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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

To purchase a copy try these links:
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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

Saturday, January 09, 2010

THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX, by Cliff Leigh


Saturday - In THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX, by Clifford Leigh we have quite a number of characters, from Corey and his family, to a rogue family and even a bunch of kids playing an intricate game. So why pick the title he has picked? Leaning into the imagery that Clifford Leigh has placed within the story, and to the interpretations of these images along the way, I'm fairly certain that the title, while long, is precise. We come across the Electrolux fairly early on in the story, then are introduced to the Wordsmith, and finally to the Kid. Yet, are we seeing things as they truly are? Perhaps all we are seeing is a shadow of something greater, as I mentioned yesterday.

Christians hold that God is best described as three different, yet unified, personalities. These operate as one, even though their particular functions may be different. They call this the Trinity, which baffles many and has become a stumbling block to their salvation. When Corey meets the Electrolux it is my opinion that he is seeing a shadow of the Holy Spirit. In Hebrew the word for wind is "ruach", but it doesn't only mean wind; it also means spirit and breath. In the Greek the word "pneuma" is used, and interestingly enough has the same three meanings. The Spirit of God first "hovers over the face of the deep" we are told in Genesis 1. It is this same Holy Spirit that spoke to the patriarchs, the prophets, the apostles, and even today speaks to any who will listen. To get into the job of the Holy Spirit would take pages, but one of these is to draw people to God, another is to "convict" people of their sin. It is He who brings you and I to the point where we realize our need for a Savior and ask forgiveness for our sins, and it is He who continually prods us when we need to ask for forgiveness when we do something wrong again. He does not condemn us, but convicts us (one translation uses the word "convinces" us of our sin). We are then come in contact with the Wordsmith, and as I have mentioned before, it is He who creates. So we have the Creator, God our Father represented by the Wordsmith. Finally in a picture that comes to life we are introduced to the Kid. This is important, for here we are introduced to the One who has been given the power to save. This is a shadow of God the Son, of Jesus. All of these are done with utmost care. We are told they are but shadows, images of the real thing. So I believe this is where the title comes from. The translated title would be, The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit"; something I think a lot of people would find offensive. Yet if a work of fiction we find this is exactly, or at least that is what I found, what Cliff is trying to convey to us, and has done so marvelously.

Visit Cliff at the author's website and the WKEBlog.

Purchase The Wordsmith, the Kid, and the Electrolux at
Amazon
Amazon Kindle
Barnes and Noble.
ChristianBook

Check out these other member blogs this week for more
info. Oh, and just because there are so few people posting reviews has little to do with the quality of this work, nor does it mean he only gets 3 days worth of tours. Check back again and see if some of these members have several posts throughout the week.

IMPORTANT
The Christian Fiction Review Blog (known as CFRB) is a ministry that promotes quality Christian fiction in order that the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be shared with others who might hear it in a context that they would appreciate and understand. Each book is "previewed" in order to maintain the quality and content of the book. Books that are accepted for blog tours are given to the members by the author to review, according to the number of members
requesting a copy. It is the belief and practice of CFRB to post positive reviews as a type of payment for these books. However, I want to emphasize again that these books first go through a preview stage where they are deemed of a high enough quality to tour.

Friday, January 08, 2010

THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX, by Cliff Leigh


Friday - Another thing about this strange world Corey falls into is the absolute horror it can bring. Think about it. Is there anyone on the planet who wouldn't be absolutely horrified to run smack into themselves? We all have those secrets we try to keep hidden from others. We have already shown that we can't hide them from God, but what if we were suddenly confronted with them ourselves? Wouldn't that be the makings of a truly horrifying event? I happen to think so. I believe that while some of the horror movies and stories of today may have that element of horror and darkness, they don't come any where near the horror we would face if we were, for instance, forced to go into a house were we would meet ourselves as we truly are, warts and all, as they say. Is there anyone out there who would like to go through that experience? For those of you who just said "Yes, me", I have one simple question. If you really wanted to face the horror of yourself, then why are you trying to hide it from everyone so hard?

You may think all this has very little to do with THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX, but the truth is that slowly but surely Corey begins to see himself as he really is. What is worse, he's not really happy with what he sees. And as I've said, you could say this of any of us. We aren't immune. One of the reasons people don't like to go to counseling is that it means they will have to share a little of what they truly are with someone else, and in the process will have to face themselves to do it (which by the way is part of the reason to go to counseling).

