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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

Thursday, November 05, 2009

TALKING TO THE DEAD, by Bonnie Grove

Humor: You see a work like TALKING TO THE DEAD, by Bonnie Grove, and you immediately jump to the wrong conclusions, or are at least tempted to. Obviously it's not a comic work. We're talking seriously about dealing with the loss of a loved one. However, humor plays a significant role, especially in works that are very serious. It makes things more realistic, by handling tough situations the way we'd handle them. It also shows how some people can be really absurd in the way they attempt to console others. Mostly, however, it offers the reader a break from overloading. Kate goes through various stages of depression, and it is necessary to take the reader there as well. Yet if a writer were to do this without any humor then the reader would find themselves becoming depressed. This is especially true in a work such as TALKING TO THE DEAD where Bonnie Grove so skillfully pulls the reader into the story. Humor is used quite frequently in vocations that are specifically stressful, such as homicide detectives. They aren't laughing at the situation, but finding a release for their stress before it destroys them. While Bonnie does show us how the stress of losing a loved one, especially with certain attributes woven in, she realizes that the reader is going to need a break every now and then. She does this realistically and skillfully.

The Author and Finisher of our Faith, even Jesus does the same thing in our lives, if we will take the time to look. There are a number of verses in Scripture that point to this. "A merry heart makes good like a medicine, and laughter strengthens the bones" is one. This is part of God's plan for us. Jesus said, "Come to me all you who are weak and heavy burdened, take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light." In 1st Cor. 10:13 God promises not to give us more than we can handle, but with every difficulty will provide a way of escape. I realize that humor isn't really that way of escape, Jesus is, but in getting to the point where we let Jesus carry our burdens and go through a trial God often will use humor to sustain us. Some of the best humor comes straight from real life. Take a very tough situation, then twist it just a bit, and suddenly you have humor. Where I work there is this employee who gets really stressed around people. People can be really obnoxious and rather stupid sometimes, so when they start piling up so does the stress. Well, this particular employee will wait until a stressful person has left and is out of earshot and say something about how idiotic they were. Then they will add, "I'm sorry. Did I say that out loud?" We all laugh, the stress is broken, and we can get back to work.

Unfortunately I can't give you examples from the book, because if I did I'd spoil it for you. Not only would I be giving away part of the story that I shouldn't be giving away, but I would also be giving you the whole punchline, so that when you got to the joke in the book you probably wouldn't find it funny. Comedians will tell you that it's all about timing, so if I told you I would be breaking that rule. Bonnie, however, does a splendid job in getting the timing perfect. You'll love it.

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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Christy--Southern Sassy Girl said...

David, I'm so glad you had an entire post on the humor in this book. While it's not in a whole lot of places, and particularly more evident in the beginning, I loved every bit of it! And you're right....would love to share a line or two from the book, but it would spoil the whole thing. :o)

David said...

As far as reviewing and not giving anything away this book has been the toughest for me. It's just that closely written. I finally gave up and figured if she put it in her blurb it was fair game. Still I found it difficult.

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