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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (February 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310284775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310284772
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,362,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

In Love Mercy: 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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 coauthor 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.

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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.

Customer Reviews

Pleasant and challenging read.
jzon
Love Mercy caused me to think about my life, my volunteering (very much within my comfort zone) and my part as a Christian in this world created by our Father.
ReneeSuz
What if every Christian reached out in love and deed to one sick AIDS patient, one lonely orphan, one poor widow, one hungry family?
Andrea Schultz

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mindy Boles on April 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
I was looking forward to reading this book by Lisa Samson and her daughter Ty after reading Ms. Samson's fictional book "Quaker Summer." This book did not disappoint me.

A first hand account of the AIDS crisis in Africa, particularly Swaziland, was something I wanted to learn more about. Lisa Samson and her daughter told their experiences in such a manner I felt I was there with them.

Surprisingly, this story did not start in Africa or end in Africa and that is one of the biggest messages I received from reading this book. We are all God's creation and we are all God's children. We are called to love each and every one. And while I may never have the opportunity to be in Africa to help, God has many people amongst me that I need to love. I also learned I need to ask God to put those people in my path and also look for opportunities to help those around me, regardless of their background or circumstances-to just love without judgment. God has a journey for each of us. Are we willing to go?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Schultz on April 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
This year, the Lord seems to be showing me how important `the poor among us' are to him. He has reaffirmed that through the latest book on my reading list, `Love Mercy: A Mother and Daughter's Journey from the American Dream to the Kingdom of God' by Lisa Samson and her daughter, Ty. Lisa and Ty are ahead of me on this one!

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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 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 experience a life-changing soul-rattling journey.

Part One of this book describes the spiritual journey of Lisa and her husband Will, and their children Ty, Jake and Gwynnie. The family was living in a large home in suburban Baltimore, and living the `American Dream.' Over time, they discovered that Jesus' commandments and the `American Dream' were not necessarily compatible. Lisa was also discovering that God loves her regardless of her `to-do' list. Here is how she describes her mindset prior to that realization:

Inside, I truly believed that God's affection for me was directly linked to how much I accomplished in his name.... My desire to please God was real enough, but it was formed by a need to know that God wasn't bad at me. I lived in fear that God might be rearing back in righteous indignation, or , and worse, disappointment - the kind of disappointment that church had been reminding me of since day one (Jesus loves me when I'm bad, even though it makes him sad).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynn McCallum on April 19, 2010
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ReneeSuz VINE VOICE on April 15, 2010
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Have you ever started a book and felt compelled to finish it despite having other things to do? That is exactly what happened with Love Mercy: A Mother & Daughter's Journey from the American Dream to the Kingdom of God.

I was ready to do my 30 obligatory minutes on the treadmill and picked up Love Mercy because it was the next book in my read/review basket. When I initially requested the book I didn't realize it was non-fiction; I just knew that I loved Lisa Samson's writing. I got ...more Have you ever started a book and felt compelled to finish it despite having other things to do? That is exactly what happened with Love Mercy: A Mother & Daughter's Journey from the American Dream to the Kingdom of God.

I was ready to do my 30 obligatory minutes on the treadmill and picked up Love Mercy because it was the next book in my read/review basket. When I initially requested the book I didn't realize it was non-fiction; I just knew that I loved Lisa Samson's writing. I got so caught up in the book, that I lost track of time and ended up walking 40 minutes on the treadmill - that hasn't happened in the four months I've been walking & reading on the treadmill.

Lisa Samson and her daughter Ty share their innermost feelings about the time leading up to their mission trip to Swaziland, their time there and then back in the States. Theirs is a story of faith, courage and stepping outside the comforts of modern suburbia.

Love Mercy caused me to think about my life, my volunteering (very much within my comfort zone) and my part as a Christian in this world created by our Father. We are called to do so much more than serve within the whitewashed walls of our parish but do we (or I) have the courage and faith to do more even within our own communities?
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