Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Blog Tour - Final Day

Names Speak for Themselves in Lost Mission

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In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

Well, this is the final blog tour day for Athol Dickson's book, Lost Mission, so I thought it might be a good way to close by discussing the author's use of descriptive names and how the book's title holds a double meaning.

Delano Wright, one of the main characters, feels his actions are vindicated for following the rules makes him 'right'. He shares traits with the Pharisees because he wants to protect the status quo, and knows that rules are rules, and so rules must be followed.

Tucker Rue, is a counterpoint to Delano's strict rule adherence. Tucker believes rules exist, but should only be followed when they are beneficial. The one rule he does follow is the ends justify the means. As he strays farther from what he knows deep down is right, he works harder to justify his actions. Tucker Rue's name fits as characters who deal with him for long, come to Rue or regret the relationship. By the time his sins are made known to him, he begins to regret or rue himself.

As I mentioned in yesterday's blog, many of the characters started out with good intentions. When they took their eyes off God they lost their life's focus or mission. This was true in the past with the Franciscan monks as their mission to build an abbey and lead the unsaved to Christ, was forgotten in a flurry of enforced rules and striking back for perceived wrongs. Eventually the physical Mission itself falls into ruin and is forgotten; lost to time and to memory.

With the discovery of the lost Mission, old wrongs and sins are revisited on the modern towns and people. Delano and Rue want their respective churches to succeed, but are their reasons for their missions good and true? It's not until the original mission is restored that wrongs are righted and evil desires overcome.

*Participants’ links
Brandon Barr
Keanan Brand
Amy Browning
Valerie Comer
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Timothy Hicks
Jason Isbell
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Rebecca LuElla Miller
New Authors Fellowship
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Crista Richey
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
KM Wilsher


Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

Excellent post, Tim. From what I learned in Val's post, you are spot on with your assessment. Nicely done.


Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

By the way, Tim, I have a poll over at my blog asking for an opinion about the characters. Since you've read the book, I'd love to have you vote if you haven't already. You can find the poll at the bottom of my Day 2 post.