Hinds’ Feet on High Places Christian Study Guide

“The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to go on the heights.”

– Habakkuk 3:19

The book club I am in is reading Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard this month. The book is an allegory, wherein the main character, Much-Afraid, takes a journey up a rocky mountainside for which she must develop “hinds’ feet” to reach the “high places.” She is encouraged on her way by the Chief Shepherd, who comes to her aid whenever she calls, and is accompanied by the companions he chose for her, Sorrow and Suffering.

The theme of this book is crucifying your own will for that of your Lord. Every acceptance of His will is an altar of sacrifice that helps us to progress and mature in our walk with Him.

I would invite any of you who stumble across this blog to read the book and consider some of the things I’ve mentioned below. The first and longest portion of this guide is a simple summary of the book, with scriptural references for expansion on what the allegory is really attempting to say. But personally, I feel that the most important part comes in the few questions at the bottom. Asking myself these questions as I was reading was what was truly helpful to me in applying the lessons Much-Afraid learned on her journey in my own life. Remember, as the introduction states: the “High Places” are not meant to signify heaven or life after death, but the rewards God gives us during our lives here on Earth if we follow the path chosen for us.

MuchAfraid’s Journey – A Summary:

  • Part 1: Weeping May Endure for a Night (Psalm 30:5)
    1. Invitation to the High Places: The chief shepherd offers Much-Afraid salvation from the Valley of Humiliation and all of her “Fearing” relatives who plague her existence. He sows the seed of divine love in her heart so that it may grow and blossom into Perfect Love.1 He tells her to be ready at a moment’s notice to drop everything and follow Him so that he may lead her to the High Places, the Kingdom of Love.2
    2. Fearing Invasion: Much-Afraid is besieged at her home by a mob of “her terrible relatives”, who blame her for estranging her family and attempt to persuade her that her husband-to-be, Craven Fear, only needs her help to change his manner and that this is her responsibility. It is during this moment of weakness and confusion that the Chief Shepherd chooses to come for her, but she is paralyzed by her fears and unable to go with him.3
    3. Flight Into the Night: Later, with the help of Mrs. Valiant (her neighbor), Much-Afraid is able to overtake her cousin Gloomy and escape from her relatives. Even though she was not ready to follow the Chief Shepherd when he came for her, the Shepherd waited and did not leave without her.4
    4. Start for the High Places: The Shepherd uses the beautiful wildflowers to teach Much-Afraid a lesson: the flowers offer up their beauty completely and willingly even though it seems that there is no one to appreciate them.5 He tells Much-Afraid that once she has ascended to the High Places, she will have the power to take all that she is given and travel between the High Places and the Valley of Humiliation. After teaching her these valuable lessons, he discusses with her that he will leave her with two guides who will help her ascend the mountain, but that he will never be out of her reach.6 At that, he leaves her with Sorrow and Suffering.
    5. Encounter With Pride: The relatives Much-Afraid left in the Valley of Humiliation have allowed themselves to be consumed with bitterness that she has escaped and begun her journey with the Chief Shepherd. In their efforts to make her return, they send her cousin Pride up on the mountain to discourage her. In talking with Pride, Much-Afraid does begin to question the validity of the Shepherd’s statements to her, but when she remembers the covenant he made with her, she calls upon him and he comes to her aid.7
    6. Detour Through the Desert: Sorrow and Suffering begin to lead Much-Afraid down instead of up, and when she calls on the Shepherd, he tells her only that she must trust his word. This is where she builds her first altar. Once she concedes to go down into the desert with him, the Shepherd shows her the process by which grain is refined: it is beaten and bruised over and over until it is fine enough to bake the best bread.8 In the desert, she finds a flower called Acceptance-with-Joy and decides to accept her Lord’s will and work for his purposes.9
    7. On the Shores of Loneliness: Much-Afraid, left alone with Sorrow and Suffering on the shores of the Sea of Loneliness, rather enjoys her time in the desert until more of her relatives appear with the intention of retrieving her: Resentment, Bitterness, and Self-Pity. After recognizing that they are attempting to manipulate her, Much-Afraid begins to attack her assaulters. But even though she tries to resist them on her own, she is unable to defeat them without the Shepherd’s help.10
