Wild In The Hollow by Amber C. Haines

Amber 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.

Purchase Wild In The Hollow and read an excerpt HERE.

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 lives in Arkansas, has four wild sons, and finds community among the broken.

My Thoughts

When I began reading Wild In The Hollow, I reached a place where I wondered if I could finish this book.  It is so raw, so revealing, as you would share your deepest secrets, hurts, loves, and losses with your dearest friend.  I did read it  fully, and savored each word in its truth. 

Amber is a lyrical author, in prose, laced with similes and metaphors, that will leave paintings on your heart and mind.  She shares her deepest struggles of depression, drug abuse, promiscuity, and hope.  Her hope is found in her deep relationship with her Heavenly Father who promises to restore, rebuild, and renew. 

The “hollow” is in all of us.  The author clearly shares that the empty place will be filled with something or someone of our choosing.  After trying many things to fill that place, she chose to surrender it to God.  This book is her journey.

Yes, this book is raw, revealing, graphic, yet very clean in its content.  Although Wild In The Hollow would be appreciated by men, I believe it would be extremely beneficial to women, who to some degree, have experienced many of the struggles of the author. 

I have had promptings to write my “hollow” from the Holy Spirit, family, and friends, and Amber’s testimony has given me that encouragement to do so.  Those of us who have a darkness in our past are often afraid to speak our life story to others.  I know this work will give you courage to remove your mask and show the world from where God has brought you.

Wild In The Hollow is powerful, timeless, and I believe will be referenced and shared for many decades to come.  I enjoyed every word!

Thank you to Amber C Haines and Revell, a division of Baker Publishing group for a copy in exchange for my honest review.