Exploring beliefs and behavior
Spring 2017 Edition
One of the things on Tim Savage’s bucket list was to become a published author before he turned 50. Savage, a 1988 J-School graduate, has worked in corporate media and public relations. Last summer, his first novel, “Davey’s Savior,” was released.
“I really wanted to have a book on the shelf with my name on it and something I could be very proud of,” Savage said.
Savage began “Davey’s Savior” in 2009. The plot revolves around a father who abducts his 4-year-old son and escapes to a seaside town in California. The novel highlights the spiritual experiences of not only the father and son, but also the townspeople whom they encounter. Savage said that the novel focuses on conflicts between people’s beliefs and their actions.
“There’s certainly a religious motivation in this book. It’s not to dock or criticize religion. It’s just to present a contrast in the point of view between people who have a belief that they stick to, no matter what, and people who will do things to make lives of others better,” Savage said. “Readers are eventually encouraged to make a judgment about which one of those [points of view] is better by the time they reach the end of the book.”
The characters are tested by events that occur, including a scene when a dead whale shark appears on the beach with mysterious wounds. Some believe that the wounds are similar to those on the hands and feet of Jesus.
One of Savage’s characters is a person conflicted between his faith and his actions. Anthony owns a coffee shop in Avila Beach and is a pious theist who firmly believes in God and persuades people to view life from his perspective. He says people should be kind to one another, however, Savage said Anthony’s beliefs may not translate into action all the time.
“The first thing he does [after the shark appears on the beach] is raise the price on all his coffee so he can profit from it,” Savage said.
As the story unfolds, Savage said readers should learn that people have different interpretations of events that happen in front of them.
“You get to see how it comes out in people’s actions as to which stick to their beliefs and which stick to whatever need they’re trying to meet in the world,” Savage said.
Savage has met readers who come from many different religious and spiritual backgrounds who say that “Davey’s Savior” inspired them. He said that the strength of the novel is how there can be various interpretations of it.
“I have had people from the humanist or even atheistic side of it go, ‘Wow! This is almost atheist inspirational,’” Savage said. “I’ve had people from the Christian side or the Jewish faith come forward and say, ‘You know, I got a lot out of this. It kind of opens my eyes to a few things I’ve seen people do and seen people believe.’ There’s something in there for everybody.”
–– Erik Nelson is a junior from Hopkins, Minnesota, studying news and information