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Hinds' Feet on High Places

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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, 320 pages
Published November 23rd 1979 by Tyndale Momentum (first published 1955)
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May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You don’t understand spirituality inside and out by being wide-eyed, innocent and very Much-Afraid.

For those attempting to scale the high and forbidding heights of insight, after taking the Hind at His word and following Him, sheer brute stamina as well as steady, unremitting endurance are mandatory.

All of these traits come together perfectly, for example, in the life of the great Georg Wilhelm Hegel.

But they don’t at all meld in Ms Hurnard’s work. And the rather fey ungroundedness which susta
This book is for me a beautifully written allegory that touched me deeply and made me think.
Jun 05, 2011 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 01, 2008 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
Allison Tebo
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, favorites
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 ...more
May 05, 2009 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
Jan 28, 2013 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,
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jun 03, 2011 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!

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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.
Roxanneandvince Weber
Feb 01, 2010 rated it did not like it
I know everyone is supposed to love this book, but I found it annoying. Don't tell anyone. ...more
This book is so good....there just aren't words.
I hope not to let so many years go by before I reread it again.
Courtney Kleefeld
Jul 10, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mostly finished this book but did not want to force myself to finish reading it. The only thing that would redeem this book for me is if Much-Afraid discovered in the end that the person she thought was the "Good Shepherd" was really the enemy called Legalism the whole time.
Seriously, I wanted to throw this book against my wall a few times.

Let me break this down:
1. He puts a thorn in her heart that will eventually bloom into a flower, and ONLY THEN will she be loved in return. If he had said, "O
Jan 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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Feb 09, 2013 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
Dec 28, 2014 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
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is one of those books that I've always thought I "should" read. In that way, I'm glad to have read it. I'm thankful it was a gift from my dear SIL who knew it was on my "list."

Unfortunately, I did not care for it, I didn't like the style - I found it trite and cloying. I found it to be less of a description of Christian life than earning salvation along a series of tests. There were good things but overall, I found it kinda meh and am glad to be done.
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my all time most favorite book of 2020 and maybe life. Reading this book was like being gently & firmly embraced by someone you love.
Drew Morgan
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Even better the second time—giving a fifth star. Immense depth if you’re willing to receive it. This book gives voice to many of the deepest set fears that come with the unpredictable and costly call to follow Jesus but also a picture of why we can trust that it’s all good despite what our limited vantage point may suggest. Few resources provide the encouragement this book does that no sacrifice is too much and that the journey is always worth continuing.


I was initially a little turned off by
Elizabeth Allen
Jan 14, 2021 rated it did not like it
This is not a Christian allegory. It claims to be, but it’s really more like Hinduism. So many Christians have recommended this book to me over the years, so I finally read it. I was immediately struck by the fact that the "Shepherd" who represents Jesus makes no sacrifices. He is merely a teacher. He often leaves Much-Afraid alone. Jesus never leaves his followers. Also, Much-Afraid must work to earn her way to the high places, achieving a higher level Christianity based on her own merit. This ...more
I found this, for the most part, to be a thought-provoking & inspiring little Christian allegory!

Not everything came across greatly for me, but I feel I gleaned some wisdom. :)

More thoughts to come!
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. ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely story in allegorical form of a young woman being brought close to the Saviour. He walks with her and talks with her, and teaches her many things.....
Brian Whited
Sep 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: gospel, fiction
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,
anca dc
Jan 24, 2011 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.
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
May 03, 2008 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. ...more
Sarah Dodson
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Don’t you know that everything that comes to the High Places is transformed?” ...

“I begin to think, my Lord, you purposely allow us to be brought into contact with the bad and evil things that you want changed. Perhaps that is the very reason why we are here in this world, where sin and sorrow and suffering and evil abound, so that we may let you teach us to react to them, that out of them we can create lovely qualities to live forever.”

Read for 😌 and 😭 as you resonate with much of Much-Afraid’
Kelsey Gould
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Paige Cuthbertson| Turning_Every_Paige
So, I liked this one. I didn’t at the beginning, but after several chapters it finally engaged me.

There were several theological issues/poor interpretations of Scripture. The whole story is based on the assumption that Song of Solomon is an allegory for Christ and the church. I believe that that’s poor hermeneutics. The SS is simply a book about pure love and sexual passion between King Solomon and his bride. Because of this, the allegory falls flat in a lot of places. The ending was confusing
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Hanna Hurnard was 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 E

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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.” 61 likes
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