When your life is built around a father’s wrath, how can you trust in the love of Father God?
Mercy Roller knows her name is a lie: there has never been any mercy in her young life. Raised by a twisted and abusive father who called himself the Pastor, she was abandoned by the church community that should have stood together to protect her from his evil. Her mother, consumed by her own fear and hate, won’t stand her ground to save Mercy either.
The Pastor has robbed Mercy of innocence and love, a husband and her child. Not a single person seems capable of standing up to the Pastor’s unrestrained evil. So Mercy takes matters into her own hands.
Her heart was hardened to love long before she took on the role of judge, jury, and executioner of the Pastor. She just didn’t realize the retribution she thought would save her, might turn her into the very thing she hated most.
Sent away by her angry and grieving mother, Mercy’s path is unclear until she meets a young preacher headed to counsel a pregnant couple. Sure that her calling is to protect the family, Mercy is drawn into a different life on the other side of the mountain where she slowly discovers true righteousness has nothing evil about it–and that there might be room for her own stained and shattered soul to find shelter. . . and even love.
Mercy’s Rain is a remarkable historical novel set in 19th century Appalachia that traces the thorny path from bitterness to forgiveness and reveals the victory and strength that comes from simple faith.
At the end of the 19th century, a rural Tennessee community is held in the grip of a hellfire and brimstone preacher known as the Pastor. This man acts as judge and jury over his flock, condemning the slightest indiscretion as being the work of the devil. Yet he sees his own twisted actions as being righteous acts of God. When he goes one step further at a public event, something snaps inside of the people. They impulsively create their own punishment for him, but it’s Mercy who carries it out. From that point forward, Mercy is haunted by the guilt of her actions and also by the events of her past. Can she move beyond them or has she already become like the man she despised?
Mercy’s Rain is a horrible story, not because of the writing but because of the abuse Mercy and her isolated community endured at the hands of one man. The abuse is detailed; it’s not enough to be explicit, but it is enough for the reader to know exactly what the Pastor did to his family and congregation. This is a book that packs an emotional wallop. It’s the story of a woman who never believed she could be loved or that she was worthy of it, but who found it anyway. It’s written in a distinct vernacular, so that the reader clearly ‘hears’ Mercy’s voice. As a result, it’s impossible not to be moved by this narrative of a life that’s known nothing but pain.
Thank you to Kregel Publications for my complimentary review copy of Mercy’s Rain, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 27 January 2015
Page Count: 264