Sunday, November 26, 2017

Hinds’ Feet on High Places- Review

When my copy of Hinds' Feet on High Places arrived I was immediately drawn into the beautiful presentation of this book. The large format, folksy artwork, photography, and scripture art make this edition extra special. In the back of the book I discovered six beautiful pages of scriptures to color, as well as a brief autobiography by Hannah Hurnard.

I had read Hinds' Feet on High Places in 10th grade. I remember enjoying the story and was looking forward to reading it again. It truly is a beautifully written allegory of the Christian walk. The main character Much-Afraid meets the Shepard and desires to follow him. In turn he guides her on a difficult journey up the mountain to his kingdom in the high places. Much of the journey is difficult with detours through the desert, the lonely seaside, and forest. Each section is described with great sweetness and Much-Afraid learns much through the nature that surrounds her.

A little over half-way through this book I came across a conversation between the Shepard and Much-Afraid that made me uneasy. Much-Afraid declares that she would love the Shepard even if he chose to deceive her and he contemplates this possibility. Since the Shepard is meant to represent Jesus this truly troubled me. From reading God's Word I know that Jesus is the way, the Truth and the light (John 14:6). In Him there is no shadow of turning (James 1:17). It is absolutely impossible for God to deceive!

To tell the truth I have tried to finish this book, but each time I have begun a chapter, since reading that section, I find my heart is uneasy and I cannot continue. Hinds' Feet on High Places is considered a great Christian classic by so many and quite honestly as I read the first half  of the book many of the challenges that Much-Afraid faced spoke to me. The way the author depicted her frailties was relatable. There was great comfort in reading about how the Shepard consistently cared for Much-Afraid despite her doubts and weakness.

I decided to do a little research about the author Hannah Hurnard; I was surprised and disappointed to discover that she became involved with the New Age movement in her later years. I can't help but wonder if her thoughts were always somewhat swayed by ideas that were in opposition to scripture.

*I received a complimentary copy of Hinds' Feet on High Places from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review*

Thursday, November 16, 2017

New Items and A Sale
The weather is growing cooler, we have officially had our first snow fall and I am looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving next week. There is something about this time of year that feels so cozy. In the evening I enjoy drinking a hot cup of chamomile tea (recently my favorite) and knitting by the fire. This time of year I also feel more inclined to spend time cooking in the kitchen. Jemimah is already talking about baking Christmas cookies. : )

With these thoughts in mind I have made some new items for my Etsy shop. This afternoon I added three new aprons.
Two cozy white flannel nightgowns in size small and medium. Both gowns are delicately hand embroidered in white.
A jade wool bow scarf. This scarf style is my favorite! The design is so practical as it won't slip around like a standard scarf.
I also listed a few vintage finds. These two cookbooks and some apron patterns from the 1940's and 1950's.

I am offering a special sale of 10% off everything in my Etsy shop today through the weekend. To take advantage of the special offer use coupon code 10PERCENT when checking out.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tea Cup Exchange

Today I am excited to share with you the lovely gifts I received from a sweet new friend through The Enchanting Rose Tea Cup Exchange!

It is always exciting to receive a present in the mail, and when my lovely box of tea time delights arrived I was so pleased! The box was sent to me by a sweet young lady named Erika. She included a letter introducing herself and I was so blessed to read about her and her family. I was truly impressed to discover that Erika is an author. Please be sure to visit her website RestingLife where she blogs and shares about her book Promise's Prayer.

 Erika knew that my favorite color is blue and she found the prettiest blue floral tea cup! I was thrilled!
 A sweet little plate for a snack to accompany my tea....
 Peppermint tea and basil from Erika's garden...
Blueberry muffin mix, tea and hot cocoa...
 Two delightful autumnal candles...
A pretty blue heart necklace!
Three books: Life with the Lanes a book Erika wrote in her teens (she thought my little girl would enjoy it), Promise's Prayer a beautifully written book by Erika, and Your Face, O Lord, I Shall Seek a book to inspire a closer walk with the Jesus. I recently finished reading Promise's Prayer and was truly inspired by the powerful message of seeking God's will for our lives through prayer. I would definitely recommend this book!

 Through the exchange I was given the name and address of Deborah who blogs at A Delightful Glow. I enjoyed reading through her blog posts about farm life and homemaking. I truly enjoyed putting together a package for Deborah with items I thought she would enjoy. In the package I included an apron I sewed and a doily I crocheted.
 It truly was wonderful to participate in The Enchanting Rose Tea Cup Exchange again! Thank you Stephanie for all that you do to make this event such a blessing to all the ladies involved!

Be sure to visit The Enchanting Rose, as all of the other ladies who participated in the exchange will link up and share their posts too!