Domen, long ago cast upon the island Feallengod, schemes against King Ecealdor — unable to vanquish the distant monarch, he’s determined to destroy the people the king loves. As the suffering roils, Ecealdor seems absent and disinterested, the tokens of his love and protection becoming no more than hollow idols. Thereby the battle rages, men and women are drawn into choosing sides ... and all the islanders await some end to the tragedy that engulfs them.
Craig Davis was born and bred in Memphis, Tenn., during the dying days of Jim Crow, what Flannery O'Connor called the Christ-Haunted South. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism at University of Missouri, he toiled for 20 years in various newsrooms as a columnist, designer, artist and cartoonist. Writing fiction since 2004, he has produced four novels and a number of short stories, essays and Bible studies. Davis is currently working on a new collection of Christian Gothic short stories, to be titled "Red Hair Rising," one story from which is represented by the video above. He has two grown daughters and a dog who refuses to grow up, and was once wrestled to the ground by a set of bagpipes.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just completed the third read
By Stephen A. Kennedy on May 6, 2011
Having just completed my third reading of Feallengod I am reminded again of what a timely and well written work it is. Craig Davis has done an amazing job setting up the story of redemption across the ages in this parable. There are many things I love dearly about the book, three of which are listed below.
1. Davis has an amazing ability to set eternity into time and ages into a lifetime. He has enabled the reader to follow generations of biblical record through the lives of a family and a community in what seems like a few years. The ability to paint the picture this way allows the reader to see broader themes and realities that sometime we lose when not looking at scripture as a whole. The race of Adam is contained in a man and his family, the struggle of the church is distilled into a faithful band, the history of the world is summarized in the record of the community in a few years. Masterfully done.
2. Basing the story off of Ephesians 3:10 and looking at how the work of God in the church declares His wisdom in the heavenly realms was brilliant. Setting this theme seems to step beyond the surface questions into what is happening in eternity, in the heavenlies. This has allowed Davis to comment on many major themes and specific stories within the biblical narrative with a refreshing angle. It allows the reader to step outside of their own heads and time frame and see, along with the narrator, how so often we only see a small scene in the great drama and misinterpret the meaning because our scope is limited. This is a much needed perspective that is faithful to the biblical narrative and is far from modern thought which is immediately focused on "my life" and "my understanding" as ultimate and normative.