Dear Friends, this is David Telbat. Distant Contact is Book One in The COIL Legacy. This new novel tackles family conflict within a particular American family. In an age where shame reigns through any family struggle or disgrace, worldly media rarely considers healing, reconciliation, or forgiveness. As a Christian author, I don’t want to avoid the answers available in the pages of the Bible.
Forgiveness in the Family
Though I write often with worldwide Christian persecution in focus, I’m not ignorant of conflicts closer to home. Satan has his sights set on families, and hardly any family in America has gone untouched by sins that estrange members from one another.
In Distant Contact, I reveal throughout the novel the effects of unforgiveness and the bondage of avoided reconciliation. In one scenario, a self-righteous sister despises her brother for his criminal past, even though he’s become a new man, his heart genuinely changed by Jesus Christ.
Another scenario points to an older brother whose judgementalism keeps his younger brother at a distance, even though both men had become Christians and reconciliation is in desperate demand. In both scenarios, pride and the sensitive past, mixed with lukewarm faith, hinders forgiveness as the whole family is being threatened by outside forces.
Reconciliation is Normal for Christians
The world says people don’t change. The world says that moving on is better than humble confession and spiritual healing.
The world says a lot of things, but forgiveness is supposed to be a normal response for a Christian. It’s all centered on the principle of Christ reconciling the world to Himself. We were estranged from the One who gives life, and yet He provided a way for us to be brought close.
Reconciliation between people is based upon Christ’s work of reconciling us to Him. If we have trusted in that reconciliation Christ provided, then we can imagine how we can reconcile others back into our embrace. We have to take the initiative, to intercede for others, even if we’re the injured party.
Distant Contact is an action/adventure, but the family conflicts are real in today’s world. Healing and true forgiveness is possible only when families have a right faith focus on Jesus Christ. In the novel, Titus, Wynter, and Rudy are distant from one another—until their faith in Christ is tested and purified through the trials of life.
Maybe today is a day of reconciliation for you with someone who’s been distant far too long.
See you on the next page!
1) UPDATE: Distant Contact is NOW Available at Most Retailers! Click the title for direct links.
2) Our subscriber friend and reader, Peter Younghusband, has a book review site called Christian Fiction Review. He recently asked David to write a guest post for him. It’s now live, so please visit his site here to read this exclusive post on Peter’s site. The article is titled, “COIL: Motivated by Action!” Thanks, Peter!
3) On Feb 28, The Poets&WritersPicnic Daily online newspaper included David Telbat’s writing post titled, “My Writing Process.” You can find it at this link under their Environment section. 😉
COMING UP: For our next post, David has another new short story for you called, “The Value of a Son.”