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
“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, author of many books, including The Message
“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 Thin Places and We Too: How the Church Can Respond Redemptively to the Sexual Abuse Crisis
“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 Seeing in the Dark and other books
“I first read this powerful and extremely well-written book over a year ago and thought then that it was both timely and timeless. Now, with the rise of the “Me Too” movement in our country, Ruth’s candid memoir is even more timely and important as a vehicle for engaging in a conversation about the prevalence of sexual abuse and rape in our culture and the theological questions it raises for individuals and for faith communities.”
~ CAROLYN GROHMAN, retired pastor