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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, October 08, 2010


Despite the magnificent trimmings, Legendary Space Pilgrims is really a story about good verses evil, or to be more precise, God verses ego. We start out with a couple workers on Planet Monday who are directed by a Voice who protects them and guides them. In contrast to these people are the rulers of Monday, the Baxters. They really have a thing about control and when their control is threatened they will go to all lengths to "correct" the problem, which basically means to eliminate Mario and Caitlyn. During their travels Mario and Caitlyn find themselves learning a lot about the Voice and about one another.

Does it surprise you that this could be boiled down to good verses evil? I mean, can't every good story really be reduced to the same thing? Take any classic piece of literature, any book, any story, any movie, and you'll find at its core the age old war of good verses evil. Only Grace Bridges takes it a step further. She identifies the good as the Voice, some unseen, almost unknowable being who takes an interest in the lives of those everywhere. Then she turns around and identifies evil as ego or pride. Isn't that really the case? Isn't pride at the root of every sin known to us humans? Notice I didn't say that evil was the Baxters. I think that would be taking things a step further than it should be. In Ephesians 6:12 (I believe) we are told that our war isn't against flesh and blood. Our battle isn't against other people, but against the spirits who motivate them. The story isn't finished and I'm sure we have a lot more to learn from these Space Pilgrims. Yet be assured, God is always in control, so don't be surprised if there is a happy ending to this story. After all, God not only created us, but is the author of happy endings, but He leaves the choice to the endings of our stories up to us. Each of us can live "happily ever after" if we so choose. It doesn't mean life will be easy, only that we can find joy and happiness in life nonetheless, and after this life there is an eternal place where we can live with God in happiness and peace, or be cast out into bitterness, torment and unrest. The choice is up to us, just as it was for Mario and Caitlyn. May I offer a word of advice? When offered a choice between life and death by the Almighty God, choose life. You'll be glad you did.

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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