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  “I have fought the good fight,

I have finished the race,

I have kept the faith.

Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness” II Timothy 4:7-8.

The Race trilogy is a series of allegorical novels based on the scriptural metaphor in which running is likened to the Christian life. Paul uses this metaphor frequently (e.g., Acts 20:24, 1 Corinthians 9:24-26, Galatians 2:2, 5:7, and 2 Timothy 4:7-8), but you’ll also find it in Psalms, Proverbs, Isaiah, and Hebrews.

Layout 1The Race

Twenty-two year-old Chris Strider vows to his dying grandmother that he will run a prestigious 6,000-mile race. He knows he’s not fully prepared for such a grand undertaking, but he has no idea just how unprepared he is. He also doesn’t realize that he’ll be pitting himself against Stan Moden, a wealthy magnate who’s used to getting his own way. In fact, about the only thing Chris has on his side is his coach, Josh Damour—if he can learn to trust him.

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Keeping the Faith 

The second book, follows Chris as he resumes “real life.” He continues running as he marries, starts a career, and has kids, but he has to dodge Stan Moden all the way. When he directly defies Moden by adopting the child that the mogul is raising to head his company, Moden finally catches up to him and gives Chris a choice: hand over the child or see his own family die.

 

 

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Fighting the Good Fight

 

Chris gets a few years of reprieve while Moden readies his organization to overthrow the Damours. But the persistent runner is brusquely reminded of the enemy’s threat when, after having his greatest treasure ripped from him, he’s plunged directly into the preparations for the coming battle.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amy Webster
    Mar 13, 2014 @ 20:17:36

    Such an awesome book!!! It made me think/see about things in such a different light than I had thought about/seen them before. I’ve read it fully through 2 times and have gotten other people to read it too. It truly impacted me in such a powerful way! Thank you for using your talents to bless others!!

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    • Della Loredo
      Mar 13, 2014 @ 20:44:23

      Thank you for your encouragement, Amy! I’m so grateful for the lessons the Lord taught me in writing the book, and am doubly blessed to know that others find it a blessing as well! God bless you as you run your own version of the race He’s set before you.

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  2. Jan Pressler
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 14:42:44

    THE RACE…is truly a blessing to read, how it made me think….the darts are a true expression of the pain caused by sin and disobedience. It’s a great book, keep writing.

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  3. thepatterson6
    Apr 27, 2012 @ 10:42:33

    Well, I’ve recommended it to four people just this morning, so I’m doing my share. 🙂 (One of them was a college-aged young man whom I had the privilege of praying of this morning.)

    It was a great blessing. I love the way you personified Jesus, especially.

    Della, are you at all interested in mentoring younger writers? My son, Gable (15) is a gifted writer and he wrote an allegory this summer that really touched the youth at the summer camp I was speaking at. I have no idea if your schedule allows or if you’d be interested, but I’d love to have your opinion on it.

    Gable actually finished your book before I did and thought it was very good. His (short) book is called “Land of Laugher.” It’s about a disillusioned teenager whose father was killed in 9-11. He’s working his way through the darkness of that. It’s very rich and poetic, but I think it does a better job at depicting the darkness than the light — and Gable knows both. The end is wonderful, though. Anyway, just thought I’d ask. We believe it has a purpose and I just want to be faithful to getting it out.

    Back to the trilogy. We will be buying the other two and praying for you as you write. Are you making the camp meeting circuit?

    Blessings,

    Alicia

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  4. thepatterson6
    Apr 27, 2012 @ 08:05:01

    So glad to know you plan on a trilogy. I figured there’d at least be a sequel with the way you left Camille about to go to Big Sur!

    Anyway, I hardly have time to read books any more so glad my friend let my son borrow “The Race,” and I’m so glad I got the flu this week and had time to read it!

    Well done!

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    • Della Loredo
      Apr 27, 2012 @ 10:22:34

      I’m sorry to hear you’ve had the flu! I hope you’re feeling better now. But it sounds as if the Lord found a way to bless you even in illness. It’s amazing how He can use any situation to strengthen our walk with Him, isn’t it? I’m so grateful if He was able to use The Race in that way for you.

      Yes, the book did turn into a trilogy; it just seemed natural to follow Chris and see how he applies the lessons he learned in the race to real life. I wasn’t sure there would be enough interest to support three books, though. So I specifically wrote The Race so that it could be published as a stand-alone without the Epilogue if the publisher preferred that option. Since they didn’t, I’m thinking that’s a good sign, but they say it will depend on how well this book does. We’ll see …

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