It is so affirming to see my book on this Top 100 list from Publishers Weekly! Here's the press release from the publisher, IVP. Thank you for reading and engaging with the important topic of sexual abuse in faith communities. … [Read more...] about THE #METOO RECKONING named one of the 5 Best Religion Books of 2020 by Publishers Weekly!
#2. Review by C. Christopher Smith at Englewood Review of Books on 5/17/17. from the review: 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. Purity-culture theology has … [Read more...] about Reviews of RUINED
#4. Review by Lois Sibley at Reviewing Religious Books (her blog) on 5/24/13. from the review: When Ruth Everhart was invited to participate in a ten-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land, she thought about it for awhile. As Presbyterian minister of a church in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, busy with … [Read more...] about Reviews of CHASING THE DIVINE IN THE HOLY LAND
A very personal essay about mothers and mortality. How can we celebrate Eastertide during a time of COVID-19? In the May 5, 2020 print edition of Christian Century, online here. … [Read more...] about What Language Can I Borrow?
#18. Review by Ann Byle at The Banner on 11/2/20. from the review: Stories taken from real life . . . are juxtaposed with biblical stories that highlight principles and examples that can help church leaders navigate the muddy waters of abuse and assault. Many of the examples—biblical and … [Read more...] about Reviews of THE #METOO RECKONING
My memoir, RUINED, was named Book of the Year 2017 by Christianity Today Women. … [Read more...] about Book of the Year 2017 by Christianity Today Women
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 Award of Excellence from ACP 2018
I had no idea that either of my essays had been submitted for an ACP award. I'm grateful to Christian Century for submitting A Pastor's MeToo Story?and to Sojourners for submitting Skin in the Game. Both publications received many awards and I am honored to be among them.?Here's the link to the full … [Read more...] about Award of Merit & Honorable Mention from ACP 2017
There are times when I feel sorry for myself, for having the particular story I have. You too? Sometimes I hate that I spent years writing it down. Why did I go through all that agony? Nobody really wants to write a rape memoir! Then I get a letter like this one, and my self-pity washes away, like … [Read more...] about Why I’m Glad I Wrote a Rape Memoir
Two months ago I wrote an Op-Ed for "Acts of Faith" at the Washington Post and conservative media slandered me. Since Breitbart is a cultural force and "truth" continues to be at issue, I decided to set out the facts for anyone who wonder what it's like to be falsely vilified by the media. Op-Ed in … [Read more...] about I Got Trolled by Breitbart
While I waited for my hair appointment, I chatted with two women over the magazines. They mentioned they were sisters, so I said, "How nice to make your hair a family affair." "It is nice, but it's not for a nice reason. Our mother died the other day." I felt surprised at this, and glanced at … [Read more...] about A Conversation with Strangers at the Hair Salon
When I was in seminary I was taught: Small churches are tough. You can't beat them to death with a stick! I believed that truism, and repeated it to others. Now I have fresh experience that allows me to see the backside of that truism, which is also true: Small churches are fragile. So far in my … [Read more...] about The Body of Christ is Both Tough & Fragile