Friday, April 16, 2010

Love Mercy by Lisa Samson and Ty Samson

Love Mercy
Release: February 2010
Soft cover, 208 pp.
ISBN: 0310284775

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.

About the Authors:

Lisa and Ty Samson

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.

Learn more about Lisa and Ty at

My Thoughts:

I'm not even going to go into how well written this book is. (I'm just going to say that Lisa Samson has a way with words that most of us who write only aspire to and apparently her daughter Ty does, also.)

But, honestly when you start reading Love Mercy you dont really pay attention to how well the writing is done. It's the story of the Swazi people that will touch you. Their hardships and their heartbreak are far beyond anything I could imagine. Far beyond anything I would want to imagine. And the authors did a wonderful job of expressing just how it affected them to see this heartbreak.

I think everyone should read this book because it's so easy, in our daily lives, to forget about the horrible hardships that some of God's children face regularly.

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