Let’s talk heroes.
Wait…not the super hero kind in tights. The book kind :).
The leading man. The protagonist. The guy.
AKA the hero.
There are many qualities that make up a hero.
In Be Still My Soul, the leading man is Gideon O’Riley, a 22 year old Bluegrass musician. He’s just over 6ft tall, has an unruly crop of reddish-brown hair and pale green eyes. Sounds nice enough. But that’s just the outside.
Because one fateful night, he walks shy Lonnie Sawyer home from the town singing. She’s the pretty girl with the strong faith and sweet voice. She quickly learns that Gideon is confident. Passionate. And not altogether a good guy.
Characteristics that are about to change her life forever.
So where’s the Hero? Where’s the brave, caring, responsible man? The man who loves God and those around him? He’s supposed to be in the story, supporting it…making my life as a writer oh-so-nice.
*sigh* I don’t see him either. Great.
But then again…
This is a story of redemption. So perhaps there’s time. Perhaps there’s time for a scoundrel to become a hero. Perhaps God will place people in Gideon’s path who are destined to show him what love is.
What sacrifice is. What faith is.
And maybe, just maybe, this man will realize that he can rise above his own desires. That there is so much more in this good fight than his own strength. Perhaps this man who’s never taken the time to lift his eyes toward the sky will glance up and realize that through the heartache and through the doubt, God was with him all along.
Gideon only ever cared about himself.
Now that Lonnie is his wife, will he ever be worthy of her heart?
From the book:
Night’s chill tickled her skin. Lonnie pressed her hands together and glanced up. He was even more handsome up close. Having grown up the shy, awkward daughter of Joel Sawyer, she’d hardly spoken to any boy, let alone the one who had mothers whispering warnings in their daughter’s ears and fathers loading shotguns.
Can God not redeem even the worst of sinners?
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To say THANK YOU, I’m giving away a copy of the book!
(one of the first official ARCs :])
ALL you have to do is leave a comment below answering this question out of the reader’s guide:
What does the title, Be Still My Soul, signify to you?
Do you feel it reflects Lonnie or Gideon? Or perhaps both?
Looking forward to hearing your answers! The drawing will take place at noon on Monday, June 25th and I’ll announce a winner!