Amber C. Haines is a soulful writer and a blogger at TheRunaMuck.com. 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 lives in Arkansas, has four wild sons, and finds community among the broken.
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About the Author
Amber C. Haines is a soulful writer and a blogger at TheRunaMuck.com. 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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Homesickness 9
1 Rebel 15
2 Capacity: One 24
3 Becoming Kin 34
4 A Harness on the Wind 46
5 Hungry 59
6 A Wolf Revision 70
7 Thirsty 74
8 Secret Hiding Place 86
9 Doula 95
10 Sustain 111
11 Muscle Memory 120
12 Seed of Desire 130
13 See Through 145
14 Hope of the Exiled 164
15 Whole in Sick Places 177
16 Siblings in the Wild Yard 192
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Quite often, when I receive a book for review, I will place it on the shelf to be read in order. I did that with this book and I wish I did not. This book left me feeling so refreshed. The author, Amber C. Haines shares her story with God. she tells about how God never leaves her no matter how many times she may been saved. She shares her story, honestly and openly in a world where these things are not shared often enough. Through her story the reader is able to see God's love no matter how many time we fall. Even if we turn our back on God, He is always there for us. To experience God's love through another's story, this is the book to read. I was given this book by Revell books and the author in exchange for my honest review.
Subtitled "On Chasing DESIRE & Finding the Broken Way HOME," Wild in the Hollow is at times memoir and and at others rambling essay. I mean that in the best way possible. Amber C. Haines's prose isn't always easy to follow, but hang in there--what she's saying is worth hearing. And it's all beautiful. Wild in the Hollow follows Haines's literal journey from her roots in the hollows of Alabama to her small house with acreage in Arkansas. It also details her spiritual journey, lived through addiction and running from God to the ache of loneliness in the middle of a marriage and the art of pursuing His heart in the midst of personal dreams. And with Haines's "soulful" way of writing, it's all stated matter-of-factly with no judgment and full transparency. I enjoyed both journeys. And I enjoyed seeing my own journey to find "home" in the pages. As Haines reveals the culmination of her journey (to this point anyway) in her life, her marriage, her church, her friendships, her faith, and her parenting, I found myself in there as well. Nobody writes like Amber C. Haines. I'm telling you--even the acknowledgements contain nuggets I want to never forget. She writes beautifully and vividly and honestly. Disclosure: I received this book free through the Revell Reads Blog Tour program in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to read a positive review, and all opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
The message Amber is conveying is all about reality, brokenness and pain, a soul searching for God, trying to fill the void with everything - but God, rebellion masked as freedom, a struggle with the rules and the natural bent towards breaking those rules, the feeling of never being good enough. I think this book is relative to many of us. Amber tells her story, a story of brokenness, but not a story of hopelessness. In that brokenness she met God, the Savior. From there she began a new life, which, although, it looked beautiful on the outside, was still masking the internal pain she felt. Not until she came to the place of complete surrender did God then take the away the shame and guilt and make beauty from ashes. She had been let down by people, the church, and a list of look good rules she couldn't follow, when what she longed for was acceptance, unconditional love, and a place to call home. Amber is such a great example of the importance of community, of loving people to Jesus, not to a list of rules they can't follow and allowing the Holy Spirit to do the work. Of remembering we are all broken and in need of a Savior and Jesus came to seek and to save the Lost. As I read this book, I struggled with the writing style a little. It wasn't so much that I didn't like it as much as it is written in a style I am not really used to reading, so I really had to concentrate to read it. But Amber's story resonated with me. I could have been reading about myself. Amber is a very gifted artist and has taken some poetic classes. She has the gift of expression. Me being a country girl and all, who sometimes doesn't even get plain ole' English, just kind of struggled through some of it. I can't say I agree with all of her theology since, at times I am not sure I understood correctly what she was trying to express. But it's a story many can relate to, and Amber offers hope that comes through Jesus, and that I know to be true from my own personal brokenness. I was blessed with a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for a review.
