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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:
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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

Monday, February 25, 2008

Everyone Ready for THE VOID, by Mark Mynheir?

I have a couple of things to square away, but I'm looking forward to this tour. Of course I look forward to every tour.

If you are a visitor here, welcome! The tour I'm talking about will begin, Lord willing, on Sunday March 2nd. Be sure to stop by and see what we have to say about this extraordinary book. Also check out the links and see if they've posted anything. (They're only required one post a week, so they may not have anything the first several days). Do a Google search of Mark Mynheir or one on Amazon and see what others are saying about THE VOID.

While you are at it check out Amazon to read about the other books, specifically TIME MASTERS, BOOK ONE: THE CALL, by Geralyn Beauchamp and NOR IRON BARS A CAGE, by Caprice Hokstad. Google them and search them out. While THE VOID is a bit on the suspense/thriller level of things, TM and NIBAC are different types of fantasy stories, both made great by their own personal perspective of things and style of writing.

Until next time, the Lord be with you. Remember, there are mysteries in this world, but to those whose eyes have been enlightened by the Truth they can easily be seen in all things. The chiefest mystery is this, that the Creator of all things would display so great a love towards us in becoming, even as we are, a man, yet God all the while. Why God would do such a thing, especially since His primary purpose was to die for us, is incredible. Yet, for those who would believe what God's Word says, they know that these things are true. For those who do not believe in God's Word, we invite you into the light. Wake up and find that the nightmare you're in is dispelled by the dream you've always longed for, the one found in Jesus Christ.

David Brollier

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Links and Updates

So far we have toured two very good books, TIME MASTERS, BOOK ONE: THE CALL, by Geralyn Beauchamp and NOR IRON BARS A CAGE, by Caprice Hokstad. Beginning March 2nd we will be touring THE VOID, by Mark Mynheir. Here are some links to keep you up to date on the first two books and give you background on the third:

For a recent interview with Geralyn Beauchamp that gives you some insight into TIME MASTERS as well as yourself go HERE

For a review of NOR IRON BARS A CAGE, by Capric Hokstad go HERE

If you want to read the first chapter of NOR IRON BARS A CAGE go HERE

Mark Mynheir gave his testimony on the 700 Club which you can find HERE

These links go beyond the CFRB membership. We just wanted to show you that we aren't the only ones who find these authors special. If you want to find out what we've said about them you can check out the previous posts in January and February for TIME MASTERS and NOR IRON BARS A CAGE, and wait until March to read what we'll be saying about THE VOID.

Friday, February 22, 2008

In the News

Maybe not in the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN or Fox News, but it is news none the less. We are changing, growing, reaching out. I would like to share some things with you, our dear visitors, so you will find us to be more aggressive than what may appear on the surface.

First, we are looking into several different ways to increase traffic to our site and to get you involved with us. To that end, one person will receive a copy of THE OATH, by Frank Peretti, during the tour of THE VOID, by Mark Mynheir during the week of March 2nd. The winner will be announced on the 8th, Saturday of that week. I will be looking for the best comment to our blog posts on any of the CFRB blog sites. Please leave an email address where I'll be able to contact you further.

Second, I want to institute a ripple affect. That is, the main event may start here, but I want it to move outward and keep moving. Generally the CFRB members will do most of this, but I want to hear from all of you, members and non-members of CFRB. I want links to sites that have posts, interviews and reviews about Mark Mynheir and THE VOID. I have the feeling that the more people who visit, the more they may have already read somewhere else. So I'd like to provide links to those places where you've read other information. And when I do I'll extend the same invitation to those visitin that site. This should generate enough buzz to create quite a stir about his book. Furthermore, I want to do this with all the future books we tour.

Third, internally we are reorganizing so that only quality Christian fiction is portrayed. So far that's all we've had, but we want to be diligent in the accountability that is ours. We want to insure that you are introduced to the highest quality Christian fiction possible, and we want to help those authors who are trying to get their works made known do that. It would be a terrible shame to tour a poor piece of work while a truly good work is pushed aside to make room in our schedule. So, we are going to work towards assuring the reverse is true, that the quality work is presented and the poor works are pushed aside.

