Saturday, January 22, 2011

Book Review: Mercy Rising (Review)

One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve. - Albert Schweitzer 

Homelessness. Human trafficking. Racial issues. Hunger.

Real issues that face people throughout the world - and even in our own neighborhoods every day.

How does someone - especially a Christian - respond? How can we respond to social justice issues in a clear, yet joyful manor.

In Mercy Rising, Amber Robinson has created a simple, yet practical way to approach issues of justice and compassion.

What I Thought
I've always had an interest in social justice issues. As a high school junior, I found myself (in pre-Internet days) researching addresses for Greenpeace, Methodists for Social Action, Amnesty International and more.

I wanted to find a way to blend my faith with things that made a difference in the world.

I wish this book had been available to me then.

Robinson has pulled together a variety of resources and ideas in Mercy Rising that someone - regardless of age and gender - (although it's written for moms trying to balance a variety of things) can use immediately to begin to make a difference in the world around them.

On the negative side. It is a static book, and let's face it, websites change with alarming frequency. However, this book is more than a "laundry list" of websites. It can serve as a launching point for deeper online research.

But on the plus side: In a "search engine" overload world, this book pulls together reputable sites and sources you can use to begin to make an immediate difference.

Robinson also provides reflection questions at the end of each section to help you process the issues, think about things in a new way and maybe even explore life outside of your comfort zone.

I found this book easy to read - the stories Robinson includes throughout the manuscript help illustrate that anyone, despite personal circumstances, can make a difference.

Mercy Rising can provide readers with a way to live out the command of Matthew 25:35-40 in real life:

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
 

"Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’


More About The Author
Amber Robinson is an ordinary woman seeking to bridge the gap between the needs for justice and balancing family, work and service. Her life’s passion is to write and advocate for children with Compassion International.

She speaks to groups who want to incorporate justice pursuits in simple, practical ways. She is an imperfect Christ follower and reluctantly optimistic.

Robinson began this journey when chronic illness forced her to reevaluate her priorities. She networks with leaders in the justice movement as well as ordinary people with limitations in time, resources, and energy but long to make a difference.

Find out more about Robinson by visiting her website: http://www.amberrobinson.com/

Online Resources
Read an excerpt of Mercy Rising
Read more about Mercy Rising @ Beacon Hill Press
Get Mercy Rising at Amazon.com
Find Mercy Rising for your Kindle

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Beacon Hill Press. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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