If you've read this blog for any length of time, you'll know that Lisa Samson is one of my favorite writers. When offered a chance to participate in this blog tour (and receive a complimentary copy of Love Mercy: A Mother and Daughter's Journey from the American Dream to the Kingdom of God) I was thrilled. The book was as good as I expected it to be.
Billed as a book by the author and her daughter about their experiences on a mission trip to Swaziland, I figured it would be part travelogue, part mother-daughter stuff. I was wrong--it was those but it was more. It was the story of Lisa's spiritual journey, and the choice she and her husband made to leave a comfortable life for one more open to the needs of others--choosing to live in the city, not the suburbs; choosing to buy at thrift stores rather than department stores; chosing to give to those in need. It is easy to say that priests and nuns should live a sacrificial life, giving up the things of this world to give to the poor--but we can't do that, we have kids to raise, right? Lisa and her husband have made choices different from those many of us have made, and without laying guilt on us for our decisions, she does call us to consider where social justice and our faith should intersect.
Most of the book is written by Lisa, but some is by her daughter, Ty, who goes with her to Africa. That girl is going to take after her mom--she can write. Good work Ty and mom.
In case you haven't guessed, I loved Love Mercy: A Mother and Daughter's Journey from the American Dream to the Kingdom of God and highly recommend it. Grade: A.
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