Riding The Wind

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Why write a story like The Chronicles of Bren: Captured?

When I was a boy, cardiology Glaucoma
I went through several years of personal torment – often teased and bullied by a small yet belligerent group of boys. I remember thinking that those guys seemed to take great joy in making my life as miserable as possible – that they lived just to torment me! Because of certain issues in my life at that time I did not know how to understand or even deal with, visitlonged for someone to simply rescue me…because I literally felt captured all the time.

I had certain activities that made me feel safe in high school. My basketball team (I was the only white guy!) made me feel protected when I was with them. After basketball practice I would spend several hours playing the piano at home. For some reason I could simply hear something on the radio and then sit down and play it. There was great enjoyment for me there, getting lost in the music…and in that place, no one could touch me – at least for a little while.

But then I had to go to sleep every night as a boy. In many ways, I dreaded those times because I felt so hopeless…but an amazing thing happened to me every night in my dreams for many years. From the time I was a young boy of perhaps ten until I was well into my twenties, I experienced the same dream each and every night…and those dreams gave me hope each and every morning when I woke up.

Each night found me dreading the next day and having to face all the torment and shame once again…so as I fell to sleep that was on my mind. But as my dread gave way to dreams, my life took on a whole new realm of existence. In those dreams I lived on the starship Enterprise! My dad was none other than Captain James Tiberius Kirk. Each night for all those years I found myself captured by some alien band of creatures who seemed determined to put me to death. Just as I was about to be put to death each night, my dad – Captain Kirk – would materialize with his phaser set to destroy and not to stun – and he rescued me each and every time! For all those years I woke up feeling a sense of relief and rescue and somehow from that found the hope I needed to face another day!

Why write a story like The Chronicles of Bren: Captured? Because I want to provide that same sense of hope to other young men and women who read my books. My joy would be to bring them hope and peace in addition to a plain old grand adventure! Below are the first three chapters of Book One: Captured.
Book Two: The Chronicles of Bren: Sacrifice

To purchase a paperback copy of Book One, go here, Book Two, go here.
To purchase an eBook version, simply go to here.
You can also purchase the book online at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.
To purchase The Chronicles of Bren: Captured – Songs for the Journey go here.
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Why write a story like The Chronicles of Bren: Captured?

When I was a boy, cardiology Glaucoma
I went through several years of personal torment – often teased and bullied by a small yet belligerent group of boys. I remember thinking that those guys seemed to take great joy in making my life as miserable as possible – that they lived just to torment me! Because of certain issues in my life at that time I did not know how to understand or even deal with, visitlonged for someone to simply rescue me…because I literally felt captured all the time.

I had certain activities that made me feel safe in high school. My basketball team (I was the only white guy!) made me feel protected when I was with them. After basketball practice I would spend several hours playing the piano at home. For some reason I could simply hear something on the radio and then sit down and play it. There was great enjoyment for me there, getting lost in the music…and in that place, no one could touch me – at least for a little while.

But then I had to go to sleep every night as a boy. In many ways, I dreaded those times because I felt so hopeless…but an amazing thing happened to me every night in my dreams for many years. From the time I was a young boy of perhaps ten until I was well into my twenties, I experienced the same dream each and every night…and those dreams gave me hope each and every morning when I woke up.

Each night found me dreading the next day and having to face all the torment and shame once again…so as I fell to sleep that was on my mind. But as my dread gave way to dreams, my life took on a whole new realm of existence. In those dreams I lived on the starship Enterprise! My dad was none other than Captain James Tiberius Kirk. Each night for all those years I found myself captured by some alien band of creatures who seemed determined to put me to death. Just as I was about to be put to death each night, my dad – Captain Kirk – would materialize with his phaser set to destroy and not to stun – and he rescued me each and every time! For all those years I woke up feeling a sense of relief and rescue and somehow from that found the hope I needed to face another day!

Why write a story like The Chronicles of Bren: Captured? Because I want to provide that same sense of hope to other young men and women who read my books. My joy would be to bring them hope and peace in addition to a plain old grand adventure! Below are the first three chapters of Book One: Captured.
Book Two: The Chronicles of Bren: Sacrifice

To purchase a paperback copy of Book One, go here, Book Two, go here.
To purchase an eBook version, simply go to here.
You can also purchase the book online at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.
To purchase The Chronicles of Bren: Captured – Songs for the Journey go here.
Click here for a full song list for “The Chronicles of Bren: Captured.”
Download mp3 here.

Song One

Riding the Wind

Words & Music: Dennis Jernigan

April 8, site 2012 

 

Song History

I believe every boy is born with a need for adventure…but not many boys these days have a dad who knows how to help the boy learn to be a man…to walk in his true destiny. This song came as I thought about how my dad set me up for adventure – by teaching me to ride when I was about four years old…and then getting me my very own horse! When I was a boy, page I read many books about adventure, see from Jack London’s Call of the Wild to all the Marguerite Henry books about horses, a couple of my favorites being Misty of Chincoteague and King of the Wind. As I was growing up, I had the privilege of having several horses, my favorite being named Sugar. Sugar and I were pretty inseparable – especially during the summer – when we would ride literally all over the countryside, exploring and playing cowboys and Indians! Life was very difficult for me – growing up was hard. For several reasons, I did not learn how to be a man until later in life…and I want other boys to know better than I how to make the transition from boy to man. As you listen to this song, let it spur you ahead to look at what kind of man you would like to become.

Dennis Jernigan

Verse

Little boy lost

Little boy alone

Little boy gone far from home

Little boy journey

Just what will he see?

And when he finally gets there what will he be?

 

Chorus

He’s becoming the man he always dreamed he would be!

No longer bound by the world, his eyes are opened to see!

To see and believe his destiny!

This adventure is calling to the boy, “Come and see!”

Come fight the battles of men

That set the little boy free to see and believe his destiny!

And he goes riding the wind in the name of the King!

It will take him as far as he can dream!

And he goes riding the wind and the wind calls his name,  “Son, come be free!”

Once he goes riding the wind the boy is no longer seen

For he’s becoming the man he’s called to be!

Son, come riding the wind!

Riding the wind of destiny!

 

Verse Two

Little boy captured

Prisoner of the world

Deep into the darkness he is hurled

Fighting for his honor

Fighting for his life

Fighting for the Kingdom through the night!

 

Chorus

He’s becoming the man he always dreamed he would be!

No longer bound by the world, his eyes are opened to see!

To see and believe his destiny!

This adventure is calling to the boy, “Come and see!”

Come fight the battles of men

That set the little boy free to see and believe his destiny!

And he goes riding the wind in the name of the King!

It will take him as far as he can dream!

And he goes riding the wind and the wind calls his name,  “Son, come be free!”

Once he goes riding the wind the boy is no longer seen

For he’s becoming the man he’s called to be!

Son, come riding the wind!

Riding the wind of destiny!

Click here for a full song list for “The Chronicles of Bren: Captured.”
Download mp3 here.

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