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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

Friday, February 12, 2010

FORGIVING SEAN, by Jessica Adriel


Friday - Although this may be a little tricky I'm going to do something different the next couple of days. Today I'll be talking about Sean and Marissa's mothers, how they are different and how they relate to us today. Tomorrow I'll be talking about Sean's father, how he was and how he has changed and what that means to us. So keep me in prayer and let's talk a little about the mothers.

Gladys Moffit appears to be a loving, if not smothering kind of woman. Given the history we find in this book she probably learned to be as quiet as possible, to accept things she should never have accepted and to teach herself to be rather naive. She's Sean's mother, and with all he was going through the last thing he needed was some silent acceptance of the things he did. Although she's a kind woman, I fear that she fell into the role of victim and as such probably was having a lot of trouble herself. So she would stuff it away to protect her son, not realizing that that very action was hurting him. Had she known she probably would have tried a different approach, but that would mean having to deal with her own abuse. That's not saying she was physically abused, but she certainly was relegated to a position in which she had not voice. She was to fix the food, do the shopping, the cleaning and all that "women stuff" is how her husband probably would have put it. The fact that he was an alcoholic, or at least someone who spent their evenings in front of the TV drinking beer, didn't help one bit.

I'm not saying the things Sean did were his mom's fault. He may or may not have done them regardless of what she was like, that is our nature, to find evil and fulfill it. When we come to Christ, we are to allow that nature to die with Christ on the cross so that in His resurrection we can be raised up as new creations. The spirit and the flesh are always going to be at war in us while we are on this earth, but Jesus has overcome the desires of the flesh. However, the enemy will use others to turn us to a path of ruin. That's one thing we should try not to do. As imperfect as we are we should do all in our power to keep the enemy from using us to harm anyone, and if we do to ask for forgiveness. That is true love, and it only comes from God. You can't do it under your own power.

Mrs. Gladstone, Marissa's mother, was a different person altogether. She was a strong-willed, vocal person, but she was also compassionate. One of the times I bet she wishes she would have spoken out stronger was when she was seeing Sean. From the beginning she suspected him of less than honorable intentions. She is proved right. When Marissa begins seeing Hawke, however, we find that he has earned her trust, and rightfully so. This tells me that Mrs. Gladstone is a very astute and discerning individual, someone that bore the pain with her daughter yet did not become her enemy. She became her friend. In doing so it provided Marissa with an avenue of hope, something Sean's mom didn't seem to offer him.

Women, being a parent is probably the most difficult task in the world, and if done right, can be one of the most rewarding. If done wrong it can devastate you. Think! No one has it in their ability to be the perfect parent, no matter what the movies may tell you. As a Christian father I realize that any good I've done has come from God, not me, and all the mistakes I've made trying to be a good father Jesus covers with His blood. I can see that because I can see the results. I can see my children grown and tackling the world on their own now and with pride know that I had something to do with that. You have a voice, use it, but use it wisely. It's okay to dislike things, but we must love all people. This is something Mrs. Gladstone understood, and something Mrs. Moffit didn't have the chance to understand until most of her son's problems were behind her. When your teenager says, "I hate you" because you placed a certain restriction on them for their own good, realize they are just teenagers who are learning to make choices. Those words, cutting as they may sound, they would take back in a heart beat later on in life. For you have given them some skills at making some good decisions, particularly under difficult circumstances. Do this and "your children shall rise up and call you blessed."

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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.

Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.



IMPORTANT
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