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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 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 profoundly in the presentWhat 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”


10 thoughts on “Thin Places

  1. says:

    Some people are of the opinion that we are all wounded on one level or another What makes the difference between us I suppose is how much healing has taken place and the circumstances that cause those wounds to reopen I know this all too well in my life and I’ve found a kindred spirit in Mary DeMuth A fellow author she has turned her sorrows into support she reaches out not only to those who have survived similar experiences to hers but through her wounds she reaches out to those who may be otherwise woundedHer memoir Thin Places exemplifies this well Oxymoron though it may be to say her story reads as a hopeful tragedy One can come to understand how bad things happen to good people to make them stronger Mary taps her memories with a raw gritty pen Yet she deftly strikes a balance between pain and promise hurt and hope The reader soon discovers the tragic childhood encounters that have perhaps left the deepest scars Mary’s novels maintain a preoccupation with how children are shaken out of innocence and get dragged or set adrift into an adulthood for which they’re not ready Thin Places gives the background reality to her fictional storiesThe phrase thin place is translated from the Celtic term caol áit pronounced ‘kweel atch’ which describes a place where heaven and earth kiss where the veil is removed or stretched so thin that you see touch know God This could be a physical place a situation or experience or just a moment in time Each vignette like chapter of Thin Places reveals the truth of a caol áit Just as Jacob went through a thin place at Jabbok wrestling and in pain each thin place in our lives comes with its struggle and hurt But don’t forget that though Jacob left that brook with a limp he also left with a great blessing and a new name so he “called the name of the place Peniel for I have seen God face to face and my life is preserved” Genesis 3230 Our anguish accomplishes something greaterReading this memoir can be bit of a thin place experience as you find yourself slowing down to reflect on your own life and do some healing through Mary’s pain You come to understand yourself and God a little better—a worthy journey And you realize that even when we mourn our losses and suffer our hurts we have hope that we will move beyond the agony to a place of acceptance to a place of appreciation of freedomNB Mary’s publisher Zondervan sent me a review copy of this book before its February launch


  2. says:

    I love Mary's writing and really looked forward to reading this book to get a glimpse into the woman who writes such fantastic Christian FictionThe Celts define a thin place as a place where heaven and the physical world collide one of those serendipitous territories where eternity and the mundane meet Thin describes the membrane between the two worlds like a piece of vellum where we see a hold glimpse of the eternal not in digital clarity but clear enough to discern what lies beyondThin places are snatches of holy ground tucked into the corners of our world where if we pay very close attention we might just catch a glimpse of eternity That is one of the opening paragraphs in the introduction and it sums up the whole of the book It is also one of the most beautiful couple of sentences I have ever readSuch a fantastic work for healing AND for people who struggle with the not good enough's perfectionism guilt and shame and not necessarily as a result of sex abuse Several stories that could have had the foot note me too


  3. says:

    When I asked to review the book Thin Places I did so because I knew in some way it would help me understand my own struggles Thin Places is a courageous personal memoir by author Mary De Muth who wrote Watching The Tree Limbs and Wishing on Dandelions “I picture Him God watching from heaven as I press my eye socket to the floor of Jim's Studebaker watching God's chaotic world spin beneath me “That one” He shouts to the heavenlies “That raggedy one I choose her because she knows her lack because she knows her insatiable need for a father Someday she'll cling to me” As I trace my fifth grade hand over the brick wall leading to the office He knows I am about to embark on a journey of fatherlessness enduring the gaping hole that comes from a longing unfulfilled” writes Mary in the first chapter Mary writes some stirringly graphic and tough chapters on sexual abuse abandonment grief and the often lacking relationship between her and her mother She writes about her own struggles as a wife and parent The Celtics define a Thin Place “as a place where heaven and the physical world collide one of those serendipitous territories where eternity and the mundane meet Thin describes the membrane between the two worlds like a piece of vellum where we see a holy glimpse of the eternal—not in digital clarity but clear enough to discern what lies beyond Thin Places are snatches of holy ground tucked into the corners of our world where if we pay close attention we might just catch a glimpse of eternity” Her book is a collection of the Thin Places in her life places of tragedy hurt betrayal and fear but what people meant for evil God used for good Her words eerily echo my own daily struggles and thoughts I was struck by what she wrote in regards to her relationship to her mother during her later years as a college student “Ours is a relationship of undulation Pain forgiveness misunderstanding—all flow together to create a complicated fountain I spring from her She springs from me And sometimes the water runs dry And so often I'm thirsty” Her sexual abuse makes me weep because she did not get any help and had nowhere to turn The abuse affected her marriage Having never known a friend who was sexually abused nor thankfully never had that experience I can only imagine the lifelong pain Mary writes in her memoirs Mary writes about her struggles with gaining others approval I can understand having tried to get approval all of my life It's a bucket with a hole in the bottom in which you futily try to fill with your hopes dreams and love but when you pick it up it all drains out of the bottom “Isn't it ironic that I have the deepest fellowship with Jesus when I give up my need to control the relationships in my life? My relationship with Him grows rich when I place my reputation in the hands that are scarred by the hatred of others” says Mary in the chapter titled Like Me I struggle with this every day It is natural to want people to like you It makes you feel good when you gain the respect of those around you It is a well which promises to run dry Only clinging to the Living Water of Jesus will you find sustenance not in the opinions of other less than perfect human beings The copy of Thin Places is on my desk I am going to spend some time in prayer I want someone who is suffering who has suffered and who still struggles to read this book A fatherless or motherless person who has felt that void for years an abused person who cannot see the light in her dark life a person who needs to drink up Jesus' love for them I will give this away to that person If you are that person write me a letter why If you know that person write me a letter Pay it forward If you have grown up without a mother or father and believe you are not loved think again Jesus made you You are a precious creation having been born in a fallen world Find your Thin Place embrace your past forgive your past and in the midst of the darkness find the light He's waiting for you to come Home Nikole HahnwwwthehahnhuntinglodgecomZondervan requested my review


