Can’t Keep Quiet

I can’t keep quiet about my latest review of Ryan’s Father. The author of the review is Mark Buzzard whom I met up with during WhiteFire’s recent scavenger hunt.

Mark’s blog. 

 

Review of Ryan’s Father by Mark Buzzard

 I’d never heard of this author until last week. Another Christian fiction author was having a Christian fiction scavenger hunt online – they are fun, though I never win anything – and June was one of the authors participating. She was giving away a copy of this novel. so I entered to win and commented that I hoped to win it, as I also struggle with same-sex attractions as her main character in the book does. Next thing I know, she commented on my blog with an offer to review the book, which I took her up on.

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 writing:

  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.

The characters:

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.

The struggle:

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.

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