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


Biblical Metaphors

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

Stephen: martyr

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.


Word Play

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.




Unintended consequences