The Nominee: A Novel
Available spring 2024
Matthew McAvoy’s surprising nomination to lead his Christian denomination is, at first, exhilaration — the apex of a career in ministry, education, and leadership. Soon, though, that joy is undercut when a member of the church calls attention to Matthew’s support for persons who are gay or lesbian. What follows is an eight-month ordeal, challenging Matthew and providing new awareness of what the gospel demands. But when the opposition becomes a threat, the story takes a sinister turn that involves not only Matthew but his whole family–and raises even more questions about the meaning of leadership in our age. Inspired by the author’s own story, The Nominee shows that places we think are refuges can be the most dangerous.