My Unpublished Chapter: Skin in the Game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.

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.

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!

“Ruined: a memoir”

Awarded a "2017 Book Award" by Christianity Today -- CT Women

This is what pastor/scholar/author Eugene Peterson said about my book:

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!

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The Virgin Mary & Me

in the Washington Post, "Acts of Faith"

I have an article up at the Washington Post today, in the “Acts of Faith” section. It has a long title: Our culture of purity celebrates the Virgin Mary. As a rape victim, that hurts me.

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“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!