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Speaking out was not something Ms. Wyatt did lightly. “I’m really taking a risk here. My dad was so great to support me. But for the most part, these are things that people in Christian circles don’t really want to talk about,” she said.

An initial reception for the book at Gateway Church drew an enthusiastic crowd, Ms. Wyatt said. If the book attracts a large audience, it may well spark a national conversation.

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