WHAT IS A HERO?
Too often we confuse heroes with celebrities. Rock stars, actors and athletes are routinely admired. Kids love to emulate them and wear their paraphernalia. Not to demean what they’ve accomplished—talent and success are something to be admired—but is what they’ve done heroic?
In Along the Watchtower, Lt. Freddie Williams is decorated with the silver and bronze stars for his actions under fire in the Iraq war. Still, he doesn’t see himself as heroic, but rather as someone who did his job and was true to his fellow warriors. What’s more heroic are his struggles, day in and day out to overcome his personal demons, to learn to walk again, to allow Becky into his life, and—despite all that happened—to find a reason to live.
Heroism comes in many forms: the parent who helps a small child through a difficult surgery and then nurses her back to health; the son who takes an elderly parent with cancer to radiation and chemo and supports him through treatment; the person who overcomes a mental, physical or emotional disability to accomplish something most people had deemed impossible.
Each one of us will eventually have trauma and trials in our lives. As humans, there’s no way to avoid it. How we respond to that adversity is what makes those moments heroic.
What trials have you or someone you know overcome in their lives? And what about the way they responded made them heroic? Leave a comment below detailing your answer, and enter to win this hero tribute contest.
- A Kindle Fire to the most touching tribute
- A $100 Amazon gift card to the runner-up
- An autographed copy of Along the Watchtower to one random commenter
- An autographed copy of There Comes a Prophet to one random commenter
- Answer the contest question by leaving a comment below—the more detailed, the better!
- You may enter as many times as you’d like during the contest period. Just be sure to share unique stories of the everyday heroes in your life.
- The contest will end at 5 PM EST on Saturday, July 27, provided 100 entries have been secured.
- If fewer than 100 entries are obtained by the contest close period, it will be extended until Monday, July 29 at 12 noon EST.
- The winners will be announced via this blog (and an email from Novel Publicity) the day following its close.
Don’t forget to stop by the main tour page and enter the Rafflecopter contest. Two $50 Amazon gift cards and an autographed copy each of Along the Watchtower and There Comes a Prophet are up for grabs. That’s here – http://www.novelpublicity.com/watchtower/
Good luck, everyone!