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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:
Amazon
ChristianBook.com
Barnes & Noble

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, June 12, 2010

STARLIGHTER, by Bryan Davis


Saturday, June 12th - The Creator and the Black Dragon

The two worlds now collide, that of Major Four and of Starlight. Both have this in common, there are those who would believe and pay homage to the Black Dragon, and others who would worship only the Creator. We witness some interesting dialog between Koren and the Black Dragon (within the Black Egg), and I invite you to hear the discourse between this supposed Savior of Dacon and of Koren, who believes in the Creator. It seems to hinge on the definition of love.

In 1 John 4:8 we read the words "...God is love." If this is true, then what would He be saying to Koren were He inside this Black Egg? Ah, there is the true test, and there Koren passes the final tribulation in her spirit. We need to recognize that there are two forces in this world, one that is good and just and holy, and one that is evil and malicious and unholy in every manner. Take all the characters in our story and have them suddenly come to understand that this Word of God is True, "The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I (that is Jesus) come to give you life."

Is it really that simple? Can that matter be that black and white? Absolutely, yet as I mentioned in yesterday's post, be aware that the enemy, the true enemy, will masquerade as an "angel of light". I have witnessed, firsthand, various deceits taught among the people. Some have said that Jesus and Satan join together for the same purpose of salvation. Others, seeing the many Christians who have a religious spirit and not the Spirit of God, and have concluded that some other god must be the true god. The lines have been drawn. We are either with Jason in the bowls of Major Four searching for the Gateway or with Koren, standing our ground against the evil before us. Whatever, we are in a war. Mark that, my friend. Whether you are a Christian or not, you are in a great spiritual war. How you make your choices, how you press on or stand on the sidelines tells the world which side you are on. More to the point, it shows the Heavenly Father which side you are on. Tragically there are many who call themselves Christian who shall not inherit the Kingdom of God. Likewise, there are many who do not call themselves Christians, but have called out to the only True and Holy God that they might be saved, and these shall indeed find their place in the Household of God. Which are you? What kind of fruit are you bearing in your life? Whose side are you really fighting for?

Be sure to visit Bryan Davis at his sight. The following link will take you right to his Starlighter page: STARLIGHTER You can, of course browse through the rest of his site, which I highly suggest.


Due to problems with obtaining STARLIGHTER we only have 3 people, that I know of doing reviews, and one of them may not be able to post until later in the week. Here are the CFRB members giving reviews
Bibliophile's Retreat
Reviews by Buuklvr81
The Words of David




Other purchase sites are as follows:











And for a peek inside:





Important: Legally I have to inform you that I received this novel freely for the express purpose of writing a review. I suppose the reason they want me to mention this is so that you will understand that I didn't pay for the book, and my views on how good it is may be somewhat subjective. I can tell you that my reviews found here are both objective and not very traditional. Rarely do I review a book that doesn't deserve to be given the greatest exposure, and while my name may be unfamiliar to many, it can be truthfully said that the whole point for me is to show people that Jesus loves them. If I can do that, if this book does this, then I will gratefully take the opportunity to do so and I make no apologies for it, or for the books I review. CFRB traditionally previews these works before they are even turned over to the rest of the members for posting reviews. We do this to check on a number of things, not the least of which is their outstanding quality.

Friday, June 11, 2010

STARLIGHTER, by Bryan Davis


Friday, June 11th - The Gateway and the Lost Ones

While we leave Koren to deal with Magnar, Zena and the Black Egg, let us return to Major Four and look at another story, a prophecy, if you will. Jason's instructor, Adrian, taught it to him, his mother believed in it, but Jason thought it to be just a myth. The story I'm referring to is the Gateway between the two worlds of Major Four and Dacon, also known as Starlight. It has been said there is a special Gateway that links the two worlds and through it the dragons on Dacon came and stole away some humans to force into servitude on their planet. I'll skip over the discovery of the Gateway so you will have to read about it yourself. These stolen people from Major Four were referred to as the Lost Ones. However, there seems to be little grounds to support this myth. Now let me propose an axiom to you, that may or may not hold water, but it serves the point here. While lies and deceit that are most effective, making them have the appearance of being true, the exact opposite exists when the truth is spoken. Often the very simplicity or obvious truth is deemed unbelievable for the same reason that the lie is accepted as truth.

