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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 grew up in a conservative, churchy subculture until a traumatic event catapulted her into a new life. She was relieved to discover that she could be furious about outrageous things and still love Jesus! Now a Presbyterian pastor, she serves a church in Bethesda, MD.

Her two books are both spiritual memoirs about pivotal events.

RUINED tells her story of rape at gunpoint and her decade-long journey to recover from shame.

CHASING THE DIVINE IN THE HOLY LAND traces her faith transformation as a pilgrim in Israel and Palestine.

Besides writing and reading, Ruth's favorite things include walking in the woods, eating her husband's cooking, and watching live performances.

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