Hinds' Feet on High Places: The Original and Complete Allegory with a Devotional and Journal for Women by Darien Cooper
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Hinds' Feet on High Places: The Original and Complete Allegory with a Devotional and Journal for Women by Darien Cooper (High Places #1)

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A devotional for women, this book includes the entire text of the classic allegory as well as tender devotions written by Darien B. Cooper. The spiritually rich allegory that has positively influen
Paperback, 335 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Destiny Image Publishers (first published 1955)
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Alice
Aug 22, 2008 Alice rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Book Clubs, Scripture Study Groups, anyone seeking closeness with God
Recommended to Alice by: my mother
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...more
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...more
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!

Kate
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,...more
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...more
Jrad
May 05, 2008 Jrad rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those looking for strength in trials
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.
Brent
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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.
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Lola4
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...more
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,...more
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.
The Chestertonian (Sarah G)
Feb 26, 2011 The Chestertonian (Sarah G) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 7-12 year-old children, and all those older who are still young at heart
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...more
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.
Terah
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.
Sarah
Despite the obvious nature of the allegorizing, this book is extremely well-written. The characters are interesting, well-drawn, consistent, and engaging. I liked the Song of Solomon framework, and thought the story held together well. I've read it probably a dozen times, and always enjoy it.
However, on looking a little closer this time, the "higher life" angle was a bit disturbing. It isn't, as I'd previously thought, a salvation analogy, though it would have been a good one. But Much-Afraid st...more
Tanya
This is an allegory, written in a similar style to Pilgrim's Progress. Here is a beautiful passage from the end (that reminded me of The Hiding Place which I had just read) where Much-Afraid, now renamed Grace and Glory, is telling the Shepherd (Christ) what she had learned: "Every circumstance in life, no matter how crooked and distorted and ugly it appears to be, if it is reacted to in love and forgiveness and obedience to your will can be transformed.
"Therefore I begin to think, my Lord, you...more
Rebecca
Dec 06, 2012 Rebecca rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 13 and up
This book was so instrumental in my life! It is a beautiful story of our relationship with Christ told in an allegorical/fiction way. It is so sweet that you hurt because you know you could have this relationship yourself!!!

If you haven't read it yet- YOU SHOULD!! This just needs to be on everyone's bookshelf! I actually went out and got a hardback for my personal collection. Yes, it is worth it!

For young ladies, especially, this helps us keep our focus on the fact that we have a great respons...more
Marita
Very Strange, Song of Salomon inspired Allegory. I was very confused in the beginning. I was picturing the deer form the cover and then they talked about Much Afraid having hands?!... I ended liking the book OK and gave it the 3rd * for obscurity and effort. The book got me going back to the Old Testament and to read the actual Song of Salomon which I had not done since the teenage years when I considered it to be way too sensual and pornographic to be in the Bible...Now many years later: "Make...more
Heather
If you've ever been through a 'valley' in life and wondered will it ever end, this is a great book. It's definately a 'christian' book. It's written from a scripture in Habakkuk 3:19. Habakkuk is a great short book in the bible, and the verse she writes from is so powerful obviously, since Hannah is able to write an entire book about it. I think probably one of the best, second to the bible that is. It's a super easy read, short. But the character, Much Afraid, you will definately feel like is y...more
Laura
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AN ALLEGORY OF OUR FELLOWSHIP WITH OUR LORD

