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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.

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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

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas from CFRB

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;
And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.

(Luke chapter 2:1-39) May the Prince of Peace be your Joy for this Holy Day.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

THE CAT THAT MADE NOTHING SOMETHING AGAIN, by James Maxon



Saturday - We end with a beginning. As storytellers we generally like to start at the beginning and work our way to the end. In fact, my advice to writers is that they do just that and keep writing until they get there. This advice may not have worked for James Maxon in THE CAT THAT MADE NOTHING SOMETHING AGAIN. Yes, we start out with a kind of beginning, a difficulty that must be overcome. Yet, at the end, or what some would call the end, of this novel we are really only just embarking on the beginning. I suppose this is true in many cases. Our lives our like many stories linked together, end to end. The one difference with this book is that you really are getting to the beginning when you get to the end.

Let me see if I can make this clear. Throughout the story we are dealing with a cat who is changing attitudes, behaviors, and making strange friends while fighting odd enemies. To most, and probably the author himself, this is the story. You get to the end of this and look out on what you have done and are amazed at all that has taken place. Makes for a great outline. Our cat, however, takes a looke at what he has done and returns to the place where he was raised. And there, right at the end of the book, you get the sense that this cat is beginning a whole new life. They don't know what is coming down the road in this new life, but it suits them. This is the kind of ending James Maxon has chosen for his book.

It is so beautiful an ending, because we, as Christians, work through our daily lives, our "stories" that are linked end to end, like a "string of pearls", but this journey, while enriching, is sometimes very difficult. We long for a place where we won't have to battle the flesh anymore. A place where we can truly see the full authority of God rising up in us as we bow down to His glory and worship Him. What we are longing for is our beginning. Jesus said that we are not of this world, that the world in fact hates us because we are not of the world. This is the struggle we deal with continually while we are in these fleshly bodies. Yet we have the assurance that a time is coming when we shall go to that place that is truly our home. We shall receive new bodies. We shall then come to our beginning. Right now, we are just working out the ending of our flesh.

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

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IMPORTANT
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 hear it 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.

Friday, December 11, 2009

THE CAT THAT MADE NOTHING SOMETHING AGAIN, by James Maxon



Friday - Different ways to judge success, and not all of them are right. The evil sponges judge success by being able to control the people in the towns where they have stolen all the water. It's a success based on proving yourself better than someone else. The town's people, at one point, judged success by being able to go through the routine of life without having to think or feel or really do anything of importance. Their success is one based on just being comfortable. Other characters, the cat in particular, come to judge success by how they were able to help others.

Let's look at this a bit. I'm sure you've seen all of these in society. The idea of proving you're better than others is really quite common. The problem here is that when everyone is trying to prove they are better than everyone else no one is doing anything for anyone. Does this really sound like success to you? People amass riches to prove they are better than others. People become famous to prove they are better than others. Even our educational system is set up to try and make us better than our peers. What have we learned? That we all share the same curse. We all fall short of the glory of God. We are all sinful in God's eyes. We have accomplished nothing of any lasting value.

Then there are those who sit on the sidelines and let the rest of us work it out. You know what I mean. It's almost a "You owe me" mentality. Why do they think we owe them? I don't rightly know, but they fall on the same worthless plain as the group above. It's easy to get comfortable and forget about the people around us. It's easy to just hunker down and think you're successful, but you're not. You've only reached the bottom, same as the rest of us. I should add here that many educational institutions try to instill a "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" mentality. All you really achieve is realizing you finally made it to the bottom. You can't pull yourself up by your bootstraps or any other of your body parts. Go ahead and try.

Interestingly, however, those who put others ahead of themselves, who have set clear goals and reach out to make life better for others have any measure of success. Even this is not really truly successful, for we would never do for others if God hadn't planted a love for others in our hearts, and we certainly wouldn't have had the power to do what God desired for these others. So people who just do "good deeds" are left on the same level playing field as far from God as everyone else. There is only one way to success.

