I finished this book a few days ago and have placed it on my virtual shelf. Painful as it was to read Mary’s story, every chapter still rang with hope. I encourage everyone to read this book, easily available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble or WalMart. (To my Soli Deo Gloria sisters who have linked up: I think we can all relate to Mary in at least some area of life.)
DeMuth, Mary E. Thin Places: A Memoir. Zondervan, Grand Rapids, 2010. Everyone knows that kids can be mean. All parents, teachers and caregivers make mistakes, too. So no one can claim to have enjoyed a perfect childhood, but Mary DeMuth suffered an extraordinary amount of trauma throughout her early years. In this memoir, because of the “Thin Places” perspective she has gained, she traces her life back through the most tragic episodes without bitterness. She explains on page 11:
The Celts define a thin place as a place where heaven and the physical world collide, … 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.
Looking back, DeMuth sees each incident in her life as a “thin place” where she realized her need for God; where she caught a sense of the Son of God beckoning her to trust him. With great courage she describes her own scars and weaknesses and relates how Christ’s healing power and love have been working all along to make her whole.
Thanks for reading,