"Where the Red Fern Grows" Wilson Rawls is the author of Where the Red Fern Grows. Religion, God, and spirituality play a role in this book that is hidden by the main storyline but can found if you really read in it carefully. Choices were made in the book that shows how religious they really are. These people are good people but poor. An example of how religion, God, and spirituality plays a role in this book would be: "It's strange indeed how memories can lie dormant in a man's mind for so many years. Yet those memories can be awakened and brought forth fresh and new, just by something you've seen, or something you've heard, or the sight of an old familiar face." Billy is saying how no matter the circumstances are you will always remember the main memories of life. Billy was a poor boy that needed money for two hunting hounds. He has a good heart but a poor man. Billy could have stole money for the hounds but he didn't. He made his money from scratch. The book didn't really come out and say that they were religious but the way his family was you could tell that they are religious. The choices they made influences the life's of these people such as buying the hounds with the money they made and not by stealing. The choices they made show the real side of Billy and his family.