Review: Hinds’ Feet on High Places

Hinds' Feet on High Places
Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A super duper allegorical story for uplifting the spirit and restoring hope to most anyone struggling with most anything. Hannah Hurnard had a few physical appearance issues as she was growing up that in turn caused emotional and psychological barriers for her. Common enough. What is uncommon is this simple and beautiful story that is appropriate for all ages.

Hinds Feet on High Places takes the most complicated spiritual and emotional problems and gives very simple solutions in a straight forward manner. It may sound overly simple, but it works! She named people and places for what they were. Much Afraid who lived with the Fearing Family in The Valley of Humiliation is the main character. Friends and companions are named for the things people often clothe themselves in such as Sorrow and Suffering. As Much Afraid gives up control and tries new things, her companions begin to change into Joy, Hope, Strenth and that kind of thing.

In a time honored tradition that seems to be in all cultures including the Christian bible, people evolve into new names as they gain life skills. Native Americans have always done this. The Old Testament is full of it. Children worldwide often revert to their formal names and give up nicknames after rites of passage that transform them.

From age 10 to 100, if you know someone who struggles with despair, victimization, defeatism, bullying, this is a book to give to that person and trust that when the time is right, the book will be there to give what is has to give. Buy up any copy you see in thrift shops and yard sales, for you will always need another one.

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