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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

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

IMMANUEL'S VEINS, by Ted Dekker


Immanuel's Veins is a classic story of good verses evil, and yet it isn't. It's a classic love story, and yet that isn't true either. As with many of Ted Dekker's stories they seem to start out fairly normal, only to take a left turn into some parallel universe. I remember reading his book THR3E and getting the feeling that Rod Serling had just entered the room. You really get that Twilight Zone feel in that book.

With Immanuel's Veins it isn't all that cut and dried, if you can even call it that. You have two normal men in some distant past, about to reach the destination of their commission. As they near the Cantemir Castle their quest takes a decided turn, although fairly mild at this point. They are warned by an elderly man about the evil in the West. The two veteran soldiers figure the guy is a bit off his rocker and go their way. But it was at that very moment they stepped over the threshold of what they had known as reality into a different reality they knew nothing about.

One of the intriguing things to me about this book is that our hero, Toma, doesn't believe in God. Seems like a fairly odd place to start out writing a Christian story, but this crossover into a dimension Toma never knew existed creates the exact climate needed to get across a true and powerful Christian truth, God does not only exist, but in order to win the battle you find yourself in you will need His help, and lots of it.

In some ways I think we, even as Christians, muddle through life, totally unaware of the spiritual war we are in. The apostle Paul mentions putting on armor several times, the most vivid and memorable is found in Ephesians 6:10-18, "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints." Many will leave out verse 18, about prayer, but prayer is a vital part of the Christian's armor. In 2nd Corinthians 10:4 he tells us, "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds."

It seems to me that just through these few verses any Christian should realize that we are at war. The war isn't one that can be won through military strength, but only through the power of God. As Immanuel's Veins progresses we find Toma running into all kinds of problems, problems he never could have imagined before his assignment here. In the end he realizes that he needs a different strategy. The war he is in doesn't play according to the rules he is used to following. Isn't that just like the devil, to go against the rules? Yet even there God supplies all our needs according to His riches in glory. With God, everything is under control. Without Him, all is lost.
Be sure to visit his site: Ted Dekker

To purchase Immanuel's Veins you can find it, among other places, at:

Amazon
Barnes & Nobel
Christian Book

Legal notice: I checked this book out of the library, and am receiving NOTHING for these reviews, except the pleasure that I get from letting others know about a really great book.

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