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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

Monday, February 02, 2009

VENGEANCE, by Donna Dawson

Monday - Some real characters. Donna has done a tremendous job in creating so many different and believable characters. The first time we meet FBI Special Agent James Kirk Benedict, well he's dropped the "Kirk", he's on the top deck of a cruise liner in very odd attire, which includes socks and sandals. Now I don't want to go through and show each different character as she presents them. She does a great job of doing this herself, and it's something you'll want to experience. It's not just the physical appearance of a character either. She delves into the emotions and sometimes spiritual part that makes up a person. It's almost as if you can hear them talking yourself, or expect to bump into them around the next corner. That's what good writers are supposed to do, and she does this very well in VENGEANCE.

The creation of characters is important to me as a writer, because this is a God-like ability. In fact in Hebrews 12:2 it says that Jesus is the Author. Of course it also says He is the Word, so you have an interesting connection with God when you write for Him. Just as Jesus put Himself into the story, so do we. And just as we need to create our characters before we can start writing our story, so did He. In Psalm 100:3 the Bible says that God has made us. In Ephesians 1:4 it says that He knew us before the world was made. In other words, before the story, which we call "The History of Mankind" began God created the characters. He knew what they would say and what they would do, and yet created us with the choice to choose between between the two.

As a writer I often find my characters doing and saying things that bend the story in a direction I hadn't foreseen. Well, that part of writing is different because God is not limited. Now don't get me wrong. God is not some evil force out there who created people so He could drive them nuts with all the worries of this world and then send them to Hell. No, it says that we were created to be holy and just, to be in the very image of His Son, Jesus. That was the intention of who God created us to be. He knows that many will never accept even a small portion of that promise, but will choose to follow their own desires. Let me put it in a way that makes sense to me and hopefully will make sense to you as well. When I write it's done in stages. The first stage is the rough draft. I get the story out. Then I hunt down some really wonderful people to help proofread what I have written and critique my work. When they get back to me I re-write the story over again, and again, and again, until hopefully it is good enough for publication. During this process there are gaps when I'm working on a different story. I'm just waiting to hear back from one of these friends. Then as I go through making the corrections I'm reading my story over again, and many times I am surprised at some of the things I find, in a positive way. Now understand, this is my story. I wrote it, then forgot about it and am working on it again. In some small way we can understand the difference between God's foreknowledge and our eternal destination. You see, He wrote us all in to live eternally with Him. Even after we sinned He made a way through the blood of His Son that we could live eternally with Him. Yet I have to wonder if while re-reading this perfect story over and seeing how His characters have twisted things and tried to twist His plot if He isn't surprised, shocked, appalled. That's the free choice barging in upon the perfect plan of God. Unlike us His story started out perfect, but as time goes one more and more of us mess things up and His story begins to look a bit shabby. In the end, however, God will set everything right. To do that those characters that have gone their own way and rebelled against who He had made them to be will find themselves on an eternal trip to the Lake of Fire. Those of us who accept God as Lord of our lives through Jesus are shown mercy. Not that we are better than the other group, only better off, as a friend of mine once put it. We choose, here and now, where we will spend eternity, for Vengeance really is the Lord's and He will most certainly repay.

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:


Barnes & Noble

or Target

Click on her picture to go to her blog.

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