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*

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Have you read Hinds' Feet on High Places? If so, what were your thoughts?

15 comments:

  1. My dear Sarah, how I appreciate your honesty and wonderful review! You may have seen on my blog that I, too, reviewed this book and gave it a raving review. I must confess that after reading your words I am ashamed for not catching this because our Lord and Savior would never ever deceive us. He is indeed the Truth and there is no sin in Him. I read this book when I was younger and when I received this to review I read through several chapters and skimmed over a few simply because I thought I knew the story. Thank you, Sarah. Also, I was sad to learn about the author's history.

    Hugs to you!

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    1. There was nothing to catch. She misinterpreted what she read. The shepherd never considered deceiving her, he was amazed by her answer showing how much she loved and trusted him.

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  2. It's me again, sweet friend {{smiles}} May I share a few of your thoughts in my blog post that is coming up on Wednesday? Thank you, Sarah! Hugs!

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  3. Thank you for this honest appraisal. I have not read this work--for some reason, these allegories are not easy for me to understand. I have it in my library. We all need to be more discerning in what we choose to read.

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  4. Thank you for your honest review. I received this as a gift years ago, but it made me uneasy. How we must pray for discernment AND hold everything up to Scripture!!
    God bless
    Mrs.O

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  5. Hi Sarah! I've never read it before but I've heard some great things about it.

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  6. COMO DICE LA PALABRA DE DIOS: 1 DE TESALONICENCES CAPITULO 5, VERSICULOS: 21 Y 23: ESCUCHARLO TODO Y RETENER LO BUENO........... DIOS LA BENDIGA RICAMENTE.

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  7. I just dowloaded a PDF version and will be reading through it very carefully. Thank you for your honest review Sarah!

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    1. Your welcome Regina! It is a beautifully written story. Despite my disappointment, I did feel encouraged by the overall theme of the book.

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  8. Thank you for writing your review. I won't be reading it. It seems so many books and CD's these days are sold as Christian material, yet they are only wolves in sheeps clothing.
    Kimberly

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  9. Sarah, I am glad you wrote this. I read the book, or more correctly parts of the book, a few years back and was bothered about some of the things I read in it as well. I don't remember now if this particular passage was one that I read. If I read it I might remember. Anyway, thanks for putting this out there. I remember hearing of this book years ago spoken of as a good book. It seemed to be having a period of fame at the time. It's one that should be given a miss. Sadly, based on what I read and your observation here, the author's later involvement in the New Age doesn't surprise me much.

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  10. I read this book as a young girl and have read several times throughout my life - it really is such a good book and give you a whole new perspective on the verse. Love the title of your blog - two of MY favorite things, Lilacs and Springtime. I'm a winter-hater haha!

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  11. I read the book about a year ago and enjoyed it. I found it very helpful for me, with fears and struggles I was going through at the time and felt a kinship with the author. But like you I researched Hannah Hurnard and was disappointed when I found she had left the christian path.

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  12. Such beautiful dresses.
    Fondly Michelle

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  13. You have misinterpreted the writing. He did not consider decieving her. He was pleased with her answer showing how much she trusted him.
    I don't understand how you could infer this and now some people won't read this amazing story for themselves, but instead will judge it as a wolf in sheep's clothing type of thing.
    Rest easy, finish the story, and retract what you wrote.

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