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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, October 04, 2010


October 4th. It's finally here, Legendary Space Pilgrims, by Grace Bridges. If I'm not mistaken she was working on the rough draft when she drifted through this way coming from Ireland, crossing the U.S. on her way to New Zealand. I admit I had little understanding of what it was all about, but now that it's out, along with her brand new publishing company, I can say it is a truly marvelous piece.

Ever have one of those dreary Monday mornings where nothing seems right, but there isn't anything in particular you can point to that is wrong? I think we all have, but what if someone with limited imagination decided to name your planet Monday, and what if every day was gray, and dismal, and everything about your day was the same as the previous day? What if there was no chance of any change? Now that would be truly miserable for me, and I'm certain you'd find it that way. Well, welcome to planet Monday, where Mario gets up out of his gray bed, takes his shower, looks out the window at the gray buildings against the gray clouds, then goes down to the gray dining room and eats some kind of sludge that passes for food. Do that day in and day out and see if you can keep your head on straight. Add to that the fact that you have these "emo-chips" implanted in you to keep you from getting out of hand. When your emotions run too high you are treated to a mindwipe, which really throws everything into a spin, because when you come back from it you don't really know. You've forgotten almost everything about your past. In a way I guess it's the only way for people to exist in a world that doesn't change.

Mario's world, however, is about to change, and in the most drastic of ways. He hears a Voice, and that Voice becomes the Rock he stands on. What I found interesting about "the Voice" was that the words were familiar to me, and that, although they didn't seem to target a particular problem in Mario's life, the brought him peace. The Word of God is like that. The more you get into God's Word, the more of God's Word gets into you, and when that happens, even though the situation may be difficult or outright dangerous, you can still have peace. Grace Bridges teaches us ever so subtly, how to have peace in the middle of our storm. This became a primary focal point for me as I read the book. Even his friend Caitlyn is soothed by the words as Mario repeats them to her. There is power in the Word of God. He is our Voice, but if we don't spend time with Him in prayer, if we don't spend time in His Word, then the power God wants His children to have cannot be given, for "faith cometh by hearing, and hearing of the Word of God.

Grace is the owner and editor of Splashdown Books. She's a Kiwi of Irish descent living in beautiful New Zealand, and a chocaholic cat-lovin' Trekkie, Jesus freak, web designer, and all-round DIY gal who also takes care of the Lost Genre Guild Blog. Visit Grace's Blog for links to all her interests.

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