I'm back!!! I hope the other CFRB members start coming online. It's been a trying 6 months, but enough of that. God knows what He's doing. Just look at the fantastic book He brought to my attention.
That's right. This book dares to have the lead character as a Gothic Christian. I've known Gothic Christians and they are amazing, so I can relate to this story on many levels.
Winter Maessen is basically your average teenage girl. She's gone through a lot of pain, made a lot of mistakes, dresses in black, with all the other things you'd expect to see on a Goth chick, piercings, black or dark lipstick, black or dark nail polish, dark eyeshadow (purple), powdered white face. But she wasn't always like that. In fact, if you focus on that you're going to miss out on a truly wonderful person. I think that was one thing that Keven tried to bring out. It isn't what people wear, what their hair style is like, how many piercings or tattoos they have they tell you what they are really like. It's how they act and react under various circumstances. And oh boy, does Keven find ways of letting you see her, and others, in all kinds of circumstances.
But wait, he's not through with us yet. Winter, it seems, has the gift of prophecy. This may step on the toes of some religious people, but there you have it. I have known people who God has used with the gift of prophecy. I have seen visions and had dreams, although not quite on the same level of horror as Winter. And I know of people who are true prophets, as well as a few who claim to be prophets, but their message doesn't seem to bear that out.
What Keven does is pick a girl, a very normal girl, give her a really tough background, then presents her as an outcast who not only is a Christian, but a prophetess. This works so well only because of the friends she makes. And by the way, she wouldn't have had those friends if she hadn't practiced forgiveness. We all tend to push people away when they look at us cross-eyed, but Winter knows that she has to keep herself clean, or at least try to, and that means saying your sorry when you mess up. (She does this alot. Something else we could all learn from her).
If you like Ted Dekker or Bill Myers you are going to love Keven Newsome. He's just as good as they are, maybe better. I hope to see more of his works coming out. He is one truly gifted (there's that word again) writer.
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(Legal stuff - I received a copy of this book for the express purpose of writing a review. That being said I still give it a 5 star rating, which you can also read on Amazon)
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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