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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:
http://godsnotdeadthemovie.com/synopsis

To purchase a copy try these links:
Amazon
ChristianBook.com
Barnes & Noble

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, February 01, 2009

VENGEANCE, by Donna Dawson


Sunday - Donna Dawson takes all he elements that it takes to write a thriller and puts them together in a complex, spell-binding story that will keep you its prisoner until the final word is read. There are a couple of short background chapters that help to give you an inkling to the backstory of this book, but the book really begins with FBI Special Agent James Benedict on the cruise ship The Cormorant. This is the beginning of a long-awaited and much needed vacation. Before he lets himself settle into vacation mode he is putting the final touches on a case involving a young girl, who even now, is traumatized beyond belief. Then his vacation takes a U-turn and he finds himself smack dab in he middle of some evil plot.

Without going into this much further and spoil it for the rest of you, let me just say that Dawson adds one extra ingredient to the mix that isn't always found, even in thrillers, and that is the complexity of the story. Before the end of the second chapter we are aware of at least 4 separate stories running along together, weaving themselves into the dark fabric that makes VENGEANCE such a masterpiece. By the end of the book you'll be wondering, as I did, how she was able to keep track of each story and tie them together so neatly, and believably. You also see vengeance from two sides, from the side of those who feel they have the right to take action and right certain wrongs, and from the point of view of people who probably do have the right to take action, but don't because, "Vengeance is Mine, saith the Lord. I will repay." Where do you stand on this? It's really easy to say I'm not going to lie, steal, and all the rest, but it is very difficult to release consequences into the hands of the Almighty and let Him take care of things.

One of the reasons for this is that we suffer from a Jonah complex. You remember him, right? The guy who was told to preach God's wrath to the people of Nineveh, but took off the other direction, was swallowed by a big fish and ended up doing what God told him to do. You remember that guy, right? Well, did you know that the reason Jonah ran was not because he feared these people, but because he was afraid God would forgive them. Jonah 4:2 reads, "And he (Jonah) prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil." We want to have that feeling that those who wronged us have gotten what they deserve. This is absolutely normal, and common.

There's a real problem with this thinking through. First, it assumes that we are somehow worthy of God's grace apart from His forgiveness. Which of us can truthfully say that if it were not for the blood of Jesus Christ our eternal destination would be the Lake of Fire? So if none of us are worthy, then how can we possibly be in a position to judge and to call for vengeance without our own blood being called into account? Secondly when we do not forgive we hold both ourselves as well as the other hostage to unforgiveness. Matthew 6:12 says, "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." It is like asking God to forgive others in the same way that we forgive them. So if we do not forgive, then neither will we be forgiven. We are both held in bondage. The only thing that can set us free is to trust ourselves to the hand of God and forgive them, even as He has forgiven us. For Jesus looked down from the cross and saw you in your sin and said, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." There can be no place for vengeance if we are to forgive as He has forgiven, and we cannot be forgiven unless we forgive in that same manner. So this story is very powerful. It attacks some false truthes and tears down the high places in our hearts that we might see God alone as Holy and just. - David Brollier

After reading a lot of fantasy and science fiction of late it felt good to get back to the mystery/suspense genre, especially when it was done so well. Check out the following CFRB places. Chances are you'll find out more than I'm giving you here. This is a "Tag Team Tour". For you new visitors to CFRB that means you just got tagged. It's up you you to hunt through the following links and find out who has posted for today. Even if you end up on someone's site who hasn't posted for today, I'm sure you'll enjoy the visit. And yes, there will be a new post somewhere every day among one of those listed, sometimes you may even find two posts.




Now that you have all those links, some of which may not have current information, but you'll enjoy them just the same, it's time to get out some important information.

First I bet you'd like to visit Donna's site. You can find that HERE

To purchase her book you can go to:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

or Target



Click on her picture to go to her blog.

2 comments:

cathikin said...

It's good to have some complexity in a mystery. As long as it all makes sense within the story, which this one certainly does. I see Donna Dawson's novel gave you more than enough material for a jumping-of place for a sermon! LOL Good insights.

David said...

Yeah it did. For those out there who aren't used to me, sorry about that, but this is who I am. Folks here at CFRB have gotten used to my "sermonizing" as a review. To me, life itself is a sermon to me, if I'll just be quiet enough to listen.

Of course I truly enjoyed getting back into a mystery today. I have a question for Donna though.

Donna, most female authors will choose a female to be their protagonist. You chose a male. (And you did it quite convincingly). Why did you choose to go with a guy when you're not one?

David

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