Monday, October 22, 2018

MERCY'S RAIN by Cindy K Sproles, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Ain't nobody should have to learn life like I did. No soul should have to claw their way back from the bowels of hell, scared and scraped up like I was."

Mercy Roller is in her own words, ". . . a busted bowl that leaks." Having survived unspeakable abuse from her father, "the Pastor", in the name of the Almighty God, she is finally released from his tyranny, but it costs her the only home that she has ever known and the sting of guilt upon her open palm. Fleeing with only the clothes on her back, she sets out across the mountain to find the source of the river, hoping that life's answers might be found where pure water rises out from among the rocks. Instead . . . . . she is found; by an entirely different sort of preacher, a man who demonstrates remarkable kindness coupled with a loving determination to lead Mercy to the One who gave her, her name.

It's an unforgettable story featuring the cries of a tortured soul; "O Lord. My heart is broke. My life is shattered. My soul is lost. Mercy. Lord. Mercy". 

*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a favorable review.

BackCover Blurb:

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.

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  1. Looks like a tough read but worth it. Thanks for your review. I’m reading one now that is tough about the aftermath of WWII In Japan.

  2. Looks like a book I need to check out!


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