- “Ruined” by Ruth Everhart
- Christian Memoir
- Read as an ebook
- 4/5 stars
- Finished December 22, 2017
“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.
One of the questions we all have, but also are afraid to ask is “Why God? Where were you?” and I really like books that tackle this question. I don’t want an answer because all of us have different stories but I like to read about what people have been through and how they dealt with the aftermath and the questions that come from this.
Ruth Everhart went through hell, literally. In college, her home was burglarized and she was raped for no other reason than her Zodiac sign. She went to a conservative Christian school and had to deal with the aftermath of all the shame and questions that came with that. The book begins with her attack, so if this is a topic that is very triggering you might want to avoid it. However, the story continues in chronological order of the aftermath. The hospital, when the girls went their own separate ways and dating beyond that. I didn’t want to put this book down, Ruth’s writing made it feel like I was sitting down with an old friend
Although this book is marketed as a Christian Memoir, and it absolutely is, I think it could easily be enjoyed by people who aren’t Christian if they’re interested in how people use their faith to deal with moments of crisis. I love that the author is pro-choice and pro-GLBTQIA (at least this is what I understand from what I saw on her website). I really enjoyed learning about another persons experience with life in this book and tore through it.
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