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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

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

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


Tuesday - Oh it would be so easy to talk about this book, from beginning to end, to spoil it for you, but I will do my best not to do so. Yesterday we looked at how the whole story began with a boy who let a desire come alive in him and enslave him. (You will find evidence of slavery in this if you look closely). What happened? Something was denied him and that really ticked him off. So let's focus on this today. The real reason that Corey went on this binge of self-indulgence, wasn't so much to fulfill some great longing or desire, but to get back at his father for saying "No". We are still talking about living in this real world, not after Corey is sucked up by a vacuum cleaner and dropped down a tree into a land of pictures that come to life. I guess reality is sometimes stranger than fiction, as the saying goes.

I want each of us to stop for a moment and think. Was there ever a time in your life when someone said or did something to you that got you so made that you wanted to get back at them, I mean really get back at them? And when you did whatever it was, didn't you find yourself harming yourself more than the person you meant to harm? Let's take that bitty in church who is always gossiping about everyone, the one who told everyone things that were supposed to be held in strict confidence. Remember her (or him)? Maybe they even altered the facts to make the story all the more juicy and people started avoiding you. You DO remember her right? Okay, now do you remember what you did? I'll tell you what you did, because I've done it too. You got angry, bitter and you decided that you were going to hold a grudge against her (or him) for the rest of your life. Remember? Sound familiar? The thing is she never knew about your unforgiving attitude. She never knew really how hurt you were. You didn't hurt HER at all. Instead, to get back at her you started harming yourself. Unforgiveness. being bitter, holding a grudge, these are things that cause actual physical things to happen in your body. Your body actually starts releasing poisons into the bloodstream. You may have found that your health has declined or that you found it easy to catch colds and hard to get over them. All of this because YOU (and me too) wanted to get back at that little old bitty, that person who has no clue of what's going on inside us. It's like ingesting poison in the hopes of killing the other person. It really doesn't work that way, ever.

Jesus has a lot to say about forgiveness, and rightly so. He came to forgive us. If we can remember that not a single sin can come before God, and yet Jesus came to take ALL of our sin on Himself so we could come before our Heavenly Father, we would begin to understand what forgiveness is. In Matthew 6:12 Jesus taught that we should pray "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." So if we aren't forgiving others then we aren't going to be forgiven. Doesn't that bother you? It bothers me. You might want to check out the parable in Matthew 18:27-35, but let me just pick out a verse for you. "Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?" (verses 32, 33).

There seems to be this big gaping hole in many Christian's armor. It is caused by unforgiveness. We are trying to hurt someone because of some real or imagined trespass against us, and in our zeal to get back at them, we turn our vengence on ourselves. We can really be stupid sometimes. Now, here's the real "kicker". Jesus KNEW all of that before the foundations of the world, and STILL came to die for you and for me. Humanly we are worthless. We are nothing more than neatly arranged dirt and water waiting to be ground down into dirt once again. Yet Jesus sees what is inside this vessel of clay and says, "You are worthy". From an old wooden cross He looked down, not just on the crowds around Him, but down through the corridors of time and saw you and me, and He prayed, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." This is how we are to forgive anyone who has done anything against us. If we fail to do so, then we fail to be forgiven. It's your choice. I have a cousin who for many years refused to become a Christian because of all the hypocrites in the church. Then after 2 tours in the Vietnam War he went down to an altar and gave his life (totally) to the Lord. He later said, "I wasn't going to spend eternity with those hypocrites." What about you? Right now the choice is being laid out before you, death or life, and God loving urges us to choose life. I have, will you?

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

Purchase The Wordsmith, the Kid, and the Electrolux at
Amazon
Amazon Kindle
Barnes and Noble.
ChristianBook

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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