Saturday, October 8, 2016

{Book Review} "A Call to Mercy" by Mother Teresa

Rating: 3.5/5

A Call to Mercy is a collection of Mother Teresa's writing on various subjects, such as feeding the hungry, comforting the afflicted, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, and many other relevant topics. Through each of these acts of service, we can show mercy and the love of God. Each chapter as a "Her Words" section where Mother Teresa's thoughts are included in journal-like format. Each chapter also includes a "Her Example" section where testimonies from people that worked or knew Mother Teresa tell stories that demonstrate what Mother Teresa has said. When she talks about feeding the hungry, the "Her Example" section is filled with stories from witnesses that saw how Mother Teresa applied what she believed. Mother Teresa often said, "Don't talk; do something about it." A Call to Mercy shares Mother Teresa's thoughts, but also tells of her actions. Lastly, the chapters end with a reflection section and a short prayer. 

Content wise, A Call to Mercy is excellent. The way Mother Teresa's words are intertwined with testimonies of her actions is brilliant. Aesthetically, the book is slightly awkward. My copy of the book has pages that are not all cut equally so some pages stick out further than others. Additionally, the spacing in between sections is awkward, so it makes the flow of reading seem strange. The writing is solid, but the compiling of the writing could be improved with a better layout. 

I received a copy of this book through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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