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Michal Ann McArthur

Michal Ann McArthur fell in love with literary fiction at a young age and has always been an avid reader and storyteller.

After graduating with a BA in English, she went on to seminary to earn her MDiv. She devoted the next forty years of her life to theology and philosophy, wrestling with questions concerning the existence of God, epistemology, and the problem of evil. In conjunction with her teaching, she wrote and directed more than forty skits and plays performed in churches and wrote five women's Bible study books.

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"A moving, dynamic debut."

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Favorite author Harper Lee

Favorite book To Kill a Mockingbird

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Favorite line from a book "Atticus, he was real nice. . . . Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them."


Page count: 348pp

In McArthur’s introspective debut novel, a Christian woman undergoes a crisis as she struggles to make sense of her religion and her world.

In the 1960s, Alex Ferguson, a young woman attending a fundamentalist Christian university “in the heart of the still smoldering, largely segregated South,” finds that she is an outsider everywhere she goes. At home, she’s the only Christian in her family, having been “born again” in her teens; at school, she grapples with an ever-growing list of religious questions and doctrinal issues. As Alex attempts to deal with the death of her younger brother, the divorce of her parents, and her growing dissatisfaction with her school’s practices and views, she’s driven closer to a breakdown as visions and memories tumble into her waking life—or, possibly, to a breakthrough in her relationship with God. In this highly philosophical narrative, McArthur keeps readers firmly anchored in Alex’s complex, troubled outlook on the world. But despite the novel’s nearly exclusive focus on Alex, the narrative pace never flags. Although none of the other characters approach the level of Alex’s depth and dimensionality, McArthur presents enough information about them to make them come alive as real people instead of mere background. As a bonus, McArthur also manages, despite the largely cloistered setting, to salt the story with enough historical information to provide an engaging context for Alex’s struggles with the contradictions of her faith and her understanding of God’s demands. Overall, the author delivers an intriguing, multifaceted portrayal of Alex’s spiritual journey.

A moving, dynamic debut, centered on a strong woman of abiding faith.