“When leaning into the Spirit, it is not process of mere hearing and then being okay. It is always the work of receiving.” Amber Haines, A Wild in the Hollow
Rarely, a book comes along captivating you with exquisite imagery. In poetic tones, Amber Haine’s Wild in the Hollow, raptures the creative brain and compels it to fall in love with words, writing, and telling a story with richness.
Whether you’ve followed her on her blog or not, every reader of Wild in the Hollow enters through the front doors of her life with intimate conversation. Within the pages, are her authentic and private struggles. With her husband, Seth, who was once on staff at a megachurch, Amber’s family stumbles outside a faith community as they reel from the aftermath of leaving the megachurch. In her disillusioned state, she wrestles demons (and desires) amidst the ensuing and sometimes secretive personal family tribulations.
In time they find a small intimate faith community which helped her too simply see Jesus. But only with time and God, would her spiritual journey come full circle to what it is today.
My own hardships, though different from Amber’s, were interwoven in similar fashion in finding my own “broken way home.” As a reader of her blog, I also found the answers to her mysterious and crypted blog posts from the last year and a half. And I was not disappointed in those answers either. I related to her complex questions about the church and the twisted trek to restoring faith in all parts of the Bride. Yet in her stories, as in mine, she reveals the complicated turns it takes to return.
For readers, Amber’s vivid storytelling can make initial reading go at a slower pace because your senses are inundated with her descriptive word choices. But once you get past the first or second chapter, you become acclimated (in a good way). And if you’re a writer of any kind, you’ll also find yourself wanting to edit every piece you’ve ever written to add such fine details to your own story.
But it’s quotes like below, that made me melt in such familiarity, I felt as close as kin like one who finishes each other’s sentences.
“Even though I was terrified of being associated with charismatics and had no idea what I was doing, I asked for every gift of the Spirit….I winced when I asked for it. It was if I said, ‘Give me eyes to see,’ while also laughing and saying, ‘but only just a little.'”
Amber Haines, A Wild in the Hollow
All in all, Amber held my interest, up to the last. Her writing made me swoon in delight. The sheer power of words is amazing. I was again enthralled by the volume of emotion held in each vivid line. Add to that a redeeming story of hardships and discovery, Wild in the Hollow’s storytelling not only inspired me as a writer, it encouraged me in my own story as a reader.
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