Monday, December 29, 2014

They Shall See God by Athol Dickson

They Shall See God by Athol Dickson
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Sometimes the most dangerous of enemies crouches just inside the human heart.

    Little Katie was a Christian. Her very best friend Ruth was a Jew. The girls' eyewitness testimony sent a bad man to Louisiana's infamous Angola prison. 25 years later, Ruth has become an embittered Rabbi, Kate is a lonely widow, the bad man is out, and people are dying in the strangest of ways.
     Torn apart in childhood by animosities beyond their understanding, Kate and Ruth can no longer elude the past's unfinished business. To survive, these very different women must reach out to each other in spite of the mayhem and mistrust that shrouds one vital truth: sometimes the most dangerous of enemies crouches just inside the human heart.

"Warning!! Severe hatred toward Christians inside." The book's description should hold this disclaimer. I'm not even sure how the author is able to get away with calling this a Christian fiction novel ~ there's nothing Christian about it! In the very first chapter hatred for Christians is quite evident. At first, I thought maybe it was just to help set the tone between several characters, but later I'm not so sure. It seemed more apparent that this is the author's feelings and less of the characters. Normally it only takes me a couple of days to finish a book, but this one took me almost two months to finish. It was hard to ignore all the hatred, the grammatical errors, misspelled words, wrong usage of words. The sad thing about this whole thing is the story itself could actually be good if the author toned it down some. He could still get the point across without instilling so much ugliness. I bought this book because it was supposedly a Christian novel and a thriller to boot. I am severely disappointed and will not be purchasing anything else from this author.

I give this book 2 stars out of a total of 5.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

In the Cleft by Dana Goodman

In the Cleft: Joy Comes in the Mourning
By Dana Goodman

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Author and Counsellor, Dana Goodman, shares her painful journey through heart breaking tragedy. After losing her 12-year-old son and 30-year-old husband to cancer, she must put back together the broken pieces of her life and her faith. Drawing hope from Christ, she describes how even the worst of tragedies can be rewritten into love stories so seeds of hope can be imparted to others. Ron Dart, Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the University of the Fraser Valley, says this about In the Cleft:
"I read the missive in a single sitting--was charmed and entranced, enthralled and captured by the poignant and evocative insights--- it's a burnished gold of a book---a real beauty---tragedy and hope, in an honest and raw way, jostling wisely and judiciously in your vulnerable soul--take heart---your well told and painful journey will bring healing and restore life to many---thanks for the sacrament and chalice of eternity so generously shared."

author photo graphic 48Dana Goodman, author and counselor, Dana Goodman, lives in Kamloops British Columbia. She wrote In the Cleft: Joy Comes in the Mourning as a tribute to her son after he died of an aggressive brain tumor called Glioblastoma Multiforme. His unquenchable faith gave her the courage to visit grief layers and find healing and life after unbearable heartache. Dana's greatest joy in life is Jesus Christ, even on the topsy-turvy days when he is hidden. She loves simple things like hot coffee, deep talks with girlfriends, journaling and having wonderful adventures with her family.
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Review of The Gospel of John by The Lumo Project

I had the pleasure of getting to view The Gospel of John (KJV) created by The Lumo Project which is an interesting visual aid covering the life of Jesus Christ. It takes the biblical scripture word for word as the script. It is beautifully narrated as various actors, both male and female, act out what is currently going on during that particular scripture.

What I liked most about the movie was the incredible scenes and reenactments. Wherever this movie was filmed was extremely beautiful. I liked how the narration fit in with what was being shown in the background. I especially liked how the narration was exactly like biblical scripture and did not deviate from it nor change it to what someone's opinion of what the scripture meant. For this movie to be used as a successful visual aid, it is so important to keep with the truth (scripture).

What I liked least about the movie was the fact that it is only narrated. You can see the actors and actresses talking throughout the movie however at no time do you know what they are saying. The only voice you hear throughout the entire 2 1/2 hour movie is the narrator. I think this would have been more enjoyable if it was only partially narrated and then have the actors not only play out the parts but actually have lines. I think that would have helped to keep the attention of the audience. Perhaps if they stated upfront that this was more like a documentary than a movie, people would know what to expect.

I give this movie 4 stars out of a total of 5 stars. I recommend this to anyone wanting a visual aid while studying the Bible, by churches to help teach Sunday school lessons and to anyone who just wants to be able to visualize what they are reading.

You can watch the trailer for this beautifully done visual aid below: