Ryan's Father Paperback – January 15, 2014
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I have long wished a Christian author would write a book like this. I actually started to write one, but never finished it. I am going to review this in a slightly different manner, splitting the review up as I occasionally do into parts:
The book is well written, and I like the author's writing style. Sometimes with smaller publishing companies, the editing and writing aren't too great, but they are in this novel. Though not a suspense novel, I found myself engrossed in it as much as if it were.
If an author doesn't have likable and believable characters, the story can be a total loss. I found myself really liking the characters in Ryan's Father, and especially Ryan, who I could completely empathize with. Often characters in books are too perfect, but Ryan's flaws and struggles made him all the more likable.
I can personally attest what it is like to have this struggle. June did a masterful job of portraying the struggle and the anguish of a Christian wanting to do the right thing, yet gripped by desires they did not want or choose.
This is not a slam of the author, as she said the same thing at the end of the book: the speed of Ryan's deliverance from same-sex attractions to opposite sex attractions is unrealistic. Though many men have changed enough to be able to marry a woman and make it work, it rarely - if ever - happens as fast as it did in the book, and many never are able to achieve that.
It is getting harder and harder to be a Christian holding a Biblical view of sexuality, and it takes courage for an author to write a book like this. Not all will like it, and the author has already received some negative comments. I am one who appreciates this book a lot. It does not give an extensive look into what it is like to have this struggle, but it gives a good enough look that maybe Christians reading it will better understand what we go through who do have it.
I very much enjoyed this book, largely in part because I could so much identify with it, but the author did a great job of addressing this very difficult issue through the medium of Christian fiction. I most definitely recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review.
Ryan's Father deals with numerous social issues, including illegitimacy, alcohol abuse, abandon and homosexuality. Told with honesty and sensitivity Ryan's life is one of accomplishments and grave disappointments. The author employs a heavy Christian inspirational influence throughout this story of disappointment, heartache and remorse. Hope and faith are very strong points, and forgiveness is significant. Christian faith is the thread that Ryan clings to as life becomes more and more difficult.
Ryan's Father is a strong inspirational example of how an individual may respond when his world has been turned upside down in so many ways. Facing his homosexuality is significant to Ryan's story, with his church family and strong faith that literally bring him peace when waters are rough. If you enjoy Christian fiction with a very strong inspirational message throughout, this is definitely the book for you.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are mine alone, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.