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About the Author

Mary DeMuth is the author of several southern novels, including A Slow Burn, Life in Defiance, and the Christy award finalists, Watching the Tree Limbs and Daisy Chain.  She’s also written four parenting books and a memoir, Thin Places. She’s passionate about the written word, teaching, and mentoring writers. Mary lives in Texas with her husband, Patrick, and their three children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400205212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400205219
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am an author and speaker who loves to help readers and audiences live uncaged, freedom-infused lives.

My books include:

Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God (Harvest House, 2005),
Building the Christian Family You Never Had (WaterBrook, 2006),
Watching the Tree Limbs, Wishing on Dandelions (NavPress, both novels releasing in 2006),
Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture (Harvest House, 2006),
Daisy Chain, A Slow Burn (Zondervan 2009), Life in Defiance (Zondervan 2010),
Thin Places: A Memoir (Zondervan 2010),
150 Quick Questions to Get Your Kids Talking (Harvest House 2011),
You Can Raise Confident and Courageous Kids (Harvest House, 2001)
The Muir House (Zondervan 2011),
Beautiful Battle (Harvest House 2012),
Around the Word in 60 Seconds (Tyndale, 2012),
Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus (Thomas Nelson 2012).
The Wall Around Your Heart: How Jesus Heals You When Others Hurt You (Thomas Nelson, 2013) http://www.wallaroundyourheart.com
Not Marked: Finding Hope and Healing after Sexual Abuse (Uncaged Publishing 2014) http://www.notmarked.com

You can find me primarily at http://www.marydemuth.com. My facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/authormarydemuth and you can follow me on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/marydemuth.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert K. Green Jr. on October 18, 2013
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This is my first book review on Amazon and it is more of a testimony of why I purchased the book and why I am glad I did. I have not suffered the kind of crushing hurts that the author describes and I was not sure if I had a wall around my heart. I have several weird characteristics but I guess I thought they were part of my DNA makeup. These included getting my feelings hurt easily, avoiding conflict, not being able to express clearly what I am thinking, etc. I also knew and believed in inner healing and healing of memories but I never knew how to enter into that spiritual dimension. When I heard that Mary was writing about praying using concepts that Jesus taught [in the the Lord's Prayer], I decided I needed to read that book. I have read the book, I love it, I have discovered several specific areas that I need to focus on in my conversations with God and several of the bricks have been wiped out. Praise God.

One last thought: the fact that you are reading this review means that you are a book person and probably a life-long learner. If you, like me, have a stack of books that you have not read yet, then I recommend that you go ahead and buy this book even if you do not feel like you have a wall around your heart. When you get it, at least flip through the chapters before you put it on your to-read stack or shelf. God has a wonderful way of bringing a particular book to mind when something happens and we need Him to speak to us. Sometimes its the whole book and other times it just a particular chapter. I recently read a book that I bought in the mid-1970's. May the Lord bless you and your loved ones.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melinda McCray on October 15, 2013
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This book has been life changing for me. The way Mary uses the Lord's prayer as a road map for us to forgive others and ourselves allows for the walls around our hearts to literally fall. She is real and raw and the book leads you back to community. After reading it your intimacy with the Lord is increased. It can't get any better than that. You will never say the Lord's prayer the same again. I highly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Caitlin Cash on December 3, 2013
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Nearly everyone has heard the Lord's prayer, but "The Wall Around Your Heart" by Mary DeMuth shines a new perspective on it. This book is about learning to pray like Jesus asked us to when he gave us an example, based on the Bible verses Matthew 6:9-13. The structure of the book surprised me at first. The book takes the reader on a mapped journey of healing (and breaking of walls around the heart) by relying on the Lord's prayer. Each chapter is either a word or a portion of the Lord's prayer broken down. DeMuth writes from a fresh perspective of occasions reminding her of each word/phrase in the prayer. She tells stories of her marriage, friendships, and other relationships to frame how we have a relationship with God. She walks us through tough subjects such as dealing with abuse, being rejected by others, being sinned against, and having unrealistic expectations of others. She even gives example prayers to pray when struggling with specific things, or when we try to pretend we are God. DeMuth weighs in heavily on the matter of forgiveness. Through her stories she demonstrates she is knowledgeable in the subject.

The style is similar to that of a blog post, with first-person perspective.

I enjoyed the fact that each chapter has a "Questions for growth" section to meditate on, answer, and dig deeper into Christianity, the Bible, and the actual Lord's prayer. Though I appreciate that DeMuth properly demonstrated her Biblical knowledge and spoke truth throughout this book (including scripture references laced throughout each chapter), I probably wouldn't recommend this book as a leisure read, but only for an educational read on the Lord's Prayer, or to someone struggling with unforgiveness.

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by BookSneeze ([...] in exchange for reading and giving and honest review of this book. The opinion expressed here is my own, and not that of BookSneeze.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Housholder on October 15, 2013
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I am passing on an audio interview with the author, Mary DeMuth, by journalist Jennifer Clark Tinker for Life & Liberty Magazine.

This gives in-depth background on the book, /The Wall Around Your Heart/.

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Please feel free to use the audio review in any responsible manner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Clark Tinker on October 18, 2013
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I had the honor of serving on the launch team for this book and as a member I received an advanced copy of The Wall Around Your Heart. Already a big fan of Mary DeMuth's blog, I expected the book would be good, and it exceeded my expectations.

This roadmap for relational healing, based on The Lord's Prayer, helped me confront some old hurts.

What Mary DeMuth does that is different than a lot of Christian authors is that she points out the love that God has even for people who have hurt us. She notes, "we cannot love our enemies until we see the twin truths: God loves me. God loves them."

This approach helped me see my old hurts in new ways. It gave me more compassion and grace for those who have hurt me.

I strongly recommend The Wall Around Your Heart for anyone looking for God's hope and healing from relational pain. It is well-written, it deepens how we think of The Lord's Prayer, and it is full of grace.
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