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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

Sunday, June 07, 2009

ANGEL OF WRATH, by Bill Myers

Sunday - Well, I guess we're back to speculative fiction. It's not that I don't enjoy this genre and its sub genres. It's just that I keep hoping for other things, like last month's THE ARK, THE REED, AND THE FIRECLOUD, by Jenny Cote. This month, however, we are pleased to do a feature tour of bestselling author Bill Myers and his latest book ANGEL OF WRATH. The contrast between these two books is amazing, and yet you will find some of the same spiritual truths in both.

In ANGEL OF WRATH we have quite an interesting cast of characters, Lisa Harmon, former FBI agent, Charlie Madison former member of Special Ops who is trying to find redemption in the ministry, Rev. Thomas Harmon, Lisa's brother and senior pastor of a megachurch, Jaz, Charlie's niece who is deaf, but has some extraordinary ablities. Then there's Will Harmon, the pastor's son, Sharon Harmon, the pastor's wife, Jason Ballard, teenage pawn used to lead a group of outcasts in Satanic worship, Sheriff Hutton and more. Each character is unique and realistic. If you're a parent you may want to slap some sense into Jaz, but at the same time you'll appreciate her brutal honesty. She's one of my favorites...and least favorites.

The story begins with a Dr. Norman Gibson putting his little girl to bed. I won't spoil it for you if I can help it, but Dr. Gibson ends up dying, an appearant accident due to heart failure. That would be the end of it if he hadn't received a threat and if the words of that threat were found on his daughter's bedroom wall after he died. Other similar deaths follow. Is there a connection? How is all of this even possible? We are led through a truly remarkable investigation where, it appears, anything is possible.

The overall story is good verses evil, but it's the way Bill Myers brings it out that makes it special. Some of the other storylines running through this is Lisa's need to be freed from unforgiveness towards her father, Rev. Harmon's need to return to a simple and true Gospel, not some watered down politically correct one. Priorities shift. In the end we realize one thing, that evil, as powerful as it may seem, is a shadow. It gets in the way of God's light, or rather Satan throws things in our paths that create these shadows. These shadows take on form and power as we accept their reality in our lives, but if we trust in God and deny them to have exist in our presence we find the power of God's love shining into even the worst of our situations, bringing about joy, peace and victory. For you see, victory has already been won for us by our Lord. We don't need to accept the temptations and evil of this world as ours. For "Greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world."

This is one of those must read books, particularly if you are living among people struggling with one kind of evil or another. I think that about covers all of us. The problem isn't that we trip and fall, even as Christians, but what we do after we fall. Do we sit there and give up, or do we press through to victory? That's what's important.

Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.

On Saturday, June 13th check out Laura's site for an interview with Bill Myers.

And don't forget to visit Bill Myer's site here.

To purchase ANGEL OF WRATH you can do so at the following sites:
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