Going from raunchy to redeemed is not easy. When 19 year old prostitute Sofia Douglas walks into Freedom Baptist to reconcile with her mentally abusive foster mother Julia Aaron, she is met with much more than she bargained for.
Although befriended by an elderly church mother by the name of Ruth Stills, she begins to fall for Ruth’s son Xavier who is handsome, caring, a minister… and married. Sofia begins an endless cycle of trying to stifle mutual feelings for a married man of God, and combat the bitterness of a mother who has her own issues, both spiritually and psychologically.
With the arrival of the mysterious Sofia walks at the last night of revival, Xavier Stills and Felecia's already troubled marriage takes a tumultuous turn for the worst. Felecia and Xavier now have to fight to save their diminishing relationship, even as they try to ward off the temptation of yielding to outside influences.
|Publisher:||Ellechor Publishing House, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Alvetta Y. Rolle is a poet, author, and above all else a child of God. Born in Dunn, North Carolina, she graduated cum laude from Kaplan University with a Bachelor's of Science in Organizational Communications in 2010. In her spare time she likes to volunteer with local organizations and persons in needs, as well as working on sequels to her debut novel, The Mercy Seat.
She has been happily married for seven and half years to her husband, Elrod and has four beautiful children ranging in ages from twelve to two. Alvetta currently resides in Dunn, but spends some of her time on the small island of Bimini Bahamas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite Hypocrisy and true faith are contrasted expertly in The Mercy Seat (Freedom Baptist Trilogy) by Alvetta Rolle. The journey of Sofia Douglas as she moves from a lost and hopeless teenage streetwalker to a grown up redeemed woman is gracefully handled by Alvetta in a way that gives glory to the savior. Taken under the wing of an elderly widow of the church, Mother Ruth Sills, Sofia starts the long road to healing which began with an attempt to reconcile with her mentally abusive foster mother, Julia. Along with being taken under the wing of Mother Ruth, Sofia is invited to work for Mother Ruth’s successful dentist and minister son, Xavier, who is in a struggle of his own. With his marriage to Felicia on the rocks, Xavier and Sofia both must struggle with certain natural urges and overcome the temptations that surround them. Throughout the novel, lies, infidelity and hypocrisy are measured against the light of true faith as each of the characters navigate their way toward true revival of the spirit. Alvetta Rolle does an excellent job of not only deeply defining and pointing out the failures that go along with religious hypocrisy, but also points a shining light upon the graceful love of a woman of strong and seasoned faith and the power that the Holy Spirit has to move through such a person. Honest, inspiring and full of grace, The Mercy Seat (Freedom Baptist Trilogy) is an encouraging message of forgiveness and grace which will brighten and enlighten even the most troubled of souls.
Mercy Seat was a good story of redemption and the importance of not letting yourself stray emotionally in marriage by getting close to someone who is not your spouse. I liked the pacing of the story and how realistic the author was regarding temptation and the characters' emotions. I also loved the way she tied Sophia's emotional problems to her adoptive mother's issues. Ruth was a great influence and a solid example of how spiritual mentoring should occur. The spiritual and emotional insight was deep and for the spiritual application alone it was worth reading. I loved the honesty in this story. The author clearly knows how to communicate emotion on the page. The delivery of it could use a little polishing regarding point of view, but honestly, it didn't take away from the value of the story as a whole. I would definitely recommend it to couples who feel an emotional distance developing between them so they can see the consequences of not dealing with things early on. Lovers of Urban Christian Fiction will enjoy the Mercy Seat. In some ways this story was deeper than just focusing on the church drama, and I appreciated that.