The Weight of Mercy by Deb Richardson-Moore is her story of her first seven years in full-time ministry--seven years in the unique pastorate at the Triune Mercy Center. Originally, this center was a traditional church. Over time, however, it developed into a ministry to the homeless of its community. When Richardson-Moore became its pastor, though, she began to realize that simply providing free food and clothing for people may not be the best way to minister to them. Her book outlines her thought processes over problems she identifies, issues she encounters, opportunities she takes hold of, and developments within the ministry that worked well and, sometimes, not so well.
As one would expect, ministry at the Triune Mercy Center was challenging for Richardson-Moore and her staff. By the end of one month, she determined she'd commit to just one year--and wondered if she'd make that. She did, however, and found herself staying for much longer than that.
Though I didn't always see eye-to-eye with Richardson-Moore, I liked where we landed, author and reader, by the end of the book. She opened my eyes to often unconsidered complications and consequences within this kind of ministry while showing some of the great good that can be done. We do the best we can for those God brings into our lives, then leave the outcome in His faithful hands. We may not be perfect, but our God is always at work in all people's hearts.
I thank Kregel Publications for sending a complimentary copy of this insightful book for my honest review.