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The Mercy Seat

Title:  The Mercy Seat
Author:  Alvetta Rolle
Pages:  210
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Ellechor Publishing House
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988
                Have you ever extended forgiveness and mercy to anyone?  Had the same extended to you?  If so, then you’ll recognize these two themes, among others, that are prevalent in this story.  The main character is Sofia.  She was adopted by Julia Douglas when her birth mother, a prostitute, dies.  Sofia wants nothing more than to be loved.  Her adopted mother doesn’t fulfill that need.  As Sofia grows up, she develops into a beautiful young woman and turns the head of her mother’s fiancée.  He acts very inappropriately with her and her mother blames Sofia and throws her out of the house at the age of 17.  Julia also severs her relationship with her fiancée.  Julia longs to be married and increase her standing in the church at any cost.  She views Sofia as a home wrecker and wants nothing more to do with her.
                Sofia has no high school degree, no job training and no way to earn money so she turns to her birth mother’s profession and begins life as a prostitute.  She hates her profession, but doesn’t know what else to do.  She desperately wants to re-connect with Julia so she gathers her courage and goes to Julia’s church to talk to her.  Sofia meets two people who are going to change her life.  How?
                Ruth Still and her son Xavier have a wonderful relationship.  She is a widow, and her son takes good care of her.  Ruth has a deep faith and isn’t afraid to share it.  She and Sofia become like mother and daughter.  However, Sofia isn’t ready to accept God’s son as her Savior.  What would He want with someone like her?  Xavier and Sofia have a strong physical attraction to each other, but Xavier is married.  He loves his wife, but feels she is putting her job before her family.  His wife, Felicia, can’t understand why he doesn’t support her more in her job and recognize her contribution to help support their family financially.  Felicia’s boss is admiring of her intelligence and looks and is gorgeous to boot!  Both are Christians, but can’t seem to remove the plank from their own eye before removing the splinter from their spouse’s eye.  Will they work things out or will their marriage go the way of so many others in today’s world, ending in divorce?  Can their faith survive this trial?  Can they learn to forgive and extend mercy?  Are they the only ones needing forgiveness and mercy?
                This book gives the picture of a godly woman in Ruth Stills.  It shows the power of prayer and what God calls His followers to do and how they should act.  The author has good insight into human nature, and how we all long for love and acceptance.
My rating is three stars out of five.

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