    8. On the Old Sea Wall: Much-Afraid lays down her will on a new altar as her adversaries look on. She glories in the victory the Shepherd has in her. She finds the little flower Acceptance-with-Joy growing in herself, and sacrifices her heart on an altar. The Shepherd tells her that she must be ready for something new, and that he will soon be taking her to the High Places.
    9. Great Precipice Injury: Much-Afraid, along with Sorrow and Suffering, come to a cliff blocking their path. The only way they can continue is by following the path of the deer. Much-Afriad truly believes that it is impossible for her to follow the path any longer as her cousin Craven Fear appears on the mountaintop. Sorrow and Suffering urge her to call the Shepherd, but she hesitates because she is afraid that he will send her up the cliff. She does call him in the end, and he encourages her. She lays her will, dread, and shrinking on an altar and makes the decision to ascend wherever the Shepherd would have her ascend because his desire for her life is more important to her than her own.11 She must now surmount Mount Injury bound to Sorrow and Suffering, helped along the way by the Spirit of Grace and Comfort.
    10. Ascent of the Precipice Injury: In a cave where the travelers are to pass the night, Much-Afraid finds the flower Bearing-the-Cost (Forgiveness) which has borne injury and not ceased to love. Much-Afraid builds another altar and dedicates herself to forgiveness. Later on their journey, Much-Afraid takes a fall that can only be healed by the Spirit of Grace and Comfort.12
    11. In the Forests of Danger and Tribulation: Much-Afraid and her companions weather a storm and fight against Craven Fear with strength. When the storm returns, they are safely protected in a hut provided along the way.13
    12. In the Mist: Spurred on by Resentment and Bitterness, Much-Afraid works herself into a frenzy believing that they are not ascending at all, and that they have missed the path up that they were supposed to take because of the fog surrounding them. Only when she becomes so tired of stumbling and feeling miserable that she begins to sing a song of worship does the mist lift, and the Shepherd come to her aid.14 After spending time in quiet conversation with him, she invites him even to deceive her if it be his prerogative.
    13. In the Valley of Loss: Sorrow and Suffering lead Much-Afraid, again, into a valley instead of up higher, and she honestly considers abandoning the Shepherd’s path for her own. But the idea of a world without the Shepherd’s love and guidance is so terrifying and dismal that she gives herself completely to him.15 It becomes clear to her at this moment that the only thing that matters to her is faithfulness to her Lord.
    14. The Place of Anointing: Much-Afraid learns that as much work as her journey has been, the last part is simply surrender, trusting the Shepherd to carry her all the way up – she rides a suspended chair all the way to the top. From the waterfalls of love she learns that the spirit of the citizens of the Kingdom of Love in the High Places lies in their desire to give.16 At the mountaintop, the Shepherd reveals himself to her as the King of the Kingdom of Love so that she will see the truth. Finally, she spends time there preparing herself for the last part of her journey, which she does not know is death.17
    15. The Floods: The Shepherd commands Much-Afraid to go up to the top of the great waterfall at the top of the mountain. On the way they meet Fear, Bitterness, Resentment, Pride, and Self-Pity on their way down the mountain, fleeing a storm at the top. But Much-Afraid refuses to turn back; the Shepherd has prepared a place for them to take refuge until the storm passes. Throughout the storm she is tempted to stray yet again from the path set before her, but instead examines the stones she has collected in memory of the sacrifices she has made on her altars along the way and refuses to forsake any of them.18 After the storm, she continues to ascend to the heights.
    16. Grave on the Mountains: Much-Afraid casts herself down onto an altar to sacrifice her offering. With help, she tears human love from her heart and lays her life on the altar.
  • Part 2: Joy Cometh in the Morning (Psalm 30:5)
    1. Healing Streams/Hinds Feet: Much-Afraid awakes in the High Places with Hinds’ Feet. Called by the Shepherd, Much-Afraid realizes that she is able to leap out of the canyon she is in with her new powerful hinds’ feet. The Shepherd fulfills his covenant with Much-Afraid by giving her a new name – Grace-and-Glory – and bestowing upon her the divine love that has blossomed in her heart.19 He also transforms the common stones she collected as memory of her sacrifices into jewels from which to fashion her heavenly crown. Finally, he introduces her to her new companions, the transformed Sorrow and Suffering, now called Joy and Peace.
    2. High Places/Return to the Valley: Despite the lessons Grace-and-Glroy and her companions learn in the High Places, and the trouble they took in getting there, they decide that their new responsibility is to help others reach the High Places as well.20

