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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 a Presbyterian pastor and the award-winning author of two spiritual memoirs. RUINED (Tyndale, 2016) was awarded a "2017 Book Award" by Christianity Today -- meaning that it is "one of the books most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture. "CHASING THE DIVINE IN THE HOLY LAND (Eerdmans, 2012) takes the reader along on Ruth's two week pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine. Rev. Everhart is the pastor of Hermon Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD. She and her husband have two grown children. To Ruth, the best ending to a word-filled day is a walk in the woods.

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