Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease. Slowly, inevitably, it steals who you are from you, and changes you into something other than what you have always been. As memories disappear, loved ones find themselves unable to connect, and the burden of losing someone over and over must be just as painful as the person who is unable to remember. What a lonely and distressing illness!
Lisa Tawn Bergren tells the story of a young woman who has been dealing with this very situation, but with a mother that wasn’t always the best, even before the onset of the disease. Krista must try to come to terms with a relationship, even though she cannot reconcile in the normal way with a mother who cannot even speak. As the end draws near, Krista begins to realize that some of the issues and difficulties with her mother are also her own, and as she does she recognizes the ways in which she has sabotaged her own happiness while trying desperately to prove something to herself and her mother.
The story of Krista’s mother is one of sorrow and reconciliation, and it is told with a sympathetic and compassionate bent. The residential care center for patients sounds remarkable, and I hope it is not a complete fiction – I cannot help but be encouraged by the idea that there are those whose care for the families and patients of this disease to the best of their ability, loving people that have become shadows of themselves.
I enjoyed the story. It touched my heart in many ways, and it gave me insight into a disease I had only previously seen romanticized in movies. The day after I started reading this book, I learned that a colleague had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, who would no longer be working. As I read the story, my heart went out to his wife and daughters – realizing that their lives would be defined going forward by this difficult season. God’s providence is not always so clear, but in this instance I firmly believe that he gave me the opportunity to read this book so that I might have an idea about how to reach out to someone with encouragement.
I recommend this book to those who need a moment to think about the circumstances of others, who need to hear that reconciliation is possible with God, and those who need to see that God’s love is greater than any illness. Mercy Come Morning is a portrait of compassion and of forgiveness, in the midst of great pain and heartache. It will hold you captive in its pages, as you hope for the moment that the light of God’s grace will dawn on Krista’s heart, and change her life.
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Review 2 for Mercy Come Morning: A Novel - eBook
A story of grace and forgiveness...
Date:January 26, 2012
I received a copy of Mercy Come Morning by Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange of an honest review of the book. This book is about a lady named Krista that returned home to try to repair her relationship with her mother when she found out she was dying of congested heart failure. Her mother has Alzheimer's and is unable to talk. This was a beautiful story about grace, forgiveness, love and mercy. The relationships portrayed are broken, but become whole again in the story. Krista and her high school sweetheart work through the past and get over hurts together. The story was very predictable, but beautiful at the same time. It was a quick, easy read. I would recommend this book to anyone that would love to see relationships repaired and how God fixes us along the journey.