Monday, October 25, 2010

Book Review - The Miracle of Mercy Land

The Miracle of Mercy Land
By River Jordon


This is one of the best books I've read in a long time.  I looked forward to the times when I could sit down and read because the book just drew me in and I wanted to stay there. 

Mercy Land is a young woman who was born in the back country but is now living in the city, making a way for herself in the 1930's.  She works for the editor of the newspaper as a "girl friday" and is the right hand to the editor.  He depends on her not only for her skills in the newsroom, but because she is grounded and stable. 

One morning, she gets a frantic call from Doc, the editor, telling her he needs her at the newspaper office now.  She goes preparing to write a big story but, instead, is going to be part of the biggest story of her life. 

A mysterious book finds its way into Doc's office and it holds the secrets and lives of everyone in the town.  The book draws them both in, but for Doc, he thinks the book can right a wrong in someones life.  Enter the mysterious gentlemen that Doc brings to town to work for the newspaper.  This man brings a turmoil to Mercy's life and she starts to question everything she's ever know.

The thing I loved about this book was that because of the people in Mercy's life, she knew who she was.  She was grounded in God's Word and knows what matters and what doesn't.  She also has discernment about her that can only come from that kind of grounding.  Her family is always there for her and they give her a kind of security that we all long for. 

As River Jordon says at the end of the book, "characters such as Mercy Land remind us to consider well who we are and who we were meant to be."  Yes, that's it in a nutshell.  That's what I came away with from this book - considering who I am and who I am meant to be through God!  I may not look like a model from a magazine cover (I don't) and I may not be the most beautiful thing to behold (I'm not) but the gifts that God gave me, are my gifts alone - unique to me - and are meant to be shared!  How exciting is that?

I highly recommend this book.  It's a definite page turner and I looked forward to going back to it every chance I got.  I also felt sad when that last page was done and read.  I will definitely be keeping this book on my book shelf to read again and enjoy. 

This book was provided to me for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Press

God bless you ~ Julie

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