Angel of Mercy

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Heather Barlow has always been an idealist and now that she?s finished high school, she?s ready to make a difference in the world. After graduation, she joins a mission group on a hospital mercy ship sailing to Africa. Once she?s left the ship on the Kenyan coast and is stationed at a hospital in Uganda, however, Heather is not really prepared to face the disease, famine, and misery she encounters.

Ian McCollum is also among the medical staff in Uganda. Ian has left his native ...

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Overview

Heather Barlow has always been an idealist and now that she’s finished high school, she’s ready to make a difference in the world. After graduation, she joins a mission group on a hospital mercy ship sailing to Africa. Once she’s left the ship on the Kenyan coast and is stationed at a hospital in Uganda, however, Heather is not really prepared to face the disease, famine, and misery she encounters.

Ian McCollum is also among the medical staff in Uganda. Ian has left his native Scotland to help those threatened by a world of indifference. When Heather meets Ian, she finds her heart quickens and she’s happy to be alive. But as the weeks pass, Heather finds her idealism vanishing amid the overcrowded refugee camps and orphanages; misery is everywhere. Only Ian can see beyond the horror and help Heather understand that the world can be changed by saving those in need, one by one.

Eighteen-year-old Heather travels as a volunteer to Africa, where she provides direly needed medical help in Kenya and Uganda and hopes to act as God's hands on Earth.

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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
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553571455
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • Publication date: 10/12/1999
  • Series: Mercy Trilogy Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.68 (w) x 7.33 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Lurlene McDaniel
Lurlene McDaniel has written more than 30 inspirational novels. Her books have received acclaim from teachers, parents, young adults, and reviewers.
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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.”

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    Awesome

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2004

    A 'Mercy' Book

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2004

    Great Book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2004

    i loved it

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2003

    Moving Book

    This book really made me realise how lucky we are in the United States. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2003

    Was a GREAT book!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2003

    good book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2003

    Great Read!!

    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!! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2003

    Sad endings aren't always bad!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2003

    Great Book

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2002

    One of Miss McDaniel's Best!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2002

    loved it!!

    This was a really good book. But really sad in the end, i just started crying after Ian died. but don't let that stop u from reading it. BUY THIS BOOK!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2002

    A good book

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2002

    The Best Book Ever!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2002

    A wonderful book!

    This book was a wonderful adventure story, but yet at the same time a love story! This story was soo good that I wish that I was Heather in the book !!! You should definately read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2002

    This is one of the best books EVER written!

    I loved this book. It really touched me! I feel in love with Ian, he is the pergect guy! Anyone who wants to get hooked on a wonderful book READ THIS ONE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2001

    Great Book

    This was one of my all-time favorite books. It would make a great present for any one. It especially could make a great graduation present (from grammer school, junior high, highschool, or even collage). This is one of those books you 'must read'. Be sure to get a copy. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2001

    The best book I've ever read!

    This has got to be the best book I've ever read...It's an adventure story, but it has some great drama, and even a little love story in it! You have GOT to read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2001

    Mercy, Hope, Tradgety, Love, and Kindness....

    This book is, in my opionion, one of Lurlene McDaniels best...After reading this book I realized that there was a very good chance I would end up on Mercy Ships someday...The way the story read out...the things that Heather saw were unbelieveable...some were horrid...some were miracles....everything was from God. This is a beautiful story...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2001

    Incredible Book you won't be able to put down

    Angel of Mercy Is a great book, great isn't a good enought word to use to describe this book. It's EXCELLENT! It's a sad and inspiring book, sad because the man she loves dies in a tragedy accident. Inspiring because It inspired me to be a member of this group that goes all the way to Africa to help these helpless little children.

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