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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

Monday, January 04, 2010

THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX, by Cliff Leigh


Monday - Although this starts out, and I believe is supposed to be geared for children or at least young adults, I found THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX, by Clifford Leigh to be a work of adult fantasy. Not only is it adult fantasy, but it is adult fantasy that centers on a young boy. I know that sounds confusing. Welcome to the world of Corian "Corey" Griffin. If you think the title sounds like someone dared the author to take three randomly chosen words and build a story around them you have only begun to scratch the surface of this incredible work.

Okay, I'm going to have to take this slow so I don't spoil it for all you readers out there. You are going to want this book, at least to read through once. Why, because everyone should take a jouney as fantastic and wild as THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX. We start out with Corian, a young boy whose father's ritual drink of evening coffee awakened a desire in him that was to send him on a very strange and yet very common journey. The boy, we see, is clearly fixated on getting a sip of this coffee. When his father said "No" Corey decided then and there he would find a way to get what he wanted when he wanted. There were obstacles of course, after all he was still a child and for most things you need money. So the chance finding of the green box by his sister "Jeli" containing coins his father had saved became his "golden" opportunity to embark on fulfilling his desires.

I'm struck by several things and can't go into all of them here, but one is that desire for this became all consuming. It was a compelling force that drove him outside of his own personality, so to speak. We find that when he gets these coins he comes up with a "foolproof" way of getting what he wants. This is where I see something else. He became addicted, oh not to coffee. Strangely enough he never went after his first desire, but rather went after his father and mother's wishes by fulfilling desires that he'd always had in the past. Only now he had the means. Now he had a plan. Now he was getting away with it. Oddly enough this is just how drug addicts start out. There's that little teaser, that taste, that sneak in the boy's room or behind the house. We get away with it and suddenly we think we're so smart. We begin to travel down a path we would never choose if we only realized what we were really getting into. It wasn't just a cigarette we were stealing, or s puff of marijuanna, or some "pills" or whatever. That wasn't the point. Some liked their first experience with these things and others did not. No, the real fascination, the thing that got us really addicted, was that we thought we were pulling a good one over on Mom and Dad. So Corey's little enterprise here may only seem to be about a desire for ice cream, but if you look closer Clifford Leigh is saying something much more important.

Interestingly enough the Apostle Paul also said the same thing. "What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me." (Romans 7:7-11) Paul talks here about how when we didn't know right from wrong, when we didn't know the commandments of God sin had no control over us, even though we may be daily committing those sins. However, once we know right from wrong, once God's Commandments are made know to us, we find that sin is alive in us. We are not the brilliant ones we thought we were, but are in fact the slaves of what we are doing. The very thing that pointed us to the way of life instead now condemns us before a Holy God. What chance do we have? Without the blood of the cross there is no chance, no mercy, no grace, no salvation. You might say that Adam passed on his addiction to all his children. Only a transfusion of pure, holy and righteous blood could free us and bring us back into a relationship with God. Don't you see? God loves you so much, and me so much, that He was willing to step down from His throne, walk upon this earth as one of us, then offer Himself up so that His blood, his pure, holy and righteous blood, could flow in us and set us free from sin and death. Has anyone ever said you are worthless? Have you ever thought you were unworthy? Then look at this again. What did the Lord God Almighty do for YOU that YOU might share in the joys of being part of His family? You see, you are that "precious pearl", that "one lost sheep", that "great treasure". Yes, you. But sometimes it takes an electrolux to bring that point home to us.

Visit Cliff at the author's website and the WKEBlog.

Purchase The Wordsmith, the Kid, and the Electrolux at
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Barnes and Noble.
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Check out these other member blogs this week for more
info. Oh, and just because there are so few people posting reviews has little to do with the quality of this work, nor does it mean he only gets 3 days worth of tours. Check back again and see if some of these members have several posts throughout the week.

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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