Angel of Mercy

Angel of Mercy

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by Lurlene McDaniel
     
 

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Heather Barlow has always been idealistic, and now she's finally ready to make a difference by setting sail to Uganda for a medical mission trip.  Upon arrival, however, Heather  realizes that she is unprepared to face the disease, famine, and misery she encounters everywhere.  The overcrowded refugee camps and orphanages seem overwhelming until she

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Heather Barlow has always been idealistic, and now she's finally ready to make a difference by setting sail to Uganda for a medical mission trip.  Upon arrival, however, Heather  realizes that she is unprepared to face the disease, famine, and misery she encounters everywhere.  The overcrowded refugee camps and orphanages seem overwhelming until she meets Ian McCollum, who is also working with the medical staff.   Ian is the only one who can see beyond the horror and help Heather change the world by helping one person at a time -  even at great cost to one's own self.

Bestselling author Lurlene McDaniel expertly crafts a heart-wrenching story of love and sacrifice in this prequel to Angel of Hope.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Voya Reviews
McDaniel books, contrary to appearances, are not just about death and dying. They are about living life to its fullest--no matter what, good and bad--as the stories reflect small slices of life. These latest books transport readers into the lives of Heather Barlow, daughter of successful plastic surgeon parents who met as Peace Corps volunteers, and her younger sister, Amber. Heather has it all--looks, brains, and a mission in life. In Angel of Mercy, beautiful, altruistic Heather meets kind, handsome, selfless medical student Ian on the hospital ship Mercy, headed for Africa. Hearts flutter, lives are saved, and romance takes root. When a rescue mission for a baby needing surgery in war-torn Uganda goes awry, Ian dies. Heather risks all to save the baby, barely succeeding before returning home a changed person. In the companion book, Angel of Hope, Heather persuades her plastic surgeon mother to go to Africa to operate on the baby. Heather becomes ill before the trip, and self-absorbed Amber takes her place. The surgery is successful; Amber falls in love with a young and handsome engineering student doing fieldwork at the mission. Heather dies from a disease she acquired in Africa. Amber goes back to Africa. Will she carry out her sister's dream and find love and meaning in life? Wait for the third book, Angel of Love, to find out. Are these titles good reads for McDaniel fans? Absolutely! They also serve as a fine introduction for a new generation of readers. McDaniel knows her audience and gives them well-written books that follow a successful death and dying, medical problems, character growth, and trials of life formula. Christian faith is handled as matter-of-factly as eye color;it is an integral part of the characters. Despite formulaic plots, readers will be eager for the third book to find out what happens to Amber and Boyce. This series is a recommended purchase wherever McDaniel's books are popular--everywhere. NOTE: This review was written to address two books Angel of Hope and Angel of Mercy. VOYA CODES: 3Q 5P M J (Readable without serious defects; Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 1999, Bantam, Ages 12 to 15, 211p. PLB $8.95. Reviewer: Roxy Ekstrom
School Library Journal
Gr 7-11-Heather Barlow, 18, is excited and nervous as the Anastasis, a hospital Mercy Ship leaves port. She knows that the months ahead will be unlike anything she has ever experienced. Volunteering with a mission group in Africa for several months is her attempt to make a difference in the world. What she doesn't anticipate is falling in love with Ian McCollum, an attractive medical intern and seminary student. In Uganda, Heather sees disease, death, and destruction ravaging the thousands who look to her team for help. Then Ian leaves to rescue a baby in Sudan, his plane goes down, and she must deal with his death and complete the rescue mission. The plot develops slowly but carefully, as do the characters. The author uses personal experiences to give a solid background and flavor to the story. While the book has a decidedly Christian slant, most readers will be caught up in the passion and sorrow of Heather's missionary experiences.- Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307433114
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
12/18/2007
Series:
Mercy Trilogy Series
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
47,889
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

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“I can’t believe you’re giving up your entire summer and fall instead of going to college, Heather. I mean, it’s like forever! And just look where you’ll be living. How can you stand it? There’s no room to move, no privacy either!”

“I’ll be home in time for Christmas,” Heather Barlow reminded her sixteen-year-old sis- ter, Amber. “And I don’t care about the living conditions. As for college, I’ll start in January. You’ll hardly know I’m gone.”

At eighteen, Heather was going off on a Mercy Ship to work in Africa, to try to make a difference in a place where children starved to death or died from terrible illnesses. She had grown up wanting to do something worthwhile with her life, but now that she was actually on board the ship, now that it was almost time to say goodbye to her family, Heather was beginning to feel the clutch of self-doubt. And Amber’s reluctance to see her leave wasn’t helping.

Amber glanced around the cramped quarters. “It’s just so—so primitive.”

Ignoring Amber’s complaints, Heather opened her duffel bags and began putting her clothes into the narrow drawers of the dresser bolted to the wall. She would be sharing this old-fashioned small stateroom with a Swedish girl named Ingrid, whom she’d not yet met.

Across the narrow room, Amber seated herself on a bed attached by cables to the metal wall of the ship. “Ugh! This mattress is so thin, I can feel the springs.”

“It’s a hospital ship, sis, not a luxury liner anymore,” Heather reminded her.

