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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

Thursday, April 08, 2010

THE MUSE, by Fred Warren


Thursday - Davos Alexandros is one of the members of The Seventh Circle of Hell, and close friend of Stan and Jilly. Now his particular writing is in science fiction and his major difficulty with writing in that genre is his fastidious approach to making all things based upon realistic designs. We meet him because he is bummed out over the space ship he has his characters traveling on. In the course of his story he realizes that the ship, as it currently is constructed, cannot possibly have enough fuel to reach their destination. I like Stan's approach to use some poetic license and be done with it, but that isn't in the nature of Davos. He must retool the spaceship so that it will be able to make the journey, then re-write the story to include everything that touches the ship. Few people realize how changing a single event, structure, or something of the sort, impacts nearly all of a writing. Take for instance A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. If Tiny Tim were a healthy little boy then perhaps his father wouldn't have feel as though the need for money was so desperate, perhaps they wouldn't be so antagonistic towards Scrooge, and we'd have to wonder if the reason for Scrooge's change was all selfishness instead of part of the story hoping that he might bring about a different end to the book. You see, one small item reaches through and touches many other things. In order to make it work when you change something, you must go back and change a lot of things.

This is also true spiritually. Although God created us to have fellowship with Him we all start out dead. We begin to form a character that is so far apart from God's will that it is hard to comprehend. Yet, the only thing we need to do in order to come into fellowship with God is to cry out to Him. ("Whosoever calleth upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13) Once God has made that change in us we begin to find that this "little" change touches every area of our lives. We begin, slowly and step by step (because we couldn't take it all at once) changing who we are, a little at a time. Yes, we became Christians the day we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, but as we are led by His Holy Spirit we find that there are so many areas we need to change to become truly formed in the image of Jesus Christ. We are led to one area in our life, and when that gets under God's control He shows us another area that needs attention. This lasts our entire life on this planet. Do not point fingers at others and begin listing their faults, because many of them may be your own. Do not think you have finally come into perfection, but listen to the voice of the Lord as He directs you to work on yet another area in your life. And do not let others put you in bondage, by telling you that you are worthless or anything of the sort. The blood of Jesus has made you worthy in the eyes of God. The very action of believing in Jesus, in accepting Him as Lord and Savior, gives you the power to become Children of God. Yet we are brothers and sisters. We are not God. We are not the Father, and only the Father has the right to come to one of His children and correct them. There are things that are obvious, but even those should be handled by God, because He does it best. After all, He loves us with an everlasting love.

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)

Splashdown Books

Barnes & Noble

Amazon


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]

4 comments:

Fred Warren said...

David,

I think it's really cool how you've been able to pull things from the story and use them to build little devotional reflections.

With regard to this post, one thing that surprised me as the story developed was how some things I thought were small and inconsequential grew in significance. For example, the item in Stan and Charity's front yard was just a bit of window-dressing when I introduced it, but that image became a powerful metaphor for one of the story's central themes. I didn't realize how important it was until near the story's end.

David said...

Ah, Fred, thank you so much. And that part about inconsequential things becoming major focal points, well, that's one of the real joys of writing. I love being surprised by how the story twists and turns even though I'm the writer. I think that's the key. I'm just the writer. Jesus is the Author. Amen?

Megan said...

I am really enjoying reading your posts about the book and I wish I had signed up in time to get it to read. I did post the standard post on my blog, and I encouraged readers to check out all of the other blog posts about the book! Hope to get more involved in teh future!

David said...

Thanks Megan. We're trying to get things out sooner so more people can tour. Ever think about being part of our Preview Team? We could use the help. Of course that would mean reading every submitted book. On the other hand you wouldn't have to do a 2nd reading to write the review and you'd have the book a lot earlier.

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