Shape of Mercy
In the mornings, I only do spiritual reading. That is, I limit my reading to books that nourish and strengthen my soul, deepen my prayer life, and challenge my walk with God.
In the evenings, I read more widely. On any given day, I'm reading books on history, relationships, leadership, or fiction.
Just last night, I finished a novel, The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner.
I began the book only out of obligation (told someone I would read it) -- but by the end, it had drawn me in and I couldn't put it down.
An accomplished writer, Meissner masterfully weaves fiction, history, relationships, spiritual growth and self-understanding into an amazing and heart-moving tapestry.
It's the story of a privileged Literature Major, Lauren Durough, who takes a part time job transcribing the 400 year old journal of a young lady (Mercy Hayworth) who lived in Salem, MA during the witch trials.
As she works through the journal she discovers a growing affinity with Mercy, and embarks on a journey of self-discovery, facing various issues of life, love, self-absorption, judgment, and preconceptions.
It was a great read that kept me up late last night -- I had to keep on going to find out what happened next!! This morning, as I reflect on it, I realize The Shape of Mercy helped me to see a couple of blind spots in my own life. I guess it could have been morning reading after all!