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Though more predictable than Foster's tale, Benson's Awakening Mercy features a fresh, authentic voice in CeCe Williams. She's a young, up-from-poverty African American woman, an unwed mother who, through hard work and pluck, has established a career in real estate. Her personal life is devoted to her son, David, and she avoids men like the bad news they've been. Suddenly, CeCe is summoned to court for dozens of unpaid parking tickets--she was so busy, she forgot about them--and the judge sentences her to community service with Genesis House, an African American Christian charity working in one of Atlanta's most disadvantaged neighborhoods. CeCe finds herself counseling teenagers about careers and pregnancy, and she falls in love with the earnest young director of Genesis House, Nate Richardson. John Mort
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About the Author

Angela Benson is the bestselling author of twelve novels, two novellas and a non-fiction writing book. Her most recent print works are A Million Blessings (Dafina, 2010) and Sins of the Father (Avon, 2009). Her writing book, Telling Your Tale: A Beginner's Guide to Writing Fiction for Print or eBook, is available in ebook format. Angela is active on the web at facebook.com/angelabensonbooks and angelabenson.com and twitter.com/eAngelaBenson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Genesis House (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0842319395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842319393
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Angela Benson is a bestselling, award-winning author of 14 novels and two novellas. Her work has been published by six major publishers, including Harlequin, Tyndale House, Berkeley and HarperCollins. Her most recent print work is Delilah's Daughters (Avon, 2014). Angela's next print book, The Summer of Me, will be released by Avon in early 2015. She holds a doctorate in instructional technology from the University of Georgia as well as math and engineering degrees from Spelman College and Georgia Tech, respectively. Dr. Benson is an associate professor of educational technology at the University of Alabama.

Website: http://www.angelabenson.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/AngelaBensonBooks

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Affaire de Coeur on August 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
Cece Williams has proven that despite an out-of-wedlock pregnancy she was able to finish college, start a career, buy a home, and be a responsible mother. Having suffered through the hurt and humiliation of her past relationship, she is determined to live her life as a Christian. She is prepared to do it without male companionship. Her experiences with men, even those claiming to be Christians, leave her believing that her life is just fine until she encounters Nathaniel Richardson, director of Genesis House where she is has been directed to report for community service for outstanding parking ticket fees. Nate has not dated since the breakup of his marriage four years prior. With his ex-wife's recent marriage he has finally realized it is time for him to let God have his way in his life. The guilt of failing is still with him when he meets Cece, but the easy rapport they share is a welcome change. The fact that she is a practicing Christian is all the more appealing. As he gets to know her he falls in love with her loving spirit as well as Cece's four-year old son, David. Ms. Benson paints a fine picture of the trials of a couple who must rely on their faith to make a go of a relationship in this 41/2 star read. She is just as a compelling writer in Christian romance as she is in contemporary.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SONYA on November 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
I read this book this last week-end along with book two. Both caused me to search myself. Awakening Mercy made me search my spirit and think about what anger I would not let go. I felt the pain of Nate and CeCe. This book was a soul searching experience because it made me remember What God has for me is for and when a door closes there is a reason. CeCe had to realize what a caring person she had in Nate. She also like some many of us had to understand she had made herself a victim. Holding on to anger will cause us to see only our side of any situation. We make ourselves victims when we don't want to face our role in what happens to us. I was so happy when CeCe saw the light and heard God's voice. I loved the book and I am looking forward to Book Three...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. CeCe and Nate showed that you can have a beautiful relationship without over stepping Gods rules. Nate was so supportive of CeCe. No matter what he was by her side. CeCe proved that being a single parent didn't mean you had to give up your life. She was able to achieve a great career, buy a home and raise a child. Yes, she had to learn to forgive which would allow her to blossom in Gods gifts but she was great.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vannie Ryanes on October 16, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As CeCe Williams heads out to meet the director of Genesis House community center she is prepared to let him know that he had cost her to lose a much needed real estate commission by missing their first meeting. But she is not prepared for Nate Richardson's immediate meaningful apology and she is definately not prepared for a smile that erased any ill will torwards the man who will be her boss for the next couple of months. CeCe finds herself becoming more involved with Nate and the goings on at Genesis House. Nate admits to himself that he wants CeCe and her young son to remain in his life. But before they can come together he and she must share secrets and ask God to help them heal past hurts and accept this gift of love given to them. AWAKENING MERCY is my first Angela Benson novel and my first Cristian romance and I totally enjoyed it. Ms. Benson's beliefs shine through in this beautiful novel of faith, healing and love. I recommend this book.Vannie(~.~)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 2002
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Definitely a recommend...! I look forward to reading the continuation. This story closely resembled my life (without the blackmail situation). I too was a single mother of a son and a Christian, who by divine appointment, met a "real" Christian man. Nate is a lot like my (now) husband. Although Nate is a fictitious character, he gives hope to women that there are still "good" men in the world as long as God is first in their lives. CeCe's story allowed me to revisit my past to see where I could extend forgiveness if it had not truly been done. I appreciate that God was acknowledged and was glorified in this novel and that it was expressed the importance of, specifically couples, to pray together no matter what. This novel shows Ms. Benson's greatest strength other than her writing; her relationship with God.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tyora Moody on September 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. --- Matthew 6:15
In Awakening Mercy by Angela Benson, the storyline is a familiar daily occurrence. A young woman, CeCe, engages in premarital sex with her first love. When CeCe discovers she is pregnant, she anticipates marriage and a happy life with the young man in her life. Unfortunately, she finds herself years later a single mom with bitter memories and a hard heart towards men.
Only through circumstances that have been divinely orchestrated, CeCe meets the dashingly handsome Nate. Nate has been wounded himself by a failed marriage. Despite some trepidation, this couple discovers true friendship and a budding romance as they both take the initiative to let God lead their relationship. The true test of a relationship's longevity depends heavily on the couple's crisis management skills. As CeCe's past comes back to haunt her full circle, her struggles cause a strain on the relationship.
Angela Benson magnificently weaves a romantic storyline that embraces the power of forgiveness. The final outcome of this novel will motivate readers to examine their own past disappointments, learn how to forgive and move forward to the life God intended.
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