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""It happened on a Sunday night, even though I'd been a good girl and gone to church that morning. ""One brisk November evening during her senior year at a small Midwestern Christian college, two armed intruders broke into the house Ruth Everhart shared with her roommates, held all five girls hostage, and took turns raping them at gunpoint. Reeling with fear, insecurity, and guilt, Ruth believed she was ruined, both physically and in the eyes of God. In the days and weeks that followed, Ruth struggled to come to grips with not only what happened that night but why. The same questions raced through her mind in an unrelenting loop--questions that would continue to haunt her for years to come: "Why me? Where was God? Why did God allow this to happen? What am I being punished for? "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.



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Ruth Everhart

Ruth Everhart is an author, speaker, and Presbyterian pastor. Her writing explores how religious beliefs shape the way we think about the lives of women. She is the author of three books: THE #MeToo RECKONING: Facing the Church's Complicity in Sexual Abuse and Misconduct (available January 2020) , the memoir RUINED (which was awarded "Book of the Year 2017" from Christianity Today Women) , and CHASING THE DIVINE IN THE HOLY LAND. She has also written for publications such as The Christian Century, Sojourners, and The Washington Post. You can find these articles, or contact her, at www.rutheverhart.com.



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