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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

Sunday, December 06, 2009

THE CAT THAT MADE NOTHING SOMETHING AGAIN, by James Maxon



Sunday - This month CFRB is proud to tour THE CAT THAT MADE NOTHING SOMETHING AGAIN, by James Maxon. This is an incredible book, and I hope you all get a copy, if not for yourself, for your children, grand children, neices, nephews, cousins, and just the kid down the street. It isn't all that long, and holds your attention all the way through. I found myself wanting it to be a bit longer, but then it would have had to lapse into the young adult, if not adult category. Maxon did a marvelous job keeping his readers in mind as he wove this tale together. But don't let that fool you. There are things here that even adults can learn from, or maybe relearn some of the things they have forgotten. I laugh at the fact that the title is so long while the book is so short. This too fits with some children's books.

So why is this book special? Well, I have to do 7 reviews here and it is going to be difficult to get them all in without giving the story away, so I'll just comment like I usually do. This book is about a cat who find itself in a situation that becomes boring. Strange sponges have visited the town and sucked up all the water out of everything. (The cat was excluded, but you'll have to read the book to find out why). Initially things seem great. He gets fed regularly, is cared for properly, but something is missing. Not only are all the lakes, streams, ponds and wells dry, but so are the people. They have gone from acting in unpredictable, many times irrationale ways, to being just as dry as the river beds. Everything is done like clockwork and no one is happy or sad or anything. They just are. The cat with no name eventually gets bored with all of this and decides to get the moisture returned to the town's people.

Many times we are like this cat. Not only do we feel worthless, but we feel like someone gave us names out of pity, or worse, just because it was the thing to do. Life is boring. There is nothing special about it. There is no brilliance, no beauty, no song, but we often do feel the other side, the sorrow, the bickering, the arguments, the put-downs. Drawing all this negative garbage into our lives makes us feel as if we really are worthless, and yet, if we are honest within ourselves, there is that tiny spark inside us that yearns for something, anything really, to get out of the rutt we are in. We want someone to tell us that we are at least a little worthing, that our names have meaning, anything. We are like the cat with no name. Many of us go out on a quest to put this bordem to rest. Some follow after the wisdom of this world, thinking that being intelligent, or musical, or in some way gifted, will fill that void. They always end up worse than they started out. Others look to God, to His Word, and find meaning in becoming a child of God through Jesus. This isn't a crutch, as some would claim, but becoming part of something we were always meant to be part of. So our journey starts with a feeling of worthlessness, but ends with the joy of being found worthy in Christ. The intellects don't understand this. Musicians who don't accept God's way find little worth singing about that could encourage themselves, much less others. Paintings by those following the world's ways are filled with such negativity that it festers like a virus. There is a cure, and it is found in Jesus. Those wanting to have a glimpse at that might want to read THE CAT THAT MADE NOTHING SOMETHING AGAIN. In ourselves we are nothing, but Jesus came to make us something again (hint, hint).

Be sure to visit his site HERE

Although James seems to have links all over the place I could only find the following links to online sales sites:

Amazon
Froogle

Check out these other member blogs this week for more
info.





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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.

9 comments:

David A. Bedford said...

I'll keep your book in mind. I think my granddaughters will like it. Your readers will probably like my new release, Angela 1: Starting Over. It is accessible to teens but of interest to adult readers, and it comes out of a rich background of Christian values, though it does not teach or proselytise, and it is the first in a series of three. If you want to know more, just click on my name and follow the link to my web site. I also invite you to read my blog at www.davidabedford.aegauthorblogs.com

cathikin said...

good points once again. Yes, without Jesus in us (the Living Water), we have no worth and no name.

David said...

David, this is the wrong place to pitch your book. Feel free to write me or any of the CFRB members with any information concerning your books. Here, however, let us focus on this truly amazing book by James Maxon. You wouldn't want him jumping in your blog advertising his book now would you?

David said...

Cat, there are so many wonderful things about this tiny book it's just hard to get it all out. You can use it as a study guide for adults as well as a good bedtime reading for young children. The lessons are layered and woven together with great care so that each age group can find something for them. In fact, this is one of those few books you can read, then re-read and find more, and each time you do so this will be true.

James D. Maxon said...

Thank you for the positive review David. I never thought of using the book as a study guide, but now that you say it I think it would fit nicely into a childrens reading plan. Someone told me they thought I added too many Christian Morals, but to me that's what makes this stand out, and worth reading more than once.

David said...

Don't limit this to just children, young adults and adults can get a lot out of this work. I think that's one of the reasons I liked it so much, it can be understood on several levels.

To those who think there are too many Christian morals in this work, they can always read non-Christian works. You aren't twisting their arm, but they'll be out of some really great reading.

Tom said...

Is there such a thing as "too many Christan morals". I think not. After all, what is Christianity, but a lesson in living a holy, pure and moral life? In my mind, anyone who would make such a statement after reading this book as been convicted in some way, and perhaps should take a deeper look into their own lives. Excellent book, James..keep up the good work. By the way, I should mention I am James' Step-dad, and am extremely proud of the work he has done.

Anne said...

A charming and quirky book with lots of unexpected twists and unlikely heroes. I love it that the most insignificant events and characters become the means of bringing about the successful defeat to the enemy. In this story, anyone can be a hero.

David said...

Tom you said just what I wanted to say. What good is a Christian novel unless it teaches Christian morals?

Anne, I loved what you said about "anyone can be a hero". Now let's look at our lives as we live in Christ. He has already won the victory. We are victors in Him already. God takes the weak and confounds the mighty. He takes the foolish things and confounds the wise. Yes, anyone, who is obedient to God, can and is, a hero.

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