  4. says:

    I suspect if you took a survey of 10 100 even 1000 people you would not find one person who would answer the questions openly and honestly Sadly this is true for most Christians We live behind a façade some thicker than a brick wall and not even our closest family members and friends know the real person behind that façade This is not the case in Thin Places a memoir Mary DeMuth has exposed her life and bared her soul to the world She has done so with dignity and graceHere is the back cover synopsis“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 the beautiful realizations” In her moving spiritual memoir Mary DeMuth traces the winding path of thin places in her life places where she experienced longing and healing intensely than before 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 profoundly in the presentA God ready to break through any ordinary day or extraordinary pain and offer you a glimpse of eternityAlthough one may not be able to identify with Mary’s childhood there is much wisdom to be gained from reading this book Thin Places is a poignant moving story that will touch your heart and change your life


  5. says:

    “Thin places are holy places and surely God was in this place”Mary DeMuth is a very talented writer but much a gifted vessel In this memoir she conveys hurt hope and healing as she talks about her life with glimpses of the God’s sovereigntyIt is not a book that ‘excuses’ adult behavior because of childhood experiences It is a book that reveals what God can do through a life in spite of horrible acts of violence and abuse Why did God allow Mary DeMuth’s life to unfold in this painful way?Why? Only God knows this He does and allows what He pleases to bring us into close fellowship with Him And what He did with Mary DeMuth was gift her with wonder and send her out with pen and paper to tell the worldJames MacDonald states that “Behind every hurt in your life God is responsible – make no mistake about it” This is grown up spirituality To look back know the hurt feel the pain and the release that comes from handing it over to a great GodThis book is a welcomed read to any Christian unbeliever and particularly to those who’ve endured abuse When I finished it I smiled and knew that the entire book was the handiwork of God in a lifeEncouraging and enlightening even though some parts are hard to read I recommend it highlyReviewed by Keiki HendrixReviewed for The Vessel Project


  6. says:

    With courage and honesty Mary DeMuth writes of her struggle through numerous childhood traumas including neglect the death of her father and being raped at the age of five Woven in the poignant prose are threads of Mary’s sometimes wry sense of humor and glimmers of grace which comes not as a swooping cure all but as the ever present and constant guidance of a holy God In what Mary describes as thin places she experiences Jesus his beauty and his provision for her life Although those who’ve experienced similar abuse will likely find the memoir a place of shared community there are many chapters with universal themes In particular I found the chapter on envy to be one that touched me Envy of childhood friends who had fancier houses thinner bodies and boyfriends morphed into adult envy of moms with better behaved children cleaner houses and spiritual auras that left me feeling inferior So in many respects Mary has built a bridge that spans generations and circumstances letting those who savor her words know they are not alone no matter what life has dealt them Well done Mary


  7. says:

    Thin Places by Mary DeMuth is nothing short of  the explosive supernatural healing power of God on paper Her words are like talons that hooked into my heart and reeled me into her past a world where suffering is extreme but grace is sufficient a place where her world and mine collide This is my story indeedWhat 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 matches of holy ground tucked into the corners of our world where we might just catch a glimpse of eternity They are aha moments the beautiful realizationIn her moving spiritual memoir Mary DeMuth traces the winding path of thin places in her life places where she experienced longing and healing intensely than before Mary’s story invites you to a deeper understand of your own story She calls you to discover new ways to look for God in the past so that you might experience him profoundly in the presentA God read to break through any ordinary day or extraordinary pain and offer you a glimpse of eternity


  8. says:

    To say Mary DeMuth had a rough childhood would be an understatement Raised by a hippie mother and a series of stepdads she was repeatedly assaulted at a very young age by some neighbor boys with no one to rescue her It's difficult even to read about her experiences but God's love still shines through it all The book highlights a series of thin places places past and present where she's very aware of God's presence in her life I probably describe too many memoirs as brave but this one is extremely so It takes guts as a Christian to present your life not as a textbook before and after Jesus testimony but as an ongoing work of God still in progress To publicly wrestle with your past and your scars and admit that bad things happened to you and you don't know why but you know God loves you anyway This is real stuff and I'm thankful to Mary DeMuth for writing it


  9. says:

    As I'm reading Thin Places A Memoir it strikes me This book is written by a courageous beauty A little girl forced to grow up without protection and care The story of too many little girls But this one stepped out of her comfort zone hoping to help other women heal from the atrocities of child rape neglect and abuse It takes courage to tell the truth It takes courage to shimmer in the harmful shame that claims personhood has no value Mary is a courageous beauty shimmering and sparkling from within showing other women they can tooI love Mary's writing willowy and evocative Chapter four especially spoke to me As I wear the sin of anotherUnwillinglyLike a scratchy coatIn summer's heatAnd I understood her pain


  10. says:

    The author's self absorption is perhaps explainable due to her childhood sexual abuse however it is tedious to read her long winded life complaints Long into adulthood she blames her parentsmother for her troubles and doesn't seem to take any accountability Also I'm a Christian but the long passages were too much for me and got boring I got the feeling that if I knew the author in real life she would be the type of person who would rattle on about her own problems and never come up for air Ever Therefore the kind of friend I would eventually have to quit inviting places because the one note gets really really draining My apologies to the author since I do believe her story it just wasn't an enjoyable way to spend my time