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With over 2 million copies sold, Hinds’ Feet on High Places remains Hannah Hurnard’s best known and most beloved book: a timeless allegory dramatizing the yearning of God’s children to be led to new heights of love, joy, and victory. In this moving tale, follow Much-Afraid on her spiritual journey as she overcomes many dangers and mounts at last to the High Places. There s With over 2 million copies sold, Hinds’ Feet on High Places remains Hannah Hurnard’s best known and most beloved book: a timeless allegory dramatizing the yearning of God’s children to be led to new heights of love, joy, and victory. In this moving tale, follow Much-Afraid on her spiritual journey as she overcomes many dangers and mounts at last to the High Places. There she gains a new name and is transformed by her union with the loving Shepherd. Included in this special edition (February 2009 release) is Hannah Hurnard’s own account of the circumstances that led her to write Hinds’ Feet, and a brief autobiography. Special edition also features a new cover design.


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With over 2 million copies sold, Hinds’ Feet on High Places remains Hannah Hurnard’s best known and most beloved book: a timeless allegory dramatizing the yearning of God’s children to be led to new heights of love, joy, and victory. In this moving tale, follow Much-Afraid on her spiritual journey as she overcomes many dangers and mounts at last to the High Places. There s With over 2 million copies sold, Hinds’ Feet on High Places remains Hannah Hurnard’s best known and most beloved book: a timeless allegory dramatizing the yearning of God’s children to be led to new heights of love, joy, and victory. In this moving tale, follow Much-Afraid on her spiritual journey as she overcomes many dangers and mounts at last to the High Places. There she gains a new name and is transformed by her union with the loving Shepherd. Included in this special edition (February 2009 release) is Hannah Hurnard’s own account of the circumstances that led her to write Hinds’ Feet, and a brief autobiography. Special edition also features a new cover design.

30 review for Hinds' Feet on High Places

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Almost exactly one year ago, a friend read an excerpt of this book to a group of women. In the portion she read, Much-Afraid (the main character) is promised a new name by The Shepherd. I asked what name she was given, but my friend merely smiled and told me I should read the book myself. From that point on, the book has been in my mental queue, but the time was never right. Then last month, someone mentioned the book, heard I hadn't read it and loaned it to me on the spot. There's something to Almost exactly one year ago, a friend read an excerpt of this book to a group of women. In the portion she read, Much-Afraid (the main character) is promised a new name by The Shepherd. I asked what name she was given, but my friend merely smiled and told me I should read the book myself. From that point on, the book has been in my mental queue, but the time was never right. Then last month, someone mentioned the book, heard I hadn't read it and loaned it to me on the spot. There's something to be said for waiting for the right timing in reading a book. I have no doubt this was the right time for me to read this book. Hinds' Feet on High Places is an allegory. I've found that most allegories, especially Christian ones, are a bit heavy-handed. While that could be said for this book as well, the underlying sweetness of the story more than compensated for it. Hurnard didn't gloss over difficulties in Much-Afraid's journey, which made the entire tale more believable, enjoyable and readable. Speaking of readability, the book is a quick read, but I found myself deliberately pausing after chapters in order to ponder the truths laid out. One such truth was that our greatest enemies on the path to the high places are internal - pride, resentment, bitterness, self-pity and fear. How often do I sabotage my own efforts for one of these reasons? How often do I let fear stop me from trying? Or pride stop me from taking the first step? If you're looking for a book with crisp, clean writing, you should look elsewhere. But if you're looking instead for a book that holds a great many truths, waiting to be pondered, internalized and lived out, Hinds' Feet on High Places is a good one to read. No matter where you are on your journey, I suspect you will see yourself in these pages. I know I am Much-Afraid much of the time and this book left me longing to collect stones of remembrance along the way so that I will have the faith and strength to be given a new name - or live up to the one I already have.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    When I first started reading this book I thought it would be too simplistic. Even the names of the characters, like Much Afraid and her companions Sorrow and Suffering, seemed to scream spoon fed spirituality. As it turned out, I only had 10 minute chunks to read this book in and it allowed me to time to really chew on the story and how I could relate my own life and experiences to it. It turned out to be a beautiful meditation of God's love for us and our journey to our own high places. This ve When I first started reading this book I thought it would be too simplistic. Even the names of the characters, like Much Afraid and her companions Sorrow and Suffering, seemed to scream spoon fed spirituality. As it turned out, I only had 10 minute chunks to read this book in and it allowed me to time to really chew on the story and how I could relate my own life and experiences to it. It turned out to be a beautiful meditation of God's love for us and our journey to our own high places. This version has an afterward written by the author that explains how she came to write this book based on her own experiences and journey with God. I didn't find the afterward nearly as compelling as the story, but it was interesting to note her background. I think this is a book I will read multiple times in my life as I endeavor to develop a closer and closer relationship with God.

