This week, we had the pleasure of sitting down with, Ruth Everhart, author of Ruined. Back in 1978, when she was a senior in college, Ruth’s life was forever changed when two armed intruders broke into the house she shared with her four roommates and took turns raping the girls at gunpoint. That evening started Ruth on an extraordinary emotional and spiritual journey that challenged everything she believed about God, faith, and forgiveness.
Kirkus Reviews calls it, “Forthright, compassionate, and expertly crafted—everything readers should want from a memoir,” and we couldn’t agree more! In fact, Ruth is such an accomplished storyteller, we were curious as to what type of writing most inspires her own.
What are 2-5 books that have impacted your life?
Growing up, I devoured books that fed my sense of adventure: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George, Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell, the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. As I got older I thrilled to the cosmic fight between good and evil. I would be captivated for weeks by long tomes: Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. (Oh to dive into such a lengthy book now!)
In graduate school I didn’t have time to read anything besides coursework. My mind was full to bursting all the time, stimulated by the gospel writers and the Apostle Paul, the prophets and the Psalmist, the writers of the Torah and the Johannine writer. Seminary is basically a very long Bible study.
Once I became a minister and a mother, I found comfort in fiction on a smaller scale, focused on hearth and relationship. A lot of the writers I enjoyed were named Anne or Elizabeth: Anna Quindlen, Elizabeth Berg, Anne Tyler, Elizabeth Stroud, Anne Patchett, Jane Hamilton, Marilyn Robinson, Anne Lamott.
About the Author . . . Ruth Everhart is an ordained Presbyterian pastor who has been serving the church for more than twenty-five years. A frequent speaker and blogger at RuthEverhart.com, Ruth and her husband currently live in the Washington DC area. Her memoir, Ruined, (Tyndale), will release August 2nd, 2016.