From the Back Cover:
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 haven't quite finished the book, but it is so engrossing. I've been a fan of Lisa Samson's for awhile, and this book seems to put all the puzzle pieces of her blogs and her novels together in one coherent whole. I love hearing from Ty as well, and her photographs are amazing.
Zondervan has given me several keeper books lately, and this is certainly one of them. You must check it out if you're interested at all in social justice and showing mercy to others in your community and in our world.
Update: I finished the book, and wow. It's just amazing. I think we should all read it, study the Scriptures for what they teach us about God's view of the poor in our world, and then go about the business of justice and mercy in our world.
Special thanks to Zondervan and Tina of Blog Tour Spot for a review copy of this book.