IMG_1543 Wild in the Hollow by Amber C. Haines

“We often hold on to memories, places, people, and things because there’s something of home in them. There’s a sense of freedom, the belonging that happens with real friends that makes you feel at home. So many of us are working out a homesickness and I believe the home sickness is what all our wanderings are all about. We’re searching for a home~a place of acceptance, a place of fulfillment, and a place of identity. At the basest level, we suspect that home is the place where we’ll find our fit, where we’ll finally be free.” 

I have followed Amber at the Run a Muck blog, found at, for several years now. She has a way with words that draw you in and make you feel at home.

When I first saw the title of her book I knew I would have to have it. Growing up in a “hollow” deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I immediately felt a kinship.

Amber’s words reached deep into my own wandering soul. The depth and the intensity with which she shares her story, captivating. I felt invited in to her broken places. Wanted to share coffee with her and invite her into my own broken places.

It was as if she had read my own story.

“This is what codes do; they show you your shortcomings.”

I had grown up in a church with the same codes, the rules, the regulations striving to be a good girl myself. Until one day I crossed the line and broke the rules in a big way. There was no grace. No mercy. No forgiveness. Where I was once loved, became a sea of harsh faces. Hurtful words that cut deep. It took years for me to move from that broken place and find home in the arms of a loving, forgiving God. A place where grace and mercy run deep.

With words like…“Depravity should only imply that we can be filled with God.”

“Isn’t it sometimes God’s mercy that we crash?”

“I am always hungry for this, for a story to swallow me whole.”

This book, Wild in the Hollow, Amber’s personal story, it swallowed me whole.

I think it will speak to you as well. Run out and grab your copy today!

I will lovingly place it on my bookshelf as one of my absolute favorites!

“The hollow is made for a Holy Spirit that satisfies, and any other thing will only dry the bones and hush the prayer.”

Amen Amber C. Haines!! Your book Wild in the Hollow is a gift of words. A gift of story.

Graced by God

Tammy Mashburn