Monday, January 6, 2014

Echoes of Mercy

Neither Carrie Lang nor Ollie Moore are who they claim to be. Both work undercover in Dinsmore’s World-Famous Chocolates Factory, but with different motivations. When three young children come into some hard times, can Carrie and Ollie band together to help them, despite their opposing points of view? Or will their façades crack, revealing more than they’d like to let on? Once the truth comes out, will they still be willing to trust each other?

Author Kim Vogel Sawyer brings us yet another fabulous story. This one, Echoes of Mercyreleasing January 21, 2014—takes the reader deeper than any of the others she's written that I've read. It’s hard to put what I mean into words, but I can tell you it edged out my previous favorite Kim Sawyer book, My Heart Remembers. It was tough to see that one beat—and it was close—but I figured it would happen eventually. How could it not with Kim being such a gifted writer?

One thing I love about her books is there’s always a message of hope, always something to learn. This time, the line that leapt out at me was something Caroline “Carrie” Lang thought in chapter four: “Comfort could lead to carelessness. Carelessness could jeopardize the investigation.” I don’t think we should get to comfortable in life, either. If it leads to carelessness, that wouldn’t be too great, especially in serving God. I pray we may all strive to keep ourselves prepared for whatever opportunities the Lord sends our way.

Thank you, Kim, for my complimentary copy to review. Truly it was a pleasure to read. Keep those fabulous stories coming!

What does “comfort could lead to carelessness” mean to you? How may we stave off that carelessness?

Don’t forget to mark your calendars, folks! Echoes of Mercy comes out later this month (January 21st), and you won’t want to be the last one to read it.

2 comments:

  1. Ooh I love that line about comfort leading to carelessness. It's definitely been in some of the most uncomfortable moments in my life that I've most felt my faith deepen. I think because when I'm uncomfortable or uncertain, I'm more likely to depend on God...and that's where trust and confidence and peace come from. Good stuff. And sounds like a great read!

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    1. Recently I read a verse that dealt with exactly what you're talking about. I can't remember where it is, but I'm pretty sure it's in Luke. Anyway, it's about how we can't know the fullness of God's love until we suffer. I'm trying to learn to be like Paul, who thanked and praised God for his sufferings. Don't you figure he'd realized that those sufferings and afflictions brought him that much closer to God?

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I always treasure your comments. And, yes, Echoes of Mercy is a great read. You'll love it, I'm sure.

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