Friday, February 25, 2011

Book Review: The Shape of Mercy

Susan Meissner is quickly joining my list of favorite authors. Now that I’ve read two of her novels, I’ll definitely be watching for more.

Like Lady in Waiting, The Shape of Mercy is two books in one—a contemporary story tied to one from history. The format of The Shape of Mercy is a little different and, though the historical event really happened, this time, the character in the story is fictional. But the character, Mercy, truly helps us understand the tragedy of the event—and, perhaps, the loving sacrifice of One in another most important event (see John 15:13).

When the elderly Abigail Boyles hires 20-year-old Lauren Durough to transcribe Mercy Hayworth’s journal, neither realizes what she’s gotten herself into. As Mercy’s account of the Salem Witch Trials unfolds, Lauren must face truths about herself that she had been blind to. Abigail also must deal with a past that has haunted her for years. The lessons they learn in the end are beautiful indeed.

The stories are compelling and the book has great take-away value, too. A novel doesn’t get much better than that. I gladly recommend this book to you, and thank Waterbrook Multnomah for sending it to me.

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