Promises contains many scenes where the Darden family is eating. At times only James and Nell are dining together, but often their table is surrounded by other family members and friends. What better way to show family togetherness, love, and unity? As food gives comfort, so does the love and support of family members.
Jim’s college roommate and best friend has long hair tied into a ponytail. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, many young men of the “hippie persuasion” wore their long hair in a tail. To some, it was a symbol of discontent and rebellion against the established norms. Perhaps you can see those traits in Pat, even as his story continues in Book 3 of the World Eternal series.
The promises of Ouima and World Eternal—no more disease, hunger, homelessness, or natural disasters—symbolize man’s striving for wealth, power, and pleasure. In addition, Ouima is Satan, the one who tempts us and draws us away from God. The pleasures that the world offers can destroy our faith and lead us away from God. Of course Christians can have those things and stay faithful, but that doesn’t always happen.
There are other symbols in Promises. Can you discover them? Let me know. Donna Wittlif