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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

Monday, February 08, 2010

FORGIVING SEAN, by Jessica Adriel

Monday - The three principle characters in this story are that of Marsisa Gladstone, Hawke Davies and Sean Moffit. This is the 2nd book in a series that begings with Drawing Marissa. Since I haven't read the 1st book you'll have to forgive me for some of the outrageous jumps in logic that may arise.

Today I'd like to focus on Marissa Gladstone. We meet her as she is longing to get from Manhattan to her New Jersey home to be with Hawke. We learn that he has more than filled a gap left in her life when Sean abandoned her and struck out to be a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. Hawke isn't the kind of guy you'd expect to be the Christian hero of this story, but the fact is that for all the evil he may have done in the past he is more than dedicated to allowing Jesus to reach out and try to heal instead of hurt those around him. In doing so Marissa finds in him someone worthy of respect, even love. She begins to redefine what love must mean and in so doing begins to find fulfillment in a life otherwise empty and broken.

In one sense we are all like Marissa. We've had a fling with the devil. At one time or another he seemed to promise great things for us. He seemed to care for us in a way we thought no one else could care for us. I'm not saying we intentionally went out and found Satan to follow him around, but the temptations he placed in our paths seemed more like love notes from a secret admirer and oh how thrilled we were to receive these gifts...right up until we realized they weren't gifts at all. Instead they were bait to the many traps laid around us, and we found that we had stumbled into so many of these traps we felt there could be no escape. This secret admirer turned out to be a master of disguise and used his wiles against us. He used our very desires to defeat and enslave us. Then he abandoned us, except for his mocking laughter that rang in our ears. We were lost, broken, trapped, made into something so utterly repulsive that we didn't even wish to face ourselves. Then, into this dark world of ours, step one greater than Hawke, Jesus the Christ. He did not care whether or not we had done wrong in our past, for it was forgiven as soon as it was brought up. He saw our brokenness and wrapped His arms around us, letting the warmth of His divine hug heal us. And it did more than just heal us, it began to break the chains that were around us, snapped iron traps into pieces, chains fell broken at our feet. We felt unworthy, and looked into His eyes and found that He saw us as worthy. Christ began hauling away the garbage we had filled our lives with and replaced it with all His goodness, meekness, gentleness, humility and love. It is the Love of the Most High God that has set us free.

Our paths may be much different than one another. Some may be abused, some may be raised by wonderful parents. Some may find hardship at every turn, others find that they have been given so many advantages. And yet, no matter how different we may be, we have all bought into Satan's lies. At one point or another we have courted him as our lover and he willingly obliged. Then when we were so messed up we couldn't even face ourselves, God stepped in and said, "Satan you are a liar." Then facing us Jesus said, "Come to me my son, my daughter, my love, and I will give you rest. This, to me is the overall story of Marissa, and of us.

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There is more information about Forgiving Sean, by Jessica Adriel, but you know what? I'm going to let you search for it. I will, however, give you the following links to where other reviews can be found. What I am not going to give you are the accompanying dates when they will post their reviews. In fact some may actually post on the same day, while other days nothing new will be posted. So it's like a scavenger hunt. I hope you enjoy this. Please leave your "mark" on the different blogs you visit. God speed.

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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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