This is the story of a young girl named Much AFRAID. I identify very much with her fear of life. She is crippled and has a facial deformity. However she has a pure and loving heart and is invited to go with the Good SHEPHERD to the High Places. She of course LEARNS MANY hard lessons and and many wonderful things that the SHEPHERD teaches her. As I read this book for the second time I feel like He is TEACHING m ttce along with Much Afraid and I gain more...more
Susie
Nov 18, 2008 Susie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susie by: Mariah Cook
A beautiful, metaphoric story about the life of faith and growth in it. Has powerful images of the dilemmas that people face in the life of faith, the challenges and struggles that we face, and the ways in which God's grace meets us.
I love it. I highly recommend it. It is a very "different" approach to looking at spiritual growth than most spiritual growth books people encounter nowadays. Non-linear, story-oriented.
Has some archaic language.
Kay
This is like Pilgrim's Progress,an analogy of the Christian's walk, only this time it's a young lady who is a cripple. Her companions are Sorrow and Suffering. For that reason, few people will take the time to read this classic--who wants sorrow and suffering as your companions? But they are the tools to help you climb to the High Places and reach some point of spiritual maturity.
Amber
This is such a sweet book. I can't wait until I can share this book with my children. What a journey for Much Afraid. I loved the descriptions of her "old" relatives. I listened to this on audio book and I loved hearing the different characters come alive. It gave such a great perspective on them.

This book was pure joy.
Randi Mcgee
Just finished reading this again, after many years. Loved it even more, because instead of being able to relate to the journey, I've *taken* it, now - on a number of levels. It spoke volumes that I couldn't understand on previous readings, and was uplifting and encouraging in a whole new dimension.
Kaitlyn
I would describe it as a cross between Pilgrim's Progress and Final Quest by Joyner. Some of the ways that it was written irritated me but the essence of the story and the phases of the journey of Much Afraid, the main character, convicted and challenged me.

would make a good screenplay. :)
Jade
Truthful and powerful message that is expressed in a gentle way. The imagery is poetic & delightful. I found it easy to relate to the main character. Highly recommended to new Christians and older Christians alike. Lovely allegory. I will be rereading this one.
Joel
I recommend this book highly. The 3* rating is a result of a major key issue where at one point the main character is asked if she would follow even if being deceived. Not sure why author pressed this point.
Donna Nolen
I just reread this book again recently. This is a book that will stay in my collection for life. This book is written metaphorically about our relationship with Jesus. In the book He is the Chief Shepherd and the main character is Much Afraid. She lives in the valley with her Fearing relatives who mostly ignore her until she shows an interest in going to the High Places with the Chief Shepherd. This is the story about her determination, despite literal Fears, to make it to the High Places with h...more
Roxanneandvince Weber
I know everyone is supposed to love this book, but I found it annoying. Don't tell anyone.
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a twentieth century Christian author, best known for her allegory Hinds' Feet on High Places.
Hurnard was born in 1905 in Colchester, England to Quaker parents. She graduated from Ridgelands Bible College of Great Britain in 1926. In 1932 she became an independent missionary, moving to Haifa, Israel. Her work in Israel lasted 50 years, although she would later maintain a home in England as well.
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“She bent forward to look, then gave a startled little cry and drew back. There was indeed a seed lying in the palm of his hand, but it was shaped exactly like a long, sharply-pointed thorn… ‘The seed looks very sharp,’ she said shrinkingly. ’Won’t it hurt if you put it into my heart?’

He answered gently, ‘It is so sharp that it slips in very quickly. But, Much-Afraid, I have already warned you that Love and Pain go together, for a time at least. If you would know Love, you must know pain too.’

Much-Afraid looked at the thorn and shrank from it. Then she looked at the Shepherd’s face and repeated his words to herself. ’When the seed of Love in your heart is ready to bloom, you will be loved in return,’ and a strange new courage entered her. She suddenly stepped forward, bared her heart, and said, ‘Please plant the seed here in my heart.’

His face lit up with a glad smile and he said with a note of joy in his voice, ‘Now you will be able to go with me to the High Places and be a citizen in the Kingdom of my Father.’

Then he pressed the thorn into her heart. It was true, just as he had said, it did cause a piercing pain, but it slipped in quickly and then, suddenly, a sweetness she had never felt or imagined before tingled through her. It was bittersweet, but the sweetness was the stronger. She thought of the Shepherd’s words, ‘It is so happy to love,’ and her pale, sallow cheeks suddenly glowed pink and her eyes shown. For a moment Much-Afraid did not look afraid at all.”
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“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.” 32 likes
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