Book Review Friday!

Mercy’s Rain by Cindy Sproles

I had the chance to meet Cindy Sproles at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference in May last year. She was an answer to my writing prayers. I needed God to give me a sign that my writing wasn’t just something I should keep to myself, so by a happy accident I ended up across from Ms. Sproles. She read over one of my chapters and told me the words that I needed to hear. “Your writing is beautiful.” If it wasn’t for those four words, I don’t think I would still be plugging along.

After meeting Ms. Sproles, I just had to get her book and read it for myself.

Mercy Roller has never known mercy in her entire life. Her father­­­­­­­­­­­­—a man proclaiming to be a man of God—abused her, and no one in the entire community helped her. Even her mother gave in to fear and allowed the abuse to continue until Mercy took matters into her own hands.

Once the deed is done, Mercy’s mother sends her away. Will she find the peace she longs for in the mountains, or is mercy just a word for others?

This story is heartbreaking to read. Some of the book is hard to fathom, but you know there’s someone out there who lived through similar events. Mercy’s strength and resilience helped me see my own strength during tough times. Although set in the 19th century, it could have happened yesterday. It’s a beautiful story of finding God’s love and forgiveness through finding your own self-love and self-forgiveness first.

This is not a story for the faint of heart, but if you want to read a book about real Christians with real problems, I recommend you get your copy of Mercy’s Rain!

I give it five stars!

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