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DVD Review

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, November 01, 2009

TALKING TO THE DEAD, by Bonnie Grove

This month CFRB is proud to be touring TALKING TO THE DEAD, by Bonnie Grove. Interestingly enough this just happens to fall right after Halloween, so if you still have some of that Halloween "spirit" in you, you might just enjoy this all the more.

Friendship: Friendship is something all of us value greatly. To have people you can share your life with in varied levels of intimacy seems to be a trait that is necessary for all of us. Kate Davis, who is the center of attention of this book, and in the undesirable position of recently being widowed, finds that friendship goes beyond her previous understanding of the word. In this story we find people, thought to be friends, being little more than acquaintances. Others she firmly placed her trust only to find that trust broken and betrayed. Yet true friends begin to emerge from others she has known and some from those she meets, people she wouldn't have considered friends before. Clearly Kate needs to redefine friendship, and this book offers us the chance to do the same. Is friendship just a term we use for people we like to be around, people we want the world to associate with us, or is it something much deeper? Through a difficult and often bizzare journey, Kate finds that it is often the latter that seems to more correct.

Have you ever had something go wrong in your life, I don't mean you stubbed your toe on the coffee table kind of wrong, but, well, something where you find yourself perhaps at odds with authorities and even yourself? Have you found yourself being treated horribly for something you may or may not have done? Have you been sick, really sick? During these times who was it who stuck with you? Who left? Quite often the people we have called friends, the ones we expect to stick things out with us are the first ones to abandon ship. In one sense that's good, because you don't need people around you during these times who are unwilling to stand with you. Also, with the thinning crowd you find people you hadn't even considered friends sticking with you, sometimes to your consternation, and you find these have been your real friends.

I think the first thing that happens in extreme cases like that of Kate Davis, is that we find ourselves alone. We don't even see the people who have chosen to stick it out with us. If we are Christians we find the only one left is God. Our own sense of how we have been treating God can often lead us further into despair, because we insist on heaping guilt upon ourselves over this. Don't you realize that God knows our weaknesses, and loves us anyway? He uses times like this to draw us closer to Him, so don't be like Kate, who initially runs in the other direction. (If I sound like I'm being very vague or speaking in overly general terms it's because I don't want to spoil the story for you). It would seem that God has chosen our friends for us sometimes, even if they are not Christians. These are people who look past any wrongs we might have done, forgive us, and are determined to stand with us. They are gentle, but they are insistently patient. In the end we are thankful that they stood by us while we got our act together, or while we went through some ailment. These, we realize, are our true friends. We shift our focus off of those who claimed to be our friends because they proved their lack of friendship by their actions. The one we can always count on is Jesus. The Bible says that He is a friend that will stay closer than a brother (or sister).

Don't forget to visit Bonnie's site. You'll find her fiction page HERE

Then you'll probably want to go out and purchase a copy. Here are some links to where you can find her book for sale online:

David C. Cook Publishing


Barnes & Noble

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The Christian Fiction Review Blog (known as CFRB) is a ministry that promotes quality Christian fiction in order that the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be shared with others who might otherwise not hear it, at least in a context that they would appreciate and understand. Each book is "previewed" in order to maintain the quality and content of the book. Books that are accepted for blog tours are given to the members by the author to review, according to the number of members requesting a copy. It is the belief and practice of CFRB to post positive reviews as a type of payment for these books. However, I want to emphasize again that these books first go through a preview stage where they are deemed of a high enough quality to tour.


cathikin said...

I hadn't thought of the fact that this came on the heels of Halloween. Seems there have been a few instances of 'coincidental' timing with our reviews this year.

Good points made.

David said...

I believe that the more we give this ministry over to God the more of these "coincidences" will show up. We may have missed others just because they weren't so obvious. Also, some may have been timely for one or two people that God needed to touch. For that I am grateful. You guys are simply awesome. Thank you for your partnership with me in this ministry.

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