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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

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

IF ONLY YOU KNEW, by Mags Storey


Tuesday - What I find interesting is that Jo, for all her complaining about how substandard she is, ends up dating, well, maybe not dating, but seeing not one, but two guys at the same time. A large part of the book is devoted to this. She meets both of these guys, or at least has some contact with them, on the same day, almost at the same time. So I can put things down in some kind of order I'll going to go with the chronological order in which she meets them

Sam is mentioned on the very first page. He doesn't seem to be saying much, but spends a lot of time ducking things being thrown at him by his girlfriend Tracie. She's braking up with him in the most outrageously public manner possible. The context of this is a public beach and Jo is walking, or trying to walk, past the disputing couple. Realizing this is an impossibility she crosses the street and tries to hid behind a pickup truck. Later, after meeting the 2nd guy she comes to the boardwalk to meet with guy number 2, manages to fall into the lake and guy number 1 jumps in after her. From that point on Sam becomes a fixture in her life. It seems that no matter what her problem is, he's there for her, even if it's just to lean on his should and cry. He also shows up and helps her out with some stuff when he really doesn't have to. They become "friends", but it's clear that this friendship is a lot closer than you might expect between just friends. Sam has a few problems of his own. He was force-fed Christianity to the point of rejecting God altogether and he has a girlfriend who alternately breaks up with him and then calls back to get back together with him. (Girls if you want to drive us guys nuts, this is the way to do it, however, be forewarned, in the end you will not end up with said guy. Just a free piece of advice.)

I think if we are all honest we have problems with God. I mean, we have problems in our life, we pray and it's like no one's there. We are told God is always with us, all powerful, loving, and all that, but somehow it doesn't seem to play out like that. So Sam tells us a little about ourselves. It's not that we don't believe in God, but that we don't believe in God's ability or perhaps willingness to come in and help us out when we need help. Sam goes through this whole rejection thing, even though he is a kind and giving person. Sound like anyone you know, like maybe you? You know what Sam's problem was, what our problem is? We're looking at the situation from the wrong point of view. As a writer a point of view is very crucial to the story. You tell a story one way and you get one story, but if you change the point of view the dynamics of the story changes drastically. This is our problem. If Jesus said, "I will never leave you or forsake you," and suddenly you are out there dealing with stuff and need His help, but He doesn't seem to be there, who moved? I can tell you a personal story about this, but do to limitations I'm not going to at this time. Feel free to email me at davidbrollier@yahoo.com and ask me about it and I will tell you. The thing is, even as children of God, we can put ourselves outside of the fellowship we are supposed to have with Him. To be heard we need to come back to Him, not Him to us. It's almost like receiving a "time out" for doing something wrong. We're still His children, but our rights have been limited, especially our right to fellowship with Him. Christianity is all about a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. When we do wrong, as our damaged lives will try to get us to do, we place ourselves outside of fellowship with our Father, but, and this is important, He is STILL our Father. And that's where Sam was messing up. When Sam stepped out of God's fellowship to do his own thing, then asked God to come in and help him out, well, God refused to hear him. Before Sam was a Christian he dealt with an abusive upbringing. This also goes back to relationships. You can hardly blame God for the choices your parents or friends or even your enemies make. All you can do is nurture the one you can have with Him. This is done by spending time with the Father, seeking out what He wants above all things, and first, then patiently waiting to hear what He has to say to us when we study His Word.

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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