Books · Fear · joy

I Want Hinds Feet

Here is my second installment of Backyard Library recommendations.  This deserves a kudos because I wasn’t sure I would be consistent with this series.  Three posts equals well on my way to consistency.  (Insert thumbs up emojis here.)

I bought this book for my Kindle because I heard someone mention it, but mostly  because it was only $0.99.  Who doesn’t love deals on books? I still love reading real books, you know the ones with pages your fingers actually turn instead of swipe.  But with ebooks costing one penny less than a dollar I stock up because I know I will probably never check out the book from the library and if I did I would return it late and rack up a fine costing more than the Kindle price.  Let me confess to you that my last library fine was over $20.  For the sake of my wallet, I am sticking with inexpensive ebooks.

Apparently Hinds Feet on High Places is a Christian classic right up there with The Great Divorce and Pilgrim’s Progress.  I must have overlooked this one on the recommended reading list and I am disappointed I waited this long to welcome this story into my life.

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Have you ever read a book that you wished you would have read years ago?  As I was reading Hinds Feet, I kept thinking this would have helped me understand so many struggles and difficult climbs I faced a couple of years ago.  Where was this book then?

Hannah Hurnard tells the allegorical story of Much-Afraid as she accepts The Shepherd’s invitation and ascends to the high places.  The Shepherd gives her two traveling companions, Sorrow and Suffering, with whom she must allow to hold her hand and show her the way.  As she climbs she encounters her enemies Craven-Fear, Bitterness, Pride, Resentment, and Self-Pity as she passes through the Valley of Humiliation and Loss, the Precipice of Injury, and the Forrest of Danger and Tribulation.

As I read about Much-Afraid’s journey I realized I had traveled a similar route to reach the High Place.  Her struggles were my struggles.  Her enemies were my enemies.  Her fears were my fears.  Her Shepherd is my Shepherd.

How often have I heard the Shepherd say to me,

“Then he answered very quietly, ‘Much-Afraid, do you love me enough to accept the postponement and the apparent contradiction of the promise, and to go down there with me into the desert?’”

Then this truth touched my very core,

“He had said, ‘Love is beautiful, but it is also terrible-terrible in its determination to allow nothing blemished or unworthy to remain in the beloved.’ “

If you are ascending to the high place and acquiring hinds feet, then this book should be your traveling companion.  Much-Afraid reaches the high places, receives a new name, but more importantly falls in love with the Shepherd.  Her story can be your story.

Keep walking, my friend.