>I have the opportunity to be a part of Mary DeMuth‘s blog tour for her new memoir Thin Places. If you are a woman with a past that haunts you, tests you and continually tries to drag you away from the precious love of your Heavenly Father, then I strongly recommend you read Mary’s new book – Thin Places.
When I first picked up the book, I literally did not put it down until I was atleast 1/2 way through, and that was only because it was time for dinner. I was enthralled, literally taken into Mary’s story. I became that 5 year old little girl who had her life ripped way. I walked hand in hand with the woman holding the scars, whispering to her husband, asking if he loves her, just needing that confirmation. I was there in those moments of Thin Places where Holy Spirit ministered, touched and guided that little girl in ways we can’t even begin to understand.
I have an interview with Mary that will take 2 days to share, bear with me 🙂 I don’t want to give you an information dump overload. There is so much to this interview that it needs to be taken in and savored.
First off – if you haven’t viewed the trailer to Thin Places on YouTube – you need to do so! The link is on Tuesday’s post. Second – Thin Places is now available on Amazon. Get it. Get it now!
Ok – on to the interview 🙂
When I started my writing journey toward publication, I thought I’d always be a novelist. My agent at the time suggested I write parenting books, something I balked at for quite some time. I was a storyteller after all. And because of my upbringing, I suffered from deep wells of insecurity in my parenting. And yet, I sold three parenting books. I wrote them from a position of weakness, and I prayed other parents with struggles similar to mine would be encouraged that they’re not alone.
I can’t help but tell stories, whether they be fiction or nonfiction. As I brainstormed with my next agent and my editor about who I wanted to be when I grew up, we all came back to story. I am a storyteller. We decided it would be best for me to place my primary focus on novel writing, but keep the storytelling alive in nonfiction.
Two years ago, I sensed the need, urge, and desire to write a memoir. I’d come a long way in my healing journey, enough that I could write it without bitterness, with a view toward God’s intervention. Thankfully, my vision for a memoir fit well within the story idea, and Zondervan took a risk and bought the book.
It was difficult to create me as the main character, to place the potential reader into my own head, to play it out in a way that would woo the reader to turn the page. In doing that, I learned even more about myself, how I viewed the world (sometimes in a warped way!), and what possible impact my journey might have on fellow strugglers.
Though I knew well the landscape, setting, and characters of my life, it proved difficult to give myself permission to truly delve in deeper, to re-feel my pain, angst, joy, frustration, anticipation, and worry. Once I let myself go there, the memoir progressed. And my editor helped me shape the book more chronologically, something for which I’m deeply thankful.
It’s the story of a little girl who faced sexual abuse, neglect, drug-using parents, fear, death of a parent, and a host of other malevolence. And yet it’s a hope-filled story, where the bright light of God’s climactic redemption outshines the dark places. It’s a story of God’s nearness when I thought I’d nearly lose my mind and will to live. How grateful I am for the beautiful love of Jesus, how dearly He chose frail me to shame the wise. It’s really His story after all.
Come back tomorrow to find out about a contest to win a copy of Thin Places!