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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
Monday, October 03, 2011
I've always loved this verse from Hebrews, how we are to be mindful of strangers, for in doing so some have entertained angels. In James Robert Wilson's book derived from that verse we first meet Reg, living on the street. The feeling is that he's a bum at first. He has 37 cents and is trying to figure out how to make it last at least through the day. Enter Polly, the pastor's wife. She invites Reg to dinner, and more. In this example you can see how Reg was an angel who ministered to her and her family on several levels, but Wilson wants to take this book deeper. Reg isn't a real angel, like an angel from Heaven, but he does meet one. And this is the beginning of an incredible journey that must be read to appreciate.
The author is careful to keep his story Scripturally sound. Where there are places that speculation is used I believe he gives the reader the space to agree or disagree without harming the story. I was enthralled by many of the descriptions Wilson used in his book. This is a story teller who is at his best.
But let's go back to the initial theme, entertaining angels, or strangers. There is a real sermon here that doesn't come out that way, but needs to be heard by each of us. The pastor's wife wouldn't have been blessed in the way she was if she didn't step out of her comfort zone and reach out to those in need as the Bible teaches. Reg wouldn't have achieved his "greatness" if he didn't accept her hospitality and through that learn about a greater love shown to him by God. It was a story that he'd heard of all his life, but had strayed away from. So he entertained this strange new concept of a God who could love him regardless of all the people he hurt, all the bad he did in the past. And in doing so God met him in a special place and in a special way.
Do you think that this is just fantasy? Do you really think that this is something that can only survive in fiction? I can tell you from personal experience that when we step out of our comfort zone, when we repent of the things that displease God, He is able to meet us in some rather fantastic ways. I can list a number of things that God has worked in and through my life that would make this story seem mild by comparison, so I know God works. Perhaps the only oddity would be all these people being "children" of a Neanderthal's genes, one who had been preserved in ice over centuries. This is something that is just as much a possibility as those who talk about the sons of the Anakim for their vampire stories. In other words, it's just a vehicle to get the story out. But the truths are real. I can attest to that.
Unfortunately I was not able to find a website for James Robert Wilson. You can find his book for sale on the following sites:
Legal notice: I received this book in order to write and publish a review. My review is seen, even by me, as payment for such a service. However, let me hasten to state that this in no way diminishes what I've written. If I say a book is awesome, then I found it to be so and believe others will as well.