Book Review: The Road to Mercy

24 Oct

Dr. Ben Abrams, rescued as an infant from a fiery crash that killed his family, turned his adversities into success but lost his heritage of faith. Fifty years later, Josh and Bethany Harrison face a difficult decision that also tests their faith. A rupture in Beth’s carotid artery leaves her on the brink of death, even as she’s pregnant with their first child. While Dr. Abrams urges her to abort the baby to save her own life, she and Josh step out on faith and continue the pregnancy.

During the next few months, Josh, a contemporary Christian singer, struggles with his faith while Beth hides a secret that may destroy their marriage. She also discovers a decades-old connection to Dr. Abrams that could change his life forever.

In The Road To Mercy Kathy Harris weaves a tale that crosses generations while drawing readers into a dramatic story that has both heart and soul. In breathtaking style Kathy examines complex moral issues while looking at the consequences of very human decisions all woven together in a narrative that pushes readers so deeply into the adventure that they will come to know the characters as well as they know their best friends. This Road takes you by miraculous survivals and onto monumental life struggles and is one you will likely travel not just once, but time and time again.

Kathy Harris is an author by way of a “divine detour” into the Nashville entertainment business. After graduating with a Communications degree from Southern Illinois University, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to work with a well-known gospel music quartet. A few months later, The Oak Ridge Boys began their transition into country music, and Kathy had the opportunity to help build an entertainment empire from the ground up.

She worked her way to becoming a member of the Operations Management Team, eventually heading up the company’s public relations and marketing department. A lifelong fascination for books and editing led to her working as a book agent for Oak Ridge Boys’ vocalist Joe Bonsall. Joe, subsequently, published three books, including his bestselling inspirational biography, G.I. Joe & Lillie.

For several years, Kathy freelanced entertainer biographies and wrote (as well as ghost wrote) news stories and columns for various music publications. In 2007, she sold her first Christian non-fiction story, “Walk on Water,” which was included in Thomas Nelson’s All My Bad Habits I Learned from Grandpa. That fall, one of her devotions was included in The One Year Life Verse Devotional, published by Tyndale House. Kathy’s writing is also included in Chicken Soup for the Soul Thanks, Mom.

An active member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the publicity officer for Middle Tennessee Christian Writers. Kathy lives near Nashville with her husband and their two Shiloh Shepherd dogs. She regularly interviews literary and music guests on her blog at You can visit her author website at

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My Impressions:

How strong is your faith? Can it withstand the hardships of life or is it built on sand, ready to be swept away in the first big storm? These are the questions explored in Kathy Harris’ new book, The Road to Mercy. Drawing on her years of experience in the Nashville music industry, Harris sets this book of faith, guilt, mercy and forgiveness against the backdrop of the Christian music business. Josh and Bethany Harrison have an idyllic life; Josh’s career is going strong and their marriage is the stuff of storybook romances. But all seems to come unravelled when Bethany is struck by a devastating illness. Other situations arise to test the strength of their marriage and their firm belief in God’s provision, protection and mercy. Another storyline runs along with Josh and Bethany’s. Dr. Ben Abrams doesn’t believe in anything other than his own initiative and determination. The two stories intersect when Dr. Abrams takes on Bethany’s case.

The Road to Mercy can be described as a domestic drama — marriage, pregnancy, finances, secrets all play a role in the story. I was dismayed by Josh’s reaction to Bethany’s medical condition, but think that the emotions displayed are pretty realistic even among those of faith. And Bethany’s feelings of guilt and culpability are very real even in light of God’s forgiveness. Many choose to believe the lie that God holds their sins to mete out punishment later. My favorite character is Alex, Bethany’s friend and caretaker. Here is a character that lived her faith and modeled Jesus’ love towards others.

If you like contemporary drama with a faith message, then check out The Road to Mercy.


(I received The Road to Mercy from Pump Up Your Book in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

The Road to Mercy Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Monday, October 1

Book Review at A Year of Jubilee Reviews

Tuesday, October 2

Book Review at GeoLibrarian

Wednesday, October 3

Book Review at A Peek at My Bookshelf

Thursday, October 4

Book Feature at Christian Bookshelf Reviews

Friday, October 5

Book Review, Interview & Book Giveaway at Hardcover Feedback

Monday, October 8

Book Review at The Bunny’s Review

Wednesday, October 10

Book Feature & Book Giveaway at 4 the Love of Books

Friday, October 12

Book Review & Book Giveaway at Reviews From the Heart

Monday, October 15

Book Review & Guest Post at Jersey Girl Book Reviews

Tuesday, October 16

Book Review at Musings by Maureen

Wednesday, October 17

Book Review at Blooming with Books

Thursday, October 18

Book Review at A Room Without Books is Empty

Friday, October 19

Book Review at I’d Rather Be Reading at the Beach

Monday, October 22

Book Review & Book Giveaway at Mary’s Cup of Tea

Tuesday, October 23

Book Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Wednesday, October 24

Book Review at By the Book

Thursday, October 25

Book Review at Sincerely Stacie

Friday, October 26

Book Review at Splashes of Joy

3 Responses to “Book Review: The Road to Mercy”

  1. Lauren Smith October 24, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    This sounds like such a good book!!! I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for taking the time to review it. I just finished a wonderful book called, ” The Power of a Virtuous Woman” by author Paula Penn-Nabrit. The Power of a Virtuous Woman” by author Paula Penn-Nabrit. This a non-fiction book written for Christians, which explores Proverbs 31 and the issue of virtue for women with examples used from King David, Bathsheba and King Solomon.

  2. Kathy Harris October 25, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    Beckie, I appreciate your kind words about The Road to Mercy. Thank you for hosting me.

    • rbclibrary October 26, 2012 at 6:16 am #

      Thanks for stopping by!

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