  3. 4 out of 5

    LadyCalico

    I didn't read this book until I was on old lady and I saw my own story written in every detail in every page, finding understanding of why God expected me to travel such hard roads during my life as a slow learner. A must-read for every Christian woman, maybe men, too, especially those (like me) whose lives have been compressed, narrowed, and limited by their fears and worries, for those who value security over growth. To paraphrase Beth Moore, we will never find our way to our Promised Land unt I didn't read this book until I was on old lady and I saw my own story written in every detail in every page, finding understanding of why God expected me to travel such hard roads during my life as a slow learner. A must-read for every Christian woman, maybe men, too, especially those (like me) whose lives have been compressed, narrowed, and limited by their fears and worries, for those who value security over growth. To paraphrase Beth Moore, we will never find our way to our Promised Land until we are willing to step out of our UR (Usual Routine.)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Allison Tebo

    One of those childhood books that will forever leave a hand print upon my life. I read this book so many times when I was small, staring at the illustrations, mulling over its words, meditating on their meaning. Ever since I was small, I was quick to recognize analogies and entranced by Biblical allegories. Before Narnia, there was this book, sinking it’s spiritual truths into my heart. The story we have all lived from the beginning of time, until the end of time – the personal journey of a chil One of those childhood books that will forever leave a hand print upon my life. I read this book so many times when I was small, staring at the illustrations, mulling over its words, meditating on their meaning. Ever since I was small, I was quick to recognize analogies and entranced by Biblical allegories. Before Narnia, there was this book, sinking it’s spiritual truths into my heart. The story we have all lived from the beginning of time, until the end of time – the personal journey of a child who is very Much Afraid . . . to draw closer to a Father and King that loves us. Reminiscent of Pilgrim’s Progress, this is a lovely and timeless book that I would recommend to everyone.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    In my opinion, Hinds Feet on High Places is much better than Pilgrim's Progress. (GASPS!) Oh, yes! This book is much better. While Pilgrim's Progress focuses on the Christian journey as a whole, this book focuses more on the transformation of self from sinner to saint. The part that I really connected with (more so than the rest of this awesome book) was how Much Afraid held the hands of two black cloaked figures: Sorrow and Suffering. At first, their hands stung and she wanted to scream and get In my opinion, Hinds Feet on High Places is much better than Pilgrim's Progress. (GASPS!) Oh, yes! This book is much better. While Pilgrim's Progress focuses on the Christian journey as a whole, this book focuses more on the transformation of self from sinner to saint. The part that I really connected with (more so than the rest of this awesome book) was how Much Afraid held the hands of two black cloaked figures: Sorrow and Suffering. At first, their hands stung and she wanted to scream and get away from them, but eventually she found herself grow stronger. This is my favorite allegory. If you haven't read it, you should!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Angelica

    Every girl needs to read this book! And then, every woman needs to read this book! We can all relate to Much Afraid's journey, and we can all be blessed, encouraged, and challenged through it. And who doesn't need to know that The Shepherd is good and loves us and knows what we need?!? Seriously, it's a must read!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kells Next Read

