Here's a little TikTok youtube I did last week on my book, "From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya."

Check out my new Tik Tok videos on Fired at 57!

My granddaughter, Kayla Sosa, and I have recently been sharing my story of "Fired at 57" on Tik Tok, @ruth_tucker. Check out to see all the videos!

Fired at 57: "Slut Shaming" at Calvin Seminary


In this video is Ruth Tucker, author of "Fired at 57," and her story of sex discrimination and a firing scandal as a former professor at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In this short vodcast, Ruth shares a preview of the book's contents and talks about a topic she brings up often in the book: slut shaming.

In 2000, I became the first full-time female professor in Calvin Theological Seminary’s 125-year history. In 2003, a new three-man administration, without warning, removed me from tenure track and gave me a terminal appointment. I was single and fifty-seven. That decision set me reeling. I was stunned and shamed. In the weeks and months that followed, I was sabotaged, sandbagged, slandered, silenced and surveilled, all the while enduring sex discrimination, spiritual abuse, slut-shaming and chicanery of every stripe. The book points to documents every step of the way. In fact, I still find it amazing that the administrators didn't shame and slander and threaten me verbally instead generating hundreds of emails, memos, and letters, leaving a massive paper trail. I carried on with my teaching, trying to pretend to my students that I was as perky as I'd always been, while just trying to keep my head above water. All the while I filed the documents away for safekeeping---documents that show blatant dishonesty and that prompted outside independent mediation that came down so soundly on my side. The book is not just a sad story. It is often upbeat and even funny. And I tell the stories of other professors who have endured similar ordeals in the face of dishonest administrators. There is much more information, including lengthy quotes from the book at Fired at 57.


See my account of sexual harassment here.
See my update on "My Calvin Seminary Story here.

Portuguese Translation of Katie Luther
I noted something rather curious on Amazon today. This translation has 246 reviews, English version has 19. My best-selling book, From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya has only 130, and my next highest, Black and White Bible, 80. Why, I wonder, are people reading this book in Portuguese.
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Katie Luther--First Lady of the Protestant Reformation

2017 marks the 500-year anniversary of Martin Luther's posting his 95-Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, which, more than any other event, ignited the Protestant Reformation. Luther was truly the Giant of the Protestant Reformation. Without his fierce determination, it is difficult to imagine how the sixteenth-century Reformation would have taken hold in Germany---or anywhere else in western Europe, for that matter. And Katharina von Bora, second only to Luther himself, was the most influential individual of the German Reformation. That's exactly what I say in this book, subtitled: The Unconventional Life of Katharina von Bora (a play on words here, un-convent; she did, after all, escape the convent). Indeed, her escape which has sometimes been summed up as a midnight caper was anything but that: 12 nuns who had taken vows of silence planned with tight-lipped outsiders to carry out a capital crime---the kidnapping of nuns.

Due to very serious physical and mental afflictions, it is doubtful that Luther could have carried out the Reformation without his very strong and competent wife, Katie. She was a shrewd business woman who ran the Black Cloister monastery like a Holiday Inn; she bought farms; raised crops, cattle, swine and poultry; she planted gardens and vineyards, brewed beer, served as a midwife and was mother of six biological children and several orphans.

Before all that came heart-pounding romance---though not with Martin Luther. Words were whispered and a promise was made, that is until Jerome returned home to visit his well-heeled parents and told them he would be marrying an impoverished run-away nun. Her marriage to Martin at age 25 was no romance at all; he was a brutish man who, by his own account, had not changed his sweaty, smelly bedding for more than a year. She was determined to change him, and she did. His friends and colleagues thought her to be a domineering woman, but Martin adored her, and she him.

It's an absolutely amazing story. You'll come to esteem and love this incredible woman who has been all but forgotten in the annals of history.

Here is what the Library Journal posted:

Apart from a few historical scraps, we know very few details about the life of Katharina von Bora (1499–1552), wife of Protestant reformer Martin Luther. With this account, independent scholar Tucker (From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya) has two aims: to provide a fuller expression of Katharina, and to explain why so little of her history is left to us. Tucker accomplishes the former by reviewing letters to or about Katharina and interpolating from the lives of her contemporaries, such as reformation supporters Katherine Zell, Argula von Grumbach, and Renée of Fererra. The result is something of a historical cameo of Katharina and her times, if not a full biography. This prompts Tucker’s second question and the tentative conclusion that Katharina was ignored because she did not fit the mold of a pious wife. VERDICT Tucker’s thoughtful exploration of Katharina von Bora provides those curious about the Protestant Reformation and women’s studies a sympathetic view of a neglected life.—JW

Black & White Bible, Black and Blue Wife

This is my latest book, available on Amazon March 1. An excerpt has been posted on the Zondervan website.

It was a difficult book to write, very personal---not like my others, most of them related to church history. But I hope this one will help other women who are enduring domestic violence or that it will cause women to stop dead in their tracks if the man they love shows signs of abusive behavior.

Without John and his long-suffering patience, I never could have written the book. And Carlton prodded me along as well. He remembered some terrible times that I had forgotten. Both husband and son are standing behind me one hundred percent.

See also Black and White Bible website.

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Here is a quick review: