Mountains of Spices

In this post I told you about Hannah Hurnard’s book Hind’s Feet on High Places. As I have said before, I highly recommend it. And when you finish it, you need to read its sequel, Mountains of Spices. This book continues the story of Much Afraid who journeyed to the High Places of the Shepherd and whose name was changed to Grace and Glory. Written in allegorical form, Mountains of Spices¬†compares the spices found in the Song of Solomon with the fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5: 22-23. For example, it is on the Mountain of Saffron that Grace and Glory learns of longsuffering from the flowers bearing that name and growing on this mountain.

As different members of Grace and Glory’s family renew their acquaintance and relationship with her since her transformation at the High Places, one by one they, too, are transformed as they enter into friendship with the Shepherd. Just as He did with Grace and Glory, changing her name from Much Afraid, the Shepherd changes the name of each one as a sign of how He has changed their character and their hearts. Mrs. Dismal Forebodings becomes Mrs. Thanksgiving, Spiteful is given the name Compassion, and Grace and Glory’s cousin, Craven Fear – the one who in large part drove her to the Shepherd in Hind’s Feet – is given the name Fearless Witness.

You may see yourself in many of the characters of Mountains of Spices¬†– perhaps even before their transformations. But hopefully, you will change even as they did – as they got to know the Shepherd better and made a decision to enter into a relationship with Him. Hurnard herself sums up her book best: “I have tried to show as clearly as possible that the very characteristics and weaknesses of temperament with which we were born. . . can be transformed into their exact opposites and can therefore produce in us the loveliest of all qualities.”

Yes, transformation is possible. But only by God through the power of the Holy Spirit and through a relationship with His Son Jesus Christ. “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:19