Drawing on her history as a survivor and her passion for scripture, Ruth’s new book weaves together current stories of abuse with biblical narratives: The #MeToo Reckoning: Facing the Church’s Complicity in Sexual Abuse and Misconduct.
Ruth has been writing about sexual abuse and faith since 2012, when she began her memoir, Ruined, which tells her deeply personal story of being raped at gunpoint at age 20, and her decade-long journey to build a new faith. That memoir was named 2017 Book of the Year by Christianity Today Women. The stories that surfaced in response to that book, along with the shifts in our culture as the #MeToo movement took hold, spurred her to continue exploring this subject.
In the past 18 months she has written two cover stories for Christian Century and an essay at Sojourners, all of which won awards from Associated Church Press. She also wrote an op-ed about sexual purity for The Washington Post in December 2016. Breitbart spoofed the article, making it go viral. Find links to these and more than a dozen others at the Articles tab.
Ruth’s first book was a memoir spanning a transformative two-week journey. Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land takes the reader along on her pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine — traveling through both outer terrain and inner questions.
A graduate of Calvin College and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Ruth has served Presbyterian (PCUSA) churches for more than 20 years, with stops in upstate New York, central Illinois, Maryland and Washington, DC. She now travels widely to speak at churches, conferences and retreats.
Ruth lives near Washington, DC with her husband, Doug, a sixth grade Science teacher. They have two daughters, Hannah and Clara. Besides writing and reading, her favorite things include walking in the woods and watching live performances of all kinds, mostly theater.
Yes, she has a cat. Cat ownership is mandatory for writers.