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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

Thursday, July 08, 2010

THE DUKE'S HANDMAID, by Caprice Hokstad

Thursday - Prince Vahn Rebono, Duke of Latoph. We are first introduced to Duke Vahn, not because of his own greatness or fame, but because of a distress that is visited upon the life of one of his people. Throughout the book we see a variety of different things. We see, first of all, a Christ-like personality who protects his own, visits judgment on those who would harm those under his protection, a love that loves beyond reason, and one who takes pride in showing off those who serve in his house. In all of these things we can see Jesus. Then there are those places where we see a good man making the wrong decisions and finding himself less than what he should be. This is more like us, as we follow Jesus and make many mistakes we can learn from the Duke that the one bad choice we must not make is to repent and make things right again.

Duke Vahn finds himself surrounded by slaves who fairly worship him on the one hand, and family members who harbor a deep hatred of him, even though they might mask that that hatred for a time. As we walk through this world we must recognize that we are also surrounded by those who are loyal to us, and to our Lord, and those who would put on a good face, but behind our backs would like better than to see our destruction. In John 8:37 Jesus says to the Pharisees, "I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you." Then we see a discussion between Jesus and these people where Jesus clearly says that although they are Abraham's seed, they are not of Abraham, because they seek to kill Him. In verse 44 Jesus finally states, "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." So we see that those who claim to be part of the family of God are many times pretenders, but God knows their hearts and their evil will be revealed. Just as the worst enemy Duke Vahn faces in this work arises out of his family, we should also be on guard against evil that tries to rise up against us within our families. If we are children of God then that means more than who our father and mother is, and it should mean more than what particular church we attend. If we put our own family first or our denomination, then we will give place to the enemy working in us and those around us. Let us find our place among the slaves, those who work for the Lord with a free will and a joyful heart, for these are our true brothers and sisters.

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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...

Thanks for another very nice review. I appreciate your time, not only reading, but writing these multiple reviews.

David said...

Trust me, it was my extreme pleasure. I got so much more out of it reading it the 2nd time, and just so our viewing public know, I'm still working with the old copy. I'd love to see the new edited version.

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