1 “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear. . .” 1 John 4:18
2 “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matt 16:24
3 “My sheep listen to my voice. I know them and they follow me.” John 10:27
4 “I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my words and have not denied my name.” Revelation 3:8
5 “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love on another.” John 13:35
6 “The Lord replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14
7 “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13
8 “For you, Oh God, tested us; you refined us like silver.” Psalm 66:10
9 “The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2:17
10“Jesus answered, ‘It is written, “Man does not live on bread alone.”’” Matthew 4:4
11 “If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:3
12“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:35
13“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3
14“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
15“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.” 1 Chronicles 28:9
16 “The Peter said, ‘Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Acts 3:617“Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him. . .” 2 Timothy 2:11
18“The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” Matthew 7:25
19“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10
20“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though god were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’sbehalf: Be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20

Christian Lessons from the High Places

  • Accept with joy.
  • Bear the cost of forgiveness without bitterness.
  • God does not regard you as you are, but as you will be when you become what He wants you to be.
  • Even the most evil things can be overcome with goodness and love.

Some Questions to Consider:

  1. Where is your “Valley of Humiliation”? Have you returned there, since you received salvation, to bring the gifts God has given you to others who need them?
  2. How do you respond when God asks you to sacrifice for Him? Do you build the altar he requests of you with joy or resentment in your heart?
  3. What stones do you carry in your pocket to remind you of your personal covenant with God?
  4. What was your name before you allowed God into your heart? Where you a MuchAfraid? Bitterness? Resentment? Self-Pity? Who were/are your most persistent enemies?

I’d like to leave you with a quote from Chapter 89 of the monk Evagrius’s The Praktikos (rules for monastic life from the early Middle Ages). Of course we know that goodliness and Godliness can be measured in more ways than any man could enumerate, but here are just some of the ways in which surrendering ourselves to God’s will can manifest blessedness – signs that we are on the right road – in our lives:

“According to our master, that man of wisdom, the rational soul is composed of three parts. When virtue comes to birth in the rational part it is called prudence, understanding and wisdom. When it is developed in the concupiscible [earthly, rebellious] part it receives the names of temperance, charity and continence. Justice, however, is located in the whole of the soul. The virtue of the irascible part is termed courage and patience. Now the proper work of prudence is to war against the hostile powers and to protect the virtues, to draw up its forces against the vices, and to arrange affairs according to the requirements of the times. The province of understanding is to direct all those things which lead to our perfection in such a way that they harmoniously achieve their aim. Wisdom governs the contemplation of the meaningful structure of both corporeal and incoroporeal objects. Temperance has the function of enabling us to look upon those affairs which cause irrational phantasms, remaining the while free of passion. Charity has the role of showing itself to every image of God as being as nearly like its prototype as possible no matter how the demons ply their arts to defile them. Continence has the power of refusing with joy every pleasure of the palate. The work of courage and patience is to know no fear of enemies and eagerly to endure afflictions. Finally, justice produces a certain harmony and symphony among the various parts of the soul.”
Evagrius Chapter 8

All scripture verses are quoted from the New International Version of the Bible using The Bible Gateway – an extremely useful tool!



  1. Leah said,

    March 21, 2007 at 7:13 pm

    I actually had to read this book for a college literature class. I didn’t know anything about the book but had heard good things about it. After reading the book, I recommitted myself to God. I loved this book so much and this book study will really help raise questions and answer some.

  2. Christina said,

    April 18, 2008 at 12:06 am

    i had to read this book too. & it was good cuz it talked bout real stuff that happens in life. but i think that it is a good way to get people to become christians. God is a really forgiving God and you can always go to him in time of troubles.

  3. Carla Gade said,

    April 19, 2008 at 1:32 am

    Thank you for posting this! I have been thinking of using this in my small group. I appreciate your insights.