Wild in the Hollow is the true story of Amber C. Haines’ life before meeting God for the very first time on the floor of her dormitory bathroom and her life after meeting him. It is one brutally honest ride and while I would often find myself thinking I didn’t have anything in common with Haines, the next line would reach out and twist itself around my heart and bring me to my knees whispering that yes, we have everything in common. I don’t want to give away too much of the book because it is such a beautiful experience. Amber paints masterpieces with words. Whatever it is she is writing about, you are right there with her. You see what she sees. You feel what she feels. Like Ann Voskamp, every word is pure poetry and a joy to read.
Wild in the Hollow is an engaging autobiography of a young woman who lost her way, finds herself in a desperate place, and opens herself to the God of hope, purpose, and security. Amber Haines’ vulnerability is to be admired as she puts down on paper thoughts, attitudes, and actions that most of us keep close to our skin. Her journey through young adulthood, marriage, and motherhood goes many directions while she looks for authenticity from others and herself. I identified with her strong desire to live for God, love her husband, and raise her children well. Her stark openness hit like I was reading her journal. She searches for peace, a simple life uncluttered with our society’s trappings so she can focus on God’s reality for her. I found myself underlining many truths throughout the book. I doubt this will be the last we hear from her. I received this book from Revell Reads/Net Galley for my honest review which I have given.
Wild in the Hollow is a grace-filled well-written narrative. I found Amber Haines' memoir to be introspective, but never self-pitying. In short, Wild in the Hollow is a story about the human spirit and the unconditional love of God that will always meet us and mend us wherever we may be. ___________________________________________ WHAT I LIKED: + Amber Haines shares her story in a casual language making it feel as though she is sitting right next to you sharing her life journey over a cup of tea. I found myself savoring Wild in the Hollow ― reading it faithfully. Suffice it to say, many of the ordeals and internal struggles Amber Haine’s shares within this book reminded me of my own pilgrimage through life; consequently, I was able to relate and identify with her pain and thirst for love, truth and freedom + Amber Haines’ writing is raw, poetic and rings with truth. You truly feel the desperation, the anguish and despair in her voice. Additionally, her storytelling is so affecting! It will make you embrace your own brokenness and lead you to see the redemptive power in your own heart. To boot, I came to appreciate the art of poetry and the freedom and wonderful escape creative writing exudes + Wild in the Hollow is not the typical Christian memoir where you find you are unable to identify with the author because most of their life story revolves around success and prosperity. Instead, Wild in the Hollow is a book that unmasks our humanity ― our imperfections and echoes the sentiment: everything is going to be okay + Not once, did Amber Haines’ story feel as though she wrote this account to gain our sympathy. Instead, Haines extends her hand to fellow suffers through the pages of this beautiful book and smiles through a flow of messy tears and assures the reader that God can redeem the worst of circumstances. It was a breath of fresh air even for me WHAT I DIDN’T LIKED: I was not able to find any setbacks in this book; especially since it is a true account AFTERTHOUGHTS: In the end, I arrived at the conclusion that we are all broken in one way or another and this is okay, because God is able to take all the shattered-sharp-edges of our lives and fashion them into something exquisitely beautiful. One more thing, due to the grim and weighty content of the book, I would recommend that all readers approach this book with an open mind
Starting at her own childhood and ending at the childhood of her sons, this book follows one woman's life journey. The text reads like a memoir with its brutal honesty and poetic license. Amber tells of her shameful past she regrets of chasing after men. Readers then follow her as she converts to Christianity and eventually marries her holy-roller husband. The struggles of marriage, affairs, and such are described. When kids finally enter the picture, Amber is honest with her insecurities and anxieties of postpartum depression as her own baby holds on for dear life in the hospital. This is a religious book in that it talks about Christianity and the church. Due to the sensitive nature of this book in describing the author's sexual encounters, I would not recommend it for young readers. The book is not graphic, but it does allude to mature matters. There is no swearing in the book.
This book has made my own eternal longing clear to me. It has defined homesickness as an invitation from God to come home through obedience and has invigorated the obtainable gift of joy available to me through knowing the father. By far my favorite read of 2015... #lifechanging #wildinthehollow