by Dina Sleiman
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?
Yep, Ryan is struggling with homosexuality. The minute I saw the proposal for this book I knew it would be something very special--but also potentially volatile. This is such a sensitive subject right now. It is no longer politically correct for Christians to share what they really believe. Let's face it, Christians have made a lot of hurtful mistakes in addressing this issue. There are so many different opinions on it, and I certainly wouldn't want to hurt anyone who desired to break free from homosexuality in the past and failed.
But as I read this book, it indeed was something special. Ryan and Sandy's story was beautiful. I felt that given the circumstances and motivations, Ryan would be just the sort of man who might find lasting freedom and healing from homosexuality. And Sandy was just the sort of woman to help him get there. The romance is lovely and the redemptive message is incredibly powerful. June comes up with some of the most unique story premises I have ever seen. I really love that about her.
June, Roseanna, and I all worked very hard to get every word just right in Ryan's Father so that God's healing message would be delivered with love and grace. We didn't want to oversimplify matters. We didn't want to offer cliches. We are all very aware that some people will grapple with homosexuality their whole lives, that they might occasionally stumble, and even that they might come to different conclusions than we have. But we also didn't want to shy away from sharing the truth of God's word as we understand it.
If you have an interest in this subject, or if you want to enjoy a wonderful romance that will also challenge and bless you, I highly recommend that you check out Ryan's Father. Click here to find it on amazon.