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Mercy in the City – Book Review

Mercy in the CityMercy in the City by Kerry Weber

Mercy flows in abundance during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. With that in mind, I thought it would be a good time to share with you my review of Kerry Weber’s book, Mercy in the City. Kerry is a young, single woman living in New York City. This book tells her true life story of her attempt to perform all of the Corporal Acts of Mercy within one Lenten season.

In this book, we traverse through the season of Lent with Kerry chronicling her adventures. She shows us how to feed and clothe the hungry; how to give drink to the thirsty (in what I think was quite an original way to perform this act). She tells of her difficulties in achieving a visit with the imprisoned; yet manages to do so. She visits the sick. She has a somewhat different, but albeit appropriate means for “burying” the dead. Kerry accomplishes all the Corporal Acts of Mercy, all while keeping her day job, in addition to giving up the traditional things that most of us give up for Lent.

Her story is an inspiration to us all as we traverse through this Jubilee Year. Kerry’s sense of humor and dogged determinism at accomplishing all of the Corporal Acts of Mercy before Easter Sunday keeps this book moving along. It’s a quick read; packed with spiritual uplifting optimism. Upon finishing the book, I felt like I could do anything in the name of Christ!

If you are looking for some tips on how you can be more merciful, then I highly recommend reading this book. Kerry offers practical, and yes, doable suggestions on how to act merciful towards others. Interested in getting your own copy of Kerry’s book? If so, click here.

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