June 27, 2008

Book Review: Adam by Ted Dekker


Ted Dekker is one of the freshest voices in Christian fiction today. His works could be characterized as psychological fiction with pulse-pounding action as well. The Circle Trilogy is one of the best series I have ever read. What I like best? Besides, the lack of foul language or sex, you can't really tell it's Christian fiction until the end. His works have just as much tension as any author today. He has taken on such topics as beauty, abuse, psychopathic killers, guilt, and good and evil. Most of the time his main characters are not Christian. Usually, they have mixed feelings about the church and are trying to escape painful pasts.

His latest work of fiction plays more like The Exorcist than anything else. Daniel Clark is obsessed with finding out the identity of the serial killer known only as Eve. He has given up everything for this quest, including his marriage to devoted Heather. When Eve's latest killing gets delayed, he shoots Daniel to reclaim the almost-dead body of his intended victim. Miraculously, Daniel is brought back to life by his new work partner.

The good thing is Daniel has now seen the face of Eve. The bad thing is that he has having night terrors and can't remember what the face looked like. Daniel tries drug-induced trips to make himself remember. But the only result is the nightmares are getting worse. Now, Eve is after the one person Daniel cares about.

June 03, 2008

Movie Review: Good Night, and Good Luck

I heard about McCarthyism when I was in high school or was it middle school? For me, it's one of those events you hear about but can never truly understand. This movie brought me just a little closer to understanding.

It takes place right in the middle of the "witch hunts" McCarthy instigated back in the 1950s. Various government employees, actors, and other people on the fringe were accused of being part Communists or Communist sympathizers. Perhaps this person was a Russian spy? They do seem suspicious. I saw them reading leftist newspaper articles the other day. Her brother used to be involved with an organization that is now funding the Russians, etc. McCarthy claimed he had a whole list of people that were suspicious characters. And he had evidence! However, it was in a sealed envelope with nothing written on it, and no one had actually seen the contents that could attest to them. The whole thing was suspicion and hearsay. But, it was effective! People were fired from their jobs, shunned from society, and whispered about in corridors. Imagine the shame.

So in this movie, a CBS news correspondent, Edward R. Murrow, decided to challenge McCarthy. He didn't directly claim that McCarthy was lying. Only that he wanted to see what was in all of these evidence reports. After a tug of war for the hearts of the American people, McCarthy was impeached. This may or may not have been a direct result of the Murrow shows, but it was clear the public tide was turning. In this movie, they show how the events surrounding this showdown might have played out on the inside. There are many meetings and threats. There is much brow-wiping and collar twisting. And it makes for a very riveting film.