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Noteworthy: This author is one of a special group of women who writes for (in)courage, the popular online friendship community. Every day they take turns pulling up a chair to share their stories of what Jesus looks like in their every day, gloriously ordinary, and often messy lives.
If you read the (in)courage blog online, then you'll be sure to enjoy this title.
Number of Pages: 208
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.50 (inches)|
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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.
Sammi5 Stars Out Of 5wild in the hollowOctober 1, 2016SammiQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5this book was even better then I thought it may have been. amazing writing style and totally worth reading.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Story of how God reaches out to us in our brokennessAugust 19, 2015Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4The 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.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Spiritual memoir by a talented word smithAugust 14, 2015bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Haines 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.
Jen PenMidwest4 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful story of God's perseverance...August 13, 2015Jen PenMidwestQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4SUMMARY:
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.
4 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of Wild in the Hollow from Revell Publishing for my honest review*
Sparrowhawk4 Stars Out Of 5A story about the human spirit and the unconditional love of God that will always meet us and mend us wherever we may beAugust 11, 2015SparrowhawkQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Wild in the Hollow is a grace-filled well-written narrative. I found Amber Haines' memoir to be introspective, but never self-pitying. In short, Wild in the Hollow is a story about the human spirit and the unconditional love of God that will always meet us and mend us wherever we may be.
WHAT I LIKED:
+ Amber Haines shares her story in a casual language making it feel as though she is sitting right next to you sharing her life journey over a cup of tea. I found myself savoring Wild in the Hollow -- reading it faithfully. Suffice it to say, many of the ordeals and internal struggles Amber Haines shares within this book reminded me of my own pilgrimage through life; consequently, I was able to relate and identify with her pain and thirst for love, truth and freedom
+ Amber Haines' writing is raw, poetic and rings with truth. You truly feel the desperation, the anguish and despair in her voice. Additionally, her storytelling is so affecting! It will make you embrace your own brokenness and lead you to see the redemptive power in your own heart. To boot, I came to appreciate the art of poetry and the freedom and wonderful escape creative writing exudes
+ Wild in the Hollow is not the typical Christian memoir where you find you are unable to identify with the author because most of their life story revolves around success and prosperity. Instead, Wild in the Hollow is a book that unmasks our humanity -- our imperfections and echoes the sentiment: everything is going to be okay
+ Not once, did Amber Haines' story feel as though she wrote this account to gain our sympathy. Instead, Haines extends her hand to fellow suffers through the pages of this beautiful book and smiles through a flow of messy tears and assures the reader that God can redeem the worst of circumstances. It was a breath of fresh air even for me
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKED:
I was not able to find any setbacks in this book; especially since it is a true account
In the end, I arrived at the conclusion that we are all broken in one way or another and this is okay, because God is able to take all the shattered-sharp-edges of our lives and fashion them into something exquisitely beautiful. One more thing, due to the grim and weighty content of the book, I would recommend that all readers approach this book with an open mind
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