  4. Tonya Hutsell said,

    May 13, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    I am re-reading this book for the second time. I cannot help but to think that it is like “Apples of Gold in settings of Silver” for a paticular situation the Lord has ahead for me. God laid in on my heart for a reason, and I hope if it is for another trial, I can be like Much-Afraid and say whatever, Lord, I must love you!

  5. Kim Nelson said,

    July 12, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    I want to thank you for this blog. I have been looking for this book and when i saw this article I was so overjoyed. I needed the information from the above and I was so blessed during the reading. Thank you

  6. sharon foster said,

    July 26, 2008 at 12:57 am

    I was on a very hard visit to an orphange i help with in mexico when my husband found this book in the trash..it came during my first week gone..during my first week gone i could hear it in his voice that he wished me home..but my work had just begun..he started to read the book and realized that i was much afraid…during the second week the stress in his voice had left and i think he realized the work God was doing in my life..during the third week i began to realize the peace and acceptance God had given me..after returning home this week I started the book and i am not one to read…i could not put it down…oh the wonderful words of this book had hit me hard…grace and glory..joy and peace…my life in the words of this book….Praise be to God in the high place…and i WILL follow my lords leadings all the days of my life..in the lows and in the highs..always accepting what ever life brings..with joy..Even tho sorrow and suffering have been my close friends these last few weeks..i give thanks for their friendship and thank my God for all the trials i have gone thru..successfully with only his strength and his peace…

  7. Dawn Bullard said,

    August 15, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Since I was told by a few people who don’t even know one another….”read this book”…. I finally got it and couldn’t put it down. Hannah is especially gifted in creative communication. There have been many highs and lows in my life and this put Gods plan into a word picture for me! I loved the message and want to tell everyone to read the book!

  8. Marisa said,

    February 6, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Thanks so much! I have to read this book for school and I just could not get through it.

  9. Deb M said,

    February 23, 2009 at 8:11 am

    I reread this book often. I believe the Lord lays it on my heart to remind me that these issues have a way of revisiting us and lessons learned are best not forgotten. Like Pilgrims Progress , Hinds Feet transported me to a world where I could watch as I walked thru the fire.

  10. Darline said,

    April 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    I have read the book but I do need to read the book again. I need to learn from this book. It is a very good book. I recommend reading it.

  11. Linda Barrett said,

    April 27, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I am teaching this to a group of ladies in my church. I read it for the first time right after my mother and father had separated, I had had 2 miscarriages, a car accident, had moved to a new city, had no friends, and had a new baby. I cried all the way through it, but it was the cry of hope mingled with sorrow – that maybe God could redeem all the hard things that I was experiencing. He has done just that – I say this 29 years later. I especially loved, and still do love the sweet picture of the Shepherd – faithful, gentle, strong, and loving. The book convicts and encourages. I love it.

  12. Emily said,

    May 1, 2009 at 12:30 am

    I just started teaching this in my small group, and this website is so helpful, thank you thank you!

  13. Kim said,

    June 6, 2009 at 2:56 am

    I read this story in 1998. It is now 2009 and I am reading it again. The five copies I purchased back then have long been handed out to friends and people on the path. My one last copy is here for me once again.

  14. Kim said,

    June 24, 2009 at 4:40 am

    Hi there – I am leading a book club discussion on this book and was wondering if I could use some of your above material? I will provide the ladies (about 7 of us total) with your blog site as the reference. Please let me know.

  15. Paula said,

    July 1, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I am considering reading this in the book club format with a group of ladies at my church this fall. How was your book club set up? do you have any suggestions from what you did that could help me with this.

  16. vero said,

    July 22, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Excellent I am reading it right now ,tour post will help..;0)

  17. Memory Muzvondiwa said,

    July 27, 2009 at 1:05 am

    the book is ful of personal reflections. Job well done! I cannot bring myself to put the book down even aftr reading it four times!

  18. Memory Muzvondiwa said,

    July 27, 2009 at 1:06 am


  19. cheryl said,

    November 10, 2009 at 11:05 am

    I was recommended this book by a friend and read it. Enjoyed it and put it on my book shelf. Felt God saying to me to read it again 4 years later after a major healing encounter with god, wow it blew my mind. This was my journey up to the healing encounter with God.

