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I asked the question more than once: “What makes this book so powerful?” My first response is that it is the combination of the author’s honest retelling of her story with compelling stories from scripture, and the stories of other churches and individuals who have experienced sexual abuse and misconduct. Rev. Everhart begins by telling two stories: she recaps the story she shared in her book “Ruined,” about how she and other members of her household were raped at gunpoint when she was in college. Then she tells a story from her first call as a young pastor, of the unwelcome attention and abuse from her senior colleague. These two stories she weaves together with the Biblical story of Tamar, the daughter of King David, who was raped by her half-brother Amnon, and whose call for justice went unanswered. In The #MeToo Reckoning Rev. Everhart explicates the biblical text and the questions it raises, as well as the questions in her own experiences in and with the church.
Her use of Biblical texts is also powerful. Not only does she use expected texts like the rape of Tamar in 2 Samuel 13, and the story of David and Bathsheba, she also uses the story of the hemorrhaging woman and the parable of the persistent widow, Paul’s metaphor of the church as a body in first Corinthians 12, and Jesus’ advocacy of care for the little ones in Matthew 10.
- from our review by Diane Roth
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