I read this book years ago, bought more and gave them to friends. I dearly love this little book. It has gems and treasures within its pages that anyone on the journey with the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ, can and will appreciate. Recently, I picked it back up again for the season of life where I find myself, and once again, I will be purchasing more for family and new friends to bless them.
This beautiful allegory carries on the tradition of John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress in the story of Much-Afraid, a servant of the Shepherd who lives in the Valley of Humiliation, held captive by her Fearing Family. One day, the Shepherd invites her on a journey to the High Places, where she would be free forever from her Fearing relatives. Through fears, trials, and many altars on which Much-Afraid places her will, fears, and everything else that holds her back from following the Shepherd, she becomes stronger, closer to the Shepherd, and is turned into a much different person. I found this classic to be a wonderful addition to my overflowing desk-top library. The allegory is fantastic and very true. I found it extremely relatable and it high-lighted many great truths. This version does have quite a few typos, but the beauty of the story probably outweighs them. I was captivated by Hannah Hurnards most beloved classic.
Despite this awesome witness, later in her life Hannah showed the ever-lurking danger of trusting inner voices. She veered away from sound doctrine, embracing universalism (denying God's wrath), pantheism (God is everything) reincarnation and many new age ideas. Her last book is sold in New Age stores.
She was trained by the Keswickians in a perverted view of sin and perfection and this is reflected in her books. It is subtle like the devil so many may miss it and be influenced to err in their thinking. As you can see by her end she was never truly converted and died a heretic disbelieving the God of the Bible and what he told us.