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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

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

THE MUSE, by Fred Warren

Wednesday - Stan Marino. The way we are introduced to Stan, and in fact the novel as a whole, is fresh. We are in the middle of a story, a battle sequence. The odds are stacked against them, when suddenly...suddenly Stan stops writing and you can almost here the expletives escaping his lips. Again, he's run into a wall yet again. Not only that, but he's written himself into that wall. For all you writers out there you know what this feels like. The writing is going along smooth, then you suddenly realize that there's no way out of the situation you've placed yourself in. You could re-write it, but you'd have to go so far back and lose some really good writing to do so. So what do we do? We stare at a blank computer screen or blank sheet of paper as if the right words will suddenly appear and we'll be saved the aggravation of going back and doing all that terrible re-writing. From here we meet his encouraging wife Charity, who suggest he get together with his writing group. It happens to be a Saturday when they meet. This brings us into contact with two close writing friends, both of whom have also run into walls of their own. Instead of a place of encouragement the Seventh Circle of Hell becomes pretty much what the name says. And that, my friends is where the story takes a decided turn. To find out what that turn is you'll have to buy the book and read it. Sorry. I gave too much away already.

There is an Author who has all these flawed characters, and other equally flawed material to work with, yet has never experienced "writer's block". There isn't a wall he cannot overcome, a situation he cannot use to his advantage, even if that was not where his original story was supposed to go. He knows his characters so well that he anticipates their folly and begins crafting a solution even before they ever show up in his story. Who is this Author? His name is Jesus, and His Story will not be swayed. It will be told, lived and loved for all generations. We are the people in this story. We are the ones who bring the story into places that were not according to His will, and yet find even there that Jesus has already planned for our folly. He's written our folly into the Book along with the way out. Never has a writer ever crafted a work as well as He. There is a good reason. Jesus is the Word of God, and the Word of God stands forever.

In Stan's situation he should have gone to the Lord and asked for His advice. I mean, really, Jesus has already dealt with situations like Stan's before. Who else would be better to help him through this. Bringing this down several hundred thousand notches to a human level that we can understand, supposing Stan could have talked to J.R.R. Tolkien and gotten his ideas, support and encouragement. Do you think he would have hesitated? Should he hesitate? It's really sad that we look at a great author, Lewis, Tolkien, MacDonald and others and think they can help us out in our writing, and they can and have in the past, yet not consider the Author Himself. Jesus is the one who gave these gifts to these great writers, who encouraged them along the way, who was their inspiration. Going to God should be the first thing we do, even before we run into a wall. If we put God first, as writers, we'll find those walls crumble when we get to them. As everyday Christians we must deal with all kinds of situations, internally and externally, and if we do not go to Jesus first we are going to make our way hard. If we do go to Him first He will make our "rough ways smooth".

Don't forget to visit Fred's site found HERE

You can purchase his book at any of the following sites (although I would urge you to go to Splashdown books and help a wonderful young lady get her new company off the ground)

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Don't forget to check out the following CFRB member's sites for other reviews and insights for THE MUSE.

[Important legal notice: This book was given to me freely by Splashdown books for the purpose of doing a review. My compensation is writing a review of the book. However, having said that I must also state that I don't even bother looking at things I feel may be of inferior quality. The works displayed on CFRB are, and have been, for the most part, exemplary in their quality and content]

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