I've just added these to my Amazon store. Because like I said there, if you haven't read them, you need to. And if it's been a while, you need to read them again. Really. I can only give these two thumbs up because that's all the thumbs I have. But if I could, I'd give them 100 thumbs up. A thousand thumbs up. A million!
Sounds a little over-enthusiastic, I know. But I really mean it. I can't recommend them enough.
If you don't have the money to spend on new ones, check out the used books on Amazon. I'm guessing you could get both of them for pennies and just pay shipping.
Or you could go to the library, but these are books you need to own, and read with a pen in hand (of course!). Because you will find so much to underline that you're copy will look like mine in no time flat. See?
I borrowed my mom's copy (which is the one I read all those years ago) when we moved back to Denver at the beginning of July, but quickly realized I needed my own because there were so many things to underline, so many notes to make in the margin. So I ordered one--and the same day Mom brought me a new copy for my very own. (So I gave the one I ordered to Ali when she was here. Because she hadn't read it and needs to. [Which reminds me, Ali--we need to have a chat about it soon!] Just like you do!)
Anyway, I'd read Hinds' Feet on High Places years and years ago, forgotten all about it, and only remembered because my darling Christy has been reading it and kept reading me bits and pieces from her copy when we'd meet for coffee on Fridays.
But with packing and moving, I didn't get around to it.
Back to July. I started reading it in my quiet time. Somehow, God seemed silent for a while there around the time we moved, my Bible reading seemed, well, flat, and I needed something different. And though this is a novel, it's definitely devotion/quiet time material.
So I read it, read the sequel, and have started back through Hinds' Feet on High Places again, underlining like mad. God is speaking left and right through these books to me (and my copy has some notes from the author in the back that are so worth the read too) and it comes up in every conversation I have with Christy.
We talk about the characters like they are real people, about Much Afraid as if she is really us. Because she is. Because we have each found ourselves in the pages at every turn.
It's a story of love, of transformation, of obedience, of submission, of the Shepherd.
I could go on and on. Believe me. These books are prompting such a work in my heart, such a longing to be transformed. They have given me new eyes to see my Shepherd--he's so gentle and kind and laughing.
They've given me a vision of who God is shaping me to be. A new attitude toward my sin and failures. A new outlook with which to see those around me.
I want everyone I know to read them so I can talk about them all the time. I want to read them aloud to my girls. I want them to find themselves in the pages now--and not wait until they're my age to learn the lessons there.
Enough! Go buy them. And then tell me how much you love them, how much you love the Shepherd, how God changes you through this story.