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INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
Saturday, March 15, 2014 by Patti Shene

Featured Book:  Ryan’s Father

Author:  June Foster

Publisher:  WhiteFire Publishing

Series or stand alone:  stand alone

Target age:  late teen to adult men & women

 

JUNE IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY (PRINT OR EBOOK) OF RYAN’S FATHER. CHECK BELOW TO SEE HOW TO ENTER TO WIN.

 

I am excited to welcome author June Foster to Patti’s Porch. June, I have a few questions for you about the dificult subject you tackled in Ryan's Father.

Is there a story behind Ryan's Father?

Yes, when my daughter was in high school, she and a neighbor boy joined me for morning Bible study and prayer before school. The sweet boy attended our church and loved the Lord. My heart went out to him once when he called me aside and asked if he could talk to me. He confessed that he had feelings for another boy in our church and needed to know my thoughts. The young fellow was being raised by a busy father and no mother, so I felt honored he sought me out. However, at the time I didn't know what to say to him except for what the Bible states. Homosexuality is not in God's perfect plan for humans. Years later when I began to write fiction, the memory revisited me, and I wrote a story centered around this subject. Thus Ryan's Father.

Homosexuality is widely accepted today—even in the United States. What grounds do you have to restrict another person from living the lifestyle they prefer?

My premise for Ryan's Father is based on the Word of God. If we look carefully in the books of Romans and Leviticus, we see that homosexual relations are not pleasing to Him, though some people twist these passages, interpreting them to say what they'd like to hear. In no way am I trying to tell others how to live their lives. I wrote this book solely for those who desire to leave the lifestyle.

What about people who are born gay?

I'd like to begin by asking the question, "Why would God make someone gay if it's against His will?" In the book of Genesis, God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply. This is something a gay couple is incapable of.

I realize that some may have a predisposition toward homosexuality. But because a person is born with a predisposition to anger doesn't mean he should commit murder. Or like me, with a legacy of alcoholism. Though I struggled for many years, God set me free, and I don't have to practice alcoholism.

Is homosexuality a sin?

I believe it is because it is expressly forbidden. In 1Corinthians 6:9, the practice is lumped together with adulterers, thieves, drunkards, slanderers and swindlers. Help! I fall into a couple of those categories, too.  But Christ died for all sin and wants to forgive us. Homosexuality is no worse than murder, adultery, lying, gossiping. When a person falls on God's grace and believes Jesus died for his sins, he will be forgiven and can expect an eternity with the Lord.

Does that mean if someone wants to leave the lifestyle and receives Jesus as Savior, they will be instantly changed?

Far from it. At the end of Ryan's Father, in my note from the author, I write that Ryan's story is fictional, including the passage of time. I'm not so naive to believe freedom could happen with one decision or a counseling session. But in time, God can draw us out of that pit of deception, but only if we first call on Jesus Christ for salvation. Then God's infinite power, peace, and truth can permeated our lives. Homosexuality is a devious, deceptive lie of the enemy. But if God can change the alcoholic, the self-centered person, the gossip, the liar, the person addicted to porn, or any other sin I can name, He can bring freedom to that precious person struggling with same sex attraction.

Are you homophobic?

By no means. I have a person in my family who is a practicing lesbian. I love gay people and want to accept them with open arms. I'm as much a sinner as any homosexual, thief, or glutton. I'd welcome him/her in my church in a heartbeat.  

Does God have a plan for our lives?

Yes, for sure. I'd love to see many find that purpose. When a person lives a homosexual lifestyle, I don't believe they are experiencing God's best. I want to see others set free. Frankly, I question whether a person in a gay relationship is truly happy, but only the individual can answer that question. My prayer is that all who read Ryan's Father will find a path to that plan and freedom in Christ.

Where can readers purchase Ryan's Father?

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Books A Million

Book Cover Blurb for Ryan's Father:

Ryan Reid is a first-grade teacher anVd a Christian with a heart for neglected kids, but a chance encounter during an earthquake with Sandy Arrington, a beautiful young nurse, rocks Ryan’s carefully guarded world and unearths the secret he has held deep in his heart. Though Sandy falls in love with him, Ryan’s forbidden affections lie elsewhere, and he must depend on the Lord to see him through a battle he always hoped he’d never have to face.

LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A COPY OF RYAN’S FATHER BETWEEN NOW AND FRIDAY, MARCH 28TH AT MIDNIGHT MST. DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE YOUR CONTACT EMAIL SO YOU CAN BE NOTIFIED IF YOU WIN!

June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in Education and a MA in counseling. June has written four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing. The Bellewood Series, Give Us This Day – February 1, 2012, As We Forgive – September 1, 2012, Deliver Us – April 1, 2013, and Hometown Fourth of July – July 1, 2012. June's book, Ryan's Father, is available from WhiteFire Publishing January 2014. For All Eternity, Red and the Wolf, and Misty Hollow, God willing, will be published in the near future. 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.

 

 


Comments

Patti shene From Colorado At 3/22/2014 11:00:09 PM

Thank you for stopping by, Brook! I appreciate the compliment as well.

Brook Hamby Lohmeier From iowa At 3/22/2014 10:29:27 PM

Looks good! I also love the layout of the blog.

Patti shene From Colorado At 3/15/2014 7:45:53 PM

Thank you for stopping by, Ladette.

Ladette From Savannah At 3/15/2014 5:58:11 PM

Wow, looks like a great read June!! Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!!

Patti Shene From Colorado At 3/15/2014 4:10:35 PM

I'm honored to have you, June!

June Foster From AL At 3/15/2014 3:37:24 PM

Pat, thanks so much for allowing me to talk about Ryan's Father today on your lovely blog. I welcome any questions from readers.

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WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR LEE CARVER
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WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
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WELCOME AUTHOR MARIAN MERRITT
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WELCOME AUTHOR AMBER STOCKTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
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WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
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AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
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WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
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WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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BY THE NUMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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8/30/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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SITTING IDLE
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It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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6/20/2014

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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4/19/2014

PLAY BALL!
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JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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3/22/2014

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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3/19/2014

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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3/13/2014

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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3/8/2014

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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3/1/2014

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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2/22/2014

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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2/15/2014

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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2/12/2014

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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A Matter of Perspective
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Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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1/25/2014

Monopoly!
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1/21/2014

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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1/17/2014

What Did You Mean By That?
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1/14/2014

Wildlife Video
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1/10/2014

My Best Reads of 2013
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The Dumbest Kid in School
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Good-bye to 2013
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1/1/2014

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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One Spectacular Christmas Display
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Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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Shared Experience
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Facing the Monster
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Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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I'll Be Happy When...
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5/14/2013

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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I Can't Do This!
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5/2/2013

BREAKING THE RULES
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4/28/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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Vulnerability to Fear
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Faith and Fear
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4/15/2013

Those Temporary Interruptions
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2/21/2013

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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Taking Stock
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Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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Winter - Bah Humbug!
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1/22/2013

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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1/12/2013

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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1/9/2013

The last Day of the Christmas Season
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1/5/2013

Accountability in the Extreme
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The day after Christmas
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It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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12/12/2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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News From Nashville & Beyond
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Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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Welcome Home!
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11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
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Going Home
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11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
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Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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11/13/2012

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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