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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

Friday, July 09, 2010

THE DUKE'S HANDMAID, by Caprice Hokstad

Friday - Fathers and their children. Hidden deep within the folds of the tapestry of The Duke's Handmaid is another story, that of a father's love...and the love of a son for his father. For Duke Vahn is not just the Duke of Latoph, he is also a prince, the son of a king. I'm not going to get into that part, but Prince Vahn Rebono, Duke of Latoph, also becomes a father in this work, and his love for his son is clearly evident. He would do anything for his son. kee also shares a love for the duke's son, but on a different level. Even so, this love for his son clearly enhances an already growing closeness he has for his Itzy slave.

Do you see the parallel here? Unintentional or intentional, it really doesn't matter because it's there all the same. It is the love that our Heavenly Father has for His Son, Jesus. Also, if you look closely, you will find that if anyone would share that love for His Son, the God loves them as if they were His children. I find this truth one of the most amazing truths in Scripture. The Creator, the Almighty God, this King of Kings and Lord of lords, has chosen to love me. Because I have accepted that love and love His Son, He counts me as His child. Amazing. John 1:12 says, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." The apostle Paul stated even more adamantly in Romans 8:14-17, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." Now this is the old King James Authorized Version, so where you see "sons of God" it can easily and correctly be translated "children of God". How wonderful and marvelous it is to, as a free will slave, come into the household of God and find that we are counted as His children, and not only that, but made to be heirs of all that is His.

Caprice Hokstad tells me that this is really a love story that happens to take place on a fantasy planet. Yet the power of her love story is so much greater than any other I've ever read in any genre. She seems to understand what it means to be a child of God and has put that into her work. It is the difference between a romance and a story about true love. It is like two painters who painted the exact same picture, but while one simply made a copy of what they saw, the other added light and shadow to let the marvel of the image break out beyond the frame of the painting. She has done that with The Duke's Handmaid. She has taken love and displayed it to us in a way that it breaks out of the frame and helps us catch a glimpse of the glory of God's love for us. Would that other Christian authors could achieve as much.

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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...

I'd have to say that I tried harder to "play up" the love between Vahn and his son and Vahn and his father much more than the remance between Kee and Vahn. Vahn's father, King Brendax, favored Vahn's twin borther who was to be Heir, Arx. Even though Vahn felt slighted by his father's treatment, he still respected him and acknowledged he was a good king who cared about his people. Vahn cares about who murdered his father and pushes harder to find the killers than Arx does, and Arx was the favored and beloved one. I think even if our earthly fathers fail us, we can still respect them and while not condoning any sin, still love the person.

Thanks for another interesting angle on my book, David. I appreciate all your time.

David said...

Believe it or not, even though I'm reading the first edition, Vahn's love of his father comes through. Probably the most important thing I noticed about Duke Vahn is his attempt to be just in all he does. This puts him at odds with some of the other characters in the book, but it also sets him up higher, even if he weren't prince of Latoph. So again we are talking about love, but in a different sense. His life was driven by love. I could have done a post about that. Oh well, I think I covered most of the book without giving too much away I hope.

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