All but Normal by Shawn Thornton audiobook

All but Normal: Life on Victory Road; A Memoir

By Shawn Thornton , with Joel Kilpatrick
Foreword by Joni Eareckson Tada
Afterword by Nick Vujicic
Read by Shawn Thornton

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9781496413932
7.23 Hours Unabridged
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Growing up, Shawn Thornton’s life was anything but normal—but then, so was his mother. After waking from a coma following a car crash, Beverly Thornton’s once sweet and gentle disposition had been replaced by violent mood swings, profanity-laced tirades, and uncontrollable fits of rage. Inside the Thornton house, floors and countertops were piled high with dirty laundry and garbage because Bev was unable to move well enough to clean. Dinners were a Russian roulette of half-cooked meat, spoiled milk, and foods well past their expiration dates. A moment of frustration might prompt her to hurl a knife at Shawn, his brother, Troy, or their dad or to vehemently cuss them out, only to shower them with love and affection moments later as though nothing had happened. And God help the family cat! On several occasions, Bev even tried to jump out of the car on the highway while Shawn and his brother struggled to keep her inside. Yet this same woman was also a devoted Bible reader, Sunday school teacher, and friend to the elderly, poor, and marginalized wherever she went. How the same woman could be a saint one minute and a nightmare the next was a constant source of frustration for the family. Then one day, after decades of embarrassing outbursts, a surprise discovery finally helped the Thornton family come to grips with Bev’s mysterious condition and bring Shawn to a startling realization that changed the course of his life forever. A heartwarming coming-of-age story, All but Normal is a powerful reminder that sometimes the “broken” people in our lives are the ones who need fixing the least.

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Growing up, Shawn Thornton’s life was anything but normal—but then, so was his mother.

After waking from a coma following a car crash, Beverly Thornton’s once sweet and gentle disposition had been replaced by violent mood swings, profanity-laced tirades, and uncontrollable fits of rage. Inside the Thornton house, floors and countertops were piled high with dirty laundry and garbage because Bev was unable to move well enough to clean. Dinners were a Russian roulette of half-cooked meat, spoiled milk, and foods well past their expiration dates. A moment of frustration might prompt her to hurl a knife at Shawn, his brother, Troy, or their dad or to vehemently cuss them out, only to shower them with love and affection moments later as though nothing had happened. And God help the family cat!

On several occasions, Bev even tried to jump out of the car on the highway while Shawn and his brother struggled to keep her inside. Yet this same woman was also a devoted Bible reader, Sunday school teacher, and friend to the elderly, poor, and marginalized wherever she went. How the same woman could be a saint one minute and a nightmare the next was a constant source of frustration for the family. Then one day, after decades of embarrassing outbursts, a surprise discovery finally helped the Thornton family come to grips with Bev’s mysterious condition and bring Shawn to a startling realization that changed the course of his life forever.

A heartwarming coming-of-age story, All but Normal is a powerful reminder that sometimes the “broken” people in our lives are the ones who need fixing the least.

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“A religious debut memoir that carefully brings an engaging, complex family to life.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Shawn Thornton

Author Bio: Shawn Thornton

Shawn Thornton grew up in Indiana. He received Christ in middle school and in his early teen years stood before the congregation to announce his availability for Christian ministry. At the age of thirty, he was invited to become the senior pastor of Bible Center Church in Charleston, West Virginia, a high-profile congregation in the state capital. Since 2008 he has served as senior pastor of Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, California, which now sees an attendance of about four thousand people each Sunday and minsters effectively to the community, the state, and beyond.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 7.23
Audience: Adult
Language: English