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In her moving spiritual memoir, Mary DeMuth traces the winding path of “thin places” in her life—places where she experienced longing and healing more intensely than before. As DeMuth writes, “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 theIn her moving spiritual memoir, Mary DeMuth traces the winding path of “thin places” in her life—places where she experienced longing and healing more intensely than before. As DeMuth writes, “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.”From losing her earthly father to discovering a heavenly Father who never leaves, from singing Olivia Newton-John songs to the sky to worshiping God under a French sun, from surviving abuse as a latchkey kid to experiencing the joy of mothering three children, DeMuth’s story calls readers to a deeper understanding of their own story. With unusual spiritual wisdom, she looks for God in the past so that she might experience him more profoundly in the present. Her powerful words invite readers to know God in a new way—a God ready to break through any ordinary day or extraordinary pain and offer a glimpse of eternity....

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  • Alana
    2019-01-01 13:10

    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 wounded.Her 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 stories.The 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 32:30). Our anguish accomplishes something greater.Reading 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 freedom.N.B. Mary’s publisher, Zondervan, sent me a review copy of this book before its February launch.

  • Molly
    2019-01-15 10:13

    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 Fiction."The 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 beyond.Thin 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 read.Such 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!"

  • Nikole Hahn
    2019-01-04 08:05

    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 Hahnwww.thehahnhuntinglodge.comZondervan requested my review.

  • Edwina Cowgill
    2019-01-16 10:46

    I suspect if you took a survey of 10, 100, even 1,000 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 grace.Here 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 more 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 more profoundly in the present…A God ready to break through any ordinary day or extraordinary pain and offer you a glimpse of eternity.Although 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.

  • Keiki Hendrix
    2018-12-18 15:03

    “Thin places are holy places and surely God was in this place”Mary DeMuth is a very talented writer, but much more a gifted vessel. In this memoir, she conveys hurt, hope, and healing as she talks about her life with glimpses of the God’s sovereignty.It 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 world.James 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 God.This 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 life.Encouraging and enlightening even though some parts are hard to read, I recommend it highly.Reviewed by: Keiki HendrixReviewed for: The Vessel Project

  • Carla Stewart
    2018-12-22 14:01

    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 more 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.

  • Lyndie Blevins
    2019-01-14 15:52

    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, indeed.What 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 realization.In her moving spiritual memoir, Mary DeMuth traces the winding path of thin places in her life, places where she experienced longing and healing more 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 more profoundly in the present…A God read to break through any ordinary day or extraordinary pain and offer you a glimpse of eternity.

  • Brenda
    2019-01-06 12:55

    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.

  • Dayna
    2019-01-03 12:49

    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 parents/mother 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.

  • Angela Breidenbach
    2018-12-18 12:51

    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 too.I 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 heat."And I understood her pain.

  • Larissa Cook
    2018-12-30 13:58

    "Strive to be one of the few who walks this earth with the ever present realization--every morning, noon and night--that the unknown that people call heaven is directly behind those things that are visible." L. B. Cowman I love this book. I devoured it and wanted so many times to just weep and then rejoice and then weep some more. I'm thankful for her honesty and her devotion to Jesus that she would write such a raw memoir and see the thin places where Jesus is right there with her and the space between heaven and earth is, well, thin. I loved how DeMuth wove this story together and shared so many parts of herself that most of us would want to keep hidden.

  • Ron
    2018-12-31 13:53

    It's about time someone wrote with honesty. This memoir features a fair amount of trifles -- moments that don't seem that big -- that we all share, that make up our lives from day to day and in the end really do make a difference. DeMuth shares them, does not shy away from them, acknowledges their role in us.But the book also is bold to expose abuse, heavy and painful, and tells the truth about the way abuse hangs on our bones for longer than we could ever know.Mary DeMuth is a daring Christian writer. That kind of courage only comes from knowing grace.

