Amber C Haines
About the Author

Amber C Haines, author of Wild in the Hollow, has 4 sons, a guitar-playing husband, theRunaMuck, and rare friends. She loves the funky, the narrative, and the dirty South. She finds community among the broken and wants to know your story. Amber is curator with her husband Seth Haines of Mother...

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  1. Dear Amber…what a full reflection you have posted! Thank you for this chance to win a copy of the book that is on my Christmas list 🙂 Would be a great treat, should my name be chosen…

  2. Yes, the path of deconstruction and then rebuild on the Chief Cornerstone, along with Jesus, our Sabbath. Yes, yes, yes.

  3. This sounds like a wonderful book! I’d love a chance to win it! I’ve added it to my amazon wish list just in case though.

  4. This sounds like a book I would Love to review. I would love a copy. Thanks for putting my name in the drawing.
    moma 3 homeschool @gmail (dot) com

  5. Sounds like an amazing book. I put it on my Amazon wish list if I am not lucky enough to win. Thanks for the heads up and a great article!

  6. Thank you for your thoughts on this book. It sounds like exactly what I need in my spiritual walk right now!
    Have a blessed and joyous day!

  7. This book sounds amazing and like something i need to read right now. Would love to win a copy but will buy one if not chosen!

  8. Wow, that sounds like an amazing book…I would love to win one, but will definitely buy it if I don’t win. I have 2 friends to whom I give a book every Christmas, and then we read it together in the new year. Perhaps this year, this will be the one. Great review.

  9. This sounds like exactly what I need to read right now. I love hearing other people’s stories that are similar to my own. Makes me feel as though I’m not alone after all. Thanks for the chance to win this book 🙂

  10. Reminds me of Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss, perhaps. That is a favorite of mine.

  11. Thanks for a really great post! I’d love to win a copy of the book – and Monday, November 2 is my birthday!
    Have a good day! 🙂

  12. I hadn’t ever heard of this book until a couple months ago, and now I’m hearing or reading about it everywhere.I’d really love to read it. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  13. wow! this sounds like exactly what I need right now in my life. The reminder that God is ever faithful and its ok to work out that salvation amidst the messiness of life.

  14. Beautifully written review. I loved your phrasing. Sounds like you and I have some things in common. I would love to win this book but even more I want to read this book. It is on my look for this book list. Thank you.

  15. Grace in hard and hidden places,
    this phrase really hit home with me.
    It is the story of my life.
    GOD has been so good to me.

  16. I would love to read this.
    “…deconstruction so that ultimately we rebuild on the Chief Cornerstone, to follow Him as the Sabbath in action”
    I have been thinking a lot lately about how God has “torn me down” so that he can build me back stronger, safer. It’s a painful process that you can only see from the other side.

  17. Thank you for sharing this book with us. It will definitely be one I read soon…whether I win or buy a copy! 🙂

  18. What an encouraging and heartfelt review. I would certainly love to read this book. Most of the time, I definitely feel like my salvation is VERY messy – because of me of course.

  19. Thank you for sharing. I think I will definitely look for this book. It would seem that there is a common theme that God is trying to resound with all believers right now. We are His living testimonies. Our focus and job should always be to draw closer to Him and praise Him in the processes. Pointing others toward the only One who truly saves us day after day.

  20. How awesome! I just was at L.L.’s blog last night, reading back on some posts I had missed… wishing I had the chance to read her book! I put it on my long-distance, must get this book, must read list!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. This sounds like an amazing book and uplifting to me as I walk along my own journey. I would love to have my own copy. Thanks!

  22. I’m walking the path of deconstruction as well. Daily. Would love to snag that book.
    “.. one stone at a time, on a journey that delves deeper into the invisible, exploring the pit and marrow of her own soul as she works out her messy and beautiful salvation, the suffering, the resistance, the doubt, and the sacrifice.”
    What a great poetic review, Amber! Love it!

  23. This sounds like a wonderful book. I would love to win it. Thanks for sharing your impressions of this story.

  24. I search for books that “constantly point to Christ” and would love to win a copy of this one.
    christfocus [at] hughes . net

  25. Stepping stones describe my days right now in my life. Some are firm, some are shaky, some get me wet with cold water, some are little, some are big… This year has been the hardest of my life and yet, the Lord has taught me the most lessons. I hope to continue learning.

  26. I would love this book to read and then give to my momma. I am going to wishlist it on Amazon, just in case I don’t win. (Lol)…

  27. Sounds like a great book. I would love to win one, if not I will be purchasing soon.

  28. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book. I went to and checked out the preview, thinking it’s probably just another book. But after reading the preface, I no longer think it is “just” another book. It’s got me hook, line and sinker…can’t wait to read it. If I don’t win, I will definitely be purchasing it!
    Thanks again!

  29. It’s always great to “stumble” on a new book to help us grow in our spiritual walk, thank you for the recommendation.

  30. It’s so refreshing to read modern day illustrations of OT happenings. Here I lift my Ebenezers … marking God’s faithfulness!

  31. I discovered L.L. just a little while ago and have been captivated by her beautiful writing and sweet spirit.
    You did a great review and have made me want very much to read her story.

  32. I am new to this blog, but I love it! From the second I started reading, I felt right at home. I am a graduate student in journalism, as well as a bookworm and coffee addict. Along with everyone else, I would love to read this book– whether I win it or buy it. Thank you for your words!

  33. Count me in! I’ve already read Stone Crossings, but sent my copy to a friend that I felt needed the words therein. Now I find, I miss going back to this story…miss it on my bookshelf. Would love to have a new copy 🙂

  34. A few years ago, I was ask to write my testimony before going on a short term mission trip. Prior to this, I had never really thought about my personal journey with all the details. It was great to make a timeline of my life and start to think about the markers in time that have shaped my spiritual journey. Since then I have been involved with a outreach ministry that incorporates personal witness when talking to women inmates. I have found that going back in time and drawing out my experiences have really helped me in healing and taking the next steps. It brings the present into greater focus.
    Also, when others hear a story filled with truth, raw emotion and things they can relate to…they respond with their heart and are open to tell there own story and to the gospel.

  35. This sounds like a good book at a good time in my life. Perhaps, if it does not come my way, perhaps I will list in on a gift list….
    grateful for Him who is Rock, Fortress & Might,

  36. I haven’t heard of that book before, but it sounds amazing. I’ll have a look for it at my bookshop or on amazon if I don’t win 😛

  37. One comment in a passel of comments for a book I’ve almost bought several times because I just love the author’s heart and writing style… I am sure I will be looking for reading material in December while I’m working out the nursing thing with a new little one…

  38. Boy, can I relate to the following: “…she works out her messy and beautiful salvation, the suffering, the resistance, the doubt, and the sacrifice.” Sounds like a book I need to read. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  39. That sounds like my kind of book, would love to read that! Thanks for your insights ~ blessings, kathy

  40. Thanks for your warm thoughts and lovely comments. This was more than a giveaway… it was like doing tea (I like green, btw. What’s your favorite? 🙂