Mercy's Rain: An Appalacian Novel

Mercy's Rain: An Appalacian Novel

by Cindy Sproles


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When your life is built around a father's wrath, how can you trust in the love of Father God?

Mercy Roller knows her name is a lie: there has never been any mercy in her young life. Raised by a twisted and abusive father who called himself the Pastor, she was abandoned by the church community that should have stood together to protect her from his evil. Her mother, consumed by her own fear and hate, won't stand her ground to save Mercy either.

The Pastor has robbed Mercy of innocence and love, a husband and her child. Not a single person seems capable of standing up to the Pastor's unrestrained evil. So Mercy takes matters into her own hands.

Her heart was hardened to love long before she took on the role of judge, jury, and executioner of the Pastor. She just didn't realize the retribution she thought would save her, might turn her into the very thing she hated most.

Sent away by her angry and grieving mother, Mercy's path is unclear until she meets a young preacher headed to counsel a pregnant couple. Sure that her calling is to protect the family, Mercy is drawn into a different life on the other side of the mountain where she slowly discovers true righteousness has nothing evil about it—and that there might be room for her own stained and shattered soul to find shelter. . . and even love.

Mercy's Rain is a remarkable historical novel set in 19th century Appalachia that traces the thorny path from bitterness to forgiveness and reveals the victory and strength that comes from simple faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780825443619
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication date: 01/27/2015
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 290,213
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 2.60(d)

About the Author

Cindy K. Sproles is the author of devotions published in newspapers across the country and a teacher at Christian writers conferences. She spent her formative years showing off her beloved Appalachian Mountains to others, and she and her family still live in the mountains of East Tennessee. Visit Cindy at

