When Ruth Everhart was given the opportunity to travel to the Holy Land as one of several ministers taking part in a documentary about pilgrimage, she jumped at the opportunity. Little did she know just how demanding — yet ultimately rewarding — her transformation from Presbyterian minister, wife, and mom to pilgrim would be. Candid, down-to-earth, and delightful, Ruth recounts her experiences in Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land, inviting readers to journey alongside her on an unforgettable Holy Land pilgrimage.
||Ruth Everhart is an author and Presbyterian minister living in the Washington, D.C., area. Her pilgrimage to the Holy Land became a turning point in her life, helping her articulate the faith questions that evaded her through sixteen years of Christian education, four years of seminary, and more than twenty years of ministry.
I can think of only two reasons to buy this book:
1. You are not going to the Holy Land.
2. You are going to the Holy Land.
In these pages Ruth Everhart writes eloquently about her trip into the dust and beauty of Christianitys cradle — about her wrestling with her beliefs, her faith, and her past. If all pilgrims were as curious, insightful, introspective, firm, and openhearted as Ruth Everhart, our old world would roll more happily and safely through the universe. In her story youll find bloodshed, humor, and — most importantly — love.
- Clyde Edgerton, University of North Carolina Wilmington, author of Night Train
Like George Gershwins American in Paris, Ruth Everharts memoir of an American Protestant in the Holy Land trips through a whirlwind of sights, sounds, conversations, questions, and revelations. The pace and first-person perspective effectively convey the disorienting (and holy) mess that results from putting our sanitized faith into tangible context — where dust and dispute, pomegranates and politics, armed soldiers and traveling pilgrims coexist. Everhart lays bare her struggles and assumptions so that we have room to examine our own, and offers us her journey so that we might witness the mobility of Holiness as it contrasts with our desire for a locatable Jesus. Ultimately, Chasing the Divine in the Holy Land teaches us again the value of seeking, losing, and rediscovering the Divine every day.
- Rachel G. Hackenberg, author of Writing to God
I cannot imagine a better guide into the Holy Land than Ruth Everhart. Every page of Chasing the Divine conjures Everharts fierce intellect and sacred passion. With each step she takes, her engrossing descriptions point us beyond Sunday school sentimentality and challenge us to grapple with the blood and violence that pulse through the dust. More than just touring the land, Everhart teaches us to become pilgrims.
- Carol Howard Merritt, author of Tribal Church and Reframing Hope