Dear Reading Friends, this is David Telbat. Before I ever started writing Dawn of Affliction, I wrote down 22 Bible Scriptures that inspired me in sculpting the character of Levi Caspertein. These were Scriptures that would give me goals for the life of the character as he traveled through all kinds of circumstances. As I look at this list today, I notice again that I had highlighted in blue seven of these Scriptures, and identified them with the theme word and principle.
7 Principles to Sculpt Levi Caspertein
Dawn of Affliction is not just a fictional story. It’s a story about the Christian life—a journey of affliction and strife and heartache and joy. Here are seven inspiring principles that helped me sketch Levi Caspertein’s approach to life, and goals I set for the whole series before I ever started writing a word:
1. Confrontation. Hebrews 2:3 – “How will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” Salvation is not attained by neglecting the very truth that saves us. That’s a Christian doctrine, yes, but it’s also a life principle for us today. To break free, we cannot ignore the chains, and to be cured from the poison of sin, we cannot ignore the only antidote. Levi Caspertein always faces problems head-on.
2. Fear. Hebrews 2:15 – Fear enslaves, but faith frees. A quick look at the human condition of sinfulness and guilt helps us understand why we carry on in sin. We are born knowing that we will die, so we try to get the most out of life, self, pleasure, and so on. Levi Caspertein is sometimes afraid in the span of Dawn of Affliction, but he focuses his faith on Him who saves, delivers, and preserves. Levi is not held back by fear, but rather he is sent forward by faith, as he follows Jesus Christ.
3. Preparation. John 2:18-19 – The unprepared receive the unexpected. Critics of Jesus in the Bible were always challenging Him, and they were often caught off-balance because they were not prepared to receive what radical responses He gave. As for Levi Caspertein, because he’s prepared for every circumstance, even hardship, he’s not derailed in life when the unexpected happens.
4. Humility. John 9:41 – The man who claims to have arrived has not yet begun to travel. I think this is an old quote from someone famous, but I don’t know who said it originally. Those who claim to have everything figured out are really those who haven’t figured out much at all. It’s like a man claiming to know everything, but apparently doesn’t know the definition of omniscience. It’s easy to prove that no one but God is omniscient. Levi Caspertein is not a know-it-all. He’s aware that much is out of his control and unknown to him, but his faith is in the One who is truly omniscient and omnipotent.
5. Comfort. Zechariah 10:2 – Lying comforts bring false peace. In the kingdom of Judah, false prophets were tickling the ears of the people, and since the people were not being told the truth about God and themselves, they were falsely comforted. During Levi Caspertein’s journey across the country, he’s not pretending that circumstances are good when they’re bad. His comfort comes in knowing that God is present, whether circumstances are good or bad.
6. Capture. Acts 9:2 – Those in bondage seek to bind others. Before Saul’s conversion, he was in the bondage of ignorance and violence, and he tried to place others under the bondage of the Mosaic Law. In Dawn of Affliction, many evil people are attempting to capture God’s people, but Levi Caspertein understands that those who do such are simply in bondage themselves. This spiritual insight helps Levi reach out and break down barriers with strangers who may mean him harm. Can you use this insight, too?
7. Cornered. Daniel 3:21 – Bound up doesn’t mean abandoned. When Daniel’s three friends were bound up and thrown into the furnace, even then, God did not abandon them. Levi Caspertein knows from his father, Titus, who taught him about God, that insurmountable odds or situations never mean that God has abandoned His people. Instead, those situations simply mean that God may accomplish something spectacular! Levi knows not to discount God acting on his behalf even when all seems lost.
I hope these principles, by which Levi Caspertein lives, will mean something to you as well. May we also be courageous pilgrims on our own journeys through life, seeing God working for us and through us, whether circumstances are easy, or nearly overwhelming.
See you on the next page!
NOTE-1: Visit our new page for The COIL Legacy Collection! THIS WEEK we’ll have the link there for you to the eBook version of this three-in-one volume at ALL retailers (not just Amazon)! And soon, we’ll also have the paperback version as well! Dee will be ordering a proof of the paperback to read it through carefully to make sure it is in good shape for you, so it will only take a few weeks to be out. Please let us know what you think of this collection if you read it. It’s a new endeavor for us and if this collection does well, we may be putting other D.I. Telbat series in single volumes as well!
NOTE-2: As I shared in our “Feb 2019 Novel Update for D.I. Telbat” post, we’ve begun putting David’s books on our new Author Page at Draft 2 Digital! Click the link to check it out! Dee will be continually adding more of David Telbat’s books to the site as she updates each file, so check back often. One nice feature: a single “Buy Button” on each book page will show you every retailer that has the book available on their site. Dee will share more about the site in our next Novel News post in a few weeks.
COMING UP: Join us next time for another short story by D.I. Telbat, “The Lost Key.” And for the following post, we’ll have David’s author reflection, “Novel Characters Hold God’s Word in High Regard.”