Welcome back to my blog! Today I have Randall Allen Dunn talking about his book The Red rider.
Sooner or later, we all must fight monsters. We are forced to confront and conquer our personal fears, flaws and failures, before they conquer us.
As a Christian, I believe God helps us in our weaknesses. With guidance, strength of resolve and supernatural power. But we must choose to cooperate with him, on his terms, in order to succeed.
This causes a dilemma for Helena Basque, the teenage heroine of my novel, The Red Rider. As a child, she was known as â€œRed Riding Hoodâ€ for the red cloak she always wore. Up until the day she faced a giant wolf killed her Grandâ€™Mere. Helena survived with triple scars across her face and endless nightmares of a wolf standing on its hind legs and speaking threats.
When similar wolves attack her family and neighbors, Helena realizes they threaten everyone in her province. She then shoves her fears aside, determined to fight them or die trying.
After the first wolf attack, her parents forbid her to wear her red cloak again. With a new resolve, Helena dons a red hooded cloak and arms herself with a repeating crossbow to hunt the wolves down.
This doesnâ€™t sit well with her priest, Father Vestille, after he learns the wolves are actually human beings who transform into monsters to attack their victims. They both question whether it is right in Godâ€™s eyes to murder these men. But Helena is convinced of her duty. She must embrace her faith and courage to overcome her doubts, even as her appearance and behavior make her a social outcast. She must persevere in her quest to free the province from the monsters that threaten it, whatever the personal cost.
She relies on the advice of her hero, Francois Revelier, the woodcutter who saved her from the first wolf:
â€œYou know what a hero is, Helena? A hero doesnâ€™t have to be big or strong or smart. He just has to stand up to do whatâ€™s got to be done. People might not understand what youâ€™re doinâ€™ or why youâ€™re doinâ€™ it. But itâ€™s still got to be done, whether they understand it or not. A heroâ€™s somebody who stands up to do it when nobody else will. You gotta stand up and do something, or nobodyâ€™s ever gonna get helped.â€
We must commit to destroying our private demons. All fears, flaws, failures and doubts. Even if we risk our reputation to do it. Others depend on us to be the best people we can be, so we must rid ourselves of every monster that tears us down, through faith, courage and determination. Follow Helenaâ€™s example to conquer your own monsters, so you can find true freedom and peace, free of fear.
Stand up and do something.
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Cindy here again.
Thanks for being here Randall. Sounds like an interesting book!
Until next time…