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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401689221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401689223
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rebecca St. James is a Grammy and Dove Award recipient and a best-selling author whose books include Wait for Me and What Is He Thinking? Her leading role in the film Sarah’s Choice won critical acclaim. A passionate spokesperson for Compassion International, more than 30,000 children have found sponsorship through her worldwide concerts. Twitter: @RebeccaStJames Facebook: RSJames



Nancy Rue is the best-selling author of more than 100 books for teens, tweens, and adults, two of which have won Christy Awards. Nancy is also a popular speaker and radio guest due to her expertise in tween, teen, and young women's issues. She and her husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now share their Tennessee lake home with two yellow labs. Website: www.nancyrue.com Twitter: @NNRue Facebook: nnrue


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It's a story of redemption, healing, and Mercy strong enough to rebuild a broken life.
aschae92
The authors captured the emotional aspect of the story very well and the tough subject was also made easily comprehensible for Young Adult readers.
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Kirsten has a long road to go in this book, and only can begin that process when things are pretty much rock bottom.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christian Fiction Addiction on September 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
Nancy Rue and Rebecca St. James have written a beautiful novel, one that mines the depths of human emotion while celebrating the triumph of mercy and God's grace. When I first picked up "The Merciful Scar", I was not entirely sure what to expect. I knew a book featuring a character who engaged in self injury to release her pain was a subject that may, at times, disturb me - and at times I was right. Cutting is a subject I deal with in my job all the time, and it can be difficult to watch people cope with their pain in that manner. However, I wasn't expecting to meet a character that not only made my heart hurt, but actually made me laugh out loud on occasion as well! Kirsten Petersen is one of those characters who steps off the page within seconds of being introduced to them, and I found the book impossible to put down because I simply had to see what would happen next. I loved Kirsten's inner voice, which she refers to as "Nudnik", a voice that seemed all too similar to the one that speaks in my own head sometimes, and one that provided for some hilarious commentary on Kirsten's life. The cast of support characters are equally wonderful, from Sister Frankie to Frankie's nephew Andy, and they add a lot of life and flavour to the story. The pacing is well done, and the scenes unfold with the sensitivity of skilled writers, unveiling ever more from chapter to chapter and drawing you deeper into the characters lives. Prepare to laugh, and cry, and come away filled with hope at all that God can accomplish.

If you are simply looking for an excellent book, then look no further. But if you are looking for a book that helps you understand why others engage in cutting to deal with pain (or maybe why you yourself struggle with this), then this book is an absolute must-read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on October 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
The Merciful Scar is the first book I've read by Nancy Rue and also the first fiction book I've read by Rebecca St. James. The book started out great and I felt for Kirsten right away. The story's subject was kind of dark (self-injury/cutting) and one that I've read very few (if any) books about.

The few things I didn't like about The Merciful Scar: Even though the writing was really good, there were times it didn't click with me; there were some things in the story I didn't agree with theologically; and, lastly, I wish the ending would have had a bit more closure.

I loved how real all the characters in The Merciful Scar felt. Kirsten, Emma, and Andy all had things in their lives they were struggling with - which made them very relatable.

Overall, The Merciful Scar was a good read and I enjoyed reading it. I look forward to reading more books from these authors and recommend this one - just be warned that the subject matter is about cutting, so if you have a weak stomach, you might find those parts of the story very hard to read. I didn't have trouble reading those scenes, but then I do have a tough stomach for those kinds of things in novels.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via BookSneeze® for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shadow_Wanderer on November 19, 2013
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This was such an amazing book! It will be one I read over and over! As an individual who has personally dealt with self-harm, I really appreciated her approach on the subject. God really spoke to me through this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Felicia Christenson on February 10, 2014
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Three things:

1) I'm related to a cutter, so the first couple of chapters were horribly difficult to get through, but worth it. I cried. I hurt all over again. It was cathartic, on some level, to read this as the mother of a cutter.

2) As a prolific reader, I appreciate the candor and humor which I found in this book, but especially the finesse. This is a well-written piece of gut-wrenching fiction.

3) Initially I stepped back and asked, "How did they get from completely buried to such freedom in this time frame?" But I worked as a tech in a psych hospital for a couple of years, with women much like the main character, and have seen it happen. It's realistic. The setting and the people were right. It doesn't often happen like this, but the beauty of this story is knowing that it CAN. And that with God in the details, and willingness from the cutter, it can.

That said, I love the ranch setting for healing. I love everything about this book. I'll be buying more copies. Thank you, ladies, for writing it.

*I did NOT receive a free copy of this book. I purchased it for my Kindle. Now I wish I'd gotten a paper copy.*
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Booklover2905 on November 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This was a great book to read and very powerful. This is a story that will stick with you and you won't be able to forget. Its not a story that everyone will be able to relate to but one that will help them understand what can happen when pain, anger, frustration and more builds up inside a person. Kirsten has a long road to go in this book, and only can begin that process when things are pretty much rock bottom. She learns healing and redemption

This is a great book for everyone but especially to those that work with teens and young adults. Enjoy the book but it is deep, heart breaking at times but filled with hope and healing.

* I received this book through booksneeze.com for the purpose of this review.
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