When Mercy Meets Your Mess. What a great way to describe this book! That’s what mercy is all about though, changing the way you look at your “mess” and messy situations. The reality is that we ALL have those messy situations in our lives… but what we do about them is what defines us as people, and shows others who we really are. Will we live like pigs, being happy in our mess? Or will we move through the mess, into a better life?
The author started the book by telling readers about her son, and how he shared some “bombshell news”. She was quick to say that we’re “all a mess” though, no matter what kind of news we’re sharing, or what’s happening in our lives. That’s the beauty of God’s mercy – it’s available to ALL of us, no matter what we’ve done, or what messes we get into. She tells us that “this book is for those of us who are weary of hiding and pretending. It’s about finding the courage to come clean about the messes we are.”
There was a section that really spoke to me, because of friends who are struggling right now. It was under the heading “You Are Not Alone” and said that “when we open up to others about our struggles, others can walk with us in the valleys”. I feel like this is SO true. People don’t know they can walk with us if they’ve never heard us talk about taking walks in the first place. Our struggles in life are always easier when we have someone (anyone!) to walk WITH us. This book kept coming back to that point, that we all need to have people who help us see that we’re not alone. And beyond that, we all need to BE that person for other people. No matter how blessed our lives have been, we all have an area we can identify with, something that we can do to really be there for others. The question is – are we doing it?
Each chapter ended with a section called “Coming Clean”, a page of questions for personal reflection. They would also be really great for discussion with a study group or book club, but they’re questions that really make you think about how you can apply the things you’ve learned as you’ve read through the book.
All in all, I’d say that it was well worth the read, and it’s a book I would highly encourage others to read as well! You won’t walk away from the book as the same person – you’ll come away with a lot of thoughts and ideas of how God will use you in the lives of others. More than that, you’ll see that maybe you need to allow someone else to be used by God in yours.
On a design note, I really appreciated how the cover of this book is of something active. It’s a person clearly walking/running in the rain, with a gorgeous bright umbrella… moving. I would have thought that a book titled “Move On” might have had a picture of a moving truck, with boxes being loaded into it, but there was clearly “movement” in this picture, and it really fit. So, to the team who worked on this cover – nicely done!
The author has a really great personal website: http://vickicourtney.com/. It’s definitely worth checking out!
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way required to write anything positive – all thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.