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December 2, 2013

Local authors release new books

NORTH JEFFERSON — Two local authors have newly-released books: One a Christian “personal growth” book by a man who recovered spiritually after having an affair, and the other a fiction “modern-day western” where a former Marine is suddenly tasked with running a 300,000-thousand-acre family ranch after his father dies.

The first book, “I Slept with Potiphar’s Wife” by Bobby Sutton of Gardendale, details Sutton’s depression, divorce, career change and, finally, his spiritual healing, after he had an affair while he was still pastor of a church.

Potiphar's wife is the woman in Genesis 39 who tries to get Joseph to go to bed with her while Joseph is a trusted servant in Egypt.

Joseph did not do it; he “fled and maintained his relationship with God,” Sutton wrote in the first chapter. “I did not. When I met the temptation I did not flee and I did not maintain my relationship with God.”

The incident shattered Sutton’s life for a while, along with his family. He wrote that it also disrupted the lives of those who attended his church as well as many others’ lives.

Sutton, former of Baton Rouge, La., had been married for 28 years when he had the affair; eight years later he and his wife were divorced.

However, he is now remarried and living in Gardendale.

“I’m trying to help other people by what I’ve gone through,” Sutton said. “They can be restored no matter how far they feel like they’ve gotten away from God. People don’t have to live under a cloud of condemnation.”

Sutton added that anybody can have a “Potiphar’s wife.”

“It does not have to be an affair,” he said. “After they’re born again, it can be something that is hidden but haunts them through life. Anytime they feel like they want be used of God, but it creeps up on them.”

The book is published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises LLC. The official release date is Jan. 14, but the paperback is available at tatepublishing.com for $9.99.

Sutton, who is involved with High Country Ministries, said he and his wife Darlene are willing to coach people in such situations.

For more information, reach them at (928) 707-0473 or at hcm35071@yahoo.com.

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