Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Road to Mercy

Author: Kathy Harris
Publisher: Abingdon Press
September 2012
ISBN: 978-1426741937
Genre: Women’s fiction

Josh Harrison, a contemporary Christian singer, and his wife Bethany face a difficult decision that also tests their faith. A rupture in Beth's carotid artery leaves her on the brink of death even as she's pregnant with their first child. While Dr. Ben Abrams urges her to terminate the pregnancy to save her own life, she and Josh step out on faith and decide to carry the baby to full term.

During the next few months, Josh struggles with his faith, Beth hides a secret that may destroy their marriage. She also discovers a decades-old connection to Dr. Abrams that could change his life forever.

THE ROAD TO MERCY is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Harris but it won’t be the last. I don’t see that this is Ms. Harris’ debut novel so I will be looking up her backlist. All I can say is WOW! Ms. Harris drew me into the character’s lives, making me car for that nameless baby who grew up to be someone special; a hurting married woman who has a medical illness and learns she’s pregnant; and a singer songwriter who has the weight of the world on his shoulders and is trying to do it on his own power instead of trusting in the God he sings about.

I literally could NOT put this book down. I started it when I took the girls to the pool right after lunch and then, instead of doing my own work I read until the book was finished. THE ROAD TO MERCY is an awesome book that deals with issues such as unplanned pregnancy, abortion, agnostic Jews, and ultimately, God’s mercy. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book. Don’t miss THE ROAD TO MERCY. A must read. 5 stars. $14.99. 320 pages.

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