Love Mercy: A Mother & Daughter's Journey from the

Love Mercy: A Mother & Daughter's Journey from the In Love Mercy A Mother and Daughter s Journey from the American Dream to the Kingdom of God, having lived a life of plenty in suburban America, Lisa Samson and her eighteen year old daughter, Ty, thought they were traveling to Africa to minister to the people and chronicle the AIDS crisis devastating the continent Their trip, they assumed, would be missional, merciful, giving Instead, they experienced a life changing, soul rattling journey As mother and daughter are confronted with incidents of child prostitution, preventable illness, poverty, oppression, abuse, and death so prevalent it leaves no time to mourn their journey takes a decidedly different tack Love Mercy confronts us directly with the AIDS crisis in Africa in particular Swaziland, which has the highest AIDS rate in the world and where the average life expectancy is thirty two years of age Offering two unique perspectives, Lisa and Ty share the questions they encountered on their journey and tell the stories of those they met along the way from the children themselves, to adult AIDS victims, to the compassionate mercy givers who seek every day to alleviate their suffering Smiles in a place of aching sadness Mercy in a place of heart wrenching poverty Two people transformed by God in ways, and places, they never expected, discovering that even in a land riddled with heartache Christ s love and redemption are ablaze I am not much of a non fiction reader, however, there were parts of this novel that read like fiction, so they interested me the most I also loved the illustrations and spiritual lessons that the authors applied to their lives Lisa has a cute way of saying things at times that really speaks to my heart I thought this was a good effort on both mother and daughter s part to show the world what they learned from their experiences as they followed the Scriptures about true religion, which is taki I am not much of a non fiction reader, however, there were parts of this novel that read like fiction, so they interested me the most I also loved the illustrations and spiritual lessons that the authors applied to their lives Lisa has a cute way of saying things at times that really speaks to my heart I thought this was a good effort on both mother and daughter s part to show the world what they learned from their experiences as they followed the Scriptures about true religion, which is taking care of the orphans and the widows A few spots in this book were slow and dragged a bit, so I skimmed them The font was a bit hard on my eyes as it was small and the cursive was a bit difficult to read at times as well Overall, this was a good effort for communicating putting love into action I also learned something from this book that made me thinkabout what is important I also thought it was neat that Tom Davis was part of this book as well as Claudia Mair Burney I really, really, really loved Tom Davis s novel, Scared There were some illustrations in this book that were familiar already because I recalled reading them in Scared The poverty in Swaziland is horrific, and thankfully Children s Hope Chest is an organization that is doing something about it Have you ever started a book and felt compelled to finish it despite having other things to do That is exactly what happened with Love Mercy A Mother I just knew that I loved Lisa Samson s writing I got so caught up Have you ever started a book and felt compelled to finish it despite having other things to do That is exactly what happened with Love Mercy A Mother Daughter s Journey from the American Dream to the Kingdom of God I was ready to do my 30 obligatory minutes on the treadmill and picked up Love Mercy because it was the next book in my read review basket When I initially requested the book I didn t realize it was non fiction I just knew that I loved Lisa Samson s writing I got so caught up in the book, that I lost track of time and ended up walking 40 minutes on the treadmill that hasn t happened in the four months I ve been walking reading on the treadmill.Lisa Samson and her daughter Ty share their innermost feelings about the time leading up to their mission trip to Swaziland, their time there and then back in the States Theirs is a story of faith, courage and stepping outside the comforts of modern suburbia.Love Mercy caused me to think about my life, my volunteering very much within my comfort zone and my part as a Christian in this world created by our Father We are called to do so muchthan serve within the whitewashed walls of our parish but do we or I have the courage and faith to doeven within our own communities A few quotes that really struck me pg 60 When we start picking and choosing who deserves our help, thewe get to know people, the less deserving they ll be and God help us theprideful we ll become.pg 186 It s about the God who gives us the courage to do what we never thought we could..It s about you, me, all of us, loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves Who is my neighbor I ll let you be the judge of that Lisa Samson and her daughter, Ty, share their experiences of a mission trip to Africa Heartbreaking and challenging at the same time. This is non fiction but like mmose of her work a very compelling read It s good to get to know the author in a personal way she is transparent and real, and left me with much to think about.

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