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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, March 02, 2009

ERETZEL, by Willam McGrath

CFRB welcomes you once again to their site for this month's Tag Team Tour. This month we tour ERETZEL, by William McGrath. A tag team tour means that something will be posted every day during the week of March 1st, but it's up to you to find those posts. To help you out we've listed a number of button links at the bottom of this post to help get you around. You may get to a site early and find them posting on something else, which is fine. Take a look around. You might just like what you see. You may even find that more than one site is posting on some days. If you're real lucky you'll stumble across both a review and an interview. The idea is to get you to do the searching. You'll be glad you did.

ERETZEL, by William McGrath - On to Ierosolyma. In McGrath's first book, ASULON, we follow Daniel, Prince of Asulon, as he and his company escape with their lives from Logres where Anak was murdered. The principle people aboard ship, other than the crew, are Moor, paladin to the house of Aegus, murdered king of Asulon and Daniel's father. He has taken the job of protecting Daniel, which is his duty as a paladin. Also aboard are Simon, the priest, and Racheal, princess among the Abramim, who Daniel quickly falls in love with, and Daniel's seven uncles, the Anakim, sons of Anak. McGrath has a eye for detail so you will find him stopping from time to time to explain things. This he does by way of dialog or action, so it doesn't slow the story down. One thing that you may notice is his detailed analysis of sword fighting techniques. Since this is his main "bread and butter" I'm not surprised. He makes it easy to understand, even some of the most intricate details come out in a way that is broken down into small pieces that those of us, like myself, who are a bit slow to grasp things can grasp.

The journey to Ierosolyma is marked by the sailor's apprehension of the Sons of Anak, the rekindling of romance between Rachael and Daniel. It is through this romance that we are first prepared for Eretzel, the country. For although Rachael is an Abrahim, she is also a follower of Yeshua, as is Daniel. Being both gives her understanding of Scriptures a depth that Daniel doesn't have at first. Yet we are introduced to the customs of Eretzel when, although they are now together, she says that any relationship between them must be approved by her uncle, Mordecai, who while not a follower of Yeshua is a strict Abrahim. We begin to see differences in peoples emerge, but Daniel is still in for a shock later on when he realizes just how many different customs are observed by the many different people who live in Eretzel.

This is an interesting topic, perhaps one that is more aprapo today than at any other period in history. For humans are made up of many different traditions and customs. God is not opposed to all of these customs, for He delights in diversity. The only place where He is, what people would call "narrow-minded" is that He hates the worship of any god but Himself. This trickles down through all the Commandments given in Scripture. He doesn't hold us to some regligious bondage, but neither has God taken away His Law, as some have suggested. He realizes that many people must find their own way to His Son, Jesus, through whom they then can find favor with God, the forgiveness of sins. Some have wondered at all the different denominations that call themselves Christian. I believe God allowed this to happen so that every possible kind of person would be able to worship Him in a way that was approachable and comfortable to them. That doesn't mean His teachings are always comfortable, nor what He calls to do is comfortable, but it does mean that places hav been provided for all so they could have a closeness to Him without feeling threatened. It means they could work and worship with people who share in their particular "style" of worship. One day Jesus will return and all shall see Him and worship Him. For those who find it best done to fall to their knees and weep and those who find it best to jump up and down shouting His praises, there will still be those places where they can go. At that time, however, the shall know the fullness of the Lord, and however they worship Him whether quietly or with great manifestation, shall be all the more pure. For you see a New Ieorosylma is coming.

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Frank Creed said...

One thing I expect to see reflected in Eretzel (McGrath's allegorical fantasy), is consistant morality in differing cultures through not only space, but time.
Customs may be quite different in China and the USA, but the ten commandments are as reflected in these culture's laws today as they were in nearly all historic cultures.
Almost as though right and wrong were written on the hearts of all humankind . . . 8 )


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David said...

Bill goes to great lengths to show us the difference between good and evil, including the fact that these values are understood by those who work evil, such as Antiochus. There is a philosophy out there that says there are no absolutes, but the Commandments of God are absolute, as is His love for us, and the Truth of His Word. All these and more McGrath portrays in both ASULON and ERETZEL. The way he does it reminds me of a blend between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Indeed ERETZEL does seem like The Two Towers, doesn't it.

David Brollier

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