  • AJ
    2018-12-28 16:00

    I didn't like this book. I note it seems to be popular/useful to some. I see the author is honest in her pain and suffering due to life experiences, but I found this book has some disturbing, careless and incorrect statements, e.g. p21 'So Paul listens and writes these words. Just for me. (And maybe for you too)." P76 "Is it that I'm a megalomaniac, only happy when I'm perfect at everything? If that is the case, then I don't need Jesus, do I?" P76 &77 Even though the writer is a Christian at this point of her life she says she doesn't understand God's love for her "...that I'm not worthy to take up space on this earth.....Call me masochistic." P82 "One moment, the entire courtroom cheers Jesus - the next they want His neck broken." Actually, the crowd wanted to crucify him. P82 "When I get to heaven, I long to see balcony folks, applauding how Jesus touched them through small me." P85 "...convince me I am practically in bed with Satan when I dance to secular music." P86 is a description of a vision of Jesus dancing which I found unsettling. P87 "...when I actively look for fleeces and signs and supernatural leadings..." (Look for fleeces?) P106 "The truth? My heart is clean when I'm near Jesus Christ. And He is often found in distressing disguises." There's also a statement (somewhere) about God dealing with Job that has an awful verb. Such statements and ones like these should have been omitted or changed. I couldn't finish the book. The author should have been more thoughtful and truthful rather than trying to chose attention-grabbing words.

  • Craig Bergland
    2019-01-13 08:47

    To be clear, this is a memoir about child abuse, not at all a book about thin places in the classic sense. Rather, it is a misappropriation of the term and a redefining of it in an evangelical rather than a mystical sense. While I have all the sympathy in the world for what the author endured, if you are looking for a book about thin places, this isn't it. Very disappointing.

  • Lela
    2018-12-17 15:04

    The author has a unique writing style that, once you get used to it, is very touching and interesting to read. She is very honest about her life & how God has made an impact. I learned a lot.

  • Sheila
    2018-12-27 14:58

    I don’t know how I got so lucky, but a pre-release copy of Mary DeMuth’s Thin Places arrived in the mail, together with a request that maybe I could read and review it and join in with the “social media tour.” So this is me, joining in.Thin Places is billed as a memoir, which isn’t really my kind of thing. But I already knew (from reading A Slow Burn) that Mary DeMuth is a really excellent writer. She has the knack of writing about seriously sad and difficult topics with a lightness that’s more to do with creating light than making light of anything. With words as beautifully constructed as her stories, she pulled me straight into the second book of a series and kept me so entranced that I wished it wouldn’t end. But a memoir?The “thin places” of this book’s title are made from those times when the world around us grows thin, where glimpses of heaven slip in through those cracks in the clouds. And the author leads her readers fairly quickly to the sort of thin place that we might not wish to go—except, of course, so many of us have been there, been nearly there, or been comforters to others who’ve been there.As in her novels, Mary writes about deep and painful subjects. But her writing has a beauty that allows even the most agonizing tale to let in the light. She shows how God takes those cruel memories and paints eternal glory and forgiveness into their fabric, transforming that which we’d rather forget into a source of curious blessing.There were parts of this memoir that resonated with me, and left me eagerly looking for God’s light in my life. I too have chased after signs, delighting in those days when it seemed like God really spoke to me, and mourning their loss when I should be rejoicing in the fact that God gave, God takes, God is sovereign, and God might give again. I too have lived with my inner critic declaring I’m never good enough. I too…But Mary’s not me, and in some sections I just felt frustrated with circumstances that dictate I can’t be more like her. The cynic in me asks, but what if this, or what if that lets Mary down. But I know that as God is in all of Mary’s thin places now, He’s here for me too, not making the tough places smooth, but making them thin, if I’ll just let Him in.Thin Places is more than a memoir, and more than a teaching moment. It’s a series of essays, built on the author’s memories, and bound by their message of God’s faithfulness. It’s a call to readers to see things differently, to recognize healing, and to look for God breaking in through an ordinary day. It’s a beautiful book, and however it was that I got lucky enough to receive it, I’m really glad I’ve read it.

