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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (January 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031028418X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310284185
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fiction (Watching the Tree Limbs) and nonfiction (Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture) author DeMuth revisits supremely challenging and emotionally transformative junctures in her life as she reveals the childhood sexual brutalities of which she was a victim, the confounding death of her biological father, and ongoing years of neglect and parental irresponsibility with which she had to cope. DeMuth, whose fiction consistently evokes deep responses from her loyal fan base, has succeeded in offering a comparably powerful memoir by telling her own story with honest courage. At every signpost, the author presents life as it is, even when the offering is ugly. Despite the bitterness and anger that could naturally characterize her, the author clings to her faith in God and his goodness, deriving victory over her circumstances. DeMuth writes, "God sees," and in this recalling of her early childhood pain, she sees, and is seen by, a faithful divine Father who provides refuge. END

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Fiction (Watching the Tree Limbs) and nonfiction (Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture) author DeMuth revisits supremely challenging and emotionally transformative junctures in her life as she reveals the childhood sexual brutalities of which she was a victim, the confounding death of her biological father, and ongoing years of neglect and parental irresponsibility with which she had to cope. DeMuth, whose fiction consistently evokes deep responses from her loyal fan base, has succeeded in offering a comparably powerful memoir by telling her own story with honest courage. At every signpost, the author presents life as it is, even when the offering is ugly. Despite the bitterness and anger that could naturally characterize her, the author clings to her faith in God and his goodness, deriving victory over her circumstances. DeMuth writes, 'God sees,' and in this recalling of her early childhood pain, she sees, and is seen by, a faithful divine Father who provides refuge. (Feb.) (Thin Places: A Memoir)

“Well known fiction author, Mary DeMuth open her heart in her moving memoir, Thins Places, an unflinching look at her childhood sexual abuse, death of her father, and years of parental neglect that somehow still shows God’s ever-present hand of love and healing. Throughout the messiness of life, Mary continually finds “thin places,” evidences of where God breaks through her pain and brokenness with his love and mercy. Striving to comfort others with the Divine comfort she has received, Mary’s Thin Places shines as a hopeful light for anyone who is struggling to overcome unspeakable wounds from the past” (Significant Living Magazine)

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.

Customer Reviews

Mary DeMuth has written a beautiful Christian memoir.
C. Hutton
Mary shares the hope and healing she found in Christ so that others may find that same healing and realize that God's grace will shine on their darkened life.
Mocha with Linda
Thin Places: A MemoirI don't usually read memoirs but I really like Mary DeMuth and I wanted to learn about her story (because I knew there was one).
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Jeanette Morris on January 25, 2010
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"Life is messy." My pastor says that often. Most people nod their heads in agreement and then live out their lives, as Thoreau wrote, in "quiet desperation." Few are willing to let others step into their messiness. Mary DeMuth's memoir, "Thin Places," not only allows us in, but draws us into the places where God embraced her raggedy, disheveled, and chronically needy, blessed soul.

The book was unputdownable--from the introduction (which, by the way, was my favorite part!) to the last word. Mary's writing craft is impeccable. Seamless...flowing and clear. An editor's dream. So flawless I could take off my editor hat and be simply an eager reader.

The biggest surprise came when I found myself in the pages of someone else's life. I could relate to so many of the thin places where God met Mary and brought her along and through and over the hurdles and sufferings of her childhood and youth. Those slobbery kisses from over-eager boys. That yearning for a date...for a boyfriend...for fatherly affection. Keeping secrets. Compromising to fit in. Ugh! Those stuffed-down memories that remind us of our insecurities and less-than-stellar decisions. Why go there?

She tells us why: To unmask our humanity--our frailty--and thereby removing the power our messiness tries to hold over us. To reveal the God who sees, who cares, who redeems even the worst of sins and sinners. She exposes her pain--not to gain our sympathy, but to extend her hand as a fellow sufferer who wants our journeys to become stronger for knowing hers.

She succeeds.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By C. Hutton on December 6, 2009
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Mary DeMuth has written a beautiful Christian memoir. Growing up in the 1970's with her emotionally distant and thrice married mother, the author tries to understand the death of her father and the sexual abuse she endured from local boys. She is heart-breaking confessional in the same manner that Mary Karr was in her memoir "Lit" (without the profanity). She acknowledges her "daddy wound," her emotional neediness, and the parts of her life that have yet to be healed. She examines her painful past in the light of the Gospel. A quick read at 200+ pages, there is much here that will bring the reader back again and again.
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This woman's story is eye opening and she was very strong and brave to share it with everyone. However, reader beware that she ties every aspect of her life in this book back to Jesus and God usually tying in biblical references and the like. I knew there was a religious note in this book, I didn't realize it would be brought into play every chapter. I currently struggle with my religious beliefs so I had a major disconnect every time the author went there, and she went there a lot. Just a warning to others more like me who may not realize that this is a heavily religious book.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. Greenwell on January 27, 2010
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"Thin Places" is a painfully honest look into Mary Demuth's past and how her past has colored her life today. As she wrestles with her past and copes with the marks it leaves on her life at present, she realizes God has always been there for her. I have never experienced the kind of pain she has, but we can all identify with her honest feelings of not being good enough, of having to strive harder for God's acceptance. I feel that reading her book has helped me to understand myself and others better than before. Most of all, understanding that God's Love surpasses all of our trials in life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kindred spirit VINE VOICE on January 24, 2010
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In this Unique memoir Mary DeMuth talks about her childhood filled with pain, suffering, fear and losses. Her mother is married several times. Mary was raped at the tender age of 5 yrs. Having had some similar events in my own young life this re opened some pain for me. It also opened more healing. I love her use of the term Thin Places, where God draws very close. It reminds me of a scene in the book The Shack, where the dad has a thin wall between seeing his dead daughter alive and happy in heaven.

Mary I want to thank you for being so open and honest in telling your story. I do understand how hard that is to share. I had a tragic death in the family the week I got this book and I very much needed to look for those moments of "thin places".

The book is very open and honest about these events and Mary's feelings as they happen. How can a small child understand why God allows bad things to happen to them? How does said child trust God? Well at times they just cannot....but God doesn't stop his offerings of Mercy and love. Mary does find "thin places" in her young life and ongoing as an adult. This book is proof positive that God uses the darkest hours in our lives to draw us closer to Him, be it through pain and suffering or Joy

If you are struggling to find God or are in a difficult space due to current pain or especially child pain I recommend this book. It is not a book telling you what you have to do to find God, no lists of do's and don'ts. It does center on Mary's life after all it is her story. Just to put yourself in her shoes and get out of your own for a while can be very healing indeed.

God is always in control, his timing is perfect. We do not understand this but He does. Read this book with a tender and open mind and heart.
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