The Merciful Scar by Rebecca St. James & Nancy Rue

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When Kirsten needs relief from the stresses of life, she cuts. One evening, as things in her life seem to start spiraling out of control, the cut ends up much deeper than usual, and she ends up in the psychiatric ward. No one seems to believe that she wasn’t really trying to kill herself and that she’s not crazy, until a pastor takes time to listen to her. He suggests she consider a local ranch, where others have found healing through the sponsorship of the ranch’s quirky owner, Sister Frankie. Along with the quiet and intense Emma (Kirsten’s new roommate), Frankie’s cousin Joseph and her prodigal nephew, Andy, Kirsten learns that everyone has their own scars that can only be healed by facing them with God at your side.

What a beautiful story! I cried with and for the characters, both in sadness and in joy – for me the signs of a remarkable story. Beautiful images, well-defined characters, and a story that gives the readers so much more than a nice diversion from the everyday. I’ve heard of cutting, I’ve had a general knowledge of why people (especially, it seems, young women) feel compelled to do it, but this novel gave me a new depth of understanding and sympathy for those who are filled with so much pain they believe there is no other way to release it. Yet, this book shows that there really is only one Thing that can ever release you from the pain of your past (or your present) – God alone. Every young woman (and man) should read this book. Beautiful (can I just say that one more time…beautiful!)!!!

I received a free copy of this book through the BookSneeze Blogger Review program. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own!

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