I neglected to link this review earlier, perhaps because I was feeling shy. It is humbling to have one’s work be praised by someone like Byron Borger, who reads and reviews lots of books. His very thorough review is here.
I just discovered this very thorough review and analysis of my memoir “Ruined” written by Tammy Wiens for UKirk. It’s geared to young adults but would be helpful for any book group.
There’s also a free Discussion Guide which Tyndale House put together. (Click “Show More” under “Related Sites & Resources” to find it.)
Remember that I’m happy to FaceTime with your group. Without readers, writers don’t exist, so readers make my world go ’round!
A Review of “Ruined” 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.”
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.
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!
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.
This memoir 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.
Click over to Amazon to read many more kind words, including 130 reviews by readers like you.
You can buy the book at a bookstore or online retailer. An audio version is available.
PS: See the sticker? RUINED was awarded a 2017 Book Award by Christianity Today!
“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!