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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

Saturday, March 13, 2010

ONE SMOOTH STONE, by Marcia Lee Laycock


Saturday -

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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, March 12, 2010

ONE SMOOTH STONE, by Marcia Lee Laycock


Friday - In Psalm 68:5 we read, "A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation." ONE SMOOTH STONE is also a story about how people are in need of good fathers, and how God often steps in and fulfills that need when no father is present. Alex Donnelly isn't the only one in this book who grew up without a proper father. We learn that Kenni Adams had a similar upbringing. One could argue that God held off too long in stepping in, but is that really true? Isn't it possible that people assaulted their self-esteem to the point where they started making poor choices? God was there all the time, but they just didn't know it. It took a long time and many heartaches before any of those in the story finally came to the end of themselves and needed to look someplace outside of themselves for some kind of hope, any kind of hope. God was there, and He was there as their father, but there was something that blocked the relationship between father and child. That something was sin. Until that was taken care of there wasn't a lot that God could do, but when that relationship was reestablished then God stepped in and made some changes. He loved them through His children and showed them what a father is really supposed to be like.

I know this is a bit sensitive, but you have to admit, this is a topic in the book that is sensitive by nature. The world is full of hurting people, and many of them don't have a single good word to say about their fathers. God wants so bad to show them His love, to relate to them as their Heavenly Father, but their idea of a father has been so marred by sinful men they can't relate. I mean, really, if you'd been abused by your father could you possibly accept the idea of God as your Heavenly Father? So God has to hold back a bit. He needs to let them find their own way through all the garbage that this sinful world throws at them. Yet even then He is in control. He moves people into their lives that help them understand love, that help them understand to love themselves. God protects them as well. That's where it seems to get sticky. If God is protecting them how can you possibly say that He would allow them to be abused? How is that protecting them? Fair question, but I'm not talking about protecting them from physical things, but from spiritual things. God protects us by moving us in His direction so we won't spend an eternity without Him. This is the one thing God is not perfectly successful at, and that is not His fault. The blame must be placed squarely on the shoulders of those who make those decisions. People, not God, choose to lie, to cheat, to fight, to kill, to abuse. God works around those choices to try to get us to begin making proper choices, but ultimately the choice is ours.

The problem with looking at God's promises is that we tend to look only at the ones that feel good. We forget that God promises some pretty nasty stuff for those who do not accept Him. We all know that those who do not accept Jesus as their Savior have no way into Heaven. You see God is love, as it states in 1st John 4:8, but God is also just, something we tend to forget, and He doesn't change, another thing that we don't contemplate as often as we should. In Deuteronomy 30:19 God says to the children of Israel, "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live." Read those words carefully. They are the words of a Father who is always faithful, One who always keeps His promises. He tells them that they must make a choice, a choice between life and death. It's not something He can or will do for them. This is a choice they must make themselves. He goes on to tell them what choice to make, "Choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live." Yes, God is a father to the fatherless, if and when we will only allow Him.

Be sure to visit her website HERE

To purchase a copy you can go to any of the following online sites:

Castle Quay Books (Canada)

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Be sure to visit the following sites to read more about ONE SMOOTH STONE:



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, March 11, 2010

ONE SMOOTH STONE, by Marcia Lee Laycock


Thursday - Another thing that we should look at is the pain that Marcia Lee Laycock talks about in ONE SMOOTH STONE. What is Alex running from anyway? This is kept under wraps for a good part of the book, but we do see glimpses. I'll only give you a peek at one of these glimpses so as not to spoil the book for you. The pain Alex is running from has to do with the way he was raised. We quickly learn that this isn't something that is as unique to Alex, or to any of us. All of us have areas in our life that have or are painful. How we handle this pain is what defines us. Some of us have changed the way we deal with pain and found comfort in Jesus Christ.

