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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:
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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

Thursday, January 07, 2010

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


Thursday - One of the interesting things about THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX is the use of imagery. In fact, the world that Corey "falls" into is a world that is made up of pictures, literally. I mean there are these pictures, photographs, that fit seamlessly with the journey Corey has to make. What is more interesting is that Corey enters some of these pictures only to find them coming to life. Since I think in pictures this was a really great plus for me. There is also the fear of seeing yourself as you really are, and Clifford Leigh does this with imagery. It's beautiful. I don't want to get into these images too much because there is so much in this story that you'll absolutely love and I don't want to take any of that away from you.

There was another person who taught using pictures, his name was Jesus. I was once told that studies showed that people remember 25% of what they hear, but they remember 75% of what they see. In a story like this, or one of the parables of Jesus, both methods of teaching are combined. You both hear and see the story as it happens. When Jesus talked about the Prodigal Son, people saw in their minds what He meant. When Jesus talked about the sower and the seed they could easily picture that, since many of them did some farming even if they weren't farmers. When Jesus talked about the shepherd and the sheep this was another thing they could easily picture. Combined with the words of these stories Jesus was able to teach people things that are to this day truly fantastic. Not only that, but because He was combining both methods of communication there would be around 100% recall. This shouldn't surprise us, because Jesus IS the Word.

When you get to the Wordsmith there is a unique feeling that you are seeing a small shadow of who Jesus is. All he creates he does so with words. This is in keeping with Scripture, "In the beginning was the Word...and without Him was not anything made that has been made". (John 1:1,2) and in Genesis 1 where you keep reading about all the different creations of God. Each time God created something you read, "And God said..."

I want you to take a trip to the Matrix for a minute with me. For those who saw the original movie the real and the the imagined were two separate worlds, but it was the imagined world that was being sold to people as the real world. The real world, one kept hidden for the most part from everyone else, was the real world. So it is in our world. What you see outside your window is only a physical replica of something far greater. Not only that, but what you see out your window will one day come to an end. The real world is the world of God, where things of the Spirit are kept hidden from most of us. There are times when those of us who follow God catch glimpses of this world, but we can only catch glimpses. The fullness of it would overwhelm us. In the same way the Wordsmith is only a glimpse of who God the Creator is, who Jesus is. We shouldn't worship this glimpse, but realize that this tiny peek into God's world is so that we might draw closer to Him. "Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." (1st Cor. 13:8-13) Notice what the apostle says is eternal and what is temporal. This is exactly what I see in Clifford Leigh's book.

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

Purchase The Wordsmith, the Kid, and the Electrolux at
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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
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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.

2 comments:

Thelema said...

Interesting posts you have, though I think Christianity is dead and will be redeemed and brought to fruition and perfection through Thelema. Check out my blog at http://christianityisdead.wordpress.com/ if you will. Love is the law, love under will. ;)

David said...

My dear, you may believe as you wish. It is the Word of God that shall stand forever, not what you think or what I think. For this reason I am always going back to what God says in His Word, not to what religions necessarily teach. As to your closing comments may I suggest a Scriptural answer? "God is love." 1st John 4:8. It has not, nor ever has been law.

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