Review of RUINED at the Christian Century
So happy to share Bromleigh McCleneghan’s very thorough review of my memoir at the Christian Century. I especially appreciate how she puts my experience into a larger cultural context: Though the context of Everhart’s rape and its racial dynamics are unusual, the fact of it is not. Approximately one in five American women will be raped or otherwise sexually assaulted in their lifetime; the risk is even higher within some demographics. This reality is reason enough for clergy to read this book. Read the whole review here.
A Reader Who Has Grappled with My Memoir
I love engaging with my readers! This reader asked me a few questions, which I attempted to answer. Check out her review at Anne E. Phillips.
Ask the Matriarch: A Church Visitor at a Small Church
I’m a member of the RevGalBlogPals, an online community that supports clergywoman. Because I’ve been in ministry for more than a decade (more than two decades, shhh) I bear the esteemed title of “matriarch.” Which I wear with pride! Today’s feature was an advice column that asked an interesting question about a church visitor. Any member or leader of a small church knows how exciting visitors can be! Click over to read the question and three answers. The answers vary tremendously. What would your response be? This one is tagged Leading the Small Church.
Review of RUINED at the Englewood Review of Books
So pleased to tell you that Englewood Review of Books reviewed my memoir. What a great first line: What I love most about this memoir is that it is a gift, primarily for her daughters, but by extension to other young women and ultimately Christian culture in general. You can read the whole thing here. Thanks ERB!
Interviewed in Washington Post
Jim Barnes interviewed me for the Washington Post: Loudoun woman’s memoir tells of how a violent crime shook her religious faith.
Review of RUINED at The Banner, magazine of the CRC
“The Banner” is the denominational magazine of the Christian Reformed Church. A review of my memoir is here.
“Ruined” named a “2017 Book of the Year” by Christianity Today
Friends, I’m so happy to share this news! RUINED has been named a “2017 Book of the Year” by Christianity Today. Thank you to everyone who has read the book, or listened to it, and shared it with others. You are the ones who are making this book have an impact!
“Ruined” listed at Christianity Today’s “21 Books Worth Giving as Christmas Gifts”
So tickled to be in illustrious company at Christianity Today’s 21 Books Worth Giving as Christmas Gifts.
Books DO make great gifts — I know I have fun picking out titles for my loved ones every year. What books are you giving, and why?
Review in Presbyterian Outlook
Rev. Rachel Landers Vaagenes, pastor of Georgetown Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. reviewed RUINED for the Presbyterian Outlook.
Rising from the Ruins: review by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew
I especially cherish this review from Bearings, the magazine of Collegeville Institute. I wrote so many of the the most difficult pages of this memoir while at weeklong workshops during the summers of 2012 and 2013. I’m grateful to be part of that writing community.