I picked up this book because Joseph Herrin had recommended it in one of his posts. What a delicious book! I gobbled it up in the space of one short Sunday afternoon.
This book tells the story of a young woman named Much Afraid and her walk with Christ to the Kingdom of Love. This book is so special to read. It reaches deep within, soothes your soul, and uses allegory to help the reader to understand the Via Dolorosa (the way of suffering) that one must travel in order to die to oneself and live for Christ.
It was so easy for me to relate to this story as I have been asking the Lord to cut out the things in me that do not bring Him glory. Fear seems to be a character trait that many of us have to exorcise, and Much Afraid (as her name implies) is no exception. Probably because fear is so crippling that if you are subject to it taking you over, you have little to no victory in your life and it shuts you down completely. But this book shows that when you are fearful, you are usually also beset by bitterness, subject to self pity and resentment; and very prideful.
Pride tends to be my downfall, though; no matter how I try to stay in the background. These flaws, though, can be overcome through sorrow, suffering and dependence upon the one true Shepherd, Jesus Christ. It is a long and difficult journey; one where the traveller must throw all caution, pride, bitterness, self-pity and resentment to the wind and place complete trust in the Shepherd of the Soul.
If you are searching for the straight and narrow path to the Kingdom of God's Love, you will find this book to be uplifting, inspiring and a balm for your soul; and who doesn't need a large dose of all these things these days?