God never leaves us without an option that can extract us from the horror we've placed ourselves in. The whole reason the Jesus came was to pull us out of a life that was heading for Hell (actually the Lake of Fire). In order to do that we are often made aware of who we really are. This isn't to make us feel worthless, or depressed, but so we can realize our need of a Savior. We read these words in Isaiah 40:6-8, “ All flesh is grass, And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, Because the breath of the LORD blows upon it; Surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” This is what we are humanly speaking, but Scripture also says, "Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." (2nd Cor. 5:20,21)

Visit Cliff at the author's website and the WKEBlog.

Purchase The Wordsmith, the Kid, and the Electrolux at
Amazon
Amazon Kindle
Barnes and Noble.
ChristianBook

Check out these other member blogs this week for more
info. Oh, and just because there are so few people posting reviews has little to do with the quality of this work, nor does it mean he only gets 3 days worth of tours. Check back again and see if some of these members have several posts throughout the week.

IMPORTANT
The Christian Fiction Review Blog (known as CFRB) is a ministry that promotes quality Christian fiction in order that the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be shared with others who might hear it in a context that they would appreciate and understand. Each book is "previewed" in order to maintain the quality and content of the book. Books that are accepted for blog tours are given to the members by the author to review, according to the number of members
requesting a copy. It is the belief and practice of CFRB to post positive reviews as a type of payment for these books. However, I want to emphasize again that these books first go through a preview stage where they are deemed of a high enough quality to tour.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX, by Cliff Leigh


Thursday - One of the interesting things about THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX is the use of imagery. In fact, the world that Corey "falls" into is a world that is made up of pictures, literally. I mean there are these pictures, photographs, that fit seamlessly with the journey Corey has to make. What is more interesting is that Corey enters some of these pictures only to find them coming to life. Since I think in pictures this was a really great plus for me. There is also the fear of seeing yourself as you really are, and Clifford Leigh does this with imagery. It's beautiful. I don't want to get into these images too much because there is so much in this story that you'll absolutely love and I don't want to take any of that away from you.

There was another person who taught using pictures, his name was Jesus. I was once told that studies showed that people remember 25% of what they hear, but they remember 75% of what they see. In a story like this, or one of the parables of Jesus, both methods of teaching are combined. You both hear and see the story as it happens. When Jesus talked about the Prodigal Son, people saw in their minds what He meant. When Jesus talked about the sower and the seed they could easily picture that, since many of them did some farming even if they weren't farmers. When Jesus talked about the shepherd and the sheep this was another thing they could easily picture. Combined with the words of these stories Jesus was able to teach people things that are to this day truly fantastic. Not only that, but because He was combining both methods of communication there would be around 100% recall. This shouldn't surprise us, because Jesus IS the Word.

When you get to the Wordsmith there is a unique feeling that you are seeing a small shadow of who Jesus is. All he creates he does so with words. This is in keeping with Scripture, "In the beginning was the Word...and without Him was not anything made that has been made". (John 1:1,2) and in Genesis 1 where you keep reading about all the different creations of God. Each time God created something you read, "And God said..."

I want you to take a trip to the Matrix for a minute with me. For those who saw the original movie the real and the the imagined were two separate worlds, but it was the imagined world that was being sold to people as the real world. The real world, one kept hidden for the most part from everyone else, was the real world. So it is in our world. What you see outside your window is only a physical replica of something far greater. Not only that, but what you see out your window will one day come to an end. The real world is the world of God, where things of the Spirit are kept hidden from most of us. There are times when those of us who follow God catch glimpses of this world, but we can only catch glimpses. The fullness of it would overwhelm us. In the same way the Wordsmith is only a glimpse of who God the Creator is, who Jesus is. We shouldn't worship this glimpse, but realize that this tiny peek into God's world is so that we might draw closer to Him. "Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." (1st Cor. 13:8-13) Notice what the apostle says is eternal and what is temporal. This is exactly what I see in Clifford Leigh's book.

Visit Cliff at the author's website and the WKEBlog.

Purchase The Wordsmith, the Kid, and the Electrolux at
Amazon
Amazon Kindle
Barnes and Noble.
ChristianBook

Check out these other member blogs this week for more
info. Oh, and just because there are so few people posting reviews has little to do with the quality of this work, nor does it mean he only gets 3 days worth of tours. Check back again and see if some of these members have several posts throughout the week.