Jesus did what we could not, and all who come to Him and receive Him and live by His commands find His love living in them. It is the Jesus in them that reaches out to others. It is the Jesus in them that cares more about others than about themselves. It is the Jesus in them that forgives when forgiveness isn't an option. These are the truly successful people. Christians are successful not because they are special or have great talents or abilities; it's not because they have somehow found a "key to success" that others have overlooked. Christians are successful simply because Jesus WAS successful and we now live in Him. His success becomes ours. As one dear friend once said, "Christians aren't better than anyone else, just better off."

So what does this have to do with THE CAT THAT MADE NOTHING SOMETHING AGAIN? Look closely and you will see that some, like the sponges, are trying to show they are more than everyone else. In fact even the cat starts out this way. Then you have those who are content to just go about their routine without caring one way or the other about their neighbor. They aren't successful. Yet you do come to those who are successful because they have learned to put others ahead of themselves. Lucky for us the cat is one of these characters. Because of this the cat is able to do more than it thought it could, all to help the people in his town, and others he's met along the way. I think we better start examining ourselves and seeing just how we measure success. If we really want to be successful then we want to please our Heavenly Father. To do that we must be obedient, and to do that we must love those around us, unconditionally. Can't do it? Neither can I, but the Jesus living in me can.

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

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IMPORTANT
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 hear it 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.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

THE CAT THAT MADE NOTHING SOMETHING AGAIN, by James Maxon



Thursday - For a children's book The Cat That Made Nothing Something Again really has a lot of powerful spiritual truths. They are woven into the story so expertly that you really don't realize you're learning them until afterward. I think that's the mark of a good writer, especially a good children's writer. Probably one of the greatest lessons that he brings out in this story is that God can take a nobody and not just make them a somebody, but make them a hero. This cat without a name goes on a journey with slightly selfish motives, which become selfless motives in the end. Yet the whole while you wonder what plan he has in mind. You are wondering just how these sponges work and how is he going to get the water back from the sponges. The nameless cat has some of the same considerations, which is why iit is so powerful. He's just like us. Any one of us can be a hero if we follow our heart.

Jesus knew who He was and what He was doing, but look at who He called to be the Twelve, His chosen Disciples; Simon (also called Peter), Andrew, James John, Phillip, Nathaniel, Matthew (Levi), Thomas, James the Less, Thadeaus, Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot. Of all of them perhaps Matthew was the richer or Phillip or Nathaniel smarter, but Jesus didn't choose people of high esteem. Instead Jesus found people of low esteem whose hearts were set on God (except for Judas so that Scripture would be fulfilled). Jesus even changed a number of their names; Simon was called Peter and Jesus called Him Cephas, James and John He called "The Sons of Thunder". Matthew became known as Levi, and "the other Judas" was called Thaddeaus. Coming in contact with Jesus changes you. Even in the case of Judas Iscariot, he changed when he met Jesus too. He was so sold out as a zealot that he was willing to sell out the Christ for 30 pieces of silver. Before you go condemning him for that you ought to be asking yourself what you would have done in his place. Remember, ALL the disciples ran away when Jesus was arrested. Yes, Peter and John seemed to hang in there for a while, John more so than Peter, but they too only watched from a distance as theirl Lord, their Master was ripped from among them, abused and crucified. These weak people Jesus chose to change the world with the messge of His love and forgiveness.

Do you sometimes feel like a nobody? Do you feel like even if you tried to do something good it would blow up in your face? Welcome to the family. Yet our God keeps us safe and will make sure that our foot does not slip. We may slip, but our walk with Him will not slip. The more we are obedient to Him the more we learn to discipline ourself in the ways of God. The more we are obedient, disciplined children, the more our Heavenly Father is blessed and blesses us by working through us. What we think is impossible God sees as an opportunity to display His greatest, and He does so through us. That's the marvel of it. That's the marvel of this story, it is so "Gospel true" that I can hardly believe it. I can hardly contain myself from telling you the story myself. It is really that good.

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

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IMPORTANT
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 hear it 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.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

THE CAT THAT MADE NOTHING SOMETHING AGAIN, by James Maxon



Wednesday - Paying attention, part 2. In my last post I talked about paying attention to the journey. In this part I want to focus on paying attention to those around you. It's more of the same, but more specific. This nameless cat only began to pay attention when the sponges came and stole the moisture from the village. Even then he was only half-heartedly concerned. When the day in and day out routine never changed he became bored and then he started to really take notice. On his travels he meets various individuals, some good, some bad, some really quite out of their mind. It is partially because he was paying attention to these people that he was able to affect any kind of a change. I can write down a list of things that he would have missed if he hadn't paid attention which would have drastically changed this story.