  20. Rebecca said,

    November 18, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    This is an amazing book that brought me to tears! I was babtized in Christ in 2002 and realized no matter my failures and curcumstances, GOD is always there to cast away my fears! He is soooo GOOD!

    • Bob Thanasiu said,

      July 31, 2010 at 12:28 pm

      Good morning Bambi Just wanted you to know that when you said that Jesus is coming soon my heart was lifted high with that truth. Bambi also the order of the books that you refer people too is really great, The bible first. These others are also great reads because they refer back to the one truth that can not be topped for it is the very word of our God speaking too you and me.

      • Bambi said,

        July 31, 2010 at 8:55 pm

        Shalom Bob. To God be the glory! thank you for reply. Am encouraged hearing from someone. God answered prayers =) i found a copy of the book in one of the Christian bookstores at city of London. Not only that, the other book of Hunnard also. I gave one to my mother in law. I reread my own copy (the 3rd time! =) cant help not to especially when i need encouragements).
        Bro., really, Jesus is coming soon than we think.. These are days of great deception.. Just be aware of apostasy..it infiltrates in our churches now. Only those who know the Real Truth will know this deception of teachings (new age movement) in the church. As i keep praying to myself…may God continually give us the grace and mercy that we may able to endure until the end..Elohim Yavarech Otkha.

  21. Bambi said,

    December 11, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I was given a pet name by my parents “Bambi.” I am female. I learned that Bambi is male in Disney character. =) I was in my low point of my christian walk when i heard a preacher that God has purpose why your name is your name. And then i found this book and it so really reflects on me (especially that i am petit). God spoke to me through this. I was so encouraged; now whatever situation am in, by God’s grace, i am able to stand on the heights. This is my third book i refers to everyone (Bible, Pilgrim’s Progress, Hind’s feet on the High Places). I am trying to look another copy so that i can give as gift but i find no more. Please publish more. Or better if you have also for e-book. Elohim Yavarech Anachnu ba Yeshua ha Massiach (God bless us all in Jesus the Messiah [hebrew]) Jesus is coming soon!!!! Hold on to your faith..See yah in Heaven =)

  22. Chelsea said,

    January 25, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I am using this book for one of my discipleship girls (I work with high school students). I have been looking for some questions to use. Thank you for sharing what the Lord has shown you in your reading and studying. Others will and have benefitted from your obedience. It has also challenged me to create a set of questions for each chapter. This has been a blessing for me. 🙂

  23. Christina K said,

    February 6, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    I just read the book It was wonderful!!! Its really funny because we are all on the same journey as much afraid. I feel a sense of relief to know I am not the only one with a series of struggles. That is the most beautiful book I have ever read. I ahve been having serious problems here lately a friend told me to read it, I couldn’t put it down.

  24. shienel said,

    June 6, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Thankyou x3! Great short version for adults and kids everyone can relate. God bless!

  25. cheryl said,

    August 1, 2010 at 4:26 am

    God really speaks to me through this book. I get a different message every time I read this book. I became a Christain and read this book and loved it. Read it again 5 years later after God set me free from something and realised as I was reading it this was the journey I had taken to reach freedom and the mountain tops. Fantastic book

  26. jeremy said,

    August 3, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    i dont like reading but it was alright

  27. Susan said,

    August 15, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Excellent book, I treasure this book, it speaks volumes and the greatest thing about the writing is you can use it for teaching children on up to adults so easy to understand and put into prespective –
    The first time I read it I really felt like the author was writing about me-I loved and still reread this book occasionally

  28. Sherry Bettis said,

    September 4, 2010 at 7:05 am

    This book is so precious to me. My name once was Much-afraid, and Hind’s Feet In High Places spoke directly to my heart, met me where I was and lead me up the mountain. I make a point to reread it once a year; I revisit the altars of my heart, examine the stones of remembrance in my pocket, journey to the top once again and return to the valley to remember where I came from, what I am here for and where I am going. It’s always fresh and new each time I read it, and the tears of grief have transformed to tears of gratitude. He Is such a Beautiful God, Perfect counselor and Adoring Daddy ❤

  29. K. said,

    September 16, 2010 at 2:12 am

    love this book. so much depth and meaning in this book and so applicable to our lives. great overview and points.

