Hi @candide !
I have not yet written this novel, but one of the stories of my heart is about young people hurt very seriously by the church, inspired by things I’ve witnessed and heard about in the past couple years. So I’m not sure if I have any real advice to give on the topic, but I’m really excited that someone is writing and thinking about similar themes.
I guess maybe consider if your character is disappointed in the church, God, or both. How have others in the church reacted to him? Is he still in the church, or has he left it? How has he responded spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and relationally?
I hope this helps, and I’d love to read your story when you write it!
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