"Larry Ruhl courageously tells the story of the sexual victimization done to him at the hands of his father and emotional and covert abuse by his mother. His memoir offers compassion and hope to all male survivors working on recovery. Larry knows he must share his deepest secrets to recover, and I applaud him for daring to put these truths into the light of day to inspire all of us."
"Larry Ruhl’s new memoir is an important act of truth-telling. One in six men has experienced child sex abuse, and Ruhl’s sensitive narrative is now a resource for those men as they do the hard work toward healing.”
“Breaking the Ruhls is a candid, brutally honest, and refreshingly hopeful story of one man’s journey toward healing after childhood sexual abuse. Ruhl never shies away from the truth, vividly documenting the high-highs and low-lows of his everyday life. For many, sexual abuse is a straightjacket that is taken off only when confronted; in doing so, Ruhl proves that life can (and is) to be lived.”
Larry Ruhl shares the details of the inexplicable horrors he faced growing up with astounding bravery, candor, and self-awareness. Predators thrive on silence. By finding the courage to tell this important story, Larry has become a crusader in an effort to bring this pandemic to an end. I’m so glad Larry wrote this book—for the young boy who embodied a shame that never rightly belonged to him, for the strong man who survived carrying it for a good portion of his life, and for countless others who will feel heard and seen after reading these words. Readers will have a new sense of hope, know they’re not alone and that recovery is possible. Breaking the Ruhls is indeed a gift to the survivors of the world.”
“Breaking the Ruhls is a phenomenal unfolding of one survivor’s story. Larry Ruhl’s deep commitment to honesty in this book illuminates a path for others to follow. A book written for these times of truth-telling.”