What I mean to say is that our enemy is deceptive. He knows how we think and uses that against us. It isn't the dragons of Starlight who are the real enemy, no more than it is the person in your life that seems to heap trouble upon trouble on you. No, the enemy is an unseen spiritual enemy from the hosts of demons who watch our every step, listen to our every word, always looking for our weaknesses. And what weaknesses are best exploited? There are many to be sure, but among them is to get us to believe a lie and to at the same time turn our back on truth. Each of us have experienced this inclination. We witness a society that clings to abortion because it makes sense to kill an unwanted child, and deny the truth that God is at the very nucleus of life. We witness a society that claims that evolution is responsible for the creation of everything we know and turn our back on the Creator Himself. Why? Because believing in a Creator is more sensible, because preservation of life is more logical, therefore we have been convinced it must be false.

So what do we find out about this Gateway and these Lost Ones? We find that God created a Gateway between Heaven and Earth in Jesus Christ. By faith in Him we, the Lost Ones are once again found. No more are we bound to the lies of our enemy, but instead find ourselves bound to the Live and Truth of God's Son. This is why God chooses the foolish thing to confound the wise and the weak things to confound the mighty. For Jesus is not only our Gateway to God, but He is our Savior and Friend. We would do well to remember this lesson and not be so easily fooled by the enemy's lies.

Be sure to visit Bryan Davis at his sight. The following link will take you right to his Starlighter page: STARLIGHTER You can, of course browse through the rest of his site, which I highly suggest.


Due to problems with obtaining STARLIGHTER we only have 3 people, that I know of doing reviews, and one of them may not be able to post until later in the week. Here are the CFRB members giving reviews
Bibliophile's Retreat
Reviews by Buuklvr81
The Words of David


Other purchase sites are as follows:











And for a peek inside:





Important: Legally I have to inform you that I received this novel freely for the express purpose of writing a review. I suppose the reason they want me to mention this is so that you will understand that I didn't pay for the book, and my views on how good it is may be somewhat subjective. I can tell you that my reviews found here are both objective and not very traditional. Rarely do I review a book that doesn't deserve to be given the greatest exposure, and while my name may be unfamiliar to many, it can be truthfully said that the whole point for me is to show people that Jesus loves them. If I can do that, if this book does this, then I will gratefully take the opportunity to do so and I make no apologies for it, or for the books I review. CFRB traditionally previews these works before they are even turned over to the rest of the members for posting reviews. We do this to check on a number of things, not the least of which is their outstanding quality.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

STARLIGHTER, by Bryan Davis


Thursday, June 10th - The Black Egg Prophecy
Every good story has to have bad guys in it. After all most stories end up as good verses evil. It'd get pretty boring if all there were was good and nothing to challenge the good people. Since Starlight is filled with dragons, most of whom are oppressive overloads and slave drivers, finding the bad guys in this story is rather easy. However I'd like to focus on one of those dragons, Magnar, and a hollowed out form of a human female named Zena. You see among the stories that fly about these two civilizations one of them is the Black Egg Prophecy. According to the prophecy there would come a black egg, out of which would hatch a black dragon, a starlighter, and he would lead the dragon host to true freedom. Now I don't want to go into all the details and give the story away, but they believe the egg already exists. Magnar has appointed Zena to watch over it, and she becomes the mouthpiece for the being inside. They work to keep this prophecy alive and get the dragons to focus on the freedom that will soon be theirs.

Now, there are all kinds of prophecies, even in our society, but not all of them are true. I have had the unfortunate privilege to know some people who were "prophesied over" and hurt quite badly by these false prophecies. Working in the library I see a number of people checking out books on Edgar Cacey, Sandra Browne, and Jonathan Edwards. I've seen books being checked out on witchcraft, spells, even demonology. The devil knows that we are spiritual creatures even if we don't admit it ourselves. He gives us people who will tell us things we want to hear, but this never makes them right. Only God is faithful. God's Word even says that if a prophet is wrong once he is to be considered a false prophet, taken to the gates of the city and stoned to death. That puts a great responsibility on those who call themselves prophets. I for one, shy away at the title, even though God has spoken to and through me in prophetic ways.

The difference between the false prophecies and the true ones is the true ones will always come to pass. The false ones may or may not come true. It depends on how much truth is mixed in with them. In our story we have truth verses fiction. Magnar and Zena, among others, put their faith in this false prophecy. Yet there is another prophecy, one of a Starlighter who will find the Gateway between the sister worlds and lead the Lost Ones to freedom. This prophecy comes from the Creator. Today you hear many things, some are true and others are false. The only way to tell the difference is to see which ones line up with God's Word. When you find those put your trust in them, because you will be putting your trust in God, not man, and whoever does so will not be put to shame. Unfortunately there are many today who are actively seeking out people who will tell them what they want to hear. They seem to think they can change the truth by having someone say a lie is a prophecy. They are wrong, and they and these false prophets will be severely judged. Consider today what path you will take. It may be rough, it may not be something you want to hear, but if it is the voice of God you can believe it will come to pass. He is the Holy and Faithful One, and no one else.

Be sure to visit Bryan Davis at his sight. The following link will take you right to his Starlighter page: STARLIGHTER You can, of course browse through the rest of his site, which I highly suggest.



Due to problems with obtaining STARLIGHTER we only have 3 people, that I know of doing reviews, and one of them may not be able to post until later in the week. Here are the CFRB members giving reviews
Bibliophile's Retreat
Reviews by Buuklvr81
The Words of David

Other purchase sites are as follows:











And for a peek inside:





Important: Legally I have to inform you that I received this novel freely for the express purpose of writing a review. I suppose the reason they want me to mention this is so that you will understand that I didn't pay for the book, and my views on how good it is may be somewhat subjective. I can tell you that my reviews found here are both objective and not very traditional. Rarely do I review a book that doesn't deserve to be given the greatest exposure, and while my name may be unfamiliar to many, it can be truthfully said that the whole point for me is to show people that Jesus loves them. If I can do that, if this book does this, then I will gratefully take the opportunity to do so and I make no apologies for it, or for the books I review. CFRB traditionally previews these works before they are even turned over to the rest of the members for posting reviews. We do this to check on a number of things, not the least of which is their outstanding quality.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

STARLIGHTER, by Bryan Davis


Wednesday, June 9th - While Jason, Randall, Elyssa and Tibalt are venturing out on their quest on Major Four others are on a different quest on Starlight. The principle character here is Koren, a slave girl with a gift for storytelling. In the back of her mind are stories, myths, legends. She isn't sure which ones are true and which ones are false. One of these stories involves slaves who are promoted getting eaten by the dragons of Starlight. Koren's young friend Natalla believes in this particular story and is frightened because she is to be promoted, and without reason. She fears for her life.

There's so much more to explain here, but Koren strikes out on her own to find out the truth about the stories. Arxad, a dragon and her master, must not know of her quest. Yet both Natalla and Arxad are drawn into this quest. Things get tense and Koren is taken prisoner. Even then, however, we find that the rumors about a gate linking Major Four and Starlight are true. At the gate Jason sees a young girl and on the other side Koren calls out to Jason for help.

The most dangerous lie is the one that has a lot of truth in it. So those who are skeptical are uniquely equipped to seek out the truth within the lie and hold on to it. Koren excels at this, as does Jason. We are to be like them. Scripture never tells us to believe God's Word without examining it first. Jesus chides the Pharisees and Sadducees and teachers of the Law because they have not understood the Word of God. They have studied, but only to find what they wished to find. They did not seek it out to find out what it was really saying. Jesus commends those who test the spirits, to see if they are of God or not (Rev. 3), but frequently is found rebuking those who have taken God's Word and twisted it to say what they want it to say. Just take a look at the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:17-48)

Also, as with Jason and Koren, God isn't interested so much in how much you know as how much of what you know you use. Using what you learn in Scripture is wisdom. Not doing so is foolishness. Now, whether you believe it or not, you are also on a quest. You have heard some things, some are true, some are false. Do you know which is which? God can help you sort that out for you if you are willing to submit to His will. Furthermore if you obey what you find to be true you will be counted as wise. Again we find the words of Jesus as our guide, "He who finds his life shall lose it. And he who loses his life for My sake shall find it." (Matthew 10:39)

Be sure to visit Bryan Davis at his sight. The following link will take you right to his Starlighter page: STARLIGHTER You can, of course browse through the rest of his site, which I highly suggest.



Due to problems with obtaining STARLIGHTER we only have 3 people, that I know of doing reviews, and one of them may not be able to post until later in the week. Here are the CFRB members giving reviews
Bibliophile's Retreat
Reviews by Buuklvr81
The Words of David


Other purchase sites are as follows:











And for a peek inside:





Important: Legally I have to inform you that I received this novel freely for the express purpose of writing a review. I suppose the reason they want me to mention this is so that you will understand that I didn't pay for the book, and my views on how good it is may be somewhat subjective. I can tell you that my reviews found here are both objective and not very traditional. Rarely do I review a book that doesn't deserve to be given the greatest exposure, and while my name may be unfamiliar to many, it can be truthfully said that the whole point for me is to show people that Jesus loves them. If I can do that, if this book does this, then I will gratefully take the opportunity to do so and I make no apologies for it, or for the books I review. CFRB traditionally previews these works before they are even turned over to the rest of the members for posting reviews. We do this to check on a number of things, not the least of which is their outstanding quality.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