  30. Dean Sullivan said,

    January 22, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    This is the most awesome Book i have ever read besides the Bible. I have read this 3 times and now am reading it the fourth time and doing a study along with it. It has helped me so much with my walk with the Lord. I have been so much aafraid many times in my life and still do sometimes but go to my Bible and this book. I would recommend this to Christians and non Christians. Praise God for Hannah’s wisdom in writting this book.

  31. Linda said,

    January 25, 2011 at 5:22 am

    My husband and I are both avid readers, however, I purchased my first book at a thrift store for $1.00. It lived on my bookshelf for years until I finally picked it up to read it. When I read this book it really hit home (directly to and where the heart is). I am a pastor and since reading the book I have literally gave dozens and dozens of them away to different individuals from all backgrounds. The response is the same. “Where did you find that book? “I immediately saw myself in Much Afraid?” Where can I get the second book?”

  32. Rebecca said,

    February 10, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I am currently teaching selections of this book to my 10th grade literature class. I read this book years ago and am so happy to share it with a group of young Christians. What a great experience.

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  35. brenda said,

    March 26, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I read and taught this book in Bible study and it was one of the best books that I have ever used outside the Bible. The members of the class laughed, cried, testified and shared their life experiences. After the study of the book in conjuntion with the Word I can truefully say that lives were transformed.

  36. Sheri Kelly said,

    April 23, 2011 at 2:19 am

    I enjoyed your posting regarding Hinds’ Feet on High Places. I just finished the book and want to ponder what I learned.

  37. Liz said,

    May 27, 2011 at 12:28 am

    “it was one of the best books I have ever used outside the Bible.”

    I would have a hard time with making a statement like that. Although there are some areas of the book that resonate with me, it is hard not to also see the beginnings of some of the heresies that Hannah Hurnard turned to just a few short years after writing this book. She developed a doctrine of self-salvation through personal suffering, which I see the roots of in this book. She also began teaching universalism, aura reading, astro projection, reincarnation, necromancy, pantheism, etc. She was unable to get a Christian publishing house to print her last book and went with a company that deals almost exclusively in new age teachings.

  38. rita said,

    July 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I love this book. God uses this book to speak to me in my life. What I love about was that Grace and Glory did not stay up in the mountains with the Shepherd but went back home to share the Good News. I thin as Christians we get hung up on all the things we need to change about ourselves that we miss the calling of what Jesus died to give us. Our job is to help share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with HIS love.

  39. Daughter of Zion said,

    August 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    I am totally in tears as i read the comments posted here. I am currentl reading Hinds feet in high places and the tears have been flowing because I see a gentle yet firm God that loves us so very much. As a people of God we must endure until the end and to know that God is always with us, just a call away and He will come to our rescue. thank you Hannah Hurnard!

  40. Meka said,

    August 13, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Wow I just love this blog its will put togther with great clarity .God blessings and thank you this brought revelation in my hearing.

  41. Rachel said,

    August 14, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    I was supposed to read this for 8th grade summer reading. I was slack and read 23 other books besides this one. When i saw this I was relieved and realized that i should have taken the time to read it. It sounds really good and that it will definitely help me in my relationship with God. Now its to late to read it for school credit but I cant wait to buy it now. Hopefully this will help me on my tests! Thank you for sharing this.

  42. Hope said,

    August 24, 2011 at 4:59 am

    I have read this book many times over the years as it is my favorite book (outside of the Bible). There is something new that speaks to me everytime I read it. I’ve often recommended this book to others, especially those that are struggling in life.

  43. planejaner said,

    September 28, 2011 at 3:17 am

    God has me, in HIs timing, reading this book for the first time now in my Christian walk…it’s been a tremendous comfort to me.

    God is good, and His love endures forever.

  44. Michele said,

    November 3, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I have read this book many times. I usually read it once a year and I love it. I love the relationship between Much Afraid and the Shepherd. If you read this book, make sure you read the sequil, “Mountains of Spices.”

