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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.

For more you can go here:
http://godsnotdeadthemovie.com/synopsis

To purchase a copy try these links:
Amazon
ChristianBook.com
Barnes & Noble

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, October 05, 2009

IF ONLY YOU KNEW, by Mags Storey


Monday - Luckily for Jo she has a compassionate cousin who helps her out of those tight spots, not the real confusing ones she gets herself into, but the practical ones that helps her keep her head above water, as the saying goes. Kat, Jo's cousin, is allowing Jo to stay with her rent free until she gets a job and her own place. While this is a tremendous burden off of Jo's shoulders it replaces it with another burden, one that is something nearing guilt, but probably closer to learning responsibility. Jo doesn't want to be a burden on someone who has been so kind and helpful so she really tries, in her own awkward way, to find a job. When Kat realizes that the job hunting situation isn't going to pan out she offers Jo another way to make herself useful and pay off whatever imagined debt Jo feels she has towards her. This is true compassion, and it is done in a way that both teaches Jo responsibility and doesn't take away from her dignity.

I like Kat. She doesn't seem to play a real major role as far as the story goes, but in Jo's life she plays such a tremendous role. This kind of reminds me of both the love of Jesus and the comfort of the Holy Spirit. I'm really not comparing her here to God. Still, you have to admit that there is a kind of God-like action taken on by Kat for her cousin. Christians make a big deal about Jesus, and they should, because it is by His blood, by His sacrifice, that we can come to the father. Jesus, however, never made a big deal about Himself. He always deferred to the Father. Likewise, when the Holy Spirit came and was poured out on the believers in the upper room, well around 120 of them anyway, He deferred to Jesus, God's Son. This is the reason that a true Christian will do two things that almost go unnoticed. First they will walk in love, just as Jesus walked in love. That's the biggest and most important point to be made. Second, they will step back and give Jesus the credit for anything good that they do, knowing that apart from Him they could do nothing. They offer comfort and they defer to Jesus.

Have you seen "Christians" trying to cram the Bible down someone's throat, or beat them over the head with doctrine and the dos and don'ts of their denomination? I have and it sickens me. I've also seen the results, the scars left behind by these Christians. Some of them may never open their heart to God ever again. Others return to the Lord, but have this nagging fear of this happening all over again. I could go on to point out examples. In IF ONLY YOU KNEW, Mags Storey transcends these problems by showing us Christians who are realistic. They are kind, compassionate, but they are human and constantly making mistakes. As one of her characters puts it, "We are all damaged goods." We're like Humpty Dumpty after that fall, and while it is true that all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty together again, we have this confidence, God can put Humpty Dumpty back together, only when He does so, He creates something greater than before. One of the chief tools He uses to accomplish this is through people filled with love and compassion, people willing to step out and give a person that comfort and dignity they need to turn and see God. For when they see God, when they understand the message of the cross, then God can put us back together. Oh, we'll still have to deal with that damaged person who wants to take back the throne, but we can always point each temptation to Jesus and say, "I'm not king here anymore. Take it up with my Lord." This message comes through loud and clear in Mags book.
Now don't forget to visit Mags' site. I visited it and although I'm not big fan of the romance genre, she has a really great site and talks about some really interesting things. She doesn't preach at anyone...except maybe herself. You'll find her site HERE

Some of the places you can purchase her book are:

ChristianBook.Com

Amazon.Com

Barnes & Noble

Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.
Careful now. You might just find some people posting more than once, also you can visit any CFRB member's site and, hopefully, you will find a standard post. The links below indicate that you will find special posts.



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