conflicts and had to work them out, but only Jesus did so properly all the time. Remember, His friends included Peter, who would deny Him, Thomas, who would doubt Him, not to mention Judas who would betray Him. So what does this tell us? Those we walk with can offer some encouragement to us and help us, but they can also become some of our greatest challenges, frustrations and obstacles. In those times we must be like Jesus who used, even those times when His friends failed Him, to strengthen Him, or show His strength. We can become stronger through these difficulties. There is one word that sums it all up, "love". But what is love? Some will say it's a feeling. Others will say it's "chemistry", but what is love really? Love is a commitment. If you can, get this picture in your mind, do so. It has helped me many times. Love is Jesus looking down at me and seeing me doing things I shouldn't do. He stretches His hands out so they can be nailed to a cruel cross. Then He lifts His eyes toward Heaven and cries out, "Father, forgive David, he doesn't realize what he's doing." That is love. God is perfect love. And He will work hard to find a way into every heart. If we let Him in, we will be awed at how He changes us, frees us, gives us a new life.

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Susan said...

Yet, another great post, David :)

One thing I've been able to do in the revised HH is develop Mandy's character more. Reader will get to see her spunkiness and her spirit, which I thought was missing originally.

She and Michael make a wonderful couple and I think readers will see just how special they are in the sequel.

David said...

That will definitely be a plus. I get a good feel for Mandy, but making her more 3 dimensional is a definite move in the right direction. I just wonder how much better you can make a book that is already good (and I'm talking about the uncorrected preview copy). Way to go sis.

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