    Make haste, Beloved, be thou like an hart On mountains spicy sweet; And I, on those High Places where thou art, Will follow on hinds’ feet; As close behind the hart, there leaps the roe, So where thou goest, I will surely go.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    It was simply providence that inspired this book. It does not cease to be exact. The author knew just what she wanted to portray. She was able to use the tools she acquired to delightfully array a series of unforgettable, eloquent sentences in an artistic, yet factual manner. The dialect is profound, refined and very beautiful, though in certain areas it can be slightly wordy. The story itself illustrates the beauty of obedience, and the importance of life choices that are produced from the sacr It was simply providence that inspired this book. It does not cease to be exact. The author knew just what she wanted to portray. She was able to use the tools she acquired to delightfully array a series of unforgettable, eloquent sentences in an artistic, yet factual manner. The dialect is profound, refined and very beautiful, though in certain areas it can be slightly wordy. The story itself illustrates the beauty of obedience, and the importance of life choices that are produced from the sacrifice of our Lord. The first and most apparent key to this story is that it is undoubtedly a reflective picture of an intimate walk with Jesus Christ, despite trials, hardships, and the most dreaded of them all, fear. The main character, Much Afraid, embarks on a very noble journey (representing the Christian walk with God before going to Heaven) where she will find that faith is not only the key to the unseen, but a necessity to overcome the things that are seen, such as fear, and the world that so loves to tower above us. This book is encouraging and the writing is fantastic! These words create an interesting story line, and a God inspired message. It truly proves that Jesus, the redeemer of life, has overcome the grave so that we might overcome sin and live for a higher pledge, under a higher Authority. I would recommend this book to anyone needing to overcome fear and experience perseverance in its place. This book helped me to realize the rewards received when one mirrors the life of Christ to bring Him glory so that we might know, and share truth. ~ Abigail

  9. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This book is a tricky one to judge. The overall writing style is very odd...childish almost, in a very prosaic way, and the book is liberally sprinkled with poetry. For literary merit alone, I wouldn't give this book any awards. The thing that I really did love in parts was the allegory. Some of the metaphoric lessons and concepts were really quite powerful. As a whole, flowing story, though, there was very little to bring everything together. It's often hard to identify what exactly is taking plac This book is a tricky one to judge. The overall writing style is very odd...childish almost, in a very prosaic way, and the book is liberally sprinkled with poetry. For literary merit alone, I wouldn't give this book any awards. The thing that I really did love in parts was the allegory. Some of the metaphoric lessons and concepts were really quite powerful. As a whole, flowing story, though, there was very little to bring everything together. It's often hard to identify what exactly is taking place allegorically. It also seems that the allegory is frequently "padded" with writing that exists solely for the sake of making a cohesive story (which it doesn't) and doesn't have any allegorical meaning. Finally, there were a couple of very unbiblical ideas expressed, which I was disappointed by. I would actually recommend the abridged children's version of this book more highly. Although it has the same issues as the original, it is much more compact and doesn't wander in circles quite so much! (Also has amazing illustrations.)

  10. 4 out of 5

    anca dc

    This is not a bla-bla-book although it is a story but the genuine profound experience the author lived all her life and also while she was visiting Switzerland for a 10-days-holiday. Behind the main character with all her failures, fears and physical defects lies the author herself. The beautiful landscapes through which Much-Afraid is going on her journey and the message that they carry were the same thing Hannah Hurnard was taught by her Shepard seeing the beautiful landscape of Switzerland. Th This is not a bla-bla-book although it is a story but the genuine profound experience the author lived all her life and also while she was visiting Switzerland for a 10-days-holiday. Behind the main character with all her failures, fears and physical defects lies the author herself. The beautiful landscapes through which Much-Afraid is going on her journey and the message that they carry were the same thing Hannah Hurnard was taught by her Shepard seeing the beautiful landscape of Switzerland. This is a book that brings healing, strength and a different perspective over the valleys of one's life. The teaching of every chapter is absolutely beautiful! I highly recommend it, the English version if possible, which contains at the end the expanded version of the lessons learned and a little autobiography. Love is an overmastering passion to help and bless and deliver and comfort and strengthen and give joy to others just as the Lord Jesus always did. (...) To cast ourselves down like the Brumbach falls, in happy giving, asking for nothing in return except the joy of so doing. When we really begin to learn and practice that lesson we shall begin to feel "at home" in the eternal world of selfless love. Here in Les Avantes, God has been saying to me over and over again, "It is so happy to love without asking to be loved in return. Dare to be happy!" It is not some feeling one waits for, nor some special person to evoke the love. It is an attitude of will. I will cast myself down in giving. The lower I go the more love I am able to transmit from God to others, just like the Lord of love himself, who was not content until he found and took the lowest place in the universe.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brent

