Join CFRB on Yahoo

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.

For more you can go here:

To purchase a copy try these links:
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

Friday, November 06, 2009

TALKING TO THE DEAD, by Bonnie Grove

Therapy: What can I say here without blowing the plot? Okay, you've lost your spouse, but it seems like he keeps showing up, talking to you when you least need it or expect it. So how do you treat it? One thing you don't do is ignore that something is happening. Another thing is to find someone who can sympathize with the dilemma your in. You'll rarely find these people in seance groups or psychiatrist offices. Sure there are some really good people in psychology, but even they tend to put a spin on it that fits their mold. You have to find someone who is willing to get outside of the normal mold, because that's where you are. You're just trying to find your way back. The most important thing you can do, however, is trust in God. Trust in His love, His gentleness, His mercy and His guidance. He will listen to you when no psychologist will. He alone has the power to heal, and no one cares for you as much, let alone more, than He does. Kate finds all kinds of people trying to help her out. She tries a kind of self-therapy ("I'll just never sleep upstairs anymore.") which doesn't work. She cuts people out of her life, which only increases the problem. At the advice of a friend she starts seeking outside help only to bounce around abit. Even where she ends up is not the real source of her freedom from pain and suffering, but someone who happens to be in the same vicinity at that time. (And that's as close as I'm getting to a spoiler)

As Christians, or even just people, we tend to follow the same road Kate does. We go here, we go there. We try this thing and that thing. We close ourselves off (really easy to do now with the Internet), but nothing works. It's not until we bring the whole burden to Jesus' feet and say, "I'm tired, you carry it for a while," that we begin to get results. Because Jesus has been waiting this whole while for us to give it to Him. He knows what it's like to do what we do in this flesh, and was the only one to accomplish that successfully. So He knows your pain, your suffering, you pitfalls, you shortcomings, your strengths, and He can build you up while He carries your load on His back. In Isaiah 53:5 we read these words, "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." All too often I think we stop with the fact that Jesus died for our "transgressions". If we would read on we would see that Jesus not only took upon Him the payment of our "iniquities" but that He received injuries so that we might have peace. He willingly gave Himself up to be whipped that we would be healed. God cares about ever part of us, Spirit, Soul and Body. When we go through an event like Kate did, He offers His own wounds as healing to our spirit, and that is a remarkable thing. He offers us peace in the storm, and total healing. The thing is, we have to accept it. We have to receive it. It's there, right there, if we would only reach out and touch Him. All too often we try to work things out by ourselves, and that's where things really go bad.

Therapy? Fall into His love and let Him take care of you the way He always has wanted to. Even if things seem to go slow you know you have Him right there with you each step of the way, and that is therapy that is real.

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

Check out these other member blogs this week for more

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.

No comments:

Pageviews past week