IMPORTANT
The Christian Fiction Review Blog (known as CFRB) is a ministry that promotes quality Christian fiction in order that the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be shared with others who might hear it in a context that they would appreciate and understand. Each book is "previewed" in order to maintain the quality and content of the book. Books that are accepted for blog tours are given to the members by the author to review, according to the number of members
requesting a copy. It is the belief and practice of CFRB to post positive reviews as a type of payment for these books. However, I want to emphasize again that these books first go through a preview stage where they are deemed of a high enough quality to tour.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX, by Cliff Leigh


Wednesday - Okay, yesterday we talked about how our earthly desires, when awakened, draw us into an addiction that only God can free us from (even if it is Carnival Surprises). We talked about once we realized the difference between right and wrong we found ourselves enslaved by sin. Corey, in THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX, is no different than the rest of us. With that in mind we have to realize that when we do wrong it always catches up to us. Corey finds himself in several different situations and finally hiding in a closet where. There in that closet he hears a noise that has haunted him from a couple of nights ago. It is the sound of the Electrolux, and the light shining on him in his hiding place.

The Bible says that nothing is hidden from God. As if that isn't enough to scare the pants off of you, how about this, "Be sure your sins will find you out." Sin, what exactly is it. We church people use this so often that we often loose others we are talking about when we mention it as if they should understand what we are talking about. So, for those of you who are frustrated over the term, let us define what sin is. Sin is doing any thing other than what God wants us to do, or failing to do what God wants us to do. God calls sin "evil". In a word it is disobedience. Those of you who don't know Jesus as your Lord and Savior may wonder why we can use this word in reference to them. Interesting point. You can't really be disobedient to someone you don't know. However, God has placed inside us enough of Himself so that we develop this sense of "good and evil" or perhaps "right and wrong" would be a better way of putting it. When we do what we know to be wrong we are being disobedient to something we are "hardwired" to do. The reason for this is that initially we were all to belong to God. We are His creation. That gives Him the right to set up the right and wrong over us, but until we are aware of them we are not held accountable.

Sounds like I'm letting everyone off, doesn't it? I'm not. Everyone has their own "Jimeny Cricket". It's called a conscience and tells us what is right and wrong. We fight against this and try to get our own conscience to fall in line with our own desires, but it never really works. Sooner or later things start to fall apart. The reason is we have disobeyed God's law that is placed inside of us. And this act of disobedience is sin. There is no one who is an exception. No one lives a perfect life. The Bible says that "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Well, if we've all sinned, if we've all been disobedient, how can there be any hope for us? There is hope in the one man, Jesus, who being both God and man, lived a perfect life, never once disobeying the commandments of His Father. For He offered Himself up on the cross to die for our own rebellion. If we would only cry out to Him, He will take away all our sin, all that evil, that disobedience, and begin something new in us. In order to do this, however, he has to make us aware of our wrongs. So, like the Electrolux, we find ourselves getting sucked into something we don't fully understand, while at the same time a light is shining on our wrong doings. God does this out of love, not anger or hostility, or because He's cruel. He does it because if we don't realize we're drowning we won't see the necessity to get in His boat. And this is where Clifford Leigh's book really starts to take off. It's also the point where you can say, "Yes God, I want to live, really live. Wipe out my sin and make me like Your Son." And that is a beautiful place to be.

Visit Cliff at the author's website and the WKEBlog.

Purchase The Wordsmith, the Kid, and the Electrolux at
Amazon
Amazon Kindle
Barnes and Noble.
ChristianBook

Check out these other member blogs this week for more
info. Oh, and just because there are so few people posting reviews has little to do with the quality of this work, nor does it mean he only gets 3 days worth of tours. Check back again and see if some of these members have several posts throughout the week.