  • Laura
    2018-12-19 16:02

    The unspeakable has been perpetrated against five-year-old Mary multiple times, along with threats of death to her and her parents if she tells. Her father died when she was 10, leaving her feeling abandoned. Her mother was ‘unavailable’ when she needed her, throughout all of her marriages and other relationships, leaving her feeling neglected. Her grandparents weren’t as loving to her as she thought. She spent much time alone, fearful of who was ‘out there’ to get her. She was lied to, stolen from, and not believed many of her years. She felt unloved, unlovable, unworthy to even be on the earth. She considered suicide for over a year, but a school counselor helped her through that year. She had years of envy due to a lack of the basics that made her feel as if she didn’t fit in with other kids. She had a large “daddy hole” in her heart through all the losses of her father and step-fathers.What really pulled her through was a relationship with Jesus at the age of 15. Not that all things went perfect from that point on, but she has what she calls “’thin places,’ snatches of time, moments really, when she senses God intersecting her world in tangible, unmistakable ways. They are the ‘aha moments,’ beautiful realizations, when the Son of God bursts through the hazy fog of her monotony and shine on her afresh.” He came to Mary’s life and brought her healing. She will tell you how.Thin Places, Mary’s memoir, was written for specific purposes. To help others find hope and reconciliation with God and family. To get the counseling help they need. Get people talking about their abuse to gain healing. Help the abused women gain insights to be a good mother. To find hope for herself, etc. It’s not an easy read, but press through and you will find poignant moments that you can relate to and find hope and healing in Jesus. This is a book on freedom and triumph!Although the story seems to flit about for me, my take on it is that triggers don’t necessarily happen in chronological order. Push through. It’ll all make sense in the end.

  • Janice
    2019-01-05 12:56

    I had read the first two books in Mary E. DeMuth’s Defiance, Texas series and realized that she was not your typical Christian fiction writer. They were a breath of fresh air. I was excited when I was sent a copy of her book, Thin Places: A Memoir.De Muth starts the book by explaining that she is a thin place, a Celtic term meaning “the place where heaven and the physical world collide, one of those serendipitous territories where eternity and the mundane meet”. Her story takes us to those thin places in her life, some of which are extremely painful. The kinds of things that we as Christians often do not want to talk about because we just are not sure what to say: sexual abuse, parental neglect, pornography. Mary De Muth’s life includes this issues and she tells her story through the pain but with grace.She had me in the first chapter entitled ‘Studebaker’ because my family had Studebakers and my first car was a hand me down 1960 one. Then she tells of a father that left too soon and I could relate though I was a teenager when my father died. I rejoiced when I read of her involvement with Young Life, as that was where I also became a Christian. I have not experienced the abuse she had but I felt her pain. I understood her questions, her insecurity and could relate to the frustrations as a teenager and young believer trying to understand God and his ways.De Muth is honest and though she has experienced much pain in her life the joy and comfort she finds in the Lord comes through. This is a book for anyone who has struggled with the pain of this world. It gives hope to us all that though life is hard and often we really do not understand why God has placed some experiences in our life we can rest in his grace. He meets us in those thin places.

  • LeAnne
    2018-12-27 14:48

    Reading Mary E. De Muths Thin Places; a memoir, I wonder if I am reading memoir or devotional. As she bares her soul, searching for thin places, snatches of holy ground, where, we might just catch a glimpse of eternity(p.11)as she shares those place in her own life, Mary touches my soul as well. Although I never had the terrible childhood experiences of abuse or losing my father at a young age that Mary experienced, I do make lists of the things I ought to do to be good enough. I have been a broken missionary returning from an experience where I thought God owed it to me to bless. Pursue Me, not perfection, Jesus told Mary in that thin place. Follow after Me, not a set of ideals. Grab My hand and walk with Me in adventure. (p. 178)Instead of following the chronology of her life, De Muth traces themes: places she has lived, her raggedy image of herself, the repeated pain of multiple divorces, pornography, obsession with things, obsession with boys, fear of men and what they can do to you. She jumps back and forth in time. Sometimes the feelings seem to contradict one another, but then life is like that, isnt it? Messy, painful, real.Mary is marked by her early experiences, but they do not define the totality of who she is. She is a wife, mother and writer, deeply in love with Jesus. The victories she share and the places she still struggles to see Gods hand will touch readers of all backgrounds who are seeking God in a messy world.Given the beauty of her language and the depth of her vulnerability, I look forward to reading Marys fiction as well. I am sure it will not be inspirational fluff.

  • Karen Rabbitt
    2019-01-16 12:55

    Common Weaknesses, Uncommon God Mary organizes her story based on the "thin places" where her weaknesses, especially, have allowed her to experience God. In the process, we not only recognize where weakness can reveal God's compassionate heart, but also how common our own weaknesses are. And in understanding that commonness, our shame, too, can be healed.When she describes her "reactionary" self that she wishes she wasn't, we can claim our own overreactions without so much shame.When she exposes her season of using porn, we can claim our own sexual sins and find God in the midst of our confession and turning away.When she recognizes her own weakness toward alcohol that could have turned into addiction, she sets us free to remember all the ways God has met us in those sins that could have destroyed our lives.If you long to hear God's voice, in spite of your common weaknesses and sin, Mary's story will help you listen. In Thin Places, you will hear the Father's voice in an uncommon way.I received a free review copy of Thin Places from Zondervan. Nevertheless, I do not write positive reviews unless I believe in the what I am endorsing. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

