In spite of the popularity of my previous exposition on themes, I have decided to jump in front of the wagon and detail some of the themes used in Fallen as well.
Brandon: mongoose, protects Beth from snakes
David: squirrel; also snake
Beth’s childhood friends: cattle
The Lehmans: beasts
David: King David in some aspects
David and Goliath: David and Tito
David and Bathsheba: David, Brandon, Beth convoluted
Bathseba: Beth Seaver
Bethany: House of Misery
Potifer’s wife: Farrah Potter
Brandon’s memories at first teeter between a distant, sterile voice and nostalgic reminiscence because he is deeply hurt but occasionally gives into sweet memory.
Brandon is hardened at the beginning of his writing and softens as the Holy Spirit sanctifies him over the process of reflecting on his life.
Carrie Pratt: Kaley from Shepherd’s roommate
Brandon doesn’t say his own name until the very end when meets Lisa Culver
Bible editions progress from KJV to NIV to ESV as Brandon moves forward in study.
Fallen: fallen in love, fallen world, fallen friends, fallen family
The Million Fall: Original title of Fallen, Frederick’s script in Shepherd, Michael Ozarks, Henry Shepherd, and Brandon scoff at the name
God is the true protagonist, not Brandon. The story is about the Holy Spirit working within him.
66 chapters: 66 books in the bible, not by my design.
Forgiveness, mercy, grace
Lukewarm Christianity: social status, community, comfort, feigned leadership, weak doctrine.
Nepotism in business, wealth and privilege.
Relationship drawn from Henry Shepherd’s experiences drawn from Michael Ozarks experiences. Similarities in ideas about relationships through series.