These are just three steps we'll be taking in the near future to make the Christian Fiction Review Blog one of the most reputable, reliable and sought after places for Christian fiction authors to have their works toured, for readers to find great works of Christian fiction and for readers and writers to join with us in our ministry to the Lord. For as we minister to each other, we minister to Jesus. As we promote these works, we promote the Gospel. That is why we are here.

Also, I want to post more often, between tours, so people visiting here will not find themselves coming upon old news. For any of you new to CFRB's blog I ask that you check out our book trailer page. There you will find a short video teaser for each of the main books we've toured. Also if you check out the Archives, the December issue, you'll find a post about all 12 months toured during that year. Enjoy, come back and tell a friend or two.

David Brollier
co-founder

Saturday, February 09, 2008

NOR IRON BARS A CAGE, by Caprice Hokstad



Day 7 Saturday


Conflicts, Contrasts and Choices!

NOR IRON BARS A CAGE, by Caprice Hokstad, is filled with conflicts. In this respect it mirrors real life. Duke Vahn, after setting his house in order, has the conflict of dealing with Countess Delorae. Kee has the conflict of dealing with the Ganlucian officials while posing as a runaway slave. Capt. Shil has to deal with the conflict of facing the Duke with yet another failure. When the Duke gets this all squared away, and the small group he sent to Ganluc returns, they are faced with war in the northeast border of Latoph. Lady Shil realizes she's going into labor just as the Duke sets out to aid his brother, while her husband is still in Ganluc, again, his condition and whereabouts unknown. There are many other conflicts that these people must deal with, just as you and I find ourselves dealing with conflicts that come into our lives, disrupting an otherwise peaceful life. Yet these conflicts serve a purpose. If we are wise, these conflicts will serve to only make us wiser and stronger. The foolish will be overwhelmed by these conflicts and live in panic or turmoil.


These conflicts also show a contrast between the different characters and the way they handle situations. Duke Vahn and Countess Delorae reacted quite differently when they found themselves in trouble. The Duke embraced the situation and forged through. The Countess, on the other hand, caused her own conflict by inducing this conflict on Prince Vahn. She handled her end quite differently. Kee, Capt. Shil and Pharn Patkus all displayed a Christlike quality of caring for the others more than themselves when conflict came their way. They wanted to help the other more than remove themselves from the conflict. This is seen best in a certain display on the part of Capt. Shil. Now look at Saerula and how she handled conflict when Duke Vahn was forced to kill off her guard. This supremely selfish individual thought not of their deaths, but of her own “honor”, if you could call it that. Look for these contrasts and learn about the people around us, about ourselves. How do we handle adversity?


This brings us to “choices”. For while it is in these contrasts that we can see the true character of these people, it is their choices that have brought them to that place. In one instance honor is chosen over selfish ambition, in another, sacrifice instead of self-preservation. The author has wondered at the number of males who were interested, even after reading THE DUKE'S HANDMAID, and realizing this was a romance, that they would want to read more. That's because this is not a simple romance. She gives us enough action to feed our male egos, but there is something far deeper and greater even than that. It is that, in her quiet way, she is talking about that great romance of our Lord for His people. Jesus said, “By this shall all men know you are my disciples, that ye love one another.” When force to make choices, be sure to found them on love, the love of God the Father, and the love of our brothers and sisters in Christ, yes even a love for the lost, above a love for your own goals. While you should have a healthy opinion of yourself, realize that it is only by God's mercy than any of us can stand before Him. So make choices that will reveal a character so like Christ that the world will want what we have.