Years before, Anastasis had served as a cruise ship. But in the mid-1980s, it had been converted into a floating hospital, with three operating rooms, a dental clinic, a laboratory, and an X-ray unit. The aging ship, painted white from bow to stern, was more than five hundred feet long and nine stories high. Its staterooms, once luxurious quarters for wealthy travelers, now housed crew and staff—175 volunteers who paid their own expenses and agreed to serve a tour of duty as the ship sailed from port to port, bringing life-saving medical services to countries ravaged by disease, famine, war, and poverty.

Long-term crew members—missionary and medical personnel and their families who had signed up for extended tours of duty—were housed in the more spacious upper-deck staterooms, while short-term volunteers such as Heather were assigned the smaller rooms. The ship’s once-elegant lounge and dining areas served as conference rooms and training centers. Children of the crew and staff attended school on board.

Once the ship dropped anchor in a port, engineers, carpenters, teachers, and evangelists took medical and dental services and supplies into remote areas and inland villages. They built schools, hospitals, and housing, all with donated goods. The Mercy Ship was a floating hospital. And a vision of hope.

“Well, I think it’s a dumb idea to even be going on this trip, and I don’t know why you want to go in the first place,” Amber said, voicing her displeasure once again. “I’ll bet there’s no decent guys to date, and nowhere to go even if there were.”

Heather sighed. It irritated her when Amber sounded so frivolous. Why couldn’t she understand how important this trip was? Heather had spent so much time thinking about the trip, a whole year planning it, and ten days in May at a special boot camp preparing for it. She asked, “Are you trying to make me feel guilty? Because I won’t. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time, and you know it.”

Amber scuffed her fashionable shoes on the floor. “I’m going to miss you,” she said quietly.

“I’ll miss you, too.” Heather saw tears shimmering in her sister’s green eyes. “Hey, what’s this? I thought you’d be glad to have the house to yourself. And no big sister to be in your way when school starts, either. You always said you couldn’t wait until me and my friends were out of high school so that you and your friends could have the halls all to yourself.” Heather sat beside Amber on the bunk and put her arm around Amber’s shoulders.

“What fun is there in being home by myself? Mom and Dad won’t have anything to do but go to work. And grouse at me, of course. You’re the one they think is perfect in this family, you know.”

“They grouse at you now,” Heather teased gently. “So what will be different?”

“You won’t be there to get them off my case.”

From the Paperback edition.

Meet the Author

LURLENE McDANIEL began writing inspirational novels about teenagers facing life-altering situations when her son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. “I saw firsthand how chronic illness affects every aspect of a person’s life,” she has said. “I want kids to know that while people don’t get to choose what life gives to them, they do get to choose how they respond.”

Lurlene McDaniel’s novels are hard-hitting and realistic, but also leave readers with inspiration and hope. Her bestselling books have received acclaim from readers, teachers, parents, and reviewers. They include The Year of Luminous Love and its companion, The Year of Chasing Dreams; Don’t Die, My Love; Till Death Do Us Part; Hit and Run; Telling Christina Goodbye; True Love: Three Novels; and The End of Forever.

Lurlene McDaniel lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Visit her at lurlenemcdaniel.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Angel of Mercy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
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Aimee Bentlage More than 1 year ago
It is a very very great book!!! It is sad at some part and there denfle have romance!! I think you like it to. It make you feel you want to something just like it or close to it. It made me want to go and help out and you well to!!!!! : )
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If you like books that you cry through, or books with a little bit of love...then this is the book for you. In the beginning of the book I didn't know if I would like it...but hang on cause it is an awesome book! Just in the past 6 months I have read it over and over and over and I still find new things each and every time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, I laughed, I cried, and maybe I even took a new look at my life, and how I could help others like Heather did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this to anyone. This book is touching and sheds a lot of light on what is going on in other parts of the world instead of just the United States. In famine and disease-stricken Africa, two people manage to keep each other going in spite of everything. Be prepared to cry as with all of her other books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really made me realise how lucky we are in the United States. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Angel of Mercy was a great book and the companion Angel of Hope was good also. You can not stop reading it once you start, and i finished it in two days. Read it, it's awesome
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Angel of Mercy yesterday. It was so sad at the end, even though I already knew Ian was going to die from the reviews I read. It really is a touching story. I'm going to read the sequel, Angel of Hope.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WAS FANTASTIC!!!! I really enjoyed Angel of Mercy. It really made me think about myself.Examine my values. I recommend this book to anyone who would like an eye opener about God.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lurlene McDaniel does it again with this book! It's fantastic, from page one til the end! I can't wait to read the sequel!! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I totally loved this book! My Sunday school teacher's daughter went on a Mercy ships mission and that is why I wanted to read this book. Ever since then I've been into McDaniel's books. It is a tragic love story, like most of her books and I just LOVE those kinds of stories. Buy this book! (and then, when you're done, buy Angel of Hope, too!)You won't be able to put it down!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in Love with this book when I was in the 6th grade and a friend reccommended it to me. I have read, and re-read this book over and over since then, and each time I read it, it's like the first time all over again! I reccommend this book to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't like to read, but once i started this one, i couldn't put it down. I read it in 3 days! I cried when Ian died by being so dedicated to his work. This book was not only great, but has made me REALLY want to do something like Heather after i finish school.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book especially if u are condsidering being a missionary when u grow up It is about heather bawalow (i think thats her last name going to uguna to be a missionary