  • Michelle
    2018-12-25 08:51

    Thin Places is raw and real. I have worked with sexually abused children for two decades and have come across one particular phenomenon that I've always been fascinated with. Mary called it "The Mark". I used to's like they have an invisible mark on their forehead that only abusers see and it tells them the child has been hurt before thus giving the perverts the notion they can do it again. This chapter was very well stated. Also, the inability to trust and the self-absorption and perfectionist tendencies that dominate where if things don't go as planned victims often fall apart emotionally. I've seen this over an over along with adults who were child victims worrying that they won't love their kids enough or will somehow screw them up, too. Dealing with the issues through counseling and faith (as well as writing it down) can help tremendously. I also enjoyed the experiences the author shared about the various religious experiences she had from scams to the real thing. I have seen similar situations in my life and others' and I enjoyed the way the author brought the information out in the memoir using such a child-like view. Thin Places was an incredibly brave book and I'm glad that the author took the time to share her story and laid it out there for God to use. I'm certain He will.

  • Stella Mize
    2019-01-06 12:07

    I am so grateful to Mary DeMuth to allow God to use her through the writing of her memoir. This was such a vulnerable read that at times I wanted to look away, to afraid of seeing myself in the pages. Yet, I wanted to know how she made it through and how God had healed her innermost hurts--I needed to know. I needed to know that the pain and the hurt caused by others was visible to HIM and that HE did care. She shared the most traumatizing events of her life. She bared herself completely. She allowed others to see who she really is. A woman stolen of innocence during her childhood; abandoned by the death of her father; neglected by her own mother. A woman who still struggles to be the woman of God that He created her to be, the mother her children need her to be and the wife her husband wants her to be. Mary's life has been touched by God so wonderfully that He speaks through the pages of her memoir to all of us who have walked similar paths. He tells us all that HE is the only one we need, the only one who can heal us and the only one who can bring us through the thin places. He embraces us. He loves us. This is what Mary shows us through her story. We are not forgotten! He sees--El Roi!

  • Tamara Murphy
    2019-01-13 12:59

    I read this book in one night. When I turned the last page (page 218, to be exact) I said to Brian, "God's grace is amazing." In a publishing world full of new memoir so often turning our attention every which way but God's grace, those four words might be the most important things I could say about the book. It seems to me that Mary DeMuth's skill in telling a pain-filled story with clear language marked by a beautiful balance of vulnerability, sorrow and humor served as a form of hospitality, inviting me to enter her story without fear. She tells us her story of childhood sexual abuse, loneliness and grief with both raw pain and authentic joy, welcoming me to feel both ends of the spectrum without fear of being consumed or fooled into a false hope that Jesus can -- and does -- heal His broken children. I am grateful for Mary's story and grateful to her for telling it with skill and grace. And grateful to a good Father who never stops saving broken children. To see my favorite excerpt, read my full review here:

  • Jessica McCauley
    2018-12-28 10:01

    It felt almost like my autobiography. It touched me unlike anything else. This author put into words feelings and experiences I couldn't find words for myself. She gets it. I can't believe I finally found someone who really gets it. There is a difference though...she feels safe with her husband. I have never felt safe with mine. I probably never will. This produces a profound loneliness that pervades my entire life. When I'm home with my children I'm Mommy. I'm in charge, I'm in charge of making sure my children feel safe, are safe and fulfilled. There is no place for me to seek safety while I'm the "safekeeper". When my husband comes home, I feel decidedly unsafe, I am unsafe. Only now I must protect both my children and myself from this unsafe person who is my husband. There is no place I can go, noone I can run to so that I can feel safe. I long for alone time so I can seek God and feel safe, but this alone time comes at the cost of leaving my children with the "unsafe" one, therefore I am never truly at peace. I cannot seek my own safety by jeopardizing the safety of my children. I am at a loss as to know what to do.