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Thursday, February 07, 2008

NOR IRON BARS A CAGE, by Caprice Hokstad



Day 6 Friday


Trouble at Home

While kee, Captain Shil and Lord Patkus, was having problems in Ganluc, Duke Vahn was having problems of his own. Just prior to the departure of this company into Ganluc in search of Dauntere, Countess Delorae Rebono enters his life with all the wonders and joys of the Black Plague. Like the virus that caused this plague, Delorae manipulates herself into Rebono Keep. Her goal is to get the Duke to marry her. It has nothing to do with love, but with increasing her own station in life. To do so she willing offers to come to his household and serve him, “just as kee had done”, but her motives are far from pure. She is a very poor servant, not understanding some of the simple aspects of courtesy and honor, she sees Duke Vahn's honorable lifestyle as a weakness. So, after kee and the others set out to Ganluc, Duke Vahn looks for a chance to rid himself of her. Through a chain of unfortunate circumstances, and the Duke's inability to comprehend that anyone could be this manipulative, he accepts an “honors match”. He's just won an honors match earlier in the book, so we know what he's thinking. To his displeasure he finds himself in the precarious situation of agreeing to play “Nobles and Nomads” instead of swordplay. What is at stake is this, if he wins she leaves the household, but if she wins he becomes her slave until Queen's Jubilee. You can guess what happens from there.


Vahn actually makes a good slave. He learns from his mistakes and is attentive in every way. Of course as you shall find out, this takes a lot more nobility than most people have in them. It is out of honor that he does this, and Delorae uses this to dishonor him in some of the most cruel ways, both physically and emotionally. Yet Vahn realizes he has no one to blame but himself. If it hadn't be for his own pride he would have simply tossed her out, and to Kilbash with the way she felt dishonored. Her very presence at Rebono Keep was dishonoring the entire family name. Yet the deserts of Ganluc, and some of the surrounding countries that kee had to go through, no one could have foreseen, nor prepared for the dangers of Countess Delorae.


Have you ever yielded to something because you felt it was the right thing to do only to find that it was a trap laid out in your path? This reminds me of driving in snow, trying to evade a deer in the road only to find yourself stuck in a ditch alone the roadside, wheels spinning uselessly in the snow. Or perhaps a better analogy would be taking a shortcut to get somewhere only to step on what looked like solid ground, finding it to be quicksand. The harder you try to get out of the quicksand the deeper into its grip you fall. Temptation is a tool of the Devil. No matter who you are there is a temptation that will pierce through your armor and hold you captive, just as surely as Prince Vahn was held captive by countess Delorae. Satan will tempt you with things that seem good or pleasurable, but he will not show the bad side to you until it's too late. The enemy will use your strengths as well as your weaknesses to breach your strongholds. Yet the Lord is gracious and will be our strength in all situations, just as with kee and Duke Vahn, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1st Corinthians 10:13) As kee and the Duke both learn, the way of escape is not to run away, but to go through whatever situation you are in.




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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

NOR IRON BARS A CAGE, by Caprice Hokstad



Day 5 Thursday


Campaign in Ganluc

NOR IRON BARS A CAGE, by Caprice Hokstad, begins in Latoph and ends in Latoph, however, a good portion of the book either is focused on Ganluc or actually takes place in Ganluc. Duke Vahn Rebono's previous wife has run off with one of the male slaves taking their infant son, Dauntere, with her back to Ganluc. This is extremely important since Duke Vahn is the primary heir to the throne of Byntar. In fact he should have been made co-ruler with his brother since they are twins. However, it is the Duke's hope that one day he will receive the throne to which he has been denied. This being the case Dauntere would reign after his death. Saerula also knows this and is making plans of her own. In the middle is an infant who has nothing more to do about their squabbles or kingships or authorities than to eat and dirty his diaper.


The Duke's attention turns more to Ganluc after an informal talk with Lord and Lady Shil, in the presence of his wife, kee. Kee comes up with a plan for her to pose as a runaway slave and have Captain Nagost Shil pose as the one sent to retrieve her. The plan is set into motion and puts Captain Shil and kee, as well as Lord Pharn Patkus, a good friend of the Duke's and a healer. There are many adventures here. Some are near brushes with danger. Others are near brushes with death. It's in one of the towns in Ganluc that we see how really bad off Ganluc is. Ruled by a king we know little about except by way of his daughter, Saerula, we see the country really divided. They are basically poor, uneducated, and for the most part kept that way by the authorities. Honor, loyalty and justice seem to be foreign to them. And perhaps that's the reason Caprice takes us there.


