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Hinds' Feet on High Places (High Places #1)

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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 ...more
Paperback, 317 pages
Published November 23rd 1979 by Living Books (first published 1955)
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Jun 05, 2011 Shannon rated it really liked it
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
Aug 22, 2008 Alice rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 18, 2015 LadyCalico rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 01, 2013 Angelica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!

Apr 01, 2015 Abigail rated it really liked it
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
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Feb 17, 2011 anca dc rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
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.
Jan 28, 2013 Kate rated it did not like it
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,
May 05, 2008 Jrad rated it really liked it
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.
May 10, 2015 Ian rated it really liked it
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 ...more
May 09, 2015 Megan rated it liked it
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
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
Feb 02, 2011 Brent rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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Brian Whited
Aug 13, 2013 Brian Whited rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, gospel
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,
Kathleen Grace
May 22, 2014 Kathleen Grace rated it really liked it
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.
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Feb 01, 2010 Roxanneandvince Weber rated it did not like it
I know everyone is supposed to love this book, but I found it annoying. Don't tell anyone.
Sarah Gutierrez
Feb 26, 2011 Sarah Gutierrez rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jun 21, 2011 Sasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 08, 2015 TC rated it liked it
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.
Feb 10, 2015 Anita rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 10, 2016 Trace rated it it was amazing
Nobody will be able to convince me that the Lord did not send this book to me at just the time I needed to read it most. 5++ stars!

At the very beginning (but not for long) I thought it would be a super simplistic version of Pilgrim's Progress... but its really not. The writing is absolutely beautiful. It is a splendid contemplation on the gifts of Sorrow and Suffering.... yes I did say "gifts".

I particularly loved Chapter 7 titled On the Shores of Loneliness - it really spoke to me during this
Jan 02, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christians
Although I have been a Christian my entire life, I had never encountered Christian allegories in the genre of Pilgrim’s Progress and Hinds' Feet on High Places until my own children were in school. My first impression of this book was that it was strange. I wasn’t quite sure that I was getting it. I found a free resource on the internet for the first chapter. After reading the guide, I felt more comfortable that I was on the right track.

Hannah Hurnard is imaginative and packs a lot into a story
Apr 30, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
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
Oct 28, 2008 Tanya rated it really liked it
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
Apr 14, 2015 Cary rated it really liked it
This book reminds me of what C.S. Lewis said in his book, Screwtape Letters about the series of peaks throughs that every child of God or follower of Christ has to undergo. The journey of Much-Afraid is the journey that every Christian has to undergo. Contrary to the common belief, following Jesus is not always a bed of roses. Following Jesus is costly because sorrow and sufferings and difficulties are part of the journey. But the promise of eternal life in heaven and a full life here on earth ...more
Dec 06, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 30, 2011 Marita rated it liked it
Shelves: rs, spirituality
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
Sep 24, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 13, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it
Second time reading it. Really cute story full of good meaning. I have the audiobook and I enjoy listening to it at night while I'm resting. MuchAfraid is a relatable character. She wants to do right, and she loves the Master, but she is so frail and she keeps falling...just like me. She doesn't want these new companions, Suffering and Sorrow, but she goes with them anyway, because of the Master. 'Acceptance with Joy'.
I recommend reading this book, or listening to the audio. Especially if you ar
Jan 06, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing
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Reed Abbitt
Apr 20, 2016 Reed Abbitt rated it it was amazing
Most beautiful! Word that dash your heart upon truth like waves against the shore.
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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.”
“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.” 48 likes
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