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DVD Review

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

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

THE DUKE'S HANDMAID, by Caprice Hokstad

A Sword Opera and a Love Story. Caprice Hokstad tells us that this work is a work of fiction that doesn't quite fit in normal fantasy subgenres. She has opted, and wisely so, to go with calling it a "sword opera", while it really is a romance. Let's look at these two genres and see what light they can shed on The Duke's Handmaid. Calling this work simply a romance would be a crime worthy of punishment in my opinion. To me most romances, most love stories, are trashy. They often overlook what love really is and promote a kind of sexual lust rather than true love. Not only does The Duke's Handmaid promote sexual purity, but it does so in a most definitive and emotionally powerful manner. Also, most romances we read are of people living on our world, usually in the present, although some like to do historical romances. By taking this work and placing it on another planet where different social structures are in place dramatically removes it from the simple romance and lifts it up above contemporary romance novels. Now then, the sword opera, on the other hand, is something that uses the sword to move the plot along. In this sense the sword is both intentional and unmistakably correct for this work. We see the sword of evil first being used, and then a sword of justice taking vengeance against that evil. Like The Three Musketeers, The Duke's Handmaid is a swashbuckling tale filled with excitement and action, but at its core we find both are really romance novels.

I'd like to direct your attention to another sword opera, that is also a romance work. This one, however, is not a work of fiction. It is a widely known and read piece of the highest quality non-fiction. The work I am talking about is, of course, the Bible. The Bible itself is referred to as "The Sword of the Spirit", while at the same time the story is not so much about that sword, but about the greatest romance ever shown to any race or breed of intelligent life in all creation. It is the story, the True Story, of God's love for us, particularly for those who call upon His name. Those of us who call upon His name He has made His children...and has betrothed to His One and Only Son. We read in Genesis that God made man, and out of that man God built woman, but when a man and a woman come and join together in marriage they become one. This was done so that we might understand, at least in part, how great God's love for us is, for from His Word He created and called us to Himself, and we have been joined to Him; the Bride and the Bridegroom. The Holy Romance. We have been made one with our Creator through the blood of Jesus. Nothing can compare to this love.

It is because of this love that people like Caprice Hokstad write such moving works as The Duke's Handmaid. We have something to say that other authors cannot say because they have not been united in Him (yet). They do not see the fullness or richness or glory of being united with all that truly is Love. In that sense only the Christian can properly tell a true romance. Read The Duke's Handmaid and immerse yourself in all that it has to offer. You will find more than I can fit in these posts simply because it is built upon a love that is limitless.

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According to Federal law I have to tell that I received this book for free so I can do a review. Such a statement is meant to question the actual value of the book, so I want to set your minds at ease. Although in 2007 I did receive a free, pre-release copy of her book to do a review I have deemed it, even in its original form, of a quality high enough to give Caprice Hokstad a 2nd tour with CFRB. In other words, for this tour I have used the older version, knowing that the work deserved another tour. As far as a fantasy is concered The Duke's Handmain a book that, by it's quality, stands alone among many naturally gifted and well known writers. If you own a copy of this book, I believe that somewhere down through time you are going to say, "Caprice Hokstad? Of course I've heard of her. Her work is amazing." And you will feel a special glow because you will have purchased this book before she became famous, which I totally believe she will become. No one paid me to say that.


Caprice Hokstad said...

While everything you said is absolutely true, there's another reason I don't use the "romance" label for this book. Even "Christian" or non-lust-driven Romance, in general, has certain "rules" and Romance readers are generally not very flexible about what constitutes the genre (as distinct from, say, a dictionary definition of romance). My work doesn't fit their rules. To claim it was something it isn't is to set the buyers and readers up for disappointment. I know this is splitting hairs, but I try to say it 'has romance in it' rather than 'it is a romance novel'. Semantics.

David said...

Fair enough. I should have made that clear, although to be frank my first posts mentioned this as a romance (partially), but that was 3 years ago. I should have learned something since then ;-)

Caprice Hokstad said...

It wasn't meant as a rebuke, just some more information. No worries.

David said...

I remember you having trouble labeling your work. I think you may have just opened a whole new genre that people will flock to, the fantasy, sword opera, romantic suspense novel. Now if there were only a way to say that briefly :-)

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