Ruined: a memoir (Tyndale House, 2016)

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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Audio version available at Audible.

There’s a free discussion guide online — consider it for your Book Club!

Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land (Eerdmans, 2012)

“Christians don’t like to read about the Holy Land — they only like to argue about it” — so I was told as I wrote my book. There’s enough truth in that comment to make me wince, yet the Holy Land is so much more than a source of political argument. It’s a real place with history, customs, and people groups. A pilgrim explores this “Land of the Holy One” with her whole body — she travels dusty roads, eats olives and hummus and ice cream, lights candles at ancient shrines, plunges into holy water, drinks wine and breaks bread, touches sacred stones, and sings at sites that hold the echoes of pilgrims past.

Whether you plan to renew your passport — or want to relive a pilgrimage you made years ago — or simply want to travel via the pages of my book — I hope you’ll become a pilgrim. You’ll discover that the Holy Land is more than the setting for an argument. Becoming a pilgrim will help you read the Bible with different eyes. It may even introduce you to the incarnate One.

Available in paperback and Kindle formats at Amazon.