STARLIGHTER, by Bryan Davis


Tuesday, June 8th Four unlikely heroes of Major Four.
Our story begins with a young boy named Jason. He has heard the tales of another world with dragons and dismissed them as myths. His world takes a odd twist when his mentor and trainer, Adrian, takes off to find the "lost ones". Yet he's given a task that throws him for a loop, to find someone they have long thought dead. On his own quest he meets Elyssa, a girl with curious abilities, and a close friend. Not far along these two run into Randall, prince to King Preston, and always someone who has been his competitor. As they travel along a bond grows between them and there is no more competition, only the desire to fulfill a singular task. Lastly they are joined by Tibalt, an old man with a strange story to tell, and they find him under even stranger circumstances.

These four journey on to find a mythical gateway between the worlds of Major Four and Dacon in search of the Lost Ones. All of us have a purpose in life, a quest we have set out upon, maybe without knowing it. We are also presented with a choice about this quest. We can choose to walk that path and find the trials and treasures that lay there, or we can refuse the quest and not only deprive ourselves of the many wonders we would ordinarily find, but pass up on the gift of eternal life. That's the stark truth of the matter, but another truth lies right there, hidden under the surface. Even those who make the choice to follow the quest find that each decision has some bearing on how successfully they are.

This is the Christian life. It isn't a myth, as many claim. It isn't all gloomy or religious, nor is it without its struggles. Christianity is a walk with Jesus Christ, and is as successful as we remain close to Him in that walk, but we also make daily choices that aren't according to His will. When we do this we stumble off the path He has laid out for us. The fellowship is damaged. It takes a long time, for many of us, to get back on the right path, renew our fellowship, and accomplish what God has prepared for us. You see, God has prepared for us good works, works that He accomplishes through us if we will only be faithful to Him. And as we are on this quest God brings into our lives other people who are also journeying on the same quest. Some may annoy us a bit, but if we take the time we will find them to be the most treasured. Others will be people that have always been there, but we haven't noticed them. Still others seem to drop out of the sky, that is all of a sudden there they are. We all have our Randalls, our Elyssas and our Tibalts, if we will just allow the Spirit of God to quicken our hearts to see them. These are some of the greatest treasures we can have, as they are those who help encourage and uphold us during the rough times of our quest in life. So if Jesus is your Lord, find those faithful servants that are willing to walk with you, and encourage them. Make your choices for Jesus always.

Be sure to visit Bryan Davis at his sight. The following link will take you right to his Starlighter page: STARLIGHTER You can, of course browse through the rest of his site, which I highly suggest.


Due to problems with obtaining STARLIGHTER we only have 3 people, that I know of doing reviews, and one of them may not be able to post until later in the week. Here are the CFRB members giving reviews
Bibliophile's Retreat
Reviews by Buuklvr81
The Words of David

Other purchase sites are as follows:











And for a peek inside:





Important: Legally I have to inform you that I received this novel freely for the express purpose of writing a review. I suppose the reason they want me to mention this is so that you will understand that I didn't pay for the book, and my views on how good it is may be somewhat subjective. I can tell you that my reviews found here are both objective and not very traditional. Rarely do I review a book that doesn't deserve to be given the greatest exposure, and while my name may be unfamiliar to many, it can be truthfully said that the whole point for me is to show people that Jesus loves them. If I can do that, if this book does this, then I will gratefully take the opportunity to do so and I make no apologies for it, or for the books I review. CFRB traditionally previews these works before they are even turned over to the rest of the members for posting reviews. We do this to check on a number of things, not the least of which is their outstanding quality.

Monday, June 07, 2010

STARLIGHTER, by Bryan Davis


Monday, June 7th - Opposite worlds.
To understand STARLIGHTER, by Bryan Davis you need to understand a bit of the make up. Basically there are two worlds at opposite sides of their sun, which they call Solaris. The interesting thing about these two planets are the names they carry. We begin our story on the planet Major Four and the quest of some to release the Lost Ones on the twin planet of Dacon. Meanwhile, on Dacon, the inhabitants are mostly dragons and refer to their planet as Starlight and the sister planet of Major Four as Darksphere. I find this interesting. Each planet has a highly respectable name for their own planet, while having a somewhat derogatory name for the twin planet. Isn't that just like us? We are quick to paint a good picture of ourselves, but are even quicker to point out the flaws in others. Bryan Davis takes this prejudice to an extreme level.

