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Monday, April 19, 2010

LOVE MERCY by Lisa Samson and Ty Samson - BOOK REVIEW

  What Lisa Samson and her eighteen-year-old daughter, Ty, share in Love Mercy will impact you, even as the story behind it impacted the authors.  Their trip to Swaziland would be "missional, merciful, giving", or so they thought.  "Instead, they experienced a life-changing, soul-rattling journey".

Lisa and Ty invite us to journey along with them as they experience first-hand the poverty and suffering, the devastating effects of the AIDS crisis in Africa.  They also witnessed first-hand how men and women full of compassion are working to alleviate suffering.

The book is divided into three sections - before, during and after their trip to Swaziland.  In each chapter, Lisa and Ty share their impressions and insights, and ask the hard questions.  Ty has included photographs, with comments that illuminate the text.  Lisa has included many references to social justice in Scripture.  Read prayfully, and with an open heart, this book will aid the reader in discovering just what is meant in Micah 6:8.
     "He has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the LORD require of you?
      To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

The message of this powerful book is just what we need to hear.  It touches us in the deep places of  hearts, shaking us from our complacency.  I highly recommend this book.

Lisa Samson is the author of over twenty-five books, including the Christy award-winning novel Songbird.  Her novel Quaker Summer was Christianity Today's novel of 2008.  she is co-author with her husband, Will, of Justice in the Burbs.

Ty Samson loves, art, literature, playing upright bass, and baking bread.  she enjoys working with children, and serving at the East Seventh Street Center in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. 

Love Mercy is available through http://www.amazon.com/ .
Follow Lisa through her facebook and fan pages, and through Twitter.com

I wish to thank the publisher, Zondervan, for providing a copy of the book for review purposes.

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