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Mercy's Rain

By Cindy K. Sproles 
ISBN: 082544361X
Publisher:  Kregel Publications
Publication Date:  1/27/2015 
Format:  Paperback
My Rating: 4 Stars 
 
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.
 
A special thank you to Library Thing for a complimentary reading copy in exchange for an honest review. 
 
 

My Review 
 

A special thank you to Library Thing for a complimentary reading copy in exchange for an honest review. 

MERCY’S RAIN, by Christian writer, Cindy K. Sproles, a chilling, and heartbreaking portrayal of the historic nineteenth century Appalachia mountains of Tennessee—a poignant story of the evils of man, and the mercy of God. A novel of betrayal, faith, forgiveness and redemption.

Set in 1897 in Wadalow Mountain, Tennessee, Merc Roller, a young woman has lived with abuse most of her life, at the hands of her father, the Pastor. It appears no one will stand up to this man, as he uses his authority and control to ruin lives. He is twisted and took on the role of Judge, Jury, and Jesus.

How will she escape this life? What about God’s love? She has only known what she has experienced in her own environment? Abused, broken, and bitter, she takes the Pastor’s life. Now she becomes what she hated about him. 

Sent away by her angry grieving mother, and she meets a young preacher and a different life. Now there was no washing away her sin and guilt. She had made a decision and one she would regret, and one she would have to live with. Until she finds herself on the other side of the mountain, and learns about God’s real love through others. 

With memorable characters, Sproles creates an emotional and captivating story of suffering and damage, and uses God’s compassion, love, grace, and mercy to transform a broken life. A great lesson for us all.
 
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