Act Normal: Memoir of a Stumbling Block

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A horrifying and hopeful true story that holds Christian culture accountable for the ways it objectifies, vilifies, and sacrifices its daughters.

Eighteen-year-old Kristy has a stalker who sits three pews behind her every Sunday morning.

She expects her beloved church family to rally around her, but her fundamentalist church council is dismissive.

As her stalker’s erratic behavior escalates toward a promised Old Testament-style execution, and church members continue to shelter him, she must make a choice: submit to the point of being murdered or leave everything behind to build a new life—and faith—from scratch.

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Early Praise

If the church accuses us of lying when we speak the truth, how can we trust the church to tell us the truth about God?

With razor-sharp humour and compelling narrative, Act Normal is the most gripping memoir I’ve read in a long time. I meant to only read one chapter, but hours later I was still hooked, and I ssshed my family until it reached its poignant and inspiring conclusion.

Not merely a thriller about being stalked, Act Normal raises important questions on the church, feminine sexuality—and most challengingly, how to be a peacemaker in a violent world when it comes at great cost.

Read it immediately: you’ll devour it quickly, but it will stay with you for a long time.

—Tanya Marlow, Thorns and Gold, author of Those Who Wait: Finding God In Disappointment, Doubt, And Delay


It is, all at the same time, disturbing and delightful, frightening and funny, horrifying and hilarious.

It is a book that unmasks the “norms” of typical American Evangelical Christian “churchhood,” and calls us to be aware of the dangers which lie beneath the calm surface of our established religious routines and habits.

Kenneth N. Myers, author of Salvation (And How We Got It Wrong) and Look At Us: What Life, Love, & Loss Taught Me About Romance

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