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A Feature Review of 

Ruined: A Memoir
Ruth Everhart

Paperback: Tyndale House, 2016
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Reviewed by Jasmine Smart
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 real-world, damaging  consequences, and Ruth Everhart has an insightful lens in which she explores those consequences: through her personal journey wrestling with the traumatic events that happened to her,  and the way her theology held up to those events and community responded.

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Staying Awake.

A review of

Chasing The Divine In The Holy Land

Ruth Everhart

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2012.
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Reviewed by Michelle Van Loon


When I asked a veteran traveler for advice just before my husband and I took our first trip to Israel, he said, “Make sure you stay awake.” Though he was offering me a suggestion about how to circumvent jet lag, his words spoke to our entire travel experience. Travel pushes us to be awake and to be present to each moment in ways that our everyday workaday lives often do not.


Pilgrimage transforms those present-in-the-moment travel experiences into a quest to touch the eternal. My husband and I have been to Israel five times in the last four years, and each trip has been an awakening. Though we were there for ministry-related meetings, each trip was pilgrimage for us. I suspect few travel to the Holy Land without becoming pilgrims during the journey, even if they board the plane planning simply to be tourists.

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