Let's look at some of the people in the Bible and see if I can justify that statement. Adam and Eve not only are the parents of all of us, not only did they bring sin into the world, but they had the first domestic dispute, got thrown out of their home and their eldest son became a murderer. Abram, later called Abraham, was told to leave his father-in-law and go to a place God would later show him. Not very specific directions. He feared for his life on several occasions and had his wife say she was his sister. Mostly, however, was the fact that he and Sarah were childless, but God kept saying He was going to raise up a nation from him. That had to be painful. And then when God did give them a child God asked him to sacrifice him. Moses was an Israelite raised in Pharaoh's court, but committed murder and was in self-exile for 40 years, after which he had to return and face Pharaoh and lead a basically unbelieving, complaining people out of Egypt, through the wilderness. The pain he felt was great. David was the youngest of the sons of Jesse. Sure he was picked by God to be the new king over Israel and sure he killed Goliath, but he lied, deceived, committed adultery and murder. He was first pursued by King Saul, then his own children rebelled against him and he had to stand by as his son Absalom was slain. I'm sure you get the point. Each great character in the Bible is great because of the faith they put in God, but they also went through great trials, endured great pain, sometimes because of their own disobedience. That doesn't make the pain any less. The prophets were all killed, including John the Baptist and then Jesus. Dare we think that pain is unique to us? No, it is not, but how we respond to that pain is what will define us. Again our example is Jesus Christ. When we are in pain, especially pain caused by others, we need to do what He did. We need to look at those causing this pain with His eyes and say, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."

Be sure to visit her website HERE

To purchase a copy you can go to any of the following online sites:

Castle Quay Books (Canada)

Amazon

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Be sure to visit the following sites to read more about ONE SMOOTH STONE:



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, March 10, 2010

ONE SMOOTH STONE, by Marcia Lee Laycock


Wednesday - Another theme this story covers is found in it's title, ONE SMOOTH STONE. You see, it wasn't being found out that changed Alex, nor was it the inheritance. These were simply things that happened to him. What changed him were those small things that normally would go unnoticed, yet for Alex they were life-changing. One of those small things was one smooth stone.

How like the world it is to try to lever strength, fame or money to their advantage. People are so filled with ideas of their own self-importance that they lose site of just how worthless they are. Those of us who know God through Jesus find our worth in the Son of God, not in ourselves. We also look to God for other things of worth. The apostle Paul writes in 1st Corinthians 1:27, "But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty." It's the little things that God uses to display His might and power. Think for a moment. The King of Glory needed to come into our world to offer us His mercy and grace. He could have chosen to do so in any number of ways. If a world leader were to choose to do something similar they would have put on such a display of force or such pomp and circumstance that the world couldn't miss it. Yet God chose to come upon the stage as a baby, but not just any baby, but the child of poor people. He was even born in a stable. Jesus is our example. If He, who is God over all, chose to lower Himself that the glory of God might be revealed so also should we humble ourselves so the glory of God might also be revealed in us.

If God Himself reveals Himself in what we would ordinarily think ordinary and small then we should expect to find Him revealing Himself likewise in the ordinary, the small things that surround us. The grass of the fields speak of His glory, so also does the fingerprints on your hand. Nothing is too small to be used by God to speak of His glory...not even one smooth stone.

Be sure to visit her website HERE

To purchase a copy you can go to any of the following online sites:

Castle Quay Books (Canada)

Amazon

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Be sure to visit the following sites to read more about ONE SMOOTH STONE:



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, March 09, 2010

ONE SMOOTH STONE, by Marcia Lee Laycock


Tuesday - One of the lies that Marcia uncovers in this book is "You are the only one going through this." Alex Donnelly is on the run, from his past, the police, himself, even God. He becomes bitter and angry with almost everyone he comes in contact with (and some he doesn't). This leaves him feeling all alone, and although it's a lifestyle he has chosen his past keeps rising up to torment him. When he thinks of that past he thinks he is the only one that has gone through this, the only one who can understand the indescribable pain he went through. We find that isn't the case.

