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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

Saturday, January 10, 2009

SEABIRD, by Sherry Thompson

Saturday. "That one thing." If you've ever seen the movie "City Slickers" you'll remember a part in it where the cattle foreman remarks that life is all about "that one thing". When you find out what that is, for you, then you are successful. I'm not going to do a review of the movie, but the statement has a ring of truth to it. God has created each of us in such a way that we are only truly happy when we are doing that one thing that He created us to do. It's different for each of us. Cara didn't have this sage advise. She had to go through a whole set of circumstances before she realized that the one thing that she could do was.... well you'll find out when you read the book. Nevertheless, on the way she learns, she experiences emotions, she is given gifts, but all of these things mean nothing without the one thing she is called to do. In fact some of the experiences and gifts lead her to that one thing. We are a lot like Cara I think. Not many of us know what our "one thing" is, but we press on, loving the Lord and following Him as best as we can. The thing with God is there is one thing we are called to do, to be, and then something else after that, and then something else. He is continually challenging us to reach further than before, to become more like His Son, so that when we cross that threshhold in Heaven and are ushered into the presence of our Heavenly Father, we will know what that one thing is. Each of us will then be able to give of ourselves to God individually just as He have of Himself to us as though we were the only individual on the planet. May we, like Cara, allow God to direct us through our hardships that we may find that one thing and rest in Him...for eternity.

We're at it again. That's right, "Tag, you're it". Those posting reviews are listed below, although in no special order. Plus, there are other team members who will be posting just the basics, which I'm sure you'll find intriguing as well. So hunt around and enjoy the journey. Like Cara you may not think you are special or anything, but you really are. You may find yourself on one of these sites.

Now a little about Sherry Thompson:

I was born in Baltimore MD in 1946. Between then and my fifth year, my family moved to New-Port-News VA, Homeville PA and finally to Marshallton, Wilmington DE. I've lived somewhere in New Castle County DE ever since.

I attended the University of Delaware and received a BAAS cum laude from their School of Education in 1969. My major was Interdepartmental History but I earned sufficient credits to secure unofficial minors in both English and Educational Psychology.

During the last three years of my time as an undergraduate, I also worked about 20 hours a week at the University of Delaware Library. I was accepted into the university's psychology graduate program, but chose to accept a fulltime position at the UD library instead.

I worked at the library from the spring of 1965 to the spring of 2000, when I retired from my position as Supervisor of the Interlibrary Loan unit within Access Services. Now, I write. And, revise, and volunteer, and … oh, yes, I write.

Now for further information and where to buy this wonderful book you can go to the source itself,

Visit Sherry's Scribblings

her Author Profile at Red Room,

and her Home Page.

Purchase Seabird at Books a Million, Barnes and Noble or Amazon.


UtM, SherryT said...

In my opinion, that one thing is becoming our true self -- the us that God foresaw when He created us. He gave us talents, unique personality quirks, a core desire for Him and finally free will. All of it packed up with a body, soul and mind in a package that must say somewhere on it, "A lifetime's assembly required."

One good thing is His construction manual beats the kind we puzzle over during the holidays.

David said...

I heartily agree with you Sherry. Not only has God a plan to make us in holy perfection, in the manner after which He foreknew us, but He has ordained us to be Jesus to the world around us. In that sense we are the "outworlders".

Love your comment about the "instruction manual."


Xanthorpe said...

Amen to both of the previous comments. The sad part is that we have a bunch of folks that are still trying to reach the end-zone (forgive the sports analogy) without knowing the playbook, going to practice, listening to the quarterback or following the rules of the game.

We definitely have free will but as Jesus said, "...small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."

I pray that God helps me communicate his grace in a way that guides at least one more to the small gate...


UtM, SherryT said...

X: forgive the sports analogy

Duly forgiven. After all, I was using a bicycle assembly kind of analogy.

Re your imagery:
I get this mental image of people trying to launch themselves like footballs for a field goal with the uprights -really- close together.

It's amusing but it's also so sad.
Like, "I meant well", is all that's needed.

To use an analogy I mentioned elsewhere, it's like a bumblebee trying to get to the flowers on the other side of a window. He's never going to make it without some outside help.

David said...

X, I actually liked the sports analogy, even though I'm not much of a sports fan. (My Mom is, but not my Dad. Go figure.) There are several things that are hurting the church and they can really be boiled down into a lack of love for God. We don't spend enough time with Him or His Word (like we would if we really loved Him), so we don't really know what He is saying, especially when we need to know. Combine that with those who know a little try to impose what little knowledge they have on the rest of us. All that does is cause division in the Body. We are like Cara, insistent on going home. That causes people to get hurt and even destroyed along the way. We need to be more like the later Cara who takes on the task if only out of a love for the families she has hurt. From there move towards doing right just because God says so, and He's the last person we'd want to hurt, and usually the first One we do hurt.

(Lam. 3:21-23)

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