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Having read this story in print several times, I was expecting to enjoy hearing and was delighted to discover that the narrator was Nadia May, not the person listed in the catalog. Her voice matches perfectly what I would imagine the author's voice would sound like. This is one of the finest devotional stories ever written. Hannah Hurnard's sequel, "Mountains of Spices", carries on the story after the heroine gets her "hinds' feet" and returns to help lead others out of the Valley. Maybe someday Audible will get rights to that too. Meanwhile, enjoy this heart-warming story of how little MuchAfraid learns to follow the Shepherd up to the Mountains of the Realm of Love.
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I think every one who seeks to walk with God ought to read this book. The author weaves scripture throughout this allegory, and if you study the Bible throughout life you will recognize bits and pieces of the Word interwoven in the story.
This version is almost twice the length of the other one available on Audible because it has about 2 hours worth of biographical information about Hannah Hurnard which is after the story. The biography is itself interesting.
I would note that Ms. Hurnard's later works are frequently criticized for embracing some unbiblical principles. However I cannot find anything in this effort that seems to deviate from God's word. It is a beautiful story, and is frequently recommended to persons who find themselves experiencing sorrow and pain in their life. The book basically is a great picture of how sorrow and suffering can be great companions in helping us walk more intimately with God. I fear this may not encourage many readers.
Additionally, this seems to be a book that many men within the church are completely unfamiliar with. This saddens me, it seems too many men believe that female Christian authors only discuss subjects that are of interest to women. I have found this to be generally untrue. The inspiration for this work comes primarily from Song of Solomon, Psalm 18, and the book of Habakkuk. I have also found relevant passages from Exodus, 1 Peter, the book of Ruth, and various sections from the prophet Isaiah.
I should also point out that I rather enjoyed the narrator. I see the narrator has a great many books on Audible, and that they cover a variety of subjects. (not just a bunch of Christian books) I would definitely be interested in other books read by Nadia May.
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