Thin Places: A Memoir   -     By: Mary E. DeMuth
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Thin Places: A Memoir

Zondervan / 2010 / Paperback

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In this moving spiritual memoir-Thin Places-Mary DeMuth traces the winding path of thin places in her life, places where she experienced longing and healing more intensely than before. From surviving abuse as a latchkey kid to discovering a heavenly Father who never leaves, Mary's story invites you to a deeper understanding of your own story. She calls you to discover new ways to look for God in the past so that you might experience him more profoundly in the present. What if you could retrace your life and discover its thin places-places where the division between this world and the eternal fades?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 031028418X
ISBN-13: 9780310284185
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In this moving spiritual memoir—Thin Places—Mary DeMuth traces the winding path of thin places in her life, places where she experienced longing and healing more intensely than before. From surviving abuse as a latchkey kid to discovering a heavenly Father who never leaves, Mary’s story invites you to a deeper understanding of your own story. She calls you to discover new ways to look for God in the past so that you might experience him more profoundly in the present. What if you could retrace your life and discover its thin places—places where the division between this world and the eternal fades? “Thin places are snatches of holy ground, tucked into the corners of our world, where we might just catch a glimpse of eternity. They are aha moments, beautiful realizations, when the Son of God bursts through the hazy fog of our monotony and shines on us afresh. He has come near to my life. I will tell you how.”

Author Bio

Mary DeMuth is the author of several southern novels, including A Slow Burn, Life in Defiance, and the Christy award finalists, Watching the Tree Limbs and Daisy Chain.  She’s also written four parenting books and a memoir, Thin Places. She’s passionate about the written word, teaching, and mentoring writers. Mary lives in Texas with her husband, Patrick, and their three children.

Author Interview

I'm willing to share my story because I believe in the healing power of telling the truth. Sometimes when I have gone through some pain in my own life and I care about someone else having that kind of pain, it makes me feel not alone anymore. So, I write to help people know that they are not alone.

When I was 5 years old, neighborhood boys came to my babysitter's house, and every day they would take me to the backwoods or to their bedroom or various different places around the neighborhood, and they would rape me. That sexual abuse changed my life in a very negative way. Constantly fearing me, constantly fearing that the next person trying to get me was going to get me. And that kind of trauma was difficult to overcome. I didn't talk about it until I was 15 years old, and then at that point then I was able to share it and start down the road of healing.

I think people do not heal because they keep family secrets. They don't say things out loud, and it harbors inside for years and years and festers and becomes a bitter wound. And then they can't figure out why they're getting a divorce and they can't figure out why they're yelling at their kids or they can't figure out why they're running to this and that and everything else for help. It's because they've been pushing down all those secrets for all those years and not let them out. I am here to tell you that if you share your secret and you let it out, you will find healing. And that's why I'm risking sharing the stories of this book, so that other people might have the courage to share their own stories. My passion is to just turn on the light to those family secrets, to turn on the light to the pain that happens in people's lives and just say this is the reality, this is the truth. Now I'm going to walk forward from this and heal.

My name is Mary DeMuth, and I'm the author of Thin Places, A Memoir.

Editorial Reviews

Fiction (Watching the Tree Limbs) and nonfiction (Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture) author DeMuth revisits supremely challenging and emotionally transformative junctures in her life as she reveals the childhood sexual brutalities of which she was a victim, the confounding death of her biological father, and ongoing years of neglect and parental irresponsibility with which she had to cope. DeMuth, whose fiction consistently evokes deep responses from her loyal fan base, has succeeded in offering a comparably powerful memoir by telling her own story with honest courage. At every signpost, the author presents life as it is, even when the offering is ugly. Despite the bitterness and anger that could naturally characterize her, the author clings to her faith in God and his goodness, deriving victory over her circumstances. DeMuth writes, 'God sees,' and in this recalling of her early childhood pain, she sees, and is seen by, a faithful divine Father who provides refuge. (Feb.)
“Well known fiction author, Mary DeMuth open her heart in her moving memoir, Thins Places, an unflinching look at her childhood sexual abuse, death of her father, and years of parental neglect that somehow still shows God’s ever-present hand of love and healing. Throughout the messiness of life, Mary continually finds “thin places,” evidences of where God breaks through her pain and brokenness with his love and mercy. Striving to comfort others with the Divine comfort she has received, Mary’s Thin Places shines as a hopeful light for anyone who is struggling to overcome unspeakable wounds from the past”

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  1. angie
    Texas
    Age: 45-54
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Spoke to my heart
    March 27, 2012
    angie
    Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Mary put to paper the words I have wanted to write myself. My book is highlighted with so many phrases, quotes etc that spoke to me to the depths of my soul. Somehow Mary seemed to know exactly what I needed to hear and she was able to speak exactly the right words to me. I love everything that Mary writes but I would definetly say that this is one of her best yet.
  2. Kymberly
    Morenci, AZ
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Real, Honest, Inspiring
    October 5, 2010
    Kymberly
    Morenci, AZ
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Engrossing from the start. The author is engaging, raw, & honest. I felt like I was listening to a friend, courageously, share her story.
  3. Diane Froeber
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 19, 2010
    Diane Froeber
    Mary invites the readers to explore deep emotions that may have been covered up since childhood. She gives words to the abuses so that those who cannot put their pain into words will have a way of coming out of isolation knowing that their experience is not unique by what happened but unique by the way they perceived it. She gives hope in that in meeting God in those thin places, He will have a specific way to take them for healing. God bless you Mary. You are a real trouper.
  4. Sherri Sand
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    April 19, 2010
    Sherri Sand
    Thin Places is a powerful retelling of Mary DeMuth's journey through childhood abuse to adulthood. Mary has a unique ability to share deeply personal aspects of her life in a way that express her fragility and pain, yet conveys her desire to overcome the horrible circumstances she endured. She reaches for God and the reader watches her, straining with her as hope and healing start to take place, and a new strength develops out of the pain. A significant memoir.
  5. Patricia A Radaker
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 17, 2010
    Patricia A Radaker
    Mary DeMuth's Thin Places is a book you will want to pass on to others while keeping one for your bookshelves. She is open, vulnerable, and so honest about the way life treated her as a youth. It is an encouraging work as it shows God at work in her life -- and ours as we allow. Put your tissues nearby, read a little, cry a little, wait a little and repeat as many times as you need. Thanks, Mary, for this book.
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