#ChurchToo: How Purity Culture Upholds Abuse and How to Find Healing

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About the Author
Emily Joy Allison is a writer, poet, and yoga teacher. She holds a degree in philosophical theology and apologetics from Moody Bible Institute and is currently pursuing a Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School. In November 2017, as the #MeToo movement was going viral, Emily came forward with her own story of abuse at the hands of her church and launched the #ChurchToo movement overnight. She has been writing and speaking about religious sexualized violence and its theological underpinnings ever since. Emily lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Lyz Lenz has been published in the New York Times, Buzzfeed, Washington Post, the Guardian, ESPN, Marie Claire, Mashable, Salon, and more. She is the author of God Land: A Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America. She also has an essay in the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay. Lenz holds an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University and is a contributing writer to the Columbia Journalism Review.

"#Churchtoo is a timely resource for Christians and a much-needed contribution to the conversation about sexual ethics in the contemporary Church." --Sarah Bessey, author of the best-selling books Jesus Feminist and Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith

"This book asks the important questions, centers the stories and healing of survivors, and challenges us to reckon with the church systems and structures that have protected abusers for far too long." --Amena Brown, poet, author, and host of HER with Amena Brown podcast

"Understanding is power, and this book will put power back in the hands and bodies of so many who were damaged by purity culture." --Kevin Garcia, author of Bad Theology Kills; digital pastor, spiritual coach, and public theologian

"The 'polite' silence of American Christians around sexual assault is deafening to anyone who has been impacted by it. Emily Joy Allison shines a light on the church's failure to stand with victims." --Mike McHargue, author of Finding God in the Waves and You're a Miracle (and a Pain in the Ass)

"If you have been hurt by purity culture, #ChurchToo feels like an empathetic friend who has come to vanquish sexual shame. Do yourself a favor--read this and heal!" --Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers, author of Sex, God, and the Conservative Church

"Emily Joy Allison proves herself as a theologian of the highest order, expertly knitting biblical knowledge, historical reflection, cultural observation, hundreds of conversations and interviews with survivors, and her own intimate experience to narrate the rise of purity culture and its devastating effects." --Rev. Emmy Kegler, author of One Coin Found

"In #ChurchToo you'll find some of the deepest elements of our faith reassembled in a new form, stuck together with love and duct tape, beautiful and real." --Austen Hartke, author of Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians

"#ChurchToo finds us in trauma and points us toward healing. With Joy's redemptive storytelling and astute theological imagination as a guide, we can see the way forward." --Sara Moslener, PhD, author of Virgin Nation: Sexual Purity and American Adolescence and project director for The After Purity Project

"#ChurchToo is a compelling and well-argued case for rethinking how we talk about sexual ethics in Christian contexts." --Rev. Kira Austin-Young, Episcopal priest and author of Pro-Choice and Christian: Reconciling Faith, Politics, and Justice

"Emily Joy Allison is a necessary voice in the movement for confronting power and defending the marginalized from those in power who would abuse their position." --Dianna E. Anderson, author of Damaged Goods and Problematic

"#ChurchToo is as important as it is devastating and will be helpful for survivors, clergy, and laypeople alike." --Matthias Roberts, therapist and author of Beyond Shame: Creating a Healthy Sex Life on Your Own Terms

"Written with stunning vulnerability and radical empathy, #ChurchToo has the power to propel real change and to help more people find healing." --Becca Andrews, reporter at Mother Jones

"There is a tremendous amount of work to do to repair the personal, cultural, and structural harms of sexual violence, and #ChurchToo is a vital piece of that work." --Rev. Lyndsey Godwin, Assistant Director of the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality, Vanderbilt University Divinity School

"Tackling head-on the half-truths of purity culture and exposing the link to abuse, Allison leads us into the honest conversation pastors and parents must have if we want to do better for the next generation." --Abby Norman, author of You Can Talk to God Like That

"This is a must-read for churches seeking to provide sanctuary with good theology that promotes human flourishing." --Rev. Jes Kast, United Church of Christ pastor