Have you ever been in a hard place and felt like no one else understood your hardship, no one else could relate, no one else had been where you are when you are in those places? This happens frequently. It used to happen to me and then I started using the Word of God, in my own way, to shatter this lie before it shattered me. In 1st Kings 19 we have a very interesting story, and it is about the prophet Elijah. In verse 4 of the chapter we read, "But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers. " If you read this in context you will realize that Elijah has just bested the prophets of Baal, torn down their altars and killed over 400 of them, but now Jezebel is after him to take his life. The verse above only shows that Elijah wants to die. It shows how depressed Elijah became. Why did he feel that depressed? We find that in verse 10, "And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away." There's the lie. Elijah had to learn the truth so later in verse 18 God tells Elijah, "Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him." There it is, the lie has been revealed. Elijah wasn't the only one left, but God had 7000 that He had sanctified and set aside for Himself.

How can you apply that to yourself? How can Alex apply that to himself? It is simply this, that although we may feel like we are going through all these trials and tribulations alone, although we feel like our situation is totally unique and no one else could possibly understand what we are going though, God still has His hand on many others who have or are going through the very same thing. The thoughts that try to come into our minds to enslave us with depression are lies. Therefore we should do as the apostle Paul says in 2nd Corinthians 10:5, "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" We have the right, the authority, the power to take these thoughts and give them over to Christ that He might unveil them for the lies they are, and so that He might raise us up, even as He did Elijah. So if you are going through something right now, and you feel quite certain that no one else has gone through this before, then you are believing a lie. Rebuke that lie and begin to call on the name of Jesus. For even Jesus, who was God in the flesh and alone the only perfect person who ever lived, when arrested could have said "No one else understands, I am all alone." He didn't because even though He was perfect, even though He was singular in all human life, He was not alone. Two others died with Him on Calvary, he still had authority to call legions of angels to rescue Him from His trials...but Jesus chose not to. Why? Because He was going through YOUR special problem and wanted to be there to lift YOUR burden. Such is but a small peek at the magnificent love of our Lord.

Be sure to visit her website HERE

To purchase a copy you can go to any of the following online sites:

Castle Quay Books (Canada)

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Be sure to visit the following sites to read more about ONE SMOOTH STONE:



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, March 08, 2010

ONE SMOOTH STONE, by Marcia Lee Laycock


Monday - One of the major themes of ONE SMOOTH STONE, by Marica Lee Laycock is that you can't run from God. No matter how far, how deep, how angry or whatever, you can't get away from God. That doesn't mean everyone is going to get saved, unfortunately, but God is right there just the same. We start out the book by finding Alex Donnelly deep in the Yukon. He's miles away from the smallest town, and it seems that it's accessible only by boat. Yet as secure as he thinks he is we see that he is found even there. All kinds of emotions flood through him at this meeting, but the simple truth is that no matter where he runs he can't run far enough to get away from God.

I think that a lot of people have wandered so far away from God that they are, like Alex, of the opinion that God doesn't want them, or that they are unworthy of a love as great as His. The truth is that none of us deserve God's love. None of us deserve a single ray of sunshine that He shines upon us. None of us deserve anything good. And yet God sent His only Son, Jesus, to die for us. To me that is just amazing. Why would the King of all creation step down off of His throne to live in this terrible world? When do kings come off their thrones to be like those they rule over? Only God has done this, and has done it so fully and completely that it is this amazing act that makes us worthy in His eyes. If we can see how much we mean to Him and respond to that love, then we can receive that love into our own lives. When that happens we find that Jesus didn't just die to cover our sins. That would have been more than enough. Yet Jesus died to offer to us an inheritance with Him of all that God gave Him. In other words through this act of love God offers us the right, the authority and the power to be His children, and as His children we inherit everything that is God's. THAT is truly amazing.

I was blessed to be raised by a Godly family, a family that was more concerned with living for Jesus than following the rules of some denomination. I picked up on that, as did my brother, and it has meant the world to us. Yet what about those, like Alex, who don't know of His love? What about those who have had terrible childhoods? I've seen many try to run from God, and some of them run smack into Him and are so totally changed that everything and everyone around them seems to change. This is God at work. Don't make the mistake of keeping the door of your heart closed off to God. Think about it. He loved you so much He was willing to come down out of Heaven just for you. The least you can do is open your heart to Him and let Him come in. You won't regret it. It won't make things easier for you, but you will know who you belong to and you will have Him to bear the weight instead of trying to carry your burdens by yourself.

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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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