Wild in the Hollow: On Chasing Desire and Finding the Broken Way Home - eBook
Wild in the Hollow: On Chasing Desire and Finding the Broken Way Home - eBook  -     By: Amber C. Haines
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781441223357
ISBN-13: 9781441223357

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Amber Haines is a woman haunted by God. Like Eve in the Garden, she craved the fruit that she thought would lead her to freedom. But the whispers of temptation led her instead down a devastating path toward isolation, dissatisfaction, and life-altering choices. In her most broken moment, Amber met God waiting for her in the fallout, freely offering her grace and life.

This is a story of the God who makes himself known in broken places. In prose that is at once lyrical and utterly honest, a brave new voice takes readers on a windswept journey down the path of brokenness to healing, satisfaction, and true intimacy with God. Amber calls readers to dispense with the pretty bows we use to dress up our stories and instead trust God to take our untidy, unfinished lives and make them free, authentic, and whole. Anyone who struggles with doubt or holds secrets, anyone who feels marginalized or like she is missing something, will find in Amber a sister and an inviting voice back home, into the heart of God.

Author Bio

Amber C. Haines is a soulful writer and a blogger at TheRunaMuck.com. She is curator, with her husband, Seth, of Mother Letters and is a contributor with many acclaimed writers and bloggers at DaySpring's (in)courage. She has been involved as a coordinator with both BlissDom and !dea Camp Orphan Care and continues to build meaningful relationships with church leaders, lifestyle bloggers, authors, advocates, and poets. She lives in Arkansas.

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  1. LauraK
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A story of redemption
    November 13, 2017
    LauraK
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Wild in the Hollow.
    A raw, honest story of yearning for and finding God in the trials of life. An inspiration to anyone struggling that there is hope!
  2. Sammi
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    wild in the hollow
    October 1, 2016
    Sammi
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Wild in the Hollow.
    this book was even better then I thought it may have been. amazing writing style and totally worth reading.
  3. Seasons of Grace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Story of how God reaches out to us in our brokenness
    August 19, 2015
    Seasons of Grace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Wild in the Hollow.
    The message Amber is conveying is all about reality, brokenness and pain, a soul searching for God, trying to fill the void with everything - but God, rebellion masked as freedom, a struggle with the rules and the natural bent towards breaking those rules, the feeling of never being good enough. I think this book is relative to many of us.

    Amber tells her story, a story of brokenness, but not a story of hopelessness. In that brokenness she met God, the Savior. From there she began a new life, which, although, it looked beautiful on the outside, was still masking the internal pain she felt. Not until she came to the place of complete surrender did God then take the away the shame and guilt and make beauty from ashes. She had been let down by people, the church, and a list of look good rules she couldn't follow, when what she longed for was acceptance, unconditional love, and a place to call home. Amber is such a great example of the importance of community, of loving people to Jesus, not to a list of rules they can't follow and allowing the Holy Spirit to do the work. Of remembering we are all broken and in need of a Savior and Jesus came to seek and to save the Lost.

    As I read this book, I struggled with the writing style a little. It wasn't so much that I didn't like it as much as it is written in a style I am not really used to reading, so I really had to concentrate to read it. But Amber's story resonated with me. I could have been reading about myself. Amber is a very gifted artist and has taken some poetic classes. She has the gift of expression. Me being a country girl and all, who sometimes doesn't even get plain ole' English, just kind of struggled through some of it. I can't say I agree with all of her theology since, at times I am not sure I understood correctly what she was trying to express. But it's a story many can relate to, and Amber offers hope that comes through Jesus, and that I know to be true from my own personal brokenness.

    I was blessed with a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for a review.
  4. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Spiritual memoir by a talented word smith
    August 14, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Wild in the Hollow.
    Haines is a word smith. She uses her creative skills to write a compelling memoir of chasing desires, hoping to fill the hollow in her soul, and ultimately finding fulfillment in true intimacy with God.

    She grew up in a Christian environment where there was no openness to discuss pain or despair. I thought I would never be able to do enough to be accepted by God's people, and therefore by God. (18) She turned to drugs and sex until, falling flat on her face, she opened her soul to God's fulfilling flow.

    Haines gives us an honest account of her marriage, of their relationships to other couples, and the birth of their boys, including the medical issues of their youngest. She writes of wrestling with belief in the midst of joy and disappointment.

    She and her husband developed a small group community, trying to live out the truth of being in a broken world, living as broken people. She shares the lessons she learned as she stumbled along in her Christian walk. She found, for example, that repentance is ...the recognition that you chased other desires when you could have had God your satisfaction all along. (173)

    Haines has crafted a well written account of her search for satisfaction and true intimacy with God. She is skilled and imaginative in her use of words. At times, her sentences were so poetic I almost lost the meaning behind the words. Those who appreciate the creative and poetic use of words will enjoy this book.

    Those who feel like their Christian life is missing something in the hollow of their soul will benefit from reading this book. Haines' honesty is a refreshing account of finding true satisfaction from intimacy with God.

    Food for thought: All I ever want for myself is the kingdom version of me, the exact thing he is making me. (160-161)

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and through Icon Media for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  5. Jen Pen
    Midwest
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful story of God's perseverance...
    August 13, 2015
    Jen Pen
    Midwest
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Wild in the Hollow.
    SUMMARY:

    In a brutally honest, poignant recollection of her life, author Amber Haines writes of her ongoing battle with Jesus. Growing up in the church yet then turning from it, she discovers God is there all the time, especially in the broken places of life. In a beautiful manner, she shares her personal story of receiving grace and forgiveness while finding God once again

    A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:

    In an almost poetic verse, Wild in the Hollow was a unique journey to follow with the authorsomehow though, it worked. In a very black-and-white way with a bit of grey mixed in at times, the authors story of finding God in the difficult places when she needed Him most, was quite rewarding. I am certain many women could identify with Amber Haines in some form while growing up, making this a personally relevant story. Definitely a triumphant story of Gods perseverance, Amber Haines now has been entrusted with raising four wild sons.

    RATING:

    4 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of Wild in the Hollow from Revell Publishing for my honest review*
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