Phillip L. Davidson is a practicing attorney and former infantry Captain. He is married and lives in Tennessee. Dreamer is his first novel.
The book Dreamer is a very realistic military fiction with strong Christian overtones. It is also a book with graphic elements and some adult language that might make it difficult to read for certain Christian readers. What would you like to tell the Christian audience as to why this is a book that is worthy to be read despite the realism?
Because evil exists in a real world. The characters in Dreamer are for the most part warriors. In order to let the reader experience each character’s world, that world must be presented realistically in the context in the story. Combat is by its nature gritty. The horror of combat cannot be painted in pastels. The colors are violent. Soldiers use explicit language. Murderers kill and torture people. But it is the fallen that God seeks to bring home. Dreamer is about God giving warriors the chance to redeem themselves. The world they live in is not pretty. But just as Christ was not afraid to go where evil existed, the Christian reader should not be afraid to go into that world in order to see how magnificent God’s saving grace can be.
What is the main message you want readers to get from reading Dreamer?
That all of us, no matter how flawed, can be redeemed and saved.
How can Dreamer inspire a persons’ faith?
Dreamer’s main character, David, is taken from the Bible’s King David. David was a murderer, womanizer and without honor, yet God loved him. If David can be saved, anyone can be saved. Part Three of the book is entitled, The Servants. If these men can become God’s servants anyone can.
During your tough times in the military, how did God keep you connected to him?
He didn’t. I was a sinner. But what I didn’t realize then was that he was protecting me. I couldn’t see that until I left the Army.
How did you come up with the title?
I wanted to show how God came to David in his Dreams. David’s dreams are found throughout the book. David is the Dreamer.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I hope that people of God will see God’s will and men’s faith through a different prism, that of warriors. We as a nation have been at war so long but I really don’t believe that Americans truly understand the American warrior’s mentality and spirit. Reading Dreamer will bring them closer to that understanding.Powered by Sidelines