FROM HINDS FEET TO HIGH PLACES by HANNAH HURNARD
BACKGROUND Something brought this little allegory to mind as I was thinking of pilgrimages and allegories whilst living in Fife and I was excited to find that I could download it on my Kindle, my paperback version which I read in my twenties long gone. I remember it having quite an impact on me all those years ago and I wondered if I would still enjoy it today.
REVIEW ~ It is a Pilgrim’s Progress type of book, an allegory of the life of ‘Much Afraid’ as she is encouraged by The Shepherd to find her way to the mountains where she would be renames. She goes through all the torments in life ‘meeting’ characters along the way to bully her off course but her companions ‘Sorrow’ and ‘Suffering’ are forever there beside her – well almost.
It is a very special book, though written in 1955 it still has a place in our world today. It was a pleasure to read it anew. It is also strange how some books live in the back of our minds to resurface over thirty years later.
In a world where it would be so easy to be ‘Much Afraid‘, bullied into fearing life, our strength will be in the solidarity with which we continue to stand for peace and freedom.
Diana Jackson is the author of (soon to be released) ‘From Redundancy to Rejuvenation ~ A Writer’s Fantasy Walk Along The Fife Coastal Path’ ~ her own pilgrimage and voyage to her soul.