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ***Updated to correct some details*** It was good. The author was giving a much needed message that the Christian path is often a hard and difficult one. Something I think many modern Americans have forgot as we do live in a blessed age. I gave it two stars because of two problems I had with the book. One. The Shepard asks Much-Afraid what would happen if He lied to her. She says that He would never do that. He then again asks what if he did. She then thinks and comes to the conclusion that she wou ***Updated to correct some details*** It was good. The author was giving a much needed message that the Christian path is often a hard and difficult one. Something I think many modern Americans have forgot as we do live in a blessed age. I gave it two stars because of two problems I had with the book. One. The Shepard asks Much-Afraid what would happen if He lied to her. She says that He would never do that. He then again asks what if he did. She then thinks and comes to the conclusion that she would still follow after Him because she desires Him and Him alone and has no where else to go. Now I think what the author was trying to say is that we really must desire God in the most pure and fierce way that we can. But if the Shepard was lying to Much-Afraid then that would be a clue that he was not really God and she should be desiring someone else. That someone else being Truth. Two. When much afraid gets to the High Places she has some thoughts on being dogmatic and how we can not really know anything about the High Places because they are so far from the valleys. Now I think that the author meant that we must be careful about saying things that are far from clear are certain. But the way it comes off with the whole there are so many different interpretations of the Book of Books feels a lot like deconstructionism. Interestingly enough, my two problems with the book are also what made it feel dated. The undying devotion to a cause, even if the cause is false, and the deconstructionist view of interpretation were to become popular after the book was published.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    When I hear the phrase "Contemporary Christian Fiction," I snort inwardly, blanch, and avoid eye contact. Why? Because Christians publish books like this. Much-Afraid's pedantic journey to the kingdom of Love was too much for me to endure. After sixty pages of sugary spirituality and stilted attempts at eloquence, I dropped it, feeling victimized and somewhat embarrassed by the religious glurge that had violated my brain. I would blame my extreme distaste for this book on its allegorical nature, When I hear the phrase "Contemporary Christian Fiction," I snort inwardly, blanch, and avoid eye contact. Why? Because Christians publish books like this. Much-Afraid's pedantic journey to the kingdom of Love was too much for me to endure. After sixty pages of sugary spirituality and stilted attempts at eloquence, I dropped it, feeling victimized and somewhat embarrassed by the religious glurge that had violated my brain. I would blame my extreme distaste for this book on its allegorical nature, but I love Pilgrim's Progress and Animal Farm. Perhaps it was the execution that turned me off. “When you wear the weed of impatience in your heart instead of the flower Acceptance-with-Joy, you will always find your enemies get an advantage over you.” Please, stop. “Up from behind a sand dune close beside her rose the form of her enemy Bitterness. He did not come any nearer, having learned a little more prudence, and was not going to make her call for the Shepherd if he could avoid it, but simply stood and looked at her and laughed and laughed again, the bitterest sound that Much-Afraid had heard in all her life.” Hmm. Perhaps Hannah Hurnard was an ESL student. Christian authors should attempt to transcend the Contemporary Christian label, as C.S. Lewis did with his Chronicles of Narnia, and as Andrew Peterson has done with his Wingfeather Saga. Authors in general, should strive towards smooth, well-constructed sentences. I think I damaged my retinas- one star.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Roxanneandvince Weber

    I know everyone is supposed to love this book, but I found it annoying. Don't tell anyone.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink

    One of the most meaningful and gorgeous books I've ever read. It totally changed my life and my perspective on the things I've been through.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brian Whited

