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Ghosted: A conversation with Nancy French

June 6, 2024 -

In this episode of the Denison Forum Podcast, Mark Turman sits down with Nancy French to discuss her newly released memoir, ‘Ghosted: An American Story.’ Nancy, a renowned ghostwriter whose work has landed five times on the New York Times bestseller list, opens up about her personal journey including the challenges behind ghostwriting for celebrities and her decision to finally share her own story.

The conversation delves into Nancy’s traumatic past marked by childhood abuse, her journey in understanding her faith, and the cultural and spiritual homelessness she has felt. They also explore her family life, including her husband’s transformative experience after military service and their adoption of a daughter from Ethiopia.

Nancy’s insights into the complexities of American politics, her change in perspective on patriotism, and the issues of sexual abuse within the church are eye-opening. This deeply engaging and inspiring discussion is a must-listen for anyone grappling with faith, trauma, and the search for identity in today’s tumultuous times.

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  • (01:45): Nancy’s Journey to Writing Her Memoir
  • (02:51): The Life of a Ghostwriter
  • (06:59): Nancy’s Early Life and Challenges
  • (10:06): Overcoming Trauma and Family Influence
  • (13:22): Nancy’s Faith Journey and Struggles with the Church
  • (16:39): Addressing Abuse and Accountability in the Church
  • (27:32): The Stigma Around the Term ‘Victim’
  • (30:18): Challenges in Addressing Sexual Abuse in the Church
  • (32:44): The Southern Baptist Convention’s Stance
  • (35:42): The Impact of War on Family and Faith
  • (37:27): Political Engagement and Personal Growth
  • (39:38): Reflections on Partisan Rhetoric
  • (44:24): Adoption and Divine Providence
  • (47:17): The Concept of Being ‘Holy Ghosted’


Episode Transcript (PDF)

Ghosted: An American Story

Nancy French’s Website

Book Review: In “Ghosted,” Nancy French shares her unique and compelling life story

About Nancy French

Nancy French is a five-time New York Times bestselling author. As a ghostwriter, she has written for a variety of people, from Sarah Palin to Kim Kardashian. As an investigative journalist, she uncovered sexual and spiritual abuse in America’s largest Christian camp. She lives in Franklin, Tennessee with her husband, journalist David French, and family.

About Dr. Mark Turman

Dr. Mark Turman is the Executive Director of Denison Forum and Vice President of Denison Ministries. Among his many duties, Turman is most notably the host of The Denison Forum Podcast. He is also the chief strategist for DF Pastors, which equips pastors and church leaders to understand and transform today’s culture.

About Denison Forum

Denison Forum exists to thoughtfully engage the issues of the day from a biblical perspective through The Daily Article email newsletter and podcast, The Denison Forum Podcast, as well as many books and additional resources.

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