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Ryan's Father
     

Ryan's Father

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by June Foster
 

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A Young Man at War with Himself

The rippling influence of Ryan Reid's less than moral mother and absent father left a mark on his soul. Yet everything changed when the young teacher gave his life to the Lord...almost everything.

An earthquake hurls the beautiful Sandy Arrington into his life, tossing his world upside down. But when God calls him to

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A Young Man at War with Himself

The rippling influence of Ryan Reid's less than moral mother and absent father left a mark on his soul. Yet everything changed when the young teacher gave his life to the Lord...almost everything.

An earthquake hurls the beautiful Sandy Arrington into his life, tossing his world upside down. But when God calls him to build an annex for needy teens at his church, he finds himself battling an attraction toward his male partner in the project. His own struggles and Sandy's growing feelings for him force Ryan to face the issue he's long buried.

Can he dig his way out from under his secret to find Sandy's love?

Editorial Reviews

Award-winning author - Christine Lindsay
I applaud June Foster’s novel that is full of insight from her experience as a Christian counselor. This is an emotional, dramatic, wholesome novel that is based—not on biased assumptions—but on fact coming out of the successful treatment of wounded individuals through Christ-centered counsel. Brava, June Foster.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781939023186
Publisher:
WhiteFire Publishing
Publication date:
01/15/2014
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)

Meet the Author

June Foster is a retired school teacher with a BA in Education and a MA in counseling. She writes full time and travels in her RV with her husband Joe. June loves to write stories about characters who overcome the issues in their lives by the power of God and His Word. June uses her training in counseling and her Christian beliefs in creating characters who find freedom to live godly lives.

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Ryan's Father 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this book I was afraid to read it. Why you ask? Because as at the age of 25 I am no stranger to the painful struggle of same sex attraction. So many times in the book Ryan's concerns and fears reminded me so much of myself I had to take a step back. At 25 I had mastered the art of suffering in silence. But after reading this book I realized that I needed to make some changes in my own life starting with honesty to my loved ones. I realized that there was hope at the end of the tunnel and that maybe just maybe God has a more amazing future for me than I could ever imagine. In the church those of us with this struggle often feel forgotten and misunderstood but Ms Foster if you ever read this I want to thank you for having the courage to broach a topic that many Christians fear God Bless You! You went where few have the courage to go and because of that you have given me courage to face my fears and pursue changes in my own life. The most important topic discussed was the issue of believing a lie because that's what it comes down to. Ryan's struggle is universal because it's about more than just SSA it's about spiritual warfare and that is something all Christians can relate to. I strongly encourage all of you reading to pick up this book and pass it around it's a story that needs to be told.
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
June Foster has done it again. She tackles difficult issues using a healthy dose of fiction. Whether you agree or not that homosexuality is a heartache, you will find yourself yearning for and cheering these young people who face greater difficulties than most of us will ever need to deal with.  Ryan Reid has a problem. Well, actually two. He has for years battled the attraction he feels not for women but for men. And now Sandy Arrington, the lovely young woman he helps during an earthquake, has fallen in love with him. The lie he's been living is coming home to eat him up. Even with God's help, the problems he faces endanger not just his peace of mind but also his job and his cherished friendships with Sandy and with Greg.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
This book is June's best work to date.  I have to say this book worried me, as a book with a super controversial subject, I just was not sure how this book would read.  I had faith that June would write a good story, but still I worried.  SHAME ON ME!!  What a beautiful story of love, Godliness, and redemption!  The characters in this book each have their flaws, and they each come face to face with owning their mistakes or fears.  These characters make you care.  You want the "happy ever after" ending.  You want the dreams fulfilled.  Does that happen?  You just need to read Ryan's Father to find out.   I personally purchased this book, so no review was required from me. The opinions I am expressing are my own.  I have no trouble giving this book 5 stars.  And it will definitely top my favorite list for releases of 2014. 
AKMcGowan More than 1 year ago
Ryan’s Father deals with the culturally challenging subject of sexual sin, homosexuality and our own brokenness and inability to overcome sin without the help and healing of Jesus. June Foster did an excellent job of allowing Ryan’s character to discover the truths and lies of his life as he walked the paths of his faith. I never felt preached at, even though the Christian world-view is very apparent. The author did well to point out that healing for some is fast, but for others is a daily submissiveness to God in putting their burdens and temptations at Jesus feet. We should not despair, but always go to the One who promises never to leave us, nor forsake us. The struggles and longings between Ryan, Sandy and the Lord are palpable—dealing with issues of trust and healing on many levels. The author never paints a rosy, simplistic picture, but faces the temptations of sexual sin head on. She clearly relates that sex inside the bounds of a covenant marriage with God is a beautiful and good thing—but that outside of this is wrong. No words are minced and no punches pulled in this compassion-filled, challenging story, but as in life, the healing love of Christ is always there for the reader to turn to. Highly recommended.
lilredhenJP More than 1 year ago
I had difficulty deciding how to rate this book, after reading it.  I've put off reviewing, and kept searching my concience, hoping that an idea would come to me.   Finally, in desperation, I contacted a friend, and she gave me some great advice. Ryan has an attraction to someone of the same sex, he's a christian, and he doesn't act on his feelings, but they are still there.  I think we all know someone who doesn't quite fit the 'perfect mold' in fact a lot of someones, all of us. June Foster did a good job of telling this difficult story, without making you feel  bad, sorry, or angry, at any of the people involved.  She made it believable and the characters all work together, to tell this story well.  So you don't like the subject matter, then you need to put your flaws in that plaace, where Ryan's flaws are placed.  Then sit down, open your Bible, and understand that  we are all sinnners, working to become better people I was given a copy of this book by the author, to read and review.  She knew she was treading on a subject that might disturb some people, but she didn't ask to read my review before I posted it.  All opinions expressed here are my own, and I was given no other compensation for my opinions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago