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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, May 03, 2010


Monday, May 3rd. - As if we don't have enough vampire novels on the market today Ellen C. Maze gives us yet another one. However, this one is better in so many ways than a certain "bestselling" author we all have been hearing about in recent years. For one she doesn't come right out and call them vampires. That's an interesting twist. Enter the Rakum, fierce human-like creatures that live for centuries. I want you to learn most about the Rakum on your own as you read the novel, but I will touch on one aspect, because it's how the book got its name.

When Rakum come across someone who poses a threat to them, and usually it is another Rakum, although that isn't always the case, they either outright kill that person or perform a ritual. This ritual instills some of the accuser into the victim, "marking" it and making it a "Rabbit", fair game to all the host of Rakum. They can toy with the Rabbit, tease it, abuse it any way they see fit. Eventually the Rabbit dies from abuse and constant torture (and loss of blood). In this way the threat is removed and the message to others is sent out to obey them in all things. Elizabeth Louise Rider is at a book signing when she is met by a Rakam. Later, in her room, he marks her, making her his Rabbit. Hence the name "Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider". And low and behold this book actually has a good plot-line to it. There's really a story here, actually several which are intertwined. So now that you have been marked you have until sundown, and the race begins.

This is an interesting protocol, marking a victim as a Rabbit and hunting them down like wolves. I want you to be aware that Satan does the same thing. Usually he's a bit more discrete. What he does is throw out various temptations, try to manipulate situations that will show your weak points, things of this nature. He'll even toss thoughts in your head, but since he can't read minds (unlike some of the Rahkum) he waits for your reaction. How we respond to these temptations, these situations, these thoughts reveals our strengths and weaknesses. Once he finds an unguarded weakness he closes in for the kill, marks us, and set us out like open pray for other demons to come and toy with our lives. Sound like I'm making this up? I can get you the Scriptures to back this up if you like, but the short version is found in John 10:10, "The Thief comes to kill, steal and destroy, I have come that you might have life." Peter describes Satan as a roaring lion looking for people to devour. (1st Peter 5:8) The parallel between Scripture here and the Rakum is eerily similar. Makes you wonder if there isn't some Rakum out there waiting for you, doesn't it? Well, I really doubt that there is a secret society of half-humans who want to drink your blood out there, but there are demons who would just love to torment you day and night until you die. Sin marks us. It is the smell of death that draws them to drag us further and further down into sin, while abusing and tormenting us all the way. But did you notice the 2nd part of John 10:10, "But I have come that you might have life?" Jesus is our sacrifice. He died to take away our sin, to redeem us back to God. His Word washes the stench of sin from us and He watches over us with a jealous long as we remain under His protection. That is the one thing we need to be careful of. We can't just go about things any old way. We must put our flesh to death daily so that the living Christ will shine always within us. We do this because we love our Heavenly Father. We spend time with Him and His Word, and as we do, we are kept in His protection. He makes us righteous, holy, even perfect in His eyes, by that of His Son. When we step out on our own, we don't lose salvation, but we do lose fellowship with our Father. Take a lesson from the Prodigal Son, come to yourself and return to Him, and fellowship will be completely restored.

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ellenmaze said...

Note from the author:

David hit the nail on the head. When creating the Rakum race, I intentionally wanted to draw a parallel. A lot of our sin nature is lustful--the lust of the eyes, of the flesh, for power-- and the Rakum have all of these in spades. In fact, as the story bears out eventually, the 'spirit' leader of the Rakum is named 'Ta-avah' --Hebrew for LUST. This is no accident!

The second element that the story is built upon (which David left out of his review probably to save the surprise) is that the Rakum as well as the humans involved in this story can choose. They can choose life (with God) or lust,death and sin (with the devil).

Rabbit is a story of redemption. As one reader put it, "reading this book showed me that no matter how depraved and evil that I think I have been, I can repent and find forgiveness with God."

Amen, sister. Amen!

Thank you David for your review, your ministry, and your love for our Savior and King.

Ellen C Maze

David said...

The only thing I found difficult about reviewing this book was holding back enough so the new readers would be able to enjoy it. Of course I have my own idea of how a Christian vampire novel should be, but this comes as close to that as any I've read. There's no romanticizing the vampires. We learn that they are to be pitied, not feared. I love the way the book ends. Bravo Ellen.

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