My Unpublished Chapter: Skin in the Game
One of the chapters in my memoir manuscript was pulled before publication because it mentions the “hot topic” of abortion. I was upset that the chapter was cut because it relates an important part of my story — the moment I decided to leave the church of my upbringing.
But eventually I understood that the publisher wanted to give my work its best chance. They knew their readers would be likely to boycott anything that was open to the possibility of abortion, even in the aftermath of sexual assault.
Now that my memoir has been out in the world for almost a year — wearing a sticker that says it won an award from the evangelical flagship, Christianity Today — it’s time to circle back to that missing chapter.
Sojourners, which is a Christian magazine from the progressive side of things (because there are many ways to be Christian), published the chapter as a stand-alone essay in their August issue. It’s titled “Skin in the Game.” Read it here.
Article in Times Union: “Sexual Violence Horrific”
I’m headed to Albany NY for the weekend, and wrote an article for their local paper. My original title was “Raped Perfectly” which alludes to a comment by Amy Schumer.
A Review at Journey with Jesus
I’ve been a fan of Debie Thomas’ writing since I read this article at the Christian Century last Christmas.
I am thrilled that she reviewed my memoir at Journey with Jesus. She writes: “Everhart’s memoir is brave and compelling — a testament to the power of grace to bring healing out of violence and trauma.”
From Shattered to Whole: a week of devotions at CT Women
Because April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (#SAAM) Christianity Today asked me to write a week of devotions (April 24-28) called: From Shattered to Whole: Trauma may wound us, but God can create beauty out of brokenness.
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.