Every day we go through life much like this cat. People we work with or pass on the street, even those we may go to church with have little or no impact on us because we aren't paying attention. We are so trained to see things the way we've always seen them that we figure there isn't another way of looking at things or people. This one really beats me up, because I am sort of a hermit when it comes to people. I have to force myself to go to work or church. I enjoy myself when I'm there (most of the time), but I am so comfortable right here, behind the keyboard of my computer that I don't go out like I should. It sickens me to think of that, and only the grace of God gets me through.

Jesus told us to love one another as He loves us. He told us that if we did this the world would know we were His disciples. So, where are they? Are they all behind computer keyboards, locked in homes of their own? If a brother or sister stumbles where are we to help encourage them and lift them up? I know people think FaceBook and ShoutLife is the answer, or maybe just having special emal friends, but it isn't. When was the last time you helped someone you could actually touch, really see their smile and their face light up as God lifted them up? Don't write me and tell me because I'm in the same boat. We have to get out of our "comfort zones". And that is just about the family of God, what about those who don't know Jesus? God gave me a vision one time that still shakes me. I was walking on the sidewalk and there was this earthquake. The sidewalk slanted up at like a 60 degree angle and a wide crack opened up behind me. Here's the thing, I wasn't sliding. I was seeing everyone else sliding past me into the chasm and disappear, but the angle, the earthquake, it didn't affect me. Then I was told to reach out and catch those who were sliding into the abyss. I'm still not doing it like God wants me to, but I'm trying. I try a little more each day. Why? Because there really is an abyss out there and the world really is sliding towards it. My job is to let them know that someone cares about them, someone loves them, to put out my hand, not just in friendship, but in practical help. If I don't do this any preaching of the Gospel is basically meaningless. If you are a Christian this vision is also for you. You have to be like this cat. You have to get so bored with the way things are, so fed up with yourself letting things go on the way they always have to you begin to allow God to do something about it. The cat didn't have a clear plan, only that he had to do something. So I'm not telling you to button-hole people out there. I'm not saying you should do this or that, but I am saying "Get out of the boat and marvel at what Jesus can do through you when you put your trust in Him." I'm also saying, "Above everything else, love everyone you meet, especially the ones you don't feel like loving." How you do this is between you and God. Just remember, there are people dying everyday, people who have talked to you, bumped into you (sometimes very literally), worked with and they die without coming to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Now that isn't something you can force anyone to do. You can, however, show them the love of Jesus through you. How many have we let got to the grave without at least getting that message through to them? How many people have died not knowing that someone loved them? This Christmas my goal is to let people realize that is the very reason for this season, and I love them enough to tell them about it. What about you.

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

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IMPORTANT
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 hear it 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.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

THE CAT THAT MADE NOTHING SOMETHING AGAIN, by James Maxon



Tuesday - Pay attention. (I'm going to do this in 2 parts). First, being more general, pay attention to the journey. In THE CAT THAT MADE NOTHING SOMETHING AGAIN, we have a cat who by all accounts isn't really all that extraordinary, stetting out on a journey to regain the water for the people in his town. His motives may not be all that selfless in the beginning, but as we follow this cat on his journey we find he runs into many situations and meets different people. These situations and meetings change him and he begins to really have a heart for those around him. Although he has set out to find these evil sponges the journey becomes something that is invaluable, in fact it is more important, in some ways, than getting to the sponges and getting the water back. That's because he has no plan, no course of action and no real backbone, should he have to stand up to these sponges himself, something he hopes to avoid. Yet our furry friend pays attention to the journey and in doing so finds that while a plan never seems to develop he does grow a backbone. We find him motivated by love and not selfishness, and it is this that makes all the difference in the world. Were he to have ignored the journey he wouldn't have been prepared when the time came and would have been a miserable failure.

