Mar 21, 2011

Csff Tour: The Resurrection (day 1)



As a new member to the CSFF (Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy) Blog Tour, I am excited to share my reviews about the March book, The Resurrection by Mike Duran. When I read the synopsis, I was intrigued. By chapter 7, I was disappointed. Sometime around chapter 12, I was interested. But once I got to chapter 25, I was definitely hooked. 


The Resurrection covers a topic not touched on much by most Christians. We like to think that as long as we keep our relationship with Christ on course, we are okay. And that would be great. But the reality is, there is another side. There is an evil, a god of this world. Can we overcome him? Absolutely! Does he still rule in our lives? Not if we stand against him. Do we have the strength on our own to stand against him? Not at all. That's why we have Jesus, and a relationship with Him. Paul tells us in Philippians that we "can do all things through Christ who strengthens" us. And in Ephesians he says that "our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms". 


In The Resurrection, a stay-at-home mom attends a funeral. When her turn comes to view the body, she reaches her hand out and touches the dead boy. Seconds after she turns around, he sits up. This begins a chain of events that at first seem strange, that make no sense. (This is where I was disappointed in the book) It got me thinking though. What were to happen if a person was raised from the dead where I live? What would the reaction be? Better yet, what would the local churches have to say about it? Christians can actually be some of the biggest doubters. Yes, they believe that God can raise people from the dead. But for it to happen here, now? If it really happened... would it be believed? Or would people think it was a con?


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Keanan Brand
Kathy Brasby
Grace Bridges
Beckie Burnham
Melissa Carswell
Jeff Chapman
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Carol Bruce Collett
Valerie Comer
Karri Compton
Wanda Costinak
Amy Cruson
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Janey DeMeo
Cynthia Dyer
Tori Greene
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Katie Hart
Joleen Howell
Bruce Hennigan
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Emily LaVigne
Shannon McNear
Matt Mikalatos
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Mirtika
Joan Nienhuis
Nissa
John W. Otte
Gavin Patchett
Sarah Sawyer
Andrea Schultz
Tammy Shelnut
Kathleen Smith
Donna Swanson
Jessica Thomas
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Dona Watson
Phyllis Wheeler
Nicole White
Dave Wilson

Author's website: http://mikeduran.com/




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 In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. 

2 comments:

Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

What a great idea to catalog your reactions to the story as it unfolded. I wish I could remember where and when I was feeling different reactions. I know my responses varied. And yes, definitely there was a point where I became totally hooked (though I think mine might have come sooner than yours).

And welcome to the Tour! Great to have you on board.

Becky

Cynthia said...

Thank you Becky. I am excited about joining this Tour. And I appreciate the feedback.