    I read this book at my wife's request, who loved it. It is in the genre of Pilgrim's Progress, an allegory of a pilgrim who must journey through the dangers and trials of the Christian life. The biggest difference is that the main character is a female, which gives the book a decidedly different feel. There are many beautiful and convicting parts in the book, although I probably don't identify with the author, as much as a woman might. With that said, my favorite moment of the book was in Ch 4, I read this book at my wife's request, who loved it. It is in the genre of Pilgrim's Progress, an allegory of a pilgrim who must journey through the dangers and trials of the Christian life. The biggest difference is that the main character is a female, which gives the book a decidedly different feel. There are many beautiful and convicting parts in the book, although I probably don't identify with the author, as much as a woman might. With that said, my favorite moment of the book was in Ch 4, where the main character, Much Afraid, discovers a beautiful wild flower, that would in most cases go seemingly unnoticed. MA ponders about the waste of these beautiful flowers going unnoticed. At which point, the Shepherd comes to explain that the greatest victories in life occur when self-love in a person is conquered by true love. Though this often goes unnoticed in the world, in fact, it is a beautiful thing in the kingdom of God. I'll quote the section at the end of the review for anyone interested. I also enjoyed the creational nature of the book. The author really seems to understand the physical nature and beauty in creation and that God really enjoys the physical nature and beauty in it as well. The greatest disappointment I had with the book, which brought it from a 4 star rating to a 3 dealt with the end of Ch 12. In it the Shepherd asks a hypothetical question to MA, "Would you still love me if I were to deceive you?" MA responds there is no way the Shepherd could deceive. But the Shepherd continues the argument. I really don't see the point of this argument and could never picture Christ asking that type of question to provoke a response of "Yes, I would still love you." Is it not the devil that is the deceiver, why would a Shepherd insist upon asking the question? Overall, I liked the book. It is an enjoyable, but also convicting and thought-provoking read. Favorite Quote from Ch 4. Once the Shepherd stooped and touched the flowers gently with His fingers, then said to Much-Afraid with a smile, 'Humble yourself, and you will find that Love is spreading a carpet of flowers beneath your feet.' Much-Afraid looked at Him earnestly. 'I have often wondered about the wild flowers,' she said. 'It does seem strange that such unnumbered multitudes should bloom in the wild places of the earth where perhaps nobody ever sees them and the goats and the cattle can walk over them and crush them to death. They have so much beauty and sweetness to give and no one on whom to lavish it, nor who will even appreciate it.' The look the Shepherd turned on her was very beautiful. 'Nothing My Father and I have made is ever wasted,' He said quietly, 'and the little wild flowers have a wonderful lesson to teach. They offer themselves so sweetly and confidently and willingly, even if it seems that there is no one to appreciate them. Just as though they sang a joyous little song to themselves, that it is so happy to love, even though one is not loved in return. 'I must tell you a great truth, Much-Afraid, which only the few understand. All the fairest beauties in the human soul, its greatest victories, and its most splendid achievements are always those which no one else knows anything about, or can only dimly guess at. Every inner response of the human heart to Love and every conquest over self-love is a new flower on the tree of Love. Many a quiet, ordinary, and hidden life, unknown to the world, is a veritable garden in which Love's flowers and fruits have come to such perfection that it is a place of delight where the King of Love Himself walks and rejoices with His friends. Some of My servants have indeed won great visible victories and are rightly loved and reverenced by other men, but always their greatest victories are like the wild flowers, those which no one knows about. Learn this lesson now, down here in the valley, Much-Afraid, and when you get to the steep places of the mountains it will comfort you.'

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jrad

    This book is a profound little book. Hannah Hurnard writes a very provocative account of little "Much Afraid" and her journey to join the Shepherd in the High Places. This book unashamedly deals with the doubts we face in our Christian walk. When it seems that we are being led in the wrong direction, in the end we have taken the right journey and been made stronger for it. Without the suffering and trials we face, we cannot learn to enjoy the pleasure and beauty of the High Places.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Gould

    After completing this book for the third time in about 4 years, these are my conclusions: Is it a little cheesy? Likely. Is the author a Biblical scholar? Unlikely. But for whatever reason, this book is 3/3 on lifting my spirits out of the depths. It is simple and beautiful and trains my heart to endure when circumstances are difficult or confusing. This one is a keeper.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    Beautiful!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tiff Miller

    The three stars fit exactly what I felt when reading this book. I simply liked it. It was like comfort food, frankly. Warm, savory, and simple. While there are a lot of great truths in this classic allegorical tale, they are cloaked in a simple story told with eloquent language. While many people abhor allegory, I like it. It paints a powerful visual in my mind that I will forever associate with the truths it illustrates, and I appreciate the imagery and story. My favorite chapter takes place whe The three stars fit exactly what I felt when reading this book. I simply liked it. It was like comfort food, frankly. Warm, savory, and simple. While there are a lot of great truths in this classic allegorical tale, they are cloaked in a simple story told with eloquent language. While many people abhor allegory, I like it. It paints a powerful visual in my mind that I will forever associate with the truths it illustrates, and I appreciate the imagery and story. My favorite chapter takes place when Much-Afraid, Sorrow, and Suffering, are walking through the woods enveloped in a deep mist. They face no particular difficulties, only a constant drudgery and sameness, day after day. That describes exactly what I am going through right now in my own faith, and I found myself comforted and reminded, once again, that my Shepherd cares, and he has never left me. That sometimes, the hardest struggles we face are not the great ones, but the daily ones. Another thing about the book I liked were the altars Much-Afraid builds, and the little memorial stones she collects along the way. It inspired me to somehow collect some concrete reminders of God's promises and his answers to my prayers. I already journal, so maybe I will journal with more purpose. I don't really know, but I know I want some altars and memorial stones of my own. Overall, this book is one that I will probably read again, perhaps to my children. Storytelling that inspires my faith, and encourages me to remember that it's all about following my Shepherd, is always a win.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    I don't read many allegories but this was such a delight and I can understand why so many people read it multiple times. The story of Much-Afraid and her journey of falling increasingly in love with God as she climbs the mountain is tremendously uplifting and inspirational. Here she is, the fearful Much-Afraid, learning to trust her Shepherd as He transforms her. What is interesting is the significance of encounters with her Shepherd. It is only through the deepening relationship realised by tho I don't read many allegories but this was such a delight and I can understand why so many people read it multiple times. The story of Much-Afraid and her journey of falling increasingly in love with God as she climbs the mountain is tremendously uplifting and inspirational. Here she is, the fearful Much-Afraid, learning to trust her Shepherd as He transforms her. What is interesting is the significance of encounters with her Shepherd. It is only through the deepening relationship realised by those encounters and her obedience in stepping out in faith that the transformation occurs. Power is released when we obey and we see very practical examples of this in Much-Afraid's journey. I took a lot away from this powerful tale and trust some of the key messages will linger in my heart for many weeks. It's no literary masterpiece and there is much telling vis showing but the messages so resonate in a reader's heart that one doesn't reflect on the simplicity of the craft. I'm so appreciative a friend suggested this to me and recommend it highly.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Grace

    There's a few places I might have some minor theological quibbles (especially in her telling of how the book came to be - it's hard to tell whether it's writerly language/poetic license, or her actually looking for "messages from God" in the flowers/mountains/etc.). However, I see why this book has become so well-loved. It's comforting, challenging, and encouraging. It doesn't quite make five stars on my list, but I have a feeling I'll be re-reading this one in the future.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Emily Housworth

    "She had the feeling that somehow, in the very far-off places, perhaps even in the far-off ages, there would be a meaning found to all sorrow and an answer too fair and wonderful to be as yet understood." I liked a lot of things about this book, though it did seem to be about 50 pages too long. I appreciated the prose and the author's vivid descriptions. I also thought it was very poignant that the helpers the Shepherd chooses to assist Much Afraid to the High Places are Sorrow and Suffering. Th "She had the feeling that somehow, in the very far-off places, perhaps even in the far-off ages, there would be a meaning found to all sorrow and an answer too fair and wonderful to be as yet understood." I liked a lot of things about this book, though it did seem to be about 50 pages too long. I appreciated the prose and the author's vivid descriptions. I also thought it was very poignant that the helpers the Shepherd chooses to assist Much Afraid to the High Places are Sorrow and Suffering. The first half of the book, I was underlining quotes I liked, but by the end, I was just hoping it would wrap up sooner or later. A few reasons this is a three star book for me, instead of four or five: -The allegory was too obvious and literal for me and very predictable. -The main character, Much-Afraid, had such perfect faith that I often found her hard to relate to and quite unrealistic. Of course, I found myself thinking, it would be easy to have a strong faith if you could hear God speaking audibly and He appeared in person whenever you called Him like He does for Much Afraid. I kept waiting for there to be a time when she called for Him, and He seemed not to appear. This would've made it more relatable to the average Christian's experience, in my humble opinion. -The character of the Shepherd, who is supposed to represent Jesus, is very kind and good, but not very dynamic or exciting. I always seemed to know what He was going to say and do, which usually isn't the case when I read actual stories about Him. He lost His "edginess," for lack of a better word. :) I know a lot of people who love and treasure this book, so maybe I'm just too cynical and need to appreciate it for what it's worth. :) It is a really sweet story with timeless truths that I did glean some good little nuggets of encouragement from. It just took me over a year to finish - and it's only 130 pages!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Esther Louw

