Told with candor and unflinching honesty, RUINED is an extraordinary emotional and spiritual journey that begins with an unspeakable act of violence but ends with tremendous healing and profound spiritual insights about faith, forgiveness, and the will of God.
Everhart is at her best when dismantling the sexism that surrounds rape. . . a touching and empowering story of healing. ~ PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, a starred review
Riveting. . . . Forthright, compassionate, and expertly crafted—everything readers should want from a memoir. ~ KIRKUS REVIEWS, a starred review
Ruined is one of those memoirs that sticks to your heart, helps you understand the power of a story, and gives you a framework to understand God when terrible things happen. Honest and beautifully written, Ruth’s story will help readers discover the love of God in unexpected ways. ~ MARY DEMUTH, author of WORTH LIVING
Many levels of excellent writing are skillfully woven into this memoir. It is far more than just a moving narrative by a remarkable person (although it is that). It is a story of lived theology: everything that has to do with God and the Gospel written in the language of everyday suffering, pain and blessing and love. Rape and shame, friendship and family find their place on these pages providing witness to a mature lived faith. ~ EUGENE PETERSON
Mostly I wish this book never needed to be written. But it did, it was, and it’s powerful. With heart-wrenching honesty and a refusal to leave the chaos, Ruth Everhart shows us the raw courage necessary to emerge both wounded and healed. Alternating between fury, hurt, fear, and rage, we journey with her to find God and her way back to life. ~ NANCY ORTBERG, author of LOOKING FOR GOD and SEEING IN THE DARK
RUINED was named a “2017 Book of the Year” by Christianity Today (CT Women).
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