IMPORTANT
The Christian Fiction Review Blog (known as CFRB) is a ministry that promotes quality Christian fiction in order that the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be shared with others who might hear it in a context that they would appreciate and understand. Each book is "previewed" in order to maintain the quality and content of the book. Books that are accepted for blog tours are given to the members by the author to review, according to the number of members
requesting a copy. It is the belief and practice of CFRB to post positive reviews as a type of payment for these books. However, I want to emphasize again that these books first go through a preview stage where they are deemed of a high enough quality to tour.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX, by Cliff Leigh


Tuesday - Oh it would be so easy to talk about this book, from beginning to end, to spoil it for you, but I will do my best not to do so. Yesterday we looked at how the whole story began with a boy who let a desire come alive in him and enslave him. (You will find evidence of slavery in this if you look closely). What happened? Something was denied him and that really ticked him off. So let's focus on this today. The real reason that Corey went on this binge of self-indulgence, wasn't so much to fulfill some great longing or desire, but to get back at his father for saying "No". We are still talking about living in this real world, not after Corey is sucked up by a vacuum cleaner and dropped down a tree into a land of pictures that come to life. I guess reality is sometimes stranger than fiction, as the saying goes.

I want each of us to stop for a moment and think. Was there ever a time in your life when someone said or did something to you that got you so made that you wanted to get back at them, I mean really get back at them? And when you did whatever it was, didn't you find yourself harming yourself more than the person you meant to harm? Let's take that bitty in church who is always gossiping about everyone, the one who told everyone things that were supposed to be held in strict confidence. Remember her (or him)? Maybe they even altered the facts to make the story all the more juicy and people started avoiding you. You DO remember her right? Okay, now do you remember what you did? I'll tell you what you did, because I've done it too. You got angry, bitter and you decided that you were going to hold a grudge against her (or him) for the rest of your life. Remember? Sound familiar? The thing is she never knew about your unforgiving attitude. She never knew really how hurt you were. You didn't hurt HER at all. Instead, to get back at her you started harming yourself. Unforgiveness. being bitter, holding a grudge, these are things that cause actual physical things to happen in your body. Your body actually starts releasing poisons into the bloodstream. You may have found that your health has declined or that you found it easy to catch colds and hard to get over them. All of this because YOU (and me too) wanted to get back at that little old bitty, that person who has no clue of what's going on inside us. It's like ingesting poison in the hopes of killing the other person. It really doesn't work that way, ever.

Jesus has a lot to say about forgiveness, and rightly so. He came to forgive us. If we can remember that not a single sin can come before God, and yet Jesus came to take ALL of our sin on Himself so we could come before our Heavenly Father, we would begin to understand what forgiveness is. In Matthew 6:12 Jesus taught that we should pray "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." So if we aren't forgiving others then we aren't going to be forgiven. Doesn't that bother you? It bothers me. You might want to check out the parable in Matthew 18:27-35, but let me just pick out a verse for you. "Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?" (verses 32, 33).

There seems to be this big gaping hole in many Christian's armor. It is caused by unforgiveness. We are trying to hurt someone because of some real or imagined trespass against us, and in our zeal to get back at them, we turn our vengence on ourselves. We can really be stupid sometimes. Now, here's the real "kicker". Jesus KNEW all of that before the foundations of the world, and STILL came to die for you and for me. Humanly we are worthless. We are nothing more than neatly arranged dirt and water waiting to be ground down into dirt once again. Yet Jesus sees what is inside this vessel of clay and says, "You are worthy". From an old wooden cross He looked down, not just on the crowds around Him, but down through the corridors of time and saw you and me, and He prayed, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." This is how we are to forgive anyone who has done anything against us. If we fail to do so, then we fail to be forgiven. It's your choice. I have a cousin who for many years refused to become a Christian because of all the hypocrites in the church. Then after 2 tours in the Vietnam War he went down to an altar and gave his life (totally) to the Lord. He later said, "I wasn't going to spend eternity with those hypocrites." What about you? Right now the choice is being laid out before you, death or life, and God loving urges us to choose life. I have, will you?

Visit Cliff at the author's website and the WKEBlog.

Purchase The Wordsmith, the Kid, and the Electrolux at
Amazon
Amazon Kindle
Barnes and Noble.
ChristianBook

Check out these other member blogs this week for more
info. Oh, and just because there are so few people posting reviews has little to do with the quality of this work, nor does it mean he only gets 3 days worth of tours. Check back again and see if some of these members have several posts throughout the week.

IMPORTANT
The Christian Fiction Review Blog (known as CFRB) is a ministry that promotes quality Christian fiction in order that the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be shared with others who might hear it in a context that they would appreciate and understand. Each book is "previewed" in order to maintain the quality and content of the book. Books that are accepted for blog tours are given to the members by the author to review, according to the number of members
requesting a copy. It is the belief and practice of CFRB to post positive reviews as a type of payment for these books. However, I want to emphasize again that these books first go through a preview stage where they are deemed of a high enough quality to tour.