As we go through life we may not have a definite goal in mind. We may feel a bit like Abraham who was told to get up out of his father's house and go to a place God would show him God didn't tell him where to go, only that he should go. Over the next 25 plus years Abraham grew a backbone. We look back at him as a great man of faith. In Scripture he is referred to as a man of faith and also we understand what faith is through him, "Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness." (Romans 4:3; Galatians 3:6; James 2:23) He paid attention to many things, and in a general sense to his journey. It didn't matter that God didn't tell him where to go, but only that God told him to go. If you are a Christian the chances are very good that God has told you to "Go", but you weren't given any details. You may have been pointed in a direction, but after that you had to trust in the Lord. And that is precisely what the journey is about. That's why paying attention to the journey is more important than the goal of the journey for many of us. Without that journey we would never reach that goal, or be in shape for it if we happened to stumble upon it without the journey.

I am still on my journey. I'm not all that sure where God wants me to go all the time. Like Abraham I make a lot of mistakes, but also like Abraham I am learning to trust God, at least a little bit more each day. I have full confidence that when this journey is over and I arrive where God wants me to be I will arrive with all the wisdom, strength and knowledge that I will need at that time. What about you? Are you paying attention to your journey or are you overwhelmed by the gargantuan task before you? One thing I have learned on my journey is that I can NEVER become a match for even the simplest of tasks God puts before me, but that He is never overwhelmed. He is much more the match than anything I might ever face. Because of this I can rest peacefully (most of the time). I just have to keep my eyes on Jesus and learn from the journey. For I can do all things through Christ who gives me the strength. That's a little something Paul picked up on his journey.

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
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IMPORTANT
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 hear it 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.

Monday, December 07, 2009

THE CAT THAT MADE NOTHING SOMETHING AGAIN, by James Maxon



Monday - Evil sponges? Water being sucked out of everything? I wonder if James had another sponge character in mind when he wrote this, although I'm not really acquainted with that other one. Who in their right mind would choose a sponge, or sponges to be the villains of the story? And yet, you know it makes sense, it works. Of course all the water couldn't have been sucked up or they would have killed everyone. I mean we are around 85% water. Take that away and we'd be just dust. Yet suppose you could take out just enough water to make you weak, pliable, controllable? Yeah, that would work. And suppose you could drain out the best of who we are with the water you took out? Now that would be interesting. In any event it is the task of this cat without a name to find these evil sponges and get the moisture returned to where it belongs, and do so without getting all the moisture taken out of him as well.

The more I think about this the more it reminds me of something else. I remember growing up in church people would ask me these silly questions, like "What is faith?" or "What is sin?" Duh, you guys read the Bible. I later realized they wanted us to think things through, not just come up with a Scripture to answer them. We had to explain WHY that Scripture answered that question. Well here we have James explaining to us what sin is. Sin is a sponge. It sucks the life out of you. You may think it is giving you all kinds of goodies, all kinds of pleasures, but all the while you are getting all the goodness sucked straight out of you. You begin to feel dry inside. Life loses its meaning. You get up, eat breakfast, go to school (or work) come home have supper, watch a movie, go to bed and tomorrow you get to do it all over again. You are caught in this mindless loop because you have made friends with these sponges that have removed everything from you worth holding onto. Then Jesus comes along. Ah, what a wonderful moment. You see all of us are drawn to the sponges, so Jesus went and took all the penalties for doing that on Himself. He poured Himself out for us, and all who receive Him receive the Living Water that He gives. It springs up like a fountain inside our heart, making us new. We see things with new eyes, hear with new ears, love with new hearts. We find we are becoming like Jesus. Amazing. And the sponges hate Jesus. When they tried to suck the life out of Him when He hung on the cross He went down to the grave and took away their authority, their power. He opened the doors of the deep and let the waters flow back to where it was suppose to be. Any Christian who understands their authority in Jesus is a threat to the devil and his demons.

There are sponges out there that will try to steal away your joy, your peace your hope, but they can't if you don't allow them to. All you have to do is tell them who you are in Christ and these sponges go nuts. They flee from you. We have this power, not because we are worthy, but because Jesus makes us worthy. Let's start seeing ourselves the way God sees us, that is in Christ.

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




IMPORTANT
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 hear it 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.

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.





IMPORTANT
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 hear it 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.

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