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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

Friday, July 05, 2013

Full Disclosure, by Dee Henderson

Full Disclosure, by Dee Henderson

For some idiot reason I was surprised to find Full Disclosure on our library's shelf.  I mean I read the whole O'Malley series, as well as her books about people in the armed forces.  (I wasn't so thrilled with them, but that's probably because I was drawn into the O'Malley's world.  I knew she was a full time writer, and yet I was reading works by other writers.  See, I like suspense, mystery, not so much romance.  Dee seems to make the two work together in ways other writers thought would be old hat.  She's anything but old hat. 

Well, like it or not, she's done it again.  This is a romance wrapped around a suspenseful mystery in a way that pays tribute to both genres.  Also, in case you haven't noticed, most romance novels have at the very least included some form of suspense.  Dee does it very well.

There are two cases running side by side, but one of them is a cold case, and it seems like the murderer is playing with them.  Special Agent in Charge, Paul Falcon, and Ann Sliver, are the two destined, by Dee Henderson, to hook up.  Their backgrounds are different.  Their habits are different.  And yet they are drawn towards each other.  Ann Silver is also a cop, as well as a writer.  don't be surprised if you see some O'Malley names popping up.

The main case, a cold case, where the "lady shooter" has executed 30 people over the years.  She's done it cleanly, and no one really knows her name.  Plus she bounces around the world that even if you knew where she was at a given time, by the time you got there she'd be long gone.  However, with help from Ann and the Vice President, they start to get tapes proving someone has ordered her for the hit.  Making the tape was part of the agreement.  Handing them over to the authorities wasn't.  And just when you think you have things figured out it flips around on you.  That's what I like about a good mystery..

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For those of you who visit Amazon and want to listen to a portion of the book being read, which I think is a great feature, ;just remember that when the reader says "Sam and Kate" it should be Sam and Rita, two agents that work closely with Paul.

P.S.  When I wrote my first mystery, The 3rd Covenant, I wrote it realistically, profanity and all.  I had a number of people telling me that wasn't the way to go.  Then I read Dee Henderson.  Her work convinced me that the readers could fill in the blanks and I didn't have to write out profanity.  For that I am grateful.  Thanks again, Dee.

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Priest's Graveyard, by Ted Dekker

(Sorry for being silent for so long, but the fact of the matter is CFRB has lost most of its members, and under the new guidelines there seems to be little communication between remaining members.  Not to mention that things have been a little frustrating and busy on this end.  However, I thought I'd put up a few posts)

What I like about Ted Dekker is his ability to take ordinary situations and twist them around into a work of real suspense and sometimes horror.  He takes a Rod Serling approach, where things are all going great, and then all of a sudden it's like you tripped over some line and entered an alternate reality.
In The Priest's Graveyard, we are introduced to a young boy in Bosnia.  His family is Catholic, and the war being fought is over religious as well as political lines.  At the time Daniel Hansen is only 8.  His mother and sisters have been raped and murdered.  Now you'd expect someone like that to find the biggest gun they can and kill those involved.  It doesn't matter what religion they were.  They would have to die.  Yet Danny becomes a priest.  Somehow he finds those responsible, one at a time, and gives them a chance at redemption.  Few, if any, take it.  Under the priestly robes roams a most unusual assassin.  His quest leads him to America, particularly California.
Unknown to him is Renee Gilmore, once a young woman with a lot of promise, but now a heroin addict.  One night outside a bar, she is nearly beaten to death until a man comes to her rescue.  She wakes up in his house.  She's given new clothes, a wonderful bedroom, and medication to "get her off the heroin" and slowly begins to fall for this man.  Then, one day, he doesn't return.  This is where the lives of Danny Hansen and Renee Gilmore collide.  The priest who has been what one reviewer rightly calls "an avenging angel" falls for Renee, and she begins to bond with him.

What this unlikely union unleashes is frightening, not so much because it is a story of horror as much as it could be similar to the lives of any of us, especially if we acted on our emotions alone.  While some of the story seems a bit fuzzy we are faced with this one question, "How would I react if I would come face to face with my real, inner, evil, self?  It's a question that we need to ask, because to really be free we need to see ourselves for who we really are, and then realize that when we give our lives to Jesus He removes all that evil.  This is a truth we also must realize and grasp or we can be Christians in jails of our own making, while Jesus has already come along and opened the door that we could walk out.  How many of us are sitting in those jail cells we made for ourselves, and yet asked Jesus to be our Savior, the door is now open, but we refuse to walk out?

This, roughly speaking, is the story of The Priest's Graveyard.

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