So honored to share news of an award from the Associated Church Press! My August 2018 cover story for The Christian Century, Women of the Bible Say #MeToo, received an Award of Excellence (gold) in the category of "Bible Resource." Last year I received two awards from ACP, both in the … [Read more...] about Sharing Good News
I wrote this article for Outreach magazine in July 2016 -- and it's still true. … [Read more...] about 5 Ways the Church Hurts Victims of Sexual Violence
Join us for a night with Ruth Everhart, author and Calvin Alumni. Ruth will be discussing her book Ruined, the 2017 Christianity Today book of the year in the memoir division. Come to the Neland Activity Center (lower level of the church) to hear her explain why we are not what happens to us. Click … [Read more...] about Author Event for “Ruined”
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. … [Read more...] about Unusually Thorough Review of “Ruined”
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 … [Read more...] about Resource for Discussion of “Ruined”
What a treat to spend an hour in conversation with Michelle McKormick! We hardly stopped for a breath -- there's not even a station break. Michelle is dynamic, curious, and a people-lover -- exactly what a radio host needs to be. "Sound Off West Michigan" is on WJRW 1340 AM in Grand Rapids -- the … [Read more...] about My Hour Long Interview with Michelle McKormick
I took some time to respond to the #MeToo movement. I decided to focus on contempt and gender inequality in the church. You can read it over at Sojourners: I Am a Pastor and Rape Survivor. #MeToo Is an Opportunity for the Church. … [Read more...] about #MeToo Is an Opportunity for the Church
Everyone has to leave home eventually (although I do know one fella who never did, he just outlived his parents!). Perhaps what differs is the manner in which we leave. What was it like when you left home? Did you launch happily, feeling supported and connected, or did you burn rubber on your way … [Read more...] about Can You Go Home Again?
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 … [Read more...] about “Ruined: a memoir”
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. … [Read more...] about The Virgin Mary & Me
On Sunday, Oct 30, the saints at Vienna Presbyterian Church hosted an author event called Vicious Rape, Unstoppable Redemption. I am so grateful to everyone who put their heart and soul into this event, especially Sue Hamblen, the Director of Missions, and Sally Mitchell, the Bookstore Manager, and … [Read more...] about Vicious Rape, Unstoppable Redemption
As many of you may already know, my 90 year old father passed away on Father's Day. He was elderly, but relatively healthy. His final illness spanned only 10 days. This summer has been a precious time -- time outside of time -- as I stay with my mother and we all get used to living without … [Read more...] about Why Write a Memoir?