Hannah Hurnard’s book Hinds’ Feet on High Places is one of my all-time favorite books. Hannah Hurnard wrote a spiritual allegory about a woman named Much Afraid who accepts an invitation from The Shepherd to take a difficult journey to the High Places. The Shepherd represents Jesus Christ. The High Places represents a destination of spiritual growth and maturity, not heaven. Much Afraid’s constant and faithful companions throughout her journey are Sorrow and Suffering. Much Afraid has “fearing relatives” who miserably taunt her all throughout her journey and tempt her to give up and return to them. Since 2004, I have read and re-read the story of Much Afraid on her journey to the High Places, and it has inspired and encouraged me every time. I feel a kindred spirit with Hannah Hurnard because she also believed in God’s ultimate salvation of all mankind.
(All quotations are from that chapter.)