  45. Beverly Rue said,

    January 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I enjoyed reading this book. It was really inspiring to me. I am going to read it again and as much as I can. It has so much that heips me relate to everyday situations and gives me some thing to teach my family, friends, and the female inmates at the Correctional Facility where we are blessed to minister. I had started to write scriptures as I read, that is why I will read it again. Helps me ulnderstand the bible more also.

  46. Sue said,

    January 12, 2012 at 3:03 am

    I suddenly lost my beloved husband of 32 years. I went to see a grief counselor and the first thing she said was, ” You need to read Hinds Feet on High Places”. It has ministered to me on my journey through grief. I was blessed to see that Sorrow was transformed to Joy.

  47. diane munson said,

    February 16, 2012 at 11:40 am

    We did the play at my church many years ago, and I was not personally involved in the production, myself, however , I have been looking for the script because I never forgot what I was watching and hearing, I want to present this play, at my now different church in a different city, because God used it so powerfully in my own life,to keep urging me up the mountain towards victory, and brings the vision of “His”purpose into ever clearer view as we trust the “Good Sheperd”, to tranform us from the kingdom of darkness to the “Kingdom of “HiS” Glorious Light , what a wonderful blessing to be able to view “HIS” will from the presepecies of life ,to know that we have a reliable guide thru all the rough and terrifying places we must pass thru, many times seemingly alone, that if we slip and find ourselves on the gagged edges of the rocks, “HE” is only a whisper away, and is there at the whisper of “HIS”name and immediately applies the balm of gilead to our souls and sends us quickly on our way, for there are others who need to be able to view life from the eagles nest rather than from the grounded sheep fold.if you have any information as to wher I may obtain the scrip of the play, itself please leave a comment for me , thank you for your consideration.

  48. vesselight said,

    September 24, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Reblogged this on vesselight and commented:
    What are some of your favorite books?
    One of my favorite books is, Hinds Feet On High Places. This is the best overview! =)

  49. Lisa R. said,

    January 22, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    In 2007, a friend Judi mentioned this book to me as one that she loved. I went out and bought it, tried to read it at the time, but could not connect with it at that moment. But, now in hindsight, the time for me to read it was now, and not then. My husband went to Heaven on May 27 2012 just a few short months ago. Cancer entered our world in Oct 2009, and since that time, sorrow and suffering were our companions. Christ Jesus is a trustworthy Savior who uses our pain and grief for His purpose to transform us into the vessels He can use, for His glory, to reach others. So, I have related to to Much Afraid in so many ways and because of the beautiful allegory, God has deepened my understanding of who I am in HIm, that He has a purpose for me. So my question has changed from “Why?” to “OK Lord, what now?”, which I read in the book “GOd of All Comfort” by Dee Brestin. The Shepherd is ALWAYS with us as believers and I can’t imagine life without Him. This study guide was a wonderful find for me.

  50. Gloria Wedderburn said,

    February 5, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Thank you Lord. What a power intro to deliverance.

  51. Dottie said,

    February 27, 2013 at 1:22 am

    YAY! Just what I have been looking for!

  52. Irm Brown said,

    April 1, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks for this post, even after all these years, still viable. Helped me with my own post today. Appreciate it.

  53. May 24, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I am a 7+ year cancer survivor, and this book was given to me about a year before the diagnosis. I was 31 at the time, and my chances of survival were all but non existent. As I went thru the treatment, the “trial by fire” of radiations, the massive surgery to remove my breasts and muscles and lymph nodes, the chemo that tore my body down until I felt more heavenly than worldly because death was staring me in the face every day~ I KNEW I was going to survive somehow~ I knew I was being molded and shaped in the best way for me…….

