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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, July 05, 2009

CFRB Tours Stephanie Reed

Sunday - Welcome to July's tour. This month we are touring two books by Stephanie Reed. The first is ACROSS THE WIDE RIVER and the 2nd is THE LIGHT ACROSS THE RIVER. There was some mix up as to the scheduling so some of us will be posting for ACROSS THE WIDE RIVER, others will be posting for THE LIGHT ACROSS THE RIVER, some will post on both books, usually on different days, and you'll even find an interview or two tucked in there someplace. This is what we call a Tag Team Tour, meaning we will tag you here and you will have to search the button links below to find out who is posting on any given day. Here I'll be focusing mostly on THE LIGHT ACROSS THE RIVER, which is actually the sequel to ACROSS THE WIDE RIVER, so you may want to scout around and see the other excellent posts about both of these great books.

THE LIGHT ACROSS THE RIVER. One country, two states. The Ohio River separates Kentucky in the south and Ohio in the north. For many this great river also separated their life in slavery and a new life of freedom. The River is wide and unrelenting, especially during the first thaw of Spring when the vast expanse of ice breaks up becoming a torrent of ice. No longer able to hold up the weight of a human the chunks of ice not only plunge the unsuspecting to a watery grave, but pummel them with floating chunks of ice from the swollen river. But what happens if one puts their faith in God and tries to cross anyway. This is one of the things you will find out in LIGHT ACROSS THE RIVER.

This book turns out to be a fictional account of some very real people during a time when America was split over the issue of slavery. We are shown two simplistic views of how slavery must be wrong, primarily through the eyes of Eliza, a slave who seeks freedom, and Johnny, the son of a minister in Ohio that helps runaway slaves reach freedom. As her booktrailer states, Johnny believes that simply making others aware of how wrong slavery is will be the end of this terrible practice. He doesn't realize that things aren't as simple as they seem, and must learn to keep a watchful eye on his tongue, something he hasn't been known for.

There is another river, the river of doubt, that separates mankind from the slavery each has placed themself in and true freedom that can be found on the other side of this river. Payment has been made for each of us to be free, but we need to board the skiff call "faith" in order to cross this river of doubt. When we do, we find that the light that marked our path is none other than Jesus Christ Himself. So what does one do when they find themselves freed in Christ? They are filled with His love so that they will cross back over this dangerous river in order to bring others back with them to safety in Christ. If nothing else, we become safehavens for those crossing the river of doubt, conductors along the long road to freedom in Christ. In short, this story is not only about a historical event, but about something more current and spiritual, something more desireable than freedom from physical bondage. It is about following Christ into true freedom found only in Him.

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