Friday, August 7, 2015

"Wild in the Hollow"

Cover ArtAmber Haines is a woman haunted by God. Like Eve in the Garden, she craved the fruit that she thought would lead her to freedom. But the whispers of temptation led her instead down a devastating path toward isolation, dissatisfaction, and life-altering choices. In her most broken moment, Amber met God waiting for her in the fallout, freely offering her grace and life.

This is a story of the God who makes himself known in broken places. In prose that is at once lyrical and utterly honest, a brave new voice takes readers on a windswept journey down the path of brokenness to healing, satisfaction, and true intimacy with God. Amber calls readers to dispense with the pretty bows we use to dress up our stories and instead trust God to take our untidy, unfinished lives and make them free, authentic, and whole. Anyone who struggles with doubt or holds secrets, anyone who feels marginalized or like she is missing something, will find in Amber a sister and an inviting voice back home, into the heart of God.


"No one, no one, has God given the gift of words like he has to [Amber]."
Ann Voskamp, New York Times bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts
"Wild in the Hollow captivated me from the first page. Amber's brave story invites us to explore our own broken places as she beckons us to wholeness and healing. This honesty inspires freedom in the church."
Rebekah Lyons, author of Freefall to Fly and co-founder of Q Ideas
"I want people to read this anointed book for dozens of reasons: Amber's voice, her writing, is incomparable to anything you've read before. But even beyond that gift, she writes about desire, our longing for home, with a deeply orthodox and yet mystical and sensual soul. This book made me feel homesick and at home all at the same time. Only Amber could so beautifully and rightly write into the parts of our human experience that usually defy words. I loved Wild in the Hollow."
Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist and Out of Sorts
"How can a woman with a story so different from my own be telling my story too? Amber Haines has found a way, and I am deeply grateful for her artistry, her honesty, and her courage. Her story splays out like a pathway, her voice leading us forward like a mother, a prophet, and a child, each word a stone marking the way to the kingdom of God. This captivating book has stunned me speechless."
Emily P. Freeman, author of Simply Tuesday and A Million Little Ways
"Amber Haines is a once-in-a-generation voice, and her lyrical, poetic writing is truly high art. Through her own story in Wild in the Hollow, she moves us back to the place we all long to be--deeply intimate with and known by God. It's a journey that doesn't overlook brokenness but rather illuminates a God who is ever-present in the midst. This book is a true gift, and I have more hope because of it."
Nish Weiseth, author of Speak: How Your Story Can Change the World
Amber C. Haines is a soulful writer and a blogger at She is curator, with her husband, Seth, of Mother Letters and is a contributor with many acclaimed writers and bloggers at DaySpring's (in)courage. She has been involved as a coordinator with both BlissDom and !dea Camp Orphan Care and continues to build meaningful relationships with church leaders, lifestyle bloggers, authors, advocates, and poets. She lives in Arkansas.

My Review:
"Wild in the Hollow" is such a honest, heart-wrenching account that Amber shares of her life, the highs and the lows.  Amber begins with how her childhood, beliefs she was taught and way she was raised and then how she strayed from those as she got older.  This is an awesome story that shares how one can move on and overcome being at such a low point and God's grace and healing power in one's life. This is a quick read and completely engrossing as it is written in such a way that you cannot put it down and Amber shares her heart, holding nothing back.  Such an inspiring book that will encourage each and every reader. 

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

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