  54. September 17, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I read this book in a book study group – loved it. We ended the study with a project of making our own memorial stones, or stones of remembrance based on much-afraid’s stones. I searched high and low for a list of the 12 memorial pebbles online but couldn’t find anything. I came up with my own unofficial list and would like to share this with others. The quotes and page numbers are based on “Hinds Feet on High Places” 2010 Edition Wilder Publications


    1. Surrender – page 41, under the morning star Much-Afraid built her first altar and laid down her trembling, rebelling will
    2. Acceptance with Joy – page 45, little golden flower growing all alone in the waste of the desert, stole into her heart and filled her with comfort
    3. Love – page 48, I am waiting to be filled to the brim with the flood-tide of Love
    4. Patience – page 52, The Shepherd says to Much-Afraid: Put this in your bag with the other stones as a memorial of this day when for the first time you saw Pride toppled over before you, and of your promise that you will wait patiently until I give you your heart’s desire.
    5. Praise – page 54 and 55, Victory over their enemies, I am delighted to do thy will.
    6. Flame – page 57, A spark for the flame entered Much-Afraid’s heat and was still glowing there, warm and radiant – the bud (of Love) in her heart is ready to bloom.
    7. Transformation – page 63 and 64, The Shepherd doesn’t know anything more exhilarating and delightful than turning weakness into strength, fear into faith, and that which has been marred into perfection. Much-Afraid’s transformation is forthcoming. In the shining glory of the rainbow colors Suffering and Sorrow are transfigures with beauty.
    8. Forgiveness – page 68 and 69, Little flower named Bearing-the-Cost, some call her Forgiveness. Much afraid is thy little handmaiden Bearing-the-Cost.
    9. Be Strong – page 73, Be strong, yea, be strong and fear not.
    10. Trust – page 85 and 86, “Would you be willing to trust me, even if everything in the wide world seemed to say that I was deceiving you – indeed, that I had deceived you all along?” – Why yes, I trust you!
    11. Follow – page 89, This is the way – walk ye in it.
    12. Healing Waters / Peace – page 106, Drink of the brook at the side of the way and be strengthened. And the glorious waterfall.

  55. Mary said,

    October 2, 2013 at 2:33 am

    I picked up this book at a Value Village Thrift shop. The title stuck out in my mind as having heard of the book before. This book was life changing. I saw myself in this story in many places and now ads I have finished the story of Much Afraid my life has changed. I no longer feel the need for someone to love me because God has shown me His love and what I needed to do to get here. I still want someone but I no longer feel the driving need for someone. I am happier than I have been in a long while. I have finally given my will up for God’s will. This book find was definitely a God send. Thank You God for taking me to High Places with You!

    • Debra said,

      January 29, 2014 at 12:11 am

      Yes it was Amazing!

  56. Debra said,

    January 29, 2014 at 12:09 am

    I had the pleasure of reading that for an assignment from my Mentor in church before 2014 came in. And I was the Much Afraid girl along her journey I could attest to everything she went through. And I found out all God wants a completely YES!

  57. arethabest said,

    May 4, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Reblogged this on Thoughts of a Surrendered Heart and commented:
    Re-reading this book. I read it about 20 years ago.

  58. June 11, 2014 at 3:25 am

    If you are interested in this book, we are just finishing up a full length musical based on this book called “The Watersong” and here is the link: thewatersong.com. We are soon launching a Kinkstarter campaign and could use your support! Thanx, dave

  59. Darlene said,

    July 9, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    WOW! What a revelation I came across (or should I say the spirit led me to) the scripture Hab 3:2. I Googled hind’s feet and viola.
    Thank you.
    Self Pity

  60. Jeff said,

    July 29, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Very interesting. I’m at a major crossroads in my walk with God. Let’s just say bitterness and resentment has been trying to convince me I went down the wrong path and just need to get off this path to find the peace I’m looking for. I prayed to the Father that I’m not going anywhere without Him and His guidance. Tonight I had a dream I was a deer in a herd at the base of a mountain. We needed to move higher up the mountain as some of us were perishing. I was one of the lead deer. When I woke up and was pondering the dream, I remembered reading “Hinds Feet In High Places” when I first became a Christian in the mid-seventies. Very powerful book. As I was reading through the summary of this blog, it was highlighting points I’ve been seeking the Lord about, especially about forgiveness. I am writing this reply as this will help someone else. Thank you Lord. Jeffrey

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  62. October 28, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I read this book as a musical playwriting project at TESC in 1983. My co-writer & I have been working on it again to finish & continue to be impacted by Gods truths in this book. Regardless of the endless readings & reworking of the story, the Holy Spirit always makes it fresh & pertinent to our lives.

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