Major Four/Darksphere is primarily inhabited by humans. In fact I don't remember reading that any non-human intelligence existed there. Conversely the population of Starlight/Dacon is inhabited by Dragons. They have, however, somehow captured, enslaved and forced humans to reproduce to supply them with a continuing work force. Yet on both Major Four and Starlight we should not be so quick to think that one people are more virtuous than the other. As with any society you have the good, the bad and those hovering somewhere between those two points. So Major Four, while a human occupied planet is full of evil, just as Starlight is full of evil. Major Four also has those who rise up to a level of heroism because of a faith greater than themselves. We find this also to be true of Starlight.

Our world is chopped up into many cliques, groups, social circles. Divided by race, nationality, politics or whatever we find them all to be rifled with evil, from the top down. At the same time we find a Truth that unites people from all walks of life, a Truth that is absolute, full of Love and Compassion. The apostle Paul tells us that we are all to be members of One Body, not running around puffing out our chests and boasting in our own exploits. Indeed, what can we do without the power of Christ working in us? Jesus cleared that up in John 15:1-10. He is the True Vine. We are only branches. It is the Vine that gives life to the branches, not the branches that give life to the Vine. If we abide in Him and His word abides in us, then we have His love uniting all the branches together into one fruitful vine. So what can be said of those who follow after evil? They are like the branches of that True Vine, broken off and lying on the ground. They will be gathered up at the last day and cast into the fire. While this may sound rather judgmental for a loving God let me remind you that each of us has the choice to abide in Christ or not to abide in Christ. Our eternal destiny is made by us, not by God. He has told us what the right choice will bring and what the wrong choice will bring.

May we in our "Major Four" existence, not look down upon those of the "Dacon", for they may be the very members of this same Body, of which Christ is the Head. There are, even there, those of "Starlight", just as there are those here who are of "Darksphere". The gateway between the two is faith. I'll get to that in another post.

Be sure to visit Bryan Davis at his sight. The following link will take you right to his Starlighter page: STARLIGHTER You can, of course browse through the rest of his site, which I highly suggest.


Due to problems with obtaining STARLIGHTER we only have 3 people, that I know of doing reviews, and one of them may not be able to post until later in the week. Here are the CFRB members giving reviews
Bibliophile's Retreat
Reviews by Buuklvr81
The Words of David


Other purchase sites are as follows:










And for a peek inside:





Important: Legally I have to inform you that I received this novel freely for the express purpose of writing a review. I suppose the reason they want me to mention this is so that you will understand that I didn't pay for the book, and my views on how good it is may be somewhat subjective. I can tell you that my reviews found here are both objective and not very traditional. Rarely do I review a book that doesn't deserve to be given the greatest exposure, and while my name may be unfamiliar to many, it can be truthfully said that the whole point for me is to show people that Jesus loves them. If I can do that, if this book does this, then I will gratefully take the opportunity to do so and I make no apologies for it, or for the books I review. CFRB traditionally previews these works before they are even turned over to the rest of the members for posting reviews. We do this to check on a number of things, not the least of which is their outstanding quality.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Day of Prayer

Sunday June 6th - We come to yet another week of touring. The Christian Fiction Review Blog is always happy to tour books by such dedicated Christians, especially those whose message is precise and clear. While we are taking a trip into fantasy I thin you will find the message just as clear as can be. That isn't the point of this day, this day just prior to the tour. For on this day we address the real reason for CFRB, and that is to ministry, to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, specifically though works of quality Christian fiction. On this day we come together, we set this special time apart for this tour, this ministry, for one another. For we are but servants of the Lord. We aren't special, although God has made us greater than special. Still it is Him in us, not we that is special. This day, this very special day of prayer, we set aside to remember what is important. It's not me or the rest of CFRB. It's not even the authors and these great books we tour, but we come to honor the Author and Finisher of our Faith, even Jesus Christ. Won't you spend a few moments and join with us.

Dear Heavenly Father, I come to You in the name of Your precious Son, Jesus, my Lord, my Savior. We pray that You be lifted up, that You be honored in all we say and do. This is my prayer, my desire. This blog can whither up and blow away and no one will take notice. The churches and denominations of the world can crumble and fall without making much of a commotion. Yet You oh Lord, You are the life and breath in all we do. You are the foundation on which we build our lives, our eternity. You are the Holy One, our Refuge, our Strength, our Shield. During this tour I do not ask that you make CFRB shine, but that the glory of who You are will blaze through this dark world so that many might find their way to You and to Your great salvation. That is my prayer Father. And I thank You for honoring Yourself by hearing and answering this prayer and all the prayers of Your people. Amen.

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