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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.

For more you can go here:
http://godsnotdeadthemovie.com/synopsis

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Amazon
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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, November 12, 2010

ALPHA REDEMPTION, by P.A. Baines


The one thing that fascinates me, although I also find it a little contradictory, is the way P.A. Baines handles travel at or exceeding the speed of light. For those of you who are not familiar with the term it means traveling at a speed at or in excess of 186,000 miles PER SECOND. Most people, including Einstein, believed that achieving speeds this great would be impossible. Yet since so many other SF writers delve into faster than light travel I suppose we should allow Mr. Baines the same rights as they. My one problem, however, is if Brett had to be specially protected during these times of hyper-space travel what was to protect the ship itself. If Energy equals Mass times the Speed of Light (C) squared, then shouldn't something happen to mass as it approaches that speed? Shouldn't matter itself revert to the energy it took to create it? Well, that's my understanding. Nevertheless, Mr. Baines still shows us another theory that Einstein held, one that says that as we approach the speed of light time slows down, and if we could ever exceed this speed time might even go backwards. This is something he does show in the book, although I'll let you find out for yourself exactly how.

Keeping this in mind, wouldn't it be wonderful if we could step outside of our time frame? Wouldn't it be marvelous if we could go back and undo some of the terrible things we have done? Did you know that in a way we can? Before there was time there was God. When time ceases to exist God will still be. He isn't bound by time, but created time for us. We have abused this in many cases, but when we cry out to the Lord, when we ask for His forgiveness, our sins are heaped on Jesus at Calvary. He takes our sins and unmakes them, essentially enabling us to go back in time and make things right. We cannot do that in our selves, but we can do that by being grafted into Jesus. There is something else about our time and God's time I'd like to share with you. When we pray we often feel that we don't have the time to pray, but did you know that God can make 5 minutes seem as though it were 5 hours or 5 days or even 5 years. In other words our time with Him, if we are sincere and truly humble before the Lord, need not take up any time in this realm, although it will seem to fill up a great amount of time. For when we truly step into God's presence time ceases to exist. I have seen this happen. I know it to be true. I have also seen another wonder. I had a great uncle who received Jesus as Savior, but then got led astray by false doctrine. During his last days my dad would visit him and although he was getting senile my dad recalls that he had forgotten all the false doctrines he had been taught yet remembered the Jesus who saved him. In a very real sense my great uncle had been brought back through time to erase the falseness that he once held to so that he might recall the Savior of his youth. In doing so my uncle died and went to be with the Lord. So in a sense I have seen Alpha Redemption lived out in my own life, or rather the life of my great uncle. That is because God is not willing that any should perish. While we still have freewill, the Lord will walk with us right up to that precipice that looks down into the pits of hell, always doing whatever He can to call us back to Himself. For He is the Good Shepherd who seeks out that which is lost to bring them back into His fold and be recipients of His eternal love.

Be sure to visit:
Splashdown Book's Alpha Redemption page

In addition to being able to purchase the book there you can find it on the following sites:

Splashdown Books
Amazon
Barnes and Noble.

Check out these other member blogs this week for more info.


Legal Stuff

By law I have to tell you that I received this book for free in order to write a review of this book. The review, is therefore, in their opinion, payment for the book. I have received this book for the express purpose of writing a review. This is true. However I would not have requested it were it not a quality work. My payment is to Mr. Baines as a tribute to the quality and message of this work. It is only right that I should do so.

2 comments:

pabaines said...

Hi David,

Actually, this part of the story was something I enjoyed writing and researching immensely, but I tried to avoid getting too bogged down in the technicalities of faster-than-light travel. In fact my editor spotted a few small info-dumps where I tried to explain the principles at work. I thought about working them into the dialogue but it seemed forced to me and not in keeping with the feel of the book, so I left them out. SF authors regularly work with multiples of C, so I figured readers wouldn't be too bothered.
When it came to the light speed aspect, I had to choose between sticking to current scientific theory in the strictest sense and have the Comet come close to, but not exceed, C. Or I could take a chance and suggest the possibility of actually reaching C. Although this is impossible in theory, I wanted to suggest that current knowledge may be flawed and that light speed travel is possible under certain conditions and using special materials.
With regard to the idea of Brett needing protection while the Comet did not, there is a line in the book where Jay explains that the acceleration to light speed "would be devastating to an unprotected organism." I saw the Comet and everything in it as being built to withstand such extreme forces, whereas a living organism such as Brett would be crushed. I don't mention it in the book, but the food is also stored in the same goo as Brett. Basically, anything organic needs protection.

Paul

David said...

I realize the difficulties in dealing with this. I guess I have a short story in my mind that clouds my imagination here. In that story a man in a experimental space craft sets out to break the speed of light barrier. Through advanced technology they follow, and even communicate, with this astronaut. He begins a countdown to mark crossing the speed of light barrier and then there is silence. Not only that, but the probes used to track his ship lose him. He simply disappeared. While that may be closer to what may happen it would not have allowed you to tell the wonderful story you have told, and who knows if this can be done or not, or how? Only the Lord. I only mentioned it to bring out the point of going backwards in time.

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