February 22, 2010

Book Review: Thin Places by Mary DeMuth

Being a fan of Mary DeMuth's writing, I eagerly awaited the release of her latest book, Thin Places. Mary has a history of sexual abuse and brokenness that's been an underlying theme in her works of fiction. One can sense she writes from an intensely personal place but that she's only revealing part of the story.

In her memoir, Thin Places, she fills in the blanks. The result is an incredibly painful story of a little girl and young woman abused, neglected, confused, searching, forgotten and oh so broken redeemed by a God who loves and sees and restores. If nothing else, the book is an achingly honest prayer to our perfect and loving heavenly Father. It offers assurance that while we may not receive the answer we seek, we will receive the answer we need.

Mary starts Thin Places at the "beginning," but doesn't follow a strict time line as the book unfolds. Instead each chapter centers on a theme and could almost be a standalone story. At first I found this approach confusing because I wasn't sure when each chapter took place, but midway through the book I had enough of the story I could follow along and focus less on "when" and more on the message.

Mary DeMuth is a talented, passionate writer who loves Jesus with all her heart. This comes through loud and clear in Thin Places. I recommend this book especially for anyone who has a history of brokenness, abuse, neglect and wonders, "Where was God...where IS God?" While it was hard to read at times, Thin Places filled with me hope, a deeper understanding of prayer and awe at how marvelously God reveals Himself.

To learn more about Thin Place, click here.

I received a free copy of this book from Zondervan to read and review.

1 comment:

Mary DeMuth said...

Thank you so much, Kelli, for reading the book and offering a review!