Book Review: Mercy Triumphs

10 Sep

Three women. Three impossible circumstances. One merciful God.

Mia, an American Christian, has lived in Sudan so long that persecution, harassment, and danger have become commonplace for her. Her tough outer shell threatens to harden her heart while her newly Christian friends, Halimah and Rania, former Muslims, are forced to live in exile outside Sudan. All three quickly discover that escaping danger in one place only means facing even greater challenges elsewhere. As God’s mercy becomes evident in their lives, they must choose whether or not to offer mercy to those who don’t deserve it.

Third in a trilogy, Mercy Triumphs opens the reader’s eyes to modern-day persecution and the life of Muslims in Sudan. Based on real-life events, Mercy Triumphs reveals some of the struggles Christians face when living under Islamic law. The reader will be inspired to pray for new believers, those who are persecuted for their faith, and even for the salvation of the persecutors.

Author of the captivating novel Side by Side, Jana Kelley is a Texan who hardly ever lives in Texas. Raised in Southeast Asia, Jana developed a love for cross-cultural living early in life. Her love for writing came soon after. Jana returned to Texas to attend East Texas Baptist University. She and her husband married a month after she graduated, and by their second anniversary, they were living in a remote African town. After 13 years living in Africa and the Middle East, Jana, her husband, and their three boys moved to Southeast Asia where they currently live.

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My Impressions:

It should be stated up front that Mercy Triumphs is the third and final book in Jana Kelley’s trilogy set in the Muslim world of Sudan. You really have to start at the beginning of this series to get the full impact of these books. But you are in luck, because you can binge read the whole series from start to finish and not have to wait to find out what God has in store for the Mia, Halimah, and Rania, the three young women you will come to love, respect, and consider sisters in Christ. Yes, this book is a work of fiction, but Kelley knows first hand what it means to live in a world that is hungry for God, yet is closed to His message of freedom in Christ. I cannot recommend Mercy Triumphs (really the entire series) enough. For those who have a love for people of different cultures, for those who have a love for God’s command to make disciples, and for those who feel a stirring in their spirit to find out where God is working, this book is for you.

Mia and her family have been living in Sudan for three years. Her husband works for an aid organization and Mia spends her days raising her children and trying to speak words of truth to those who God has put in her path. Not formal missionaries, for Sudan is a closed country, the Weston family nevertheless looks for opportunities to share Jesus. Meanwhile two sisters with whom Mia has crossed paths, Halimah and Rania, are living outside their beloved Sudan because they have become Christians. Danger is as much a part of life as the dust is in Sudan, yet God is good and merciful and has plans for the three women that they don’t expect.

Kelley’s three book series would be perfect for a book discussion group or missions study. Mercy Triumphs examines a number of things — the real meaning of freedom in Christ, living without fear, following God wherever He leads, trusting God instead of others and self. The story is highly readable, and the characters are very real with flaws and failings, but strong faith. I learned so much about the Muslim culture and the role of women. It’s easy to view Muslims through the lens of the nightly news. Mercy Triumphs paints a true picture — the good, the bad, and the very beautiful.

Mercy Triumphs is a highly recommended read! Get the whole series and begin on a journey of faith and discovery — about the world and about yourself.

Highly Recommended.

Audience: older teens and adults.

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(Thanks to New Hope Publishers and LitFuse for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)


4 Responses to “Book Review: Mercy Triumphs”

  1. Jana Kelley September 11, 2017 at 11:30 pm #

    Thank you so much for featuring Mercy Triumphs on your blog!

    • rbclibrary September 12, 2017 at 7:09 am #

      You are welcome! I’m feeling a bit like Mia. We have lost power due to Irma and are using our generator. My husband has gone to work. Hopefully I can handle it. Not as scary as “Bertha”. lol!

      • Jana Kelley September 13, 2017 at 2:54 am #

        Haha! Yes I hope it’s not as bad as Bertha 🙂 I hope you get your power back SOON.

      • rbclibrary September 13, 2017 at 8:01 am #

        Power came back on this morning. Less than 48 hours off. So thankful and blessed that we had little damage, just power loss. I am also thankful to a husband that is prepared!

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