The #metoo Reckoning: Facing the Church's Complicity in Sexual Abuse and Misconduct
This book is primarily about how the church handles (and sadly, helps) sexual abuse cases, particularly those that happen at/in the church by church leaders. Everhart pulls from both previous experiences (and testimonies from others) and scripture as she intertwines them. Her thoughts on the story of Tamar and Bathsheba are both worth the cost ...more
What courage for the author to tackle such a sensitive topic, and shed light into the dark places.
In a time where the church and evangelical Christianity want to label the #MeToo movement as
a leftist sociopolitical stance, Ruth Everhart brings to the forefront of the conversation just how
complicit the church is in allowing our safest spaces to become a breeding ground for predators.
If this sounds like an indictment against the ...more
This should be required reading for all seminarians, pastors, denominational leaders, and really anyone in a position of church leadership (lay or ordained, volunteer or staff).
I cannot imagine a more excellent handling of a more devastating topic.
"Individual bodies can't heal until they receive a diagnosis. Likewise, the body of Christ can't heal until it learns what is making it sick. With bold storytelling and deep engagement with the biblical text, Ruth Everhart diagnoses the unchecked power, patriarchy, and shallow forms of forgiveness that plague many Christian communities grappling with abuse. She also points to the cure: a better, more biblical practice of justice for ...more
Ruth rightly frames this book within the context of patriarchal norms and beliefs that declare women less than. She is correct when she insists no complementarian construction of man as a head and woman as sidekick can embody genuine equality. It is this way of ...more
I was a little skeptical about reading this, as a victim like so many women I tend to stay away from these books because they either trigger me or trigger some depressive episode. This book actually did the opposite. I wanted to applaud the fact that she chose to take on such a subject and give some light on things such as "grooming"
Alot of people are not aware that there is ...more
Ruth structures the chapters such that she introduce a narrative followed by a Biblical passage fitting to the theme of the narraitive. Ruth' covering of different passages exigetical ...more
As movie executive Harvey Weinstein seeks a change of venue for his rape trial in New York City, the #MeToo movement is on everyone’s mind again. People of faith may shake their heads and ask, “How low can men like Weinstein go?”
But people of faith may want to look at themselves, as well. Not just the Roman Catholic Church and the Southern Baptists. As Ruth Everhart’s new book, The #MeToo Reckoning: Facing the Church’s Complicity in Sexual Abuse and Misconduct, shows,...more
Everhart is passionate around wanting to see churches become safe spaces where victims can come forward and experience ...more
Reverend Everhart begins with the story of Tamar’s rape (2 Samuel). She retells Tamar’s story and gives the reader literary and historical context to better understand what happened to Tamar, and what it meant in a world that valued women as property. ...more
I'm chewing on the good word that the discipleship model for our age needs to be one that welcomes and protects the "little ones" in our midst, understanding that "little ones" includes anyone who is vulnerable. I've read Matthew 10 many times, yet never considered how Jesus was teaching ...more
Her use ...more
Facing the Church’s Complicity in Sexual Abuse and Misconduct
by Ruth Everhart
Pub Date 14 Jan 2020
I am reviewing a copy of The #MeToo Reckoning through Intervarsity Press and Netgalley:
In this book we are reminded that victims of sexual assault are crying out for justice. And that their voices have been amplified by the #Metoo movement, which is passing through the culture like a freight train.
The phrase #Metoo as relating to the movement ...more
The book is not a sociological exploration or explanation of sexual abuse. It is not a risk-management guide for congregations (although there is a useful chapter on what churches can do to improve). It is not an appeal for women to be more chaste and men to be more chivalrous. It is an unflinching look at a pervasive and detestable virus that ...more
The best summary of her thesis and call for systemic ...more
It's full of quotable moments; here’s just one:
"All lamentation, including that found in Scripture, does ...more
The MeToo Reckoning is a book that is needed today, not just for those who have been hurt by the church, but also for those want their eyes open to the injustice that is happening to people today.
I graciously received an ...more
I cannot say strongly enough how grateful I am for Ruth's commitment to ...more
Buy this book and read it and share it and talk about it. Let's change the way we listen to each other.
I cannot imagine a more effective or timely book on this topic; I hope many, many Christian leaders will read this and take it to heart.