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Mercy's Rain: An Appalacian Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Debbie_Hardy More than 1 year ago
Mercy's Rain is not your typical Christian romance. In fact, romance is the furthest thing from Mercy’s mind. She takes us on an agonizing journey through the demons of her past in her quest to learn truth and forgiveness while protecting those she loves. I felt her pain, cried with her, and prayed with her every step of the way. Cindy Sproles has created a remarkable character who works hard to overcome incredible odds in learning the real meaning of her name – Mercy. This novel will give you the strength to overcome rotten things in your past (like we all have) by teaching us how to forgive and move on. I loved this book so much, the day after I read it, I started reading it again. I would love to see this as a feature-length film.
MEPinkham More than 1 year ago
I don't remember the last time a book had such an emotional impact on me. Mercy's story is a hard one to read, especially in the beginning. But, oh, if you keep reading you'll find the reason why. Many of us can relate in one way or the other with Mercy's suffering and pain. And it is heaped on. Some might find it hard to believe that one person could get away with such cruelty and viciousness. But, some of us know too well, it happens. While those acts play a major role in this story, so do love, grace, forgiveness, and yes, mercy. Our sweet Mercy wonders why she was given that name, and why the word is thrown around so much. She certainly has never received much of it in her lifetime. But the act that frees her, and those she loves, sends her reeling, and running to find answers to her hearts cries. When she meets people, including a "man of God' - a title held by her abuser - who long to show her love and kindness, she feels she should keep on running. Surely what they offer can't be real. Not if she goes by previous experience. She becomes wrapped up in their world, and they in hers. In so doing, she finds not only a loving family, but also a loving, merciful God. Both are waiting to show her the love and mercy she has long yearned for. And in the end, Mercy rains down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome story,I highly recommend it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unusual christian book. What a wonderful story of redemptiion.
AnnFromWV More than 1 year ago
excellent book, loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A difficult book to stomach, but it pulls you in and doesn't let you go from beginning to end.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
A story of mercy and redemption A debut novel, Mercy's Rain is a powerful life portrayal of a young girl whose father was "the pastor." Set in the late 1800s in the Appalachian Mountains Mercy's story unfolds. Mercy's childhood knew no mercy. The only child to "the pastor" and her momma, Mercy was a victim of child abuse. Her momma was unable help, existing in a living hell of her own. Mercy's story is a difficult one to read and absorb, but the disclosures are substantial. Cindy Sproles has produced a disquieting and painful portrayal of the early years of Mercy Roller, and the agonizing acts her father executed to mold her into a good Christian. The heart breaks for Mercy, and at times for her momma, but you'll discover the devil incarnate in her father, "the pastor." Acts of atrocity occur throughout the telling of Mercy's story. I felt such emotion throughout this book, heartache, anger, misery, and revulsion.  This is a very detailed depiction of a young life that is destroyed by her own father. The depth of character is impressive, and detailed. This edgy Christian fiction story is told with grace and compassion. "Mercy's Rain" is all about mercy, forgiveness and redemption. This book is not for the weak of heart. It's a tough read, but the depth of faith and hope that carries the reader through this gut-wrenching tale is compelling. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
This book was more than a novel! The setting may be in the 1890’s but the social issues that are involved in the story are still very relevant today: abuse, substance abuse, broken relationships, terminal illness and more. It doesn’t just stop with the suffering and pain involved. The reader is drawn into feeling and experiencing the affects these things have on the lives of those facing such problems; their struggles and turmoil physically, mentally, emotionally, and physically.  The author goes the full circle and also shows God working in such a wounded life.  The reader also sees His love, guidance, healing, and comfort.  Mercy in her 20 years of living has faced more heartache and hardships that most people do in a lifetime. Her father is sick, cruel, and abusive to her, her mother, and others.  Sadly, he is also the pastor of a church in a small Appalachian community.  Everyone turns a head to his evil out of fear and his position, including Mercy’s mother.   Everything comes to a head when her father dies and her mother confused and grieving kicks the young woman out her home.   Mercy leaves determined to make it alone, no matter what it takes.  Even as she travels, God is already preparing to bring her to people that will show her His true love and mercy.  On her way, she meets a young preacher, a true man of God.  He helps her and takes her to another mountain community where she meets a Christian couple that takes her in.  Along with the preacher, they show her patience and conditional love.  Her heart is very hardened and she is overwhelmed by bitterness and distrust toward everyone.  They tenderly guide her never chiding her for her outbursts or false ideas.  They look past her rough and angry exterior and see a much wounded heart. Here she experiences problems of a different kind, not only personally but in the lives of her new family she is growing to love.  I found it beautiful how they faced every tragic event with a strong faith in God.   The author does a beautiful job of handling very delicate subjects tastefully and showing that God has power to heal hearts, no matter how devastating  the damage is that has been inflicted.   She leaves no doubt the influence Christians have on others by allowing Christ to live through them and touch the lives of those in need. It is one of the most unusual books I have ever read.   The reviews may make it sound depressing, but it is incredibly uplifting and hopeful.  I anxiously await the opportunity to read more books by Sproles. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review.  The opinions I expressed are my own. I am not required to write a positive review . 
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
This book starts with a gripping scene and doesn’t let you go. Mercy is definitely a character who drives the story. As we are thrown into her world where she must live with the consequences of her decisions we learn slowly about the horrible conditions Mercy had to endure. This book is not for the weak or squeamish. Cindy holds nothing back as we learn about the depth of Mercy’s abuse. It truly is heartbreaking and will make your skin crawl. It isn’t pretty. But what does become beautiful is the hope we have the Mercy will see who Jesus really is and that she will actually see that truth through the least likely person — a pastor. There were times that I feared for Mercy, that she would become like her father, times I didn’t even like her all that much. But I always came back to caring for her and wanting her to see the hope and future that can only be found in Jesus. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of MERCY’S RAIN: AN APPALACHIAN NOVEL by Cindy K. Sproles from Kregel Publications. I have heard many books called unforgettable, and MERCY’S RAIN definitely falls into the category. I was intrigued by the book because it takes place in nineteenth-century Appalachia, and I adore historical fiction. This is so much more than that I would often grip the pages, breathless, as I sought to see what would happen next. It is heart wrenching and utterly believable. Mercy Rain suffers tremendously beneath her father’s wrath, and when no one will stand beside her, she decides that she must be her own advocate. This is a powerful novel showing the good in life and a woman’s fight for herself. The pages place right you there with the characters. I felt not only for Mercy, but also for who mother, who is equally abused. While reading, I wondered if this would be a good book for someone from an abusive relationship. There would be a lot of triggers, but it shows Mercy’s venture out of evil and that is truly amazing. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a novel that will make them feel, cry, and cheer.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Mercy’s Rain is a hard to read book, not the wording, but the abuse that is done in the name of the Lord. I know that people like the Pastor really do exist, and are working with the hand of Satan, and not Christ. The setting is rural Tennessee in the Appalachian foothills in the 1890’s, and as the story opens Mercy’s father, the Pastor, is baptizing a crippled man in the river. What happens next is a horror story, and the story begins to unfold. Have a box of tissues handy; what happens to this young girl in the name of God is horrific. You will feel that God has forsaken Mercy, and as we travel and the flashbacks continue to happen, we find people of Christ being put in her path. In fact, I was a bit surprised how some of these individuals ended up being at the same place at the same time, but was it a coincidence, I think not. The road to healing and redemption is long, but the God’s hand is on Mercy’s shoulder. We meet the people God has chosen to put in her path, and she is made to give of herself, and in the end find what we all are looking for. The author Cindy Sproles has done an amazing job of putting this story together, it will make you think, cry, and will definitely linger with you for a long time. I received this book through the Publisher Kregel, and was not required to give a positive review.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Down right dripping with sadness and the author's writing style soon took a hold of my physic. My heart ached badly to which my eyes glisten with tears. I was trying really hard to come up with a word to best describe this painful book but I am lost for words. So much sadness, so much pain. I felt all the feelings the protagonist, Mercy experienced. Anger, don't get me started! I'm still in a pissy mood. Resilience, have to be in this story. The almighty one had a hand in it I know. Did she find what she longed for? A journey and path goes hand in hand here, healing we will see. Hope and forgiveness, a must. Did Mercy find the love she sought? Who wore the blinders, not seeing the ways of being protected? Inspiring heartfelt read indeed. The author wrote this book with so much passion and pain. Yes, Ms. Sproles spun a tale so touching and is gifted with a mind of an imagination. You put something down to pen and paper that eloquently exploded with feelings to tear up my physic, so KUDOS to you :D I won this book on Goodreads, First Read Giveaway. Thank you, Darlene Cruz