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The #MeToo Reckoning: Facing the Church's Complicity in Sexual Abuse and Misconduct

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The #MeToo movement has revealed sexual abuse and assault in every sphere of society, including the church. But victims are routinely ignored by fellow Christians who deny their accounts and fail to bring accountability to the perpetrators. All too often, churches have been complicit in protecting abusers, reinforcing patriarchal power dynamics, and creating cultures of ...more
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Published January 14th 2020 by IVP Books
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Calvinist Batman
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I really enjoyed reading this book, especially since I got the book a whole three months before it came out. It's a book that I wish was out now.


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
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book needed to be written. I was triggered, not gonna lie...
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
George P.
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading an advance reader copy of Ruth Everhart's "The #MeToo Reckoning: Facing the Church's Complicity in Sexual Abuse and Misconduct," published by InterVarsity Press. It is, by turns, a slap in the face, a kick in the rear, and a shoulder to cry on. It publishes on January 14, 2020, and I highly recommend church leaders to read it.
Katelyn Beaty
I wrote the following endorsement for this important book:

"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
Katherine Pershey
I will try to write a fuller review once I’ve had a chance to process this book 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.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read an advanced reader copy of this important book. The #MeToo Reckoning is an unapologetic examination of how church complicity with sexual abuse occurs and a loud call for churches to do everything within their power to stop it.

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
We are a nation facing so many broken issues, this book hopefully can shed some light on ways to help fix one of them.

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
Ruth Everhart
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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I wrote this book to call the church to account for its lousy response to the sexual abuse that occurs within its walls. I tell a lot of true stories, and work with a lot of scripture. Let me know what you think.
Mindi Welton-Mitchell
I received an advanced reader copy and this is a must-read. Everhart weaves scripture in with her own and other survivor's stories of sexual assault and how the church was complicit in allowing, excusing, and covering up behavior. This is a brave book. She names names. She lists organizations and processes that have failed. Even though I'm of a different denomination, my eyes widened while reading in recognition. I've heard the same excuses for abusive behavior by leaders and pastors. I've heard ...more
Hannah Everhart
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rev. Everhart tells a compelling story that is so important and not talked about. 100% would recommend for anyone who has been affected in the church--for good or for bad--to read.
Sarah Habermehl
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The church needs this book right now. Pastor Everhart’s writing is truthful, poetic, blunt, convicting, and prophetic. We need to take the time and space to listen to victims and survivors so that the church can re-form itself into a safe and sacred space. This book, reading these stories, understanding these Bible passages, is a fantastic first step in this journey toward reconciliation. I commend it to everyone involved in the church but most especially to those in power— pastors, lay leaders, ...more
Lori Neff
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Ruth's approach - no apologies. She's courageous and tells it like it is. Our churches need this book.
This was a book that I was not sure I wanted to read as I was a probation office, have read many works on spousal abuse, sexoffenders, and treatment options. I do no regret the day I decided to read it. Ruth uses narratives, biblical exegesis, and ends each chapter with: 1) the text asks us, and 2) My Hope.

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
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ruth Everhart's newest book, The #MeToo Reckoning, is a must read for church members and leaders wanting to address church complicity in sexual abuse, harassment, and misconduct. It is written for victims, survivors, allies, and church leaders. I just finished reading an advance copy and the message is important. This book is an excellent resource filled with scripture passages and narratives that biblically reinforces needed change.

Everhart is passionate around wanting to see churches become
Linda Bieze
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You Too, People of Faith

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,

Diana Hoekstra
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read an advanced copy of #MeToo Reckoning to review it. I am a church abuse advocate ( so I read books on the issue, and this is one of the best. I love that it's written by a survivor who is also a pastor. The perspective of someone on both sides. Ruth Everhart understands what it means to survive rape, then abuse by a pastor. She also understands what it means to be a pastor and the responsibility to love and protect the congregation. Ruth Everhart breaks down how David ...more
Helen Anninos
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This ten-chapter book is a tough read. It can be a tough read for a number of reasons, depending on the reader’s personal experience with church and/or sexual abuse and misconduct. It is important that the reader note these content/trigger warnings.

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.
Michelle Kidwell
The #MeToo Reckoning
Facing the Church’s Complicity in Sexual Abuse and Misconduct

by Ruth Everhart

InterVarsity Press

IVP Books


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
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading Ruth Everhart’s latest book, The #MeToo Reckoning. The stories are heart wrenching and often difficult to read. Yet the stories must be told. Ruth’s incredible understanding of and interpretation of Scripture is amazing. It also took me back to some stories from my time as an AF Chaplain. The church has a long way to go in confronting this issue. This book should be a must-read for all leaders in the faith community.

The best summary of her thesis and call for systemic
Rosalind C
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book weaves together Bible stories and stories of the church and its abuses that cry out for healing and justice. It raises questions of our theology of the body, especially women's bodies. It raises questions of vulnerability, justice, protection, protectionism, clericalism, and restitution. It allows the stories of our faith to question the way that we live out faith in our churches.
It's full of quotable moments; here’s just one:
"All lamentation, including that found in Scripture, does
Molly Douthett
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew Ruth was writing this book and was fortunate to get an advanced copy. This is an important book and should be used in seminaries and shared in governing bodies who are responsible for oversight of pastors and congregations. I suspect the most difficult part of this book for some will be acknowledging that abuses like the ones listed here actually happen. And so easily. And so often.

Buy this book and read it and share it and talk about it. Let's change the way we listen to each other.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a deeply challenging book about the church's complicity in sexual abuse & misconduct. While Ruth's focus is on sexual abuse specifically her wisdom applies broadly to the way the church responds to every type of abuse. For a belief system that accepts the presence of evil in this world, when it is in our midst we are all too quick to choose willful ignorance and protect our structures, systems, and reputations.
I cannot say strongly enough how grateful I am for Ruth's commitment to
Henny Vroege
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book - for victims and survivors of sexual abuse and assault, for their allies, and for pastors and lay leaders. This book is difficult to put down. Ruth Everhart, a pastor, exposes the prevalence of sexual abuse and misconduct in faith communities, and offers hope to survivors through Biblical narratives.
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Focuses mostly on the Presbyterian Church, written by a minister in that church.
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Ruth Everhart is an author, speaker, and Presbyterian pastor. Her current writing explores how religious beliefs shape the way we think about the lives of women. She is the author of three books: THE #MeToo RECKONING: Facing the Church's Complicity in Sexual Abuse and Misconduct (available January 2020), the memoir RUINED (which was awarded "Book of the Year 2017" from Christianity Today Women), ...more
“Let me be clear about another thing: I am not a liberal feminist. I am a radical feminist. Which is to say, it’s not enough that individual women can thrive in a patriarchal culture. As long as women as a group are treated as less than men, it doesn’t matter that individual women can experience success. Inequality is not what God intends for human society.” 0 likes
“In other words, sexism is a “logical” system springing from the belief that males should be dominant, whereas misogyny is the heat and emotion that powers this thinking, and creates backlash when it is opposed. Manne summarizes: “Sexism is scientific; misogyny is moralistic.” 0 likes
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