    An allegorical account of Much-Afraid and her journey of character transformation. At the beginning of the story, Much-Afraid is haunted by Craven-Fear and Pride. But as she follows the Shepherd and the path he has ordained for her, she learns to appreciate His will for her life through acceptance and surrender. She learns that the things she is terrified of are not a barrier to perfect love who is able to cast out all her fears.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Abby A.

    This little book. is.amazing! I love the allegory in which so much of a christian walk is portrayed in this piece of literature. The main character Much-Afraid has to overcome her fears in order to be with the Good Shepherd on the high places. Once she reaches her final destination her name is changed to Grace and Glory. How true it is-that trials only come to make one stronger. In order to appreciate victory a battle has to be fought. Often times human emotions can be crippling if allowed. Howe This little book. is.amazing! I love the allegory in which so much of a christian walk is portrayed in this piece of literature. The main character Much-Afraid has to overcome her fears in order to be with the Good Shepherd on the high places. Once she reaches her final destination her name is changed to Grace and Glory. How true it is-that trials only come to make one stronger. In order to appreciate victory a battle has to be fought. Often times human emotions can be crippling if allowed. However, when all is given to God we are able to rise above those fetters and onto more spiritual high places. I loved how the author spoke of her journey in the last chapter. A verse she mentioned stated that "Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it." I Thessalonians 5:24 Whatever you set out to do, if it is meant for you....you will see it come to pass despite obstacles placed in your way. This was not my usual read as it is written in a slightly different style than I'm use to. I am so glad I picked it up and finished it. Recommend it to anyone who needs encouragement.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah (Gutierrez) Myers

    I have to admit it; I like this children's version even better than the original Hind's Feet on High Places. The pictures are enchanting and the abridgment is quite well done. I have read this aloud several times to some of my younger siblings, and they have always enjoyed it--particularly the illustrations of Pride and Craven Fear, I'm afraid! :) The text may be a little above the heads of pre-school children and too long for the hyper ones, but for slightly older children who still enjoy bein I have to admit it; I like this children's version even better than the original Hind's Feet on High Places. The pictures are enchanting and the abridgment is quite well done. I have read this aloud several times to some of my younger siblings, and they have always enjoyed it--particularly the illustrations of Pride and Craven Fear, I'm afraid! :) The text may be a little above the heads of pre-school children and too long for the hyper ones, but for slightly older children who still enjoy being read to or reading it on their own, it is excellent.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sasha

    This is a charming allegory of the Christian journey, particularly the Christian's battle against self. Hannah Hurnard is a genius wordsmith, and the twists and turns of the plot, along with her delicate writing style, kept me intrigued. This is an old book (1930s? 40s?), but Hurnard's insight is amazingly relevant. I would especially recommend this to anyone who has the patience for books designed to inspire quiet self-reflection and who can appreciate older writing styles.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I've read this book maybe 4 times now?! It never ceases to bless and challenge me. The theology of Hurnard's later writings went a little sideways, but Hinds Feet and its sequel...Mountain of Spices have a special place in my heart.

  28. 4 out of 5

    TC

    An allegory, beautifully written. Puts me in mind of C.S. Lewis' 'Till We Have Faces, but it is less complex. This is a story/parable for the soul. It would be a lovely gift book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lorna Corcoran

    One of my favourite books ever and that says a lot with the amount of books I read! Absolutely loved it! It impacted on my life in a big way!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    A moving story, whose characters we face in our day to day lives. I relate well with it and it was an eye opener. I recommend it to every Christian.

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