One thing's for certain, we get a great number of really good teachings on our trek through Ganluc. There's the love that causes kee to put her life in jeopardy to find the son of Master Vahn. There's Lord Patkus' foresight in having a chastity belt made for kee. There's Lord Shil and Lord Patkus arguing over who is more to blame fore the circumstance they end up in. There's Pharn who fells left out...until he's the only one who can get them out of danger. There's the story of the poverty of a nation that didn't need to treat their slaves that way, and the injustice of Ganluc. The persecution of those who are blameless. These are all teachings found in another book, the Bible. There was the prostitute who hid the spies on her rooftop in Jericho. Gideon who prayed that God would prove that what he'd heard was from God. The disciples arguing about who gets to sit next to Jesus in Heaven, then arguing about who is more to blame the most when Jesus is put to death. There's the Good Samaritan who is despised by every Jew, and yet is the only one to tend to a Jew who had been beaten up by thieves. Then there's the whole business of the arrest, trial and death of Jesus. Ganluc isn't the only society that displays a false justice. This book is just jammed packed with gems like this. I could mention more, but I don't want to spoil the story for you. Only know this, the road to and through Ganluc is a hard one. It's a road that Christians are called to walk. We walk it because we know that it's like a desert wasteland. We know that the only way to the Living Water that gives life is to cross through the wilderness of this unjust world. Persecution is our badge of courage. It pains us, even causes us to want to lash out ourselves. And it's at those times we have to ask ourselves, “Do I love my Master or do I love getting even more?” Like kee, we must choose rightly, even if it brings us much pain.




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NOR IRON BARS A CAGE, by Caprice Hokstad



Day 4 Wednesday


Pride and Its Consequences

In NOR IRON BARS A CAGE we are given a several very harsh lessons about pride. Kee is one of the most humble people in the book, and I don't know if there really are people of her character. Yet she suffers from the occasional sting of pride. We see it when she realizes that she has chosen where to put the Owner's Mark, not the Duke. She worries that she might dishonor him. Then, to prove she can wear the bands of slavery, even aboard ship, she jumps into the water holding the iron bands. No only does this action reveal her nakedness, but she causes Duke Vahn to nearly lose it. His love for her causes him to be frightened beyond belief. There are other cases, although they may seem small, where kee displays pride, and then must bear the consequences. Duke Vahn is an honorable man, yet pride seizes that sense of honor to enslave him to Countess Delorae for a time. The harshest lesson comes from the countess herself. So filled with pride she can barely grasp the concept that all people should be treated equal. She puts herself up on a pedestal and in the end is brought to a crashing finish.


Jesus said to understand the parables He taught we must first understand the parable of the Sower and the Seed. We could spend pages on this, but to keep it to the point (and not burden you with overlong sermons on things you've already heard) it boils down to this, whatever you plant, be assured that is the kind of plant that will grow. When we plant pride, pride grows up and bears spoiled fruit. It is so rotten that God crushes both the fruit and the plant that bears it to dust. We should be proud of one thing, and one thing only. We should be proud of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that because of Him we can be called “the children of God.” Take any sin, anything even according to our civil and criminal laws is called a violation, and at its root you will find pride. I have seen it with my own eyes in prison. I have seen inmates doing time from everything from cheating on their income tax to rapists and child molesters. Bank robbers and murderers I also came to know, as well as drug dealers. Yet at the root of each of these crimes was pride. Likewise I have seen prison staff refer to inmates as all kinds of derogatory things. Do these staff members actually believe they will stand before the Almighty more just than those that were under their care? You see? Pride causes them to equate things on a human scale, which is faulty. We shall all be judged according to the holiness of God's Law, and deemed free only if we allow Jesus to take our place in judgment.