Monday, January 04, 2010

THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX, by Cliff Leigh


Monday - Although this starts out, and I believe is supposed to be geared for children or at least young adults, I found THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX, by Clifford Leigh to be a work of adult fantasy. Not only is it adult fantasy, but it is adult fantasy that centers on a young boy. I know that sounds confusing. Welcome to the world of Corian "Corey" Griffin. If you think the title sounds like someone dared the author to take three randomly chosen words and build a story around them you have only begun to scratch the surface of this incredible work.

Okay, I'm going to have to take this slow so I don't spoil it for all you readers out there. You are going to want this book, at least to read through once. Why, because everyone should take a jouney as fantastic and wild as THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX. We start out with Corian, a young boy whose father's ritual drink of evening coffee awakened a desire in him that was to send him on a very strange and yet very common journey. The boy, we see, is clearly fixated on getting a sip of this coffee. When his father said "No" Corey decided then and there he would find a way to get what he wanted when he wanted. There were obstacles of course, after all he was still a child and for most things you need money. So the chance finding of the green box by his sister "Jeli" containing coins his father had saved became his "golden" opportunity to embark on fulfilling his desires.

I'm struck by several things and can't go into all of them here, but one is that desire for this became all consuming. It was a compelling force that drove him outside of his own personality, so to speak. We find that when he gets these coins he comes up with a "foolproof" way of getting what he wants. This is where I see something else. He became addicted, oh not to coffee. Strangely enough he never went after his first desire, but rather went after his father and mother's wishes by fulfilling desires that he'd always had in the past. Only now he had the means. Now he had a plan. Now he was getting away with it. Oddly enough this is just how drug addicts start out. There's that little teaser, that taste, that sneak in the boy's room or behind the house. We get away with it and suddenly we think we're so smart. We begin to travel down a path we would never choose if we only realized what we were really getting into. It wasn't just a cigarette we were stealing, or s puff of marijuanna, or some "pills" or whatever. That wasn't the point. Some liked their first experience with these things and others did not. No, the real fascination, the thing that got us really addicted, was that we thought we were pulling a good one over on Mom and Dad. So Corey's little enterprise here may only seem to be about a desire for ice cream, but if you look closer Clifford Leigh is saying something much more important.

Interestingly enough the Apostle Paul also said the same thing. "What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me." (Romans 7:7-11) Paul talks here about how when we didn't know right from wrong, when we didn't know the commandments of God sin had no control over us, even though we may be daily committing those sins. However, once we know right from wrong, once God's Commandments are made know to us, we find that sin is alive in us. We are not the brilliant ones we thought we were, but are in fact the slaves of what we are doing. The very thing that pointed us to the way of life instead now condemns us before a Holy God. What chance do we have? Without the blood of the cross there is no chance, no mercy, no grace, no salvation. You might say that Adam passed on his addiction to all his children. Only a transfusion of pure, holy and righteous blood could free us and bring us back into a relationship with God. Don't you see? God loves you so much, and me so much, that He was willing to step down from His throne, walk upon this earth as one of us, then offer Himself up so that His blood, his pure, holy and righteous blood, could flow in us and set us free from sin and death. Has anyone ever said you are worthless? Have you ever thought you were unworthy? Then look at this again. What did the Lord God Almighty do for YOU that YOU might share in the joys of being part of His family? You see, you are that "precious pearl", that "one lost sheep", that "great treasure". Yes, you. But sometimes it takes an electrolux to bring that point home to us.

Visit Cliff at the author's website and the WKEBlog.

Purchase The Wordsmith, the Kid, and the Electrolux at
Amazon
Amazon Kindle
Barnes and Noble.
ChristianBook

Check out these other member blogs this week for more
info. Oh, and just because there are so few people posting reviews has little to do with the quality of this work, nor does it mean he only gets 3 days worth of tours. Check back again and see if some of these members have several posts throughout the week.

IMPORTANT
The Christian Fiction Review Blog (known as CFRB) is a ministry that promotes quality Christian fiction in order that the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be shared with others who might hear it in a context that they would appreciate and understand. Each book is "previewed" in order to maintain the quality and content of the book. Books that are accepted for blog tours are given to the members by the author to review, according to the number of members
requesting a copy. It is the belief and practice of CFRB to post positive reviews as a type of payment for these books. However, I want to emphasize again that these books first go through a preview stage where they are deemed of a high enough quality to tour.


