What a thought provoking novel! Josh Harrison is a contemporary Christian singer and his wife Bethany is pregnant. Bethany also has a serious condition that could take the life of her , her baby, or both. Bethany has a secret that she needs to tell her husband. Bethany's doctor also is somehow connected with this couple. Throughout the whole book, the theme of forgiveness is seen. This book has a wonderful Christian message and is a very easy read. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone!
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Josh Harrison is a rising Christian singer, he's on top of the world. His wife Bethany suffers a spontaneous dissection of the carotid artery, that rocks their world. Soon after they discover she is pregnant. Her doctor Ben Abrams encourages them to terminate her pregnancy for her own healthy. With the weight of the world on their shoulder they face some life changing decisions. This was a good book that touched some hard subjects, like abortion, forgiveness, trust in Christ, His mercy and faith. The back cover says it better than anyone could, "Tragedy, Love & Secrets meet on a journey of faith."
This was my first book by Kathy Harris I have read. I found it to be well written, well researched and the characters flowed flawlessly. I give this book 4 stars and must warn you it will pull at your heart strings. I recommend The Road to Mercy to all lovers of Christian Fiction lovers.
I want to thank the author Kathy Harris and publisher Abingdon Press for bringing good clean Christian books like this one to readers like me. I would also like to thank The Book Club Network Inc. for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review. I am grateful for their generosity.
Josh Harrison is a Christian singer and his career has taken off. Then his wife is rushed to the hospital while he is on tour. They have a friend and neighbor that comes to help out since none of their families live nearby and are able to come. Bethany finds out that while facing a life-taking problem that she is pregnant. The doctor recommends an abortion to protect her life. Bethany says "no". Read this really good book and find out what Bethany's motives are, what happened in her past that she doesn't want to face. This book kept my interest all the way through. A good novel for a newly published author. Thoroughly enjoyed the pacing. A couple of slow areas but as some authors will tell you, you have to have time to take a breather. That's what the slow part felt like. A moment to reflect, relax and straight to another crisis. In all of these trials, Josh is let go from the label he has been recording under. Then there are problems in the people that are traveling with him. There is enough going on that you won't want to put this book down. Will definitely be looking for more books from this talented author.
I received this book through www.bookfun.org and the author to read, review and leave an honest opinion. I highly recommend this book.
The Road to Mercy is a story about Life. Living it, Loving it, Misunderstanding it, Enduring it, Bearing it, Healing from its more broken days.
A pregnant woman has been given a disturbing prognosis: Abort this unexpected baby or risk her own newly-fragile health.
She chooses Life, for the baby and for herself, and she's willing to make the sacrifices needed to give them both the best chance possible.
Her husband agrees with his brave wife, and together Josh and Bethany prepare for eight months of challenges.
Bethany will be heavily medicated, on high does of drugs that could be habit forming and may affect the child.
Her style will certainly be cramped, as anything that stresses her could harm her barely stable condition.
Mostly, she needs Josh to understand why she seems to be a different person. Between the mood-swings and the meds, she feels like a stranger to herself!
But Josh seems to be barely coping. He's a rising star in the CCM world, touring and singing his heart out, and he's hardly ever home in Nashville.
The last thing he's doing is supporting Bethany.
Frankly, as I read, I was grinding my teeth almost every time Josh appeared in the story. And that's a good thing. Here's why: Because it was real.
Josh and Bethany were not perfect super-people. He, especially, was not. He worried about providing because he wanted to give her the best, and when he was caught up in the worry he got mad over things that weren't worth it. He made his wife cry. And he was concerned that the heavy medication was going to leave her addicted, which left her feeling pressured. He wanted to be a great husband and planned to be a great father, but he was human and he fell short. He sometimes focused more on himself and his image and career than he did on ministering to her.
Yet... he was growing. He was moving toward a destination, on a journey of faith. Like his wife, he was on The Road to Mercy.
Meanwhile, for Bethany, I rejoiced every time her angels came on the scene. Bethany's main angel was her friend Alex. I called her St. Alex throughout the story, because she was so patient and kind and forbearing. She was with Bethany through all the ups and downs. Alex defines "Friendship."
And I saw two things in this story. When a woman decides to be brave and to sacrifice herself and take the difficult road of Pro-life, she needs all the support she can get. Whether she's married or not, she needs people to step in and be her Alex.
No matter who we are, we are made in the image of God. And no matter what we believe, every human is inherently responsible to honor every other man and woman of any age or stage because they are also images of God.
We know that life is precious and beyond our understanding, and we know that human life is especially sacred.
As Christians, we who have been given eternal life in Jesus Christ, we are doubly responsible to uphold life and to protect life, no matter who's life is at stake.
The Road to Mercy affirms that in a fine piece of story telling.
Thank you Fred and Nora St. Laurent at The Book Club Network, Bookfun.org for my review copy!
"The Road to Mercy" is a heartwarming book about a young couple that have a lot of challenges in their lives. Bethany has a life threatening health issue, along with being pregnant. Josh has some problems with his career and staff. The doctor suggests abortion. While both Josh and Bethany struggle with their troubles and stress, neither of them wants to abort the baby. Josh has a tendency to keep things to himself, and Bethany is hiding a secret from Josh. What happens when Bethany courageously steps up and shares? I am not telling!
Kathy Harris has written a great book about how God can take our heartaches, sins and weaknesses, and use them to make us better people. This book encourages us to keep working things out, and to never give up, even when our faith is weak, God is strong. Harris does a wonderful job showing us what true mercy is. It is about complete undeserved forgiveness. It is about a fresh start, a new beginning.
This is a great read.
I received this book free from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.