Now you may think this isn't the place for all of this. I should review the book and let you know if it's a good read and leave it at that. Perhaps you're right, but this is my way. This is the way I talk and communicate. NOR IRON BARS A CAGE is such a tremendous work precisely because I can see so many Biblical truths in it. Our main two characters, one out of love, the other out of honor, endure much hardship because of their own pride. Yet, because their intent was honorable and humble, these things come to an end. The Countess, on the other hand, doesn't seem to comprehend the need for humility. Scripture tells us plainly, “For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low” (Isa 2:12) Although you do not see the name of Jesus anywhere in Caprice Hokstad's novels, this is how I know them to be Christian works; they speak the Truth of God's Word. I would rather tell you about that than say, “It's a good read.” For in telling you that her works speak the Truth of God's Word I am already saying her works are a good read, but I am saying so much more...just as she is saying so much more than it may seem at first.




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My Apologies to Caprice and the rest of CFRB

For some reason I forgot to post Wednesday's post. Well, it's still Wednesday, although just barely. So I'm going to post both Wednesday and Thursday's posts. I apologize. This should never have happened. I have no excuse, no explanation. In any event I am going to have 7 posts up for the week. I'm just sorry that this had to happen, especially to an excellent author like Caprice.

David Brollier
co-founder (and fumbler) of CFRB

Monday, February 04, 2008

NOR IRON BARS A CAGE, by Caprice Hokstad



Day 3 Tuesday


The Love of a Father

The one theme that runs through THE DUKE'S HANDMAID and NOR IRON BARS A CAGE, by Caprice Hokstad, is that of the love of a father. In this case the father is Duke Vahn. Deceived by his former wife, Saerula, she has abducted their son and taken little Dauntere to Ganluc. There she uses her native countrymen, her father, King Pendo and her own scheming to keep father and son apart. As a father myself I can tell you what devastating possibilities such a separation must be. Caprice carefully describes the pains and loneliness of the Duke because of the loss of his son. He also feels largely at fault. Now secretly married to kee, Duke Vahn finds some comfort, but she realizes that if she is to truly serve her master she must aide him in restoring his son to him. This is a tremendous statement. How many step-mothers would love their husbands to the point of retrieving a child born to the previous wife? You see? This book is all about love.


When the Prince of the Powers of this World abducted the son of God, Adam, through deceit and temptation, our Heavenly Father mourned much the same way as Duke Vahn. There are vast differences to be sure. Vahn isn't God, for one, and he doesn't know the end from the beginning for another. Still, the pain God feels over the loss of His children due to sin was so great that love compelled Him to step down from His thrown. The plan was a bold one, one that would not be suspect as the teachings of the Law or preaching of the prophets. For He would cloak Himself as a servant. Do you see any similarity here? Kee posed as a slave to gain knowledge from other slaves in Ganluc as to where Dauntere might be hidden. God clothed Himself in the person of Jesus, entered our history as a servant. When all were expecting a king, the king washed the feet of His own disciples. He offered Himself up to die that we might live. He went beyond what kee had foreseen, although she realizes that she may pay the ultimate price to return to the Duke his son.


These similarities can't be just coincidental. They aren't perfect, and yet they are like reading the stories of the Old Testament so that we may catch a fleeting glimpse of God. That is what Caprice Hokstad has so graciously done for us. She has given us a store that helps us catch a glimpse of both the great love of our Heavenly Father, what our love should be like for Him, and even a glimpse of God Himself, for “God is love.”




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Sunday, February 03, 2008

NOR IRON BARS A CAGE, by Caprice Hokstad



Day 2 Monday


The Meaning of Love

People have this tendency to believe that love is some kind of feeling. Well, I suppose there is a type of love that is like that. The trouble is people have this incredible talent of losing that kind of love. True love, the kind that matters, is when you chose to love. Take a free Itzi girl named Keedrina. She chose to love Duke Vahn. It didn't matter if she could ever even think of marrying him, as long as she could serve him at Rebono Keep, the Duke's castle. NOR IRON BARS A CAGE starts out with this background. The Itzi is no longer a free woman, but a freewill slave. She has chosen to serve Master Vahn in whatever capacity he saw fit. Just before this 2nd installment of “The Ascendancy Trilogy” gets started it is this love that wins his heart and they are secretly married.


