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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

Saturday, July 11, 2009

CFRB Tours Stephanie Reed

Saturday - Amanda "Mandy" Kephart is yet another character who we've mentioned already from time to time and is vital to this story. Both Lowell and Johnny Rankin had crushes on this girl-next-door. As I'm moving through the first book I'm getting an even better understanding of Mandy. She goes out of her way to make outsiders feel welcome and stands up for what is right. Even when the 2 brothers get into a tiff over her she finds a way to fit both of them into her life. She marries one and becomes a close confidant and friend to the other.

Although I haven't quite gotten as far through the first novel as I'd like yet, I suspect that Many's parents may have died in an outbreak of cholera. After losing her parents, which is what it seems is the case, Mandy's gentle kindness has not decreased. If anything she has realized how hard life can be when you lose someone you love and is therefore determined to make other's lives more bearable. As incredible as this may sound, I have actually met people like this. I remember one woman telling me about the death of her father. She was really broken up. I shared the fact that 2 other people I knew also lost family members. Her reply was that I make sure they know that she would be praying for them. Now that's Christian love.

Life is not easy and to make believe it is would be a tragedy. Instead we should realize the darkness and evil that causes the pain in this world and, like Mandy, determine to bring light into that darkness. Or like Rev. Ranking who determined to do something to dispel some of that darkness. As Jesus said, "You are the light of the world," this is what He has called each of us to be in our own way as He has created us. Whether we encourage, go out and bring others in, teach those who are here, whatever our function, know that it is important to God that we do so with a willing heart. He will bless us and we will see our efforts thrive because of it. We will rejoice over others who come to know Him, those who cross that wide river of doubt and sin into the love and fellowship of Jesus Christ.

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Laura Davis said...

Thank you David for the insightful comments you have provide throughout the tour on this book. I enjoy reading them.

David said...

I enjoy writing them, well, if I'm not pressed for time. But thank you. I've enjoyed seeing the other members and their posts as well. I'm just sorry that my schedule has gotten so hectic that I haven't been able to thank everyone personally.

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