Sunday, January 03, 2010

Day of Prayer


Day of Prayer

It's the first Sunday of the month, and if you're used to coming here to see what book we will be touring and what we have to say about it, you're used to seeing my first post here. Well, CFRB has instituted a slight change that we hope will become something mighty for the Lord. We are going to scale back the tour of a book from 7 days to 6, but we are going to dedicate the first day, the Sunday before this tour, as a Day of Prayer. Now don't get the idea that we don't pray for these tours. It's just that we wanted to come together and have a special time when we would all be praying for these tours. We believe that by putting God first He will bless this ministry. For you see, CFRB is much more than a review blog, it is a ministry. We have seen many wonderful things over the years. People have come in and helped with setting some things up, and then they have moved on, but as they move on God replaces them with others who can do that task and even better help structure things. When we started we had no Preview Team to check for quality. The person responsible for that idea had to bow out because of personal responsiibilites, but immediately others stepped in to help. Another helps with the HTML codes for posts so that no member shouldn't have to spend a lot of time if all they were doing was a standard posts. These codes also assist the members who are doing reviews because we get the codes for the bottons to other reviewers. We have people contacting authors people who are contacted by authors, people who specifically pray, people who do many of the functions you'd never even think were necessary for a blog like this. I give God all the glory. I am not an executive type. I am not a very structured person, but God is using this minsitry to both structure and discipline my life. We are literally linked with people from New Zealand, across the United States and Canada and into Europe. This is God's doing, not mine. And so we begin this year with a prayer, a prayer of thanks for all that He has done over the several years that we have been in operation. We thank Him for THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX and for its author Clifford Leigh. We thank Him for one another. Did you know that we are from several denominational backgrounds and there have only been a couple that I've been aware of? This is important because denominations don't mean a whole lot. We come together as a team, as family, as one body in Christ Jesus. We are so thankful for that, and for the many, many blessings He has already given us.

Here is my short prayer for this tour. (This entire post has been written a couple of weeks in advance and will be scheduled by this blog program to post itself on Sunday Jan. 3 so that I will not have to do any work on that day but offer up prayer and praises for this tour at that time).

Dad, it's me again. I just wanted to tell you again how much I love you. I mean, you gave me the right to stand here in your presence, the right to call you my Father, my Dad. I can never thank you enough for that, nor can I thank your son Jesus enough for taking my place, for dying for my sin. That's just so awesome. So I just wanted you to know, right off, how much I love you, or at least let me know how much I love you, because I still forget sometimes. I still struggle with things, but Dad, thanks for giving me your Holy Spirit to help me through those times. Now I have a special prayer Father. It's really not for me, but for this tour of THE WORDSMITH, THE KID, AND THE ELECTROLUX, by Clifford Leigh. I'm sure you've read it. Okay, you helped him write it. Anyway God, would you bless this tour, not so that this blog would become special, and oddly not even so Cliff's book would become famous, but bless this tour so that your name and the name of your Son would be magnified in the eyes of those who haven't thought about Him much. It's all about you Lord. This tour, our lives, it's all about You. If we aren't making an impact for You, then tell us and we can go about finding what it is You do want us to do. So far, I think this is something that makes You happy. And because it makes You happy it makes me happy. I just want to do more. I want to see people's lives change because someone had the strength of your character in them to write down in their works about You, and we were privileged to tour those works and tell others about you. So make Yourself known. Shine brightly over each day of the tour, even starting today. Thanks Dad. It's great to not only have the right to come here and speak with You, but know that You want what's best for me and for my brothers and sisters in Christ. So I know that You have already answered my prayer. I'll be talking to you soon, telling You about the specific miracles that You've are going to bring about during this tour. Amen.

(IMPORTANT
The Christian Fiction Review Blog (known as CFRB) is a ministry that promotes quality Christian fiction in order that the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be shared with others who might hear it in a context that they would appreciate and understand. Each book is "previewed" in order to maintain the quality and content of the book. Books that are accepted for blog tours are given to the members by the author to review, according to the number of members
requesting a copy. It is the belief and practice of CFRB to post positive reviews as a type of payment for these books. However, I want to emphasize again that these books first go through a preview stage where they are deemed of a high enough quality to tour.)

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