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Posted July 29, 2010
The summary says it all for me: "It's not that I don't care; I just don't know what to do, you think." When faced with the world's injustices, I've thought this many a time, and it's an excuse I won't be able to use any longer, not after reading Mercy Rising.
Amber Robinson is a child advocate with Compassion International, but she is also a working mother with five children who volunteers in her free time. Mercy Rising sets out specific action plans for the busy woman who wants to help others but doesn't know where to start. The book is organized into sections about why we should give, how to give, and how to fit giving into your busy life. Each chapter starts with an anecdotal story from Robinson's life and includes scripture, stories from other women, and easy steps to follow. There are references in each chapter for organizations (websites and contact information) as well as discussion/reflection questions.
This would be a perfect book to use for a women's Bible study or small group. It is insightful, informative and compelling. It is more of a reference guide than a book you would sit down and read cover to cover in one sitting like a novel.
Just One Gripe:
The constant switching of perspectives left the chapters feeling a little choppy at times.
The Best Thing About This Book:
The resources Robinson lays out for the reader.
Posted June 20, 2010
Mercy Rising is a challenging, practical book filled to the brim with resources for acting out justice and compassion in your everyday life. With such a hefty topic, it's easy to feel discouraged, helpless, and useless. When we don't know where to start, we oftentimes just do nothing. Mercy Rising gives women that starting point to begin living intentionally right now right where they're at. The discussion questions at the end of each chapter make this book ideal for personal or group studies and encourages the reader to dig deeper into its message. This book is a must read for those searching to invest more in others' lives.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 25, 2010
Our world is a crazy place to live. There are days that life feels overwhelming and we feel like we can do nothing to help. There is just so much need. This book is an awesome resource to help us see that we can indeed help by choosing just one thing to focus on at a time. This book inspired me to keep giving, to keep serving, to keep trying to make a difference. The book is full of women's stories from their own personal lives. These stories illustrate to us how we can make some changes and we can reach out. There are so many practical tips on how we can make justice, compassion, mercy, and service a part of our everyday lives and in doing so we change lives. There are so many websites listed. So many resources. This is a book that should be on the bookshelf of every family in America. It is an invaluable resource and an easy read. Try it for yourself!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 26, 2010
Amber Robinson has taken a daunting topic and and broken it down into manageable pieces that helps each one of us make a difference in our world, our communities, and on our block. I love how the book takes the reader from right where they are and encourages new levels of engagement starting with "the one thing I can do." I also love how it's not a cookie-cutter book - what works for me and my lifestyle in pursuing Biblical justice may not work for you, but you too can find your own path. There's no condemnation for not following a specific path - rather, the reader finds encouragement and hope that my little contribution will change the world - for someone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 16, 2010
Amber Robinson's "Mercy Rising" came into my hands at just the right time. I had been feeling overwhelmed by a steady stream of news reports and statistics that led me to wonder whether poverty, persecution, and countless other injustices in this world were just too big for me to make any kind of difference. With inspirational scriptures on issues of social justice beautifully interwoven throughout, this book is extremely practical and chock-full of suggestions and resources that have helped me "overcome the overwhelm" I had been feeling for too long. The book is well-organized and includes thought-provoking questions for reflection at the end of each chapter.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 14, 2010
Robinson has created a helpful resource filled with dozens of practical ideas to become involved in social justice. Changing my search engine, playing (specific)on-line games, planting an extra row of vegetables in my garden, and planning my child's birthday party with a theme and purposeful cause (i.e. creating care packages to send to military families), and shopping at stores where products are not created in unfair work environments (i.e. sweat shops) are just a few of the numerous examples of ways to become involved that Robinson shares in her book.
Robinson makes it personal by sharing some of her own experiences as well as experiences from others who have seen God's provision and compassion lived out in everyday life. Questions for reflection are included at the end of each chapter, and at the end of the book, readers are challenged to create a simple action plan- something that can be implemented even from home in the midst of busy schedules.
While "Mercy Rising" is geared toward women, men and teenagers may also find the book very helpful.
Posted April 13, 2010
This is a very practical book that offers suggestions for finding ways to practice mercy and justice regardless of your circumstances, your income, or your schedule. What I liked the most is that many of the suggestions are things that don't require a huge investment of time or money, but are instead more about changing our habits - they are just what the book advertizes: "simple ways to practice justice and compassion." For example, the book mentions a search engine that will donate towards the non-profit of your choice every time you do a search using that search engine. Since I use search engines already, this change was an easy one. I went to the site, chose my non-profit from their registered listings and have selected this search engine as my default. Another example that I will implement is the section on shopping selections. Amber provides websites the reader can use to learn the ethics of many companies, where to find fair trade items, and how to discover if the companies you make purchases from are behaving responsibly in areas such as human rights, the environment, animal protection, community involvement and social justice. These are all areas of concern to me, and I am excited to have the resources I need to be able to "vote" with my money and support companies that promote responsible behavior.
In addition to these suggestions, there were dozens of other simple ways to be on the lookout for opportunities to demonstrate mercy and justice. For example, I was heading into a store the other day and saw an elderly lady hunched over a very full grocery cart, slowly pushing it towards her car. I had been reading the book that same morning and it had put me in the frame of mind to be aware of the opportunities all around me to practice mercy and justice, so I went over to her and offered to help. She was very grateful, so I pushed the cart to her vehicle while she held on for support. I helped her unload her heavier items, and before I left she said, "You're like an angel." The reason I mention this story is because this book helps you to recognize that there are many ways everyday that you can practice mercy and justice that do not require the extreme examples we often compare ourselves to, such as moving overseas or becoming a full-time volunteer. Instead, the emphasis is on changing our thinking and changing our habits so that we make the most of every opportunity. Amber provides so many suggestions, that everyone who reads this book will be able to find something they can begin doing today to be a part of making the world a better place.
Posted April 2, 2010
This author has provided the reader with stories, examples, and resources to help us find simple ways to practice justice and compassion and allow women to live out our faith in this hurting world. No one reading this book should walk away without finding inspiration and a way to volunteer to help others.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 20, 2010
Amber's book speaks loudly of how the simple things in life touch the lives of others, especially children, in ways we may never understand. Her story of how her family supported a child through a Christian ministry at a time when the family had little extra financial resources, is a powerful illustration of how parents witness to their children through their daily living. I am sure her parents never thought the picture of their sponsored child on a refrigerator planted a seed for this book and way of life.
Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go and he will soon not depart from it" doesn't just mean taking a child to Sunday School. It is also by being an example. "Mercy Rising" is a wonderful resource for how families can daily live out their faith and pass that faith on to their children.
Posted June 18, 2010
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Posted February 23, 2010
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