False love sometimes will stop at that, because marriage is a goal. Yet for kee, that is Keedrina's slave name, her goal has always been to serve Duke Vahn. Getting married didn't change that. In fact she's the only one I know who wears 5 wedding wrings, the slave bands on her wrists, ankles and about her neck. She wears them with pride. She seeks out her husband's desires and tries her best to meet them, if she is at all capable. One of the things that I found interesting is her insistence on getting an “Owner's Mark” tattooed on her. She even has it tattooed on her cheek so she could proudly display to all that she belonged to Duke Vahn Rebono. And here's the kicker, she didn't care about his money or social status. She loved the man, not the office. This is one beautiful story.


Why would I get so involved in a love story? It is my opinion that kee represents what the Church has been called to be. Our love for God has to be so pure and selfless as kee. We should wear our bands of slavery to Jesus with pride. We should seek to wear His owner's mark on us where it can be prominently displayed to all. Now I know we all fail. Even kee failed at times, but she was always trying to do her best. I guess what this book asks of me is am I doing my best for Jesus? Are you? This story, for me at least, is a call to greater service to the One who gave His life for me that I might live with Him. I owe Him my time, my money, my possession, all my family, friends and acquaintances, yes I even owe Him the very air I breathe. It is painful getting the Owner's Mark tattooed on me, but I want to be able to say I'm willing to get it, and wear it proudly for my Jesus.




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Saturday, February 02, 2008

NOR IRON BARS A CAGE, by Caprice Hokstad



Day 1 Sunday


Treasure of Spiritual Lessons

Caprice Hokstad is one of the most unique and interesting writers that I've had the pleasure to read. This is in no way putting down other writers, but is my assessment of her work, her dedication, and her insight, both as a writer and as a person. Interestingly enough NOR IRON BARS A CAGE, her second book, and the second one toured here, follows TIME MASTERS, BOOK ONE: THE CALL, by Geralyn Beauchamp. I find this extremely interesting, because these are both, basically, romance in a fantasy setting. It seems, as far as the books are concerned, however, that's where the similarities end. Beauchammp was content to stick to planet earth and travel back and forth through time. Her fantasy input had to do with the introduction of the Muiraran race. Hokstad goes beyond that in her fantasy setting.


As in her first book, THE DUKE'S HANDMAID, she includes a map so we can visualize the places she's talking about. This is a bit Tolkienesque, and I like it. Above the map are the words “The Continent of Raeru on the World of Byntar”. The main focus is on Duke Vahn Rebono of Latoph and his secret wife kee. The world she creates is full, rich and vibrant. Although much like ours it is very much different, as mentioned last Summer when THE DUKE'S HANDMAID was toured here. I would liken it to one of the worlds that Digory never made it to when he and Polly used his Uncle Andrews magic rings to travel to different worlds. Readers of C.S. Lewis' CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, in particular THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW, will recall this account. The rings didn't bring them immediately to another world, but a “world between the worlds”. In that in between world there were pools. When entering one pool you entered a different world. Lewis had these children entering Charn and Narnia (at its birth), but the idea that there are all kinds of other worlds that were never explored gives basis to all fantasy worlds, including Byntar.


After reading the book once, and then going back over it again, I am amazed at the amount of spiritual knowledge that is hidden within the pages of this wonderful book. You really never can say the Duke is Jesus and kee is the Church. Perhaps one way of looking at it s that they are both different aspects of the church working together to give a fuller picture of Jesus. Both are flawed, yet both exhibit qualities that we should as Christians. Take for instance the case of Captain Zinto, right at the beginning of the book. Here is a poor ship's captain who has been commandeered by King Arx, the Duke's brother. Little thought has gone into acquiring the vessel other than to supply transportation for the king. Zinto is furious, but he dare not show it. He has a shipload full of silk and if he takes the king, which he really has little say over, he will be stranded in the north just as the storm season sets in. His silk will be lost, and with it his income. Duke Vahn arrives and is apprised of the situation. He says if he can't persuade the king to another course he will personally by the silk from him. How like Christ this is, to extend mercy and grace even when none is looked for. He even offers the use of his own ship. As writers I wonder how much we realize we are speaking to ourselves as well as to our readers. For surely Caprice Hokstad has extended mercy and grace to all who will but open the pages of this book and bask in its many wonders.




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