THIN PLACES BY MARY DEMUTH          is honestly one of the most beautifully written books we have read for a long time. Mary was sexually abused and neglected as a child. This is the wonderful story of God’s restoration and redemption of the ‘thin places’ of her life. Beauty for Ashes will be giving away free copies of Thin Places to all the women who register and pay for the conference between Tuesday 7th and Tuesday 14th May 2013. Your copy will be waiting for you at the registration table at the conference. This is too good an offer to miss ladies!

Mary was interviewed about her story and about this book on The 700 Club on 5th April 2011 and you can watch that interview here.


In this moving spiritual memoir—Thin Places—Mary DeMuth traces the winding path of thin places in her life, places where she experienced longing and healing more intensely than before. From surviving abuse as a latchkey kid to discovering a heavenly Father who never leaves, Mary’s story invites you to a deeper understanding of your own story. She calls you to discover new ways to look for God in the past so that you might experience him more profoundly in the present.

What if you could retrace your life and discover its thin places—places where the division between this world and the eternal fades?

“Thin places are snatches of holy ground, tucked into the corners of our world, where we might just catch a glimpse of eternity. They are aha moments, beautiful realizations, when the Son of God bursts through the hazy fog of our monotony and shines on us afresh. He has come near to my life. I will tell you how.”


Fiction (Watching the Tree Limbs) and nonfiction (Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture) author DeMuth revisits supremely challenging and emotionally transformative junctures in her life as she reveals the childhood sexual brutalities of which she was a victim, the confounding death of her biological father, and ongoing years of neglect and parental irresponsibility with which she had to cope. DeMuth, whose fiction consistently evokes deep responses from her loyal fan base, has succeeded in offering a comparably powerful memoir by telling her own story with honest courage. At every signpost, the author presents life as it is, even when the offering is ugly. Despite the bitterness and anger that could naturally characterize her, the author clings to her faith in God and his goodness, deriving victory over her circumstances. DeMuth writes, “God sees,” and in this recalling of her early childhood pain, she sees, and is seen by, a faithful divine Father who provides refuge. (Feb.) — Thin Places: A Memoir

“Well known fiction author, Mary DeMuth open her heart in her moving memoir, Thins Places, an unflinching look at her childhood sexual abuse, death of her father, and years of parental neglect that somehow still shows God’s ever-present hand of love and healing. Throughout the messiness of life, Mary continually finds “thin places,” evidences of where God breaks through her pain and brokenness with his love and mercy. Striving to comfort others with the Divine comfort she has received, Mary’s Thin Places shines as a hopeful light for anyone who is struggling to overcome unspeakable wounds from the past” — Significant Living Magazine

Brave, moving, and poignant. An important story, honestly and beautifully told, of pain transformed into hope. The world is in great need of courageous voices like DeMuth’s.” — Tosca Lee, author of Christy-award finalist Demon: A Memoir and Havah: The Story of Eve
“This gifted memoirist writes like a woman at the well: Thin Places reads like rivers of living water. With her incantatory language, Mary DeMuth describes both the burden of suffering and the weightlessness of redemption. If you’re carrying past wounds, read this book. It will change your life.” — Sibella Giorello, Christy-award-winning novelist

“Author Mary DeMuth has lived up to readers’ expectations of exquisite writing from an exceptional author. She has also opened herself and allowed readers to see inside—all the hurts, disappointments, violations—in order to escort the readers on a painfully joyful journey to healing. A rare memoir from one of the best writers of our time!” — Kathi Macias, author of over thirty books, including Beyond Me and Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today


This was the opening song with backing video at Beauty for Ashes 2010. Sung by Kim Hill. Song written by Paulette Wooten. Visuals by Jane Thomson.

You can download this 30 second ad for your church’s big screen at http://hwits.co.za/bfa/BFA_2010_AD.mpg  

“I believe ordinary women become extraordinary in the arms of God. His love has the final say.”  – Angela Thomas

Kim Hill Promo Video

April 14, 2010

“I think the trials of life help us see what really matters. Pain and disappointment illuminate our dependency on Jesus and make His grace taste even sweeter. My personal journey has made me realise how desperate I am for the Lord to help me every moment of every day.” – Kim Hill

 “Worship is my lifeline…in the craziness of my life, whether it’s in real crisis or the ‘fire drill’ of getting my boys to school in the morning, focusing on the Lord through worship helps keep everything in perspective.” – Kim Hill

Do you remember that when Liz Curtis Higgs was with us in South Africa in May 2009 she spoke on the Book of Ruth?  Well, while she was with us, she was busy writing “Here Burns My Candle,” a novel set in 18th century Scotland based on the first chapter of Ruth.  There will be a sequel based on the rest of Ruth out in 2011.  The back cover says: “A timeless story of love and betrayal, loss and redemption, flickering against the vivid backdrop of eighteenth-century Scotland, Here Burns My Candle illumines the dark side of human nature, even as hope, the brightest of tapers, lights the way home.”  The book is a real page turner and it is absolutely amazing how Liz weaves the Bible story into this setting!  I couldn’t put it down! Watch out for it as it will soon be in our stores.

Book  Reviews

 “…stunning in its prose and its historical accuracy. The author transports the reader to another time and place while paralleling the book of Ruth.” Romantic Times TOP PICK

“…a compelling tale of love, loss, faith, and forgiveness that is certain to please both inspirational readers and fans of well-crafted historical fiction.” Booklist

“The historical context is fascinating and the characters are gripping. The story is well written and greatly anticipated…” CBA Retailers + Resources

“The characters are remarkably flawed… Higgs is a stickler for period authenticity and has done her homework on history and dialect. Fans have been waiting five years for this novel and will not be disappointed.” Publishers Weekly

Carol Kent’s Story

March 24, 2010

See in four parts a documentary on Carol Kent’s journey with her son.  Carol was a speaker at Beauty for Ashes in May 2008.

Carol Kent’s life changed forever when her twenty-five year old son, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a lieutenant in the navy with an impeccable military record, shot and killed his wife’s ex-husband.  Jason Kent now faces a life in prison without the possibility of parole – and his family lives in the aftermath of devastation most cannot imagine.

Carol’s candid retelling of her emotional and spiritual agony will touch your heart, bolster your faith and challenge you to new levels of personal and spiritual commitment.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Produced by The Evangelical Broadcasting Co.