The Weight of Mercy: A Novice Pastor on the City Streets  -     By: Deb Richardson-Moore
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The Weight of Mercy: A Novice Pastor on the City Streets

Monarch Books / 2012 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Monarch Books
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 085721229X
ISBN-13: 9780857212290
Availability: In Stock

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Ministry can be messy, complicated, and bewildering. Whether responding to the church alarm mysteriously and repeatedly going off in the middle of the night, firing a kitchen assistant with a habit of buying drugs from parishioners, or interacting with the Chicken-Eatin' Preacher from West Greenville, pastor Deb Richardson-Moore quickly admits that there is a great deal they do not teach you in seminary.

In this frank and engaging account of answering a call later in life, Richardson-Moore brings the reader into the world of her work at the Triune Mercy Center in Greenville, South Carolina. The result is an honest look at the complications and difficulties surrounding her first years of ministry to homeless men and women suffering from mental illness, crack addictions, and alcoholism. At the same time, it is a humorous and deeply touching account of God's grace manifested in the most remarkable of ways, whether in the inadvertent befriending of a mugger or in the unexpected witnessing of an addict tenderly washing another's wounded foot.

In The Weight of Mercy, Richardson-Moore weaves a story that is difficult to forget, due both to its engaging characters and also its radical vision of what the Christian church could look like if it truly lived out Christ's command to welcome the stranger.

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Author: Deb Richardson-Moore
Located in: GREENVILLE, SC
Submitted: October 16, 2012

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am a former newspaper reporter and currently pastor of the Triune Mercy Center, a mission church that ministers to and alongside the homeless in Greenville, SC. I am also a wife and mother of three.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I had a very rough time when I first took this pastorate, and I didn't want to forget that time.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope people will see that it is possible to earnestly attempt to answer God's call and have things seem as bad as humanly possible. I also hope that more congregations will open their doors to the homeless and impoverished among us.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  It allowed me to put some early hurts and setbacks into perspective and to see the humor involved.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Anne Lamott, Thomas Cook, Agatha Christie, Ann Patchett, Anita Shreve, Jodi Picoult, Harper Lee, Paulette Bates Alden

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