Friday, May 15, 2009

The Warriors and Syd

(Copyright © 2009 Kathi Oram Peterson)

“…No more would we run and hide.
No more would we look over our shoulders and wonder when they would attack.
I did not fear death.
God would deliver me.
God would deliver us.”

This is part of the opening scene in my book, The Forgotten Warrior. At this point the reader doesn’t know who is thinking this, but as you read further into the book you learn it is a stripling warrior named Tarik and he is running toward the Battle of Judea.

I’ve often wondered how the people of Judea felt. Their city had been taken away from them and they’d been fighting for so long. They were war weary and desperate when out of the mists stepped a band of very young men, boys really, lead by Captain Helaman.

How would you feel after weeks of war to see these boys willing to fight for you and your loved ones?

As a mother, I would stand in awe at the courage and faith of not only the stripling warriors, but of their fathers and mothers letting them go to war and their leader Captain Helaman, who led them.

The Battle of Judea only succeeded because of the stripling warriors. At first the inexperienced warriors were used as bait to tease the bulk of the Lamanite army out of the city. The Lamanites chased after the warriors for two days. On the morning of the third day they stopped their pursuit. Helaman didn’t know why, but he feared the worst. So he asked the warriors what they would like to do. In his letter to Moroni he reported. “… they said unto me: Father, behold our God is with us, and he will not suffer that we should fall; then let us go forth; we would not slay our brethren if they would let us alone; therefore let us go, lest they should overpower the army of Antipus.”

These young warriors were not as much afraid for themselves as they were for Captain Antipus and his men, whose job it was to attack the Lamanites from behind. Imagine the pride in Helaman’s heart as he listened to his warrior sons. So they turned about and engaged in battle. It was as the warriors feared. The Lamanites were fighting Antipus and his army. Sadly Antipus was slain, but with the help of the stripling warriors the city of Judea was restored to the Nephites.

So what are the similarities of the stripling warriors call to action and the karate move Sydney Morgan put on Colin Staker in the first chapter in my book?

Keep in mind, Syd was only five feet five inches and Colin was a football player. If you were to see the two of them standing side by side, of course, the first impression would be the football player could easily take care of the girl. However, Syd had been taught by her mother the fine art of karate. So how did she knock him to the ground? She grabbed Colin’s wrist with her right hand and jabbed his elbow with her left hand. This surprising action caught him off balance and he flipped to the ground. Such a little thing…yet a mighty response.

How is Sydney's actions similar to the warriors?

Tell me the story within the story here. How did the stripling warriors' faith guide them? How does Syd's? Or does she act on faith? Does Tarik and Syd have anything in common? I’ll use the best analogy to further this discussion in my next blog about the warriors, so don't be shy.

1 comment:

  1. That's an awesome poster, Kathi! Where did you get that?

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