It is the story of a young woman named Much-Afraid, and her journey away from her Fearing family and into the High Places of the Shepherd, guided by her two companions Sorrow and Suffering. It is an allegory of a Christian devotional life. The book takes its title from Habakkuk 3:19, "The Lord... read more
This book is an allegory of our walk with Christ. I have read it several times over the last 20 years and I found more meaning in different sections at different times. The fist few times I read it, I did not finish it. It was a time that I felt distant from God and could not get to the... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
This book is an allegory of our walk with Christ. I have read it several times over the last 20 years and I found more meaning in different sections at different times. The fist few times I read it, I did not finish it. It was a time that I felt distant from God and could not get to the High Places, but later on in life the Lord allowed me to finish the book. I am contemplating reading it again to see if I missed anything. Of my expansive library, this is the only book, other than the Bible, that I have read multiple times. You will find a lot of imagery of scripture, but it does not spiritualize scripture.
“"This further delay is not unto death, but for the glory of God; that the son of God may be glorified."”The Shepherd
“The Shepherd laughed too. "I love doing preposterous things," he replied. "Why, I don't know anything so exhilerating and delightful than turning weakness into strength and fear into faith, and that which has been marred into perfection."”
“"Whenever you are willing to obey me, Much-Afraid, and to follow the path of my choice, you will always be able to hear and recognize my voice, and when you hear it you must always obey. Remember also that it is always safe to obey my voice, even if it seems to call you to paths which look impossible or even crazy."”The Shepherd
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.'Highlighted by 134 Kindle customers
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 obedient to your will can be transformed.Highlighted by 108 Kindle customers
'Whenever you are willing to obey me, Much-Afraid, and to follow the path of my choice, you will always be able to hear and recognize my voice, and when you hear it you must always obey. Remember also that it is always safe to obey my voice, even if it seems to call you to paths which look impossible or even crazy.'Highlighted by 103 Kindle customers
All the fairest beauties in the human soul, its greatest victories, and its most splendid achievements are always those which no one else knows anything about, or can only dimly guess at. Every inner response of the human heart to Love and every conquest over self-love is a new flower on the tree of Love.Highlighted by 100 Kindle customers
for it is only up on the High Places of Love that anyone can receive the power to pour themselves down in an utter abandonment of self-giving.'Highlighted by 97 Kindle customers
O Shepherd, to whom should I go? In all the world I have no one but you. Help me to follow you, even though it seems impossible. Help me to trust you as much as I long to love you.'Highlighted by 93 Kindle customers
Love and Pain go together, for a time at least. If you would know Love, you must know pain too.'Highlighted by 83 Kindle customers
if one stops to parley with Pride and listens to his poisonous suggestions and, above all, if he is allowed to lay his grasp upon any part of one, Sorrow becomes unspeakably more unbearable afterwards and anguish of heart has bitterness added to it.Highlighted by 79 Kindle customers
'Then I learned that I must bear all that others were allowed to do against me and to forgive with no trace of bitterness and to say to thee, 'Behold me--I am thy little handmaiden Bearing-with-Love,' that I may receive power to bring good out of this evil.'Highlighted by 66 Kindle customers
She had to learn that once Pride is listened to, struggle as one may, it is the hardest thing in the world to throw him off.Highlighted by 61 Kindle customers
Preface to the Allegory
Part One: "Weeping may endure for a night"
1. Invititation to the High Places
2. Fearing Invasion
3. Flight in the Night
4. Start for the High Places
5. Encounter with Pride
6. Detour Through the Desert
7. On the Shores of Loneliness
8. On the Old Sea Wall
9. Great Precipice Injuy
10. Ascent of the Precipice Injury.
11.In the Forests of Danger and Tribulation
12. In the Mist
13. In the Valley of Loss
14. The Place of Anointing
15. The Floods
16. Grave on the Mountains
Part Two: "Joy cometh in the morning"
17. Healing Streams
18. Hinds' Feet
19 High Places
20 Return to the Valley
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