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Review: Mercy at Midnight

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Review: Mercy at Midnight

Mercy at Midnight by Sylvia Bambola
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Suspense Thriller
Publisher: Heritage Publishing House
Publication Date: July 8, 2016

Mercy at Midnight delves into the gritty world of homelessness, drug use and gang violence. The ugliness of all of that is pitted against the redemptive power of Christ.

Undercover reporter, Cynthia Wells, smells a story. Two homeless men were found murdered in very similar circumstances and both have ties to a local men’s shelter. When a closed shelter reopens, can she convince the pastor who runs the place that, not only is she homeless, but she’s looking for work? As she snoops around, what happens when the wrong people catch wind of her curiosity?

Jonathan Holms is the pastor of the largest church in the city. He’s doing a great work for God there so he’s stunned when God asks him to give up his megachurch to go minister to the homeless. He’s never been more sure of a call in his life, but is he up to the challenge? His faith in Jesus is strong but as danger stalks the residents of his shelter, can his prayers protect those he’s coming to love like family?

Stubby White has been homeless so long he doesn’t remember when he was a contributing member of society. A tragedy years ago turned his life upside down and sent him on a downward spiral that included alcohol and drugs to numb the pain. When he steps foot into Jonathan’s mission, he feels safe for the first time in forever. A few days in, he’s given the job of caretaker and he begins taking steps out of the abyss. Can he maintain the change his life undergoes or will he return to the life he knows best?

Wow! This book had so much rich truth in it. Believing in the face of incredible hardship, faith even when and maybe especially when life has continually beaten them down – these are repeatedly brought out and seeing these things is what makes the skeptical Cynthia start to question her own belief system.

Fair warning, this book starts pretty slow. It took me a long time to “get into it” but once I did, it was a thriller! Readers who love faith-filled suspense will enjoy Mercy at Midnight. I can definitely recommend it!

Rated PG-13: This is a look at the gritty, hopeless lives of the drug-addicted and homeless. I would be uncomfortable giving the book to anyone younger than 13.

Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher via Thank You!


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