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DVD Review

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, February 07, 2009

VENGEANCE, by Donna Dawson

Saturday - Come like a child. One the major stories, running in a parallel with the murder investigation aboard The Cormorant is that of a little girl named Cassandra. Cassandra was Special Agent James Benedict's last case, the one before he boarded this ill=fated vacation cruise liner. He found her, battered and abused, saved her life from certain death at the hands of someone trusted by Cassandra and the rest of the family. This little girl is now in the care of Dr. Julie Holding, a psychologist, trying desperately to help her put her life back together. For the longest time she doesn't speak, and when she finally does speak it is with a terrible stutter. Donna Dawson really makes us feel for this child, wondering how it must feel to be in her body, her mind, unable to trust anyone around her. It is only by the grace of God that she is set free.

Cassandra's story is important to the main story, although one has to wonder how it will mesh with it, like so many of the other threads and stories throughout the book. And yet it is possible that her story is more important than that of those involved in the main story. Threw her healing and her eyes we come to know things about what is going on in the main story that we would otherwise be cut out of. After she gets her voice back one of the first things she does is ask Jesus to come into her heart. This, for those of us who are Christians, is an awesome and beautiful moment. Later she asks her mother and father to forgive her. Can you imagine finding your little child so abused to the point where she cannot talk, and then when she does one of the first things she does is ask you to forgive her? Cassandra held everyone accountable for what was done to her, even herself. Once she is able to forgive herself she is able to forgive others and move on to true healing. I mentioned this in another post I believe. When you do not forgive yourself and those who have wronged you, both are kept in bondage. We see that here, and we see that release comes to both parties when forgiveness is given. To me, that is one of the great points of this book.

Jesus says a lot about children in the Gospels. Sometimes I think we go over it with an attitude of "Fine, but let's get to the real meat of the message." They didn't realize that this was the main course. " Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me." (Matthew 18:4,5) "Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein." (Mark 10:15 Luke 18:17) "A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world." (John 16:21) are only a few of the verses that come to mind. Children were and are very important to God. As adults I think we tend to forget that, and when we do we lose something of the closeness we once had with Jesus. May we be spared the trials Cassandra went through, but may we receive Him and cling to Him always with that same childlike faith that believes all things are possible in Him. Then shall we be able to truly grow and mature in Christ, and only then. - David Brollier

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.


authordonna said...

David, you caught something that I did intend for the reader to see--the beauty of a child's simple faith. We over-complicate and yet a child can step past the garbage and trust. We do, indeed, miss Jesus' point about the faith of a child. Thank you again for another insightful post and blessings.

David said...

I saved what I thought was the best for last. Throughout the story we hear about Cassandra, but it's as if it's not truly related to the main story. Yet when we look at the way things work out, her's is very central to the story. I truly enjoyed reading VENGEANCE. You have exceeded the talents of many so-called "great authors" within the suspense genre. It was my privilege to tour this book, and to get to know you better.


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