Dear Reading Friends, The Legend of Okeanos, a Tale of Restoration, Survival, and a Great White Shark, is a Christian fiction novel of intense wonder and survival, but there’s another story behind its pages as well. In “A Reflection of Struggle,” I’d like to share why this novel bears its name, and why every chapter is filled with painful struggle.
What’s the Title all About?
I chose the title The Legend of Okeanos because a legend leaves room for a story that’s fiction . . . and then some. This legend isn’t fantasy, but neither is it like anything I’ve written before.
Okeanos means ocean in Greek, and is the name of a great white shark in this story. But the legend of who Okeanos is and what Okeanos does, is less important than the events in the lives of those in the story related to Okeanos. Yet Okeanos embodies the story of struggle and strangeness, as well as the yearning for relationship against loneliness.
Chapters Full of Struggle
Our lives, even as Christians, bear the mark of this fallen world in Adam. But just because evil is IN us doesn’t mean Christ’s thumbprint isn’t ON His precious followers. In this story, the characters endure the extremes of what we also endure daily—emotions that threaten to topple us at every turn.
But threats and struggles and trials don’t define a Christian—they prove and refine us, and develop our faith (I Peter 1:6-7).
Journey with me from New Guinea to San Diego and discover the gifts of brokenness and repentance—through the most severe situations. It’s possible you won’t view struggles the same way after reading this Christian fiction novel.
See you on the next page!
COMING UP: Next WEDNESDAY, David tells more about the Beginning of COIL: Dark Edge, Prequel to The COIL Series.