  • christina
    2019-01-07 13:59

    Never has there been a outpouring of a human soul in so many words articulating the ravishes from innocence's as in Mary DeMuth's 'Thin Places.'Mary is a woman exceeding in wisdom as she understandingly and forgiving expresses so eloquently her feelings of every detail hidden in her heart. Being thrown into an unkind childhood of various proportions of devious acts of impropriety, Mary's life is strangely familiar. Now grown, her understanding with the wisdom of the love of Christ enables her to put into words her most heart felt insecurities. She forgives the hurt that embraces her inner most being. Her life is a testimony of bearing heartbreaking, unkind acts of selfishness from others to finding the unconditional love of Jesus to walk through the throws of everyday life is to properly commented. Thank you Mary for opening up your life to the lost and hurt so they may know they are not alone.LaJoyce ShromAuthor of 'Revealed Secret and 'Learning About life'

  • Lynnda Ell
    2019-01-09 15:05

    A memoir is a guided trip into someone else's world. It's a little bit like having Superman's x-ray vision. We see the pain, heartache, and struggles the author experiences in becoming a multi-dimensional person. The answer to the question "Hello, how are you?" we ask by opening the book becomes a lighted trail into the writer's soul. Sometimes, we really don't want to know the answer to our question. The paradox is this, the better the author does her work, the more compelling the words on the page, the more broken-hearted we become in our empathy with the writer.Mary DeMuth has written just such a memoir. Her premise that God can be found in all the thin places in our lives carries the story of her life from terrorized childhood through battles to maturity and to victories of healing. The story of her life proves that the axiom "As the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined," only holds true when God in the Thin Places is not included in the equation.

  • Donna G
    2019-01-06 12:58

    This is a sad example of how not all children grow up loved, cared for and protected, and the damage it does to them when they are adults. Mary turned a bad situation into a beautiful testament of how the Lord can deliver us through all things. I read the first 2 books in her Texas trilogy and became interested in finding out more about the author and stumbled upon this autobiography of her life. A life filled with pain, abuse, and neglect. But in all of this she came to know and love the Lord and deepen her relationship with Him in what she calls the "thin places" - the place where heaven and the physical world collide, the place where she could actually see and feel God working in her life. These thin places were not always during the good times and seemed to actually occur most often during the bad times. This is a good book for people looking to learn to see God and how he is at work in their lives.

  • Dawn
    2018-12-26 16:04

    An intensely personal and honest spiritual memoir. The writing is redemptive and uplifting. The degrading details of the abuse suffered by the author are presented in a manner which are honest, yet at the same time readable, without the mental damage some autobiographies of abusive pasts can do to readers, where over-disclosure can be intrusive, and give the reader more information than they wish to know. The disclosure of the abuse suffered is vivid as the reader is in no doubt what happened, yet it is in keeping with the spiritual purity of the book.I found it interesting that rather than boast about the many good and right decisions and life choices she made, the author instead speaks well of God and honours Him as she maps out her growing love for the Lord Jesus - the Great Redeemer - and as she relates to the reader the "thin places" in her life. A truly inspirational read.

  • Chinenye Emezie
    2019-01-11 09:07

    A compelling read. I couldn't put this book down. Met Mary personally at a recent Writers Conference in Johannesburg (where I won another book of hers), and I must say she is a most unassuming lady. All the horrific experiences she endured as a child whilst growing up (which is what 'Thin Places' is all about) did not influence negatively how she turned out now as a dedicated wife and mother. This is a book I'll recommend to all and sundry (Christian/religious or not). Abuse is prevalent in our various societies and is no respecter of race or creed. Every parent need to read this book. It sure will shape us in ways we can't imagine to be the best caretaker for our children.Although this book is a memoir, yet it reads like fiction, dripping in the most spectacular prose. A very fine writer she is. Looking forward to reading her other works, particularly her fiction books.

  • Heather Zuber-Harshman
    2019-01-08 13:11

    The honesty with which Mary DeMuth repaints the story of her far from ordinary childhood and the mental struggles of her adulthood is refreshing and freeing. As I read, I found myself recalling parts of my past with which I have and continue to struggle, but seeing them in a different light, a healing light. I am in awe of the healing that has occurred in Mary’s heart and soul through the power of God, and see no reason why I can’t experience the same healing since my owns hurts pale in comparison to those she has experienced. Mary’s eloquent use of words was riveting. I couldn’t stop marveling at how well pieced together they were. The one down side to this book is how dark it is. I sometimes had to put it down for a number of days before returning to it. I didn't get fully into the book until about 1/2 way through because things started to lighten up some.