Sunday, August 21, 2011
Book Review: Mercy Come Morning by Lisa Tawn Bergren
Krista seems to have the perfect life until she faces her past as her mother lies dying of heart failure in a fancy nursing home in Taos, New Mexico. Krista's childhood friend, Dane, a doctor who established the nursing home, gives her a book of Christmas carols which her mother has used over the years as a journal.
Through this inconveniently diary Krista realizes that her distant mother who has suffered from Alzheimer's since Krista was a young woman really does lover her. As she reads her mother's journal she finds the courage to face her past and forgive her. As she faces her past she opens her heart to old friends, her hometown, and God and her life begins to change.
This was an inspiring fiction story with a touch of romance which taught me more about Alzheimer's. I was inspired by the way Krista held onto her faith and how it even grew stronger during her trials. As she read her mother's diary she realized that she had been looking at the past with a negative perspective and once she began to look for the happy moments she could see how much her mother really loved her.
The message of forgiveness and looking at the past through another person's eyes was refreshing and reminded me to put myself in someone else's place to understand a potential conflict better. As portrayed in the story, when you are open to the positive everything in your life begins to look better and your attitude is more open to happiness. It amazes me how much a change of perspective can make everything around you look different. I definitely want to look at my life with a positive attitude.
I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in order to write this review and have shared my honest opinion.