By Hannah Hurnard
, American edition (C) 1975
. An allegorical
fiction of a woman, "Much-Afraid
", in her journey to follow the call of The Shepherd
from her home in the Valley of Humiliation
to the Kingdom of Love
. Much-Afraid is the allegorical "Everyman", accompanied by guides Sorrow
. Throughout her journey, her relatives (Self-Pity
, Craven Fear
, et al.) attempt to dissuade her from her goal.
The title, and much of the symbolism, derives from verse 19 of Habakkuk 3
: "The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hind's feet, and he will make me walk upon mine high places."
The story is liberally sprinkled throughout with Biblical verse (mostly Canticles
) and scenery reminiscent of C.S. Lewis
's The Great Divorce