Today, we received a question from a reader regarding the second edition of Chris Lawson’s A Directory of Authors (Three NOT Recommended Lists) booklet, which we released last week. In that booklet is the name Hannah Hurnard, the author of the Christian classic, Hinds Feet on High Places, a beloved allegorical story of redemption. Unfortunately, after writing this book (which was her first book) Hannah Hurnard went on to write numerous other books that sell in Christian bookstores today. Tragically, after her first book, she took a terrible theological dive and ended up with strong universalistic and panentheistic beliefs. The following article written in 1996 by G. Richard Fisher of Personal Freedom Outreach documents what happened to Hannah Hurnard.
(photo: image of 1973 edition of Hinds Feet on High Places)
“From High Places to Heresy: Evaluating the Writings of Hannah Hurnard”
By G. Richard Fisher (PFO – Personal Freedom Outreach)
A recent issue of the Bookstore Journal noted that ‘‘[Hannah] Hurnard’s strong individualism emerged in her later years. She liked to be the boss and usually wanted to do the talking’’ (December 1995, pp. 65-66).
Just like the Energizer Bunny, the sale of some Christian books never seems to abate. They just keep on going and going and going. A classic case in point is Hannah Hurnard’s partially autobiographical allegory, Hinds’ Feet on High Places. Hurnard has been dead since 1990, and while the volume containing
her life story remains popular and continues on the best-seller list, few really know anything about her. She also has another dozen titles available. And herein is the problem.
Hurnard’s Best Offering
Her book, Hinds’ Feet on High Places, was written in 1955 and from all appearances is mainstream and orthodox. It is still stocked in Christian bookstores, and there are over a million copies in circulation.
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