Flame of Mercy
Published by Leaf & Blade, Mosaic Collection
Publication Date November 3, 2021
Genres: Christian Fiction, Woman's Fiction
Setting: Nigeria, Canada Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Two families, worlds apart. Can they find hope in the crucible of suffering?
All Lynnie Min ever wanted was to be a wife and mother. But when tragedy strikes her family, she's left with nothing but her faith to begin life again. While pursuing a career she never wanted, can the precious faith she was raised on withstand betrayal by a hostile former friend, now a professor whose ideologies conflict with her own? And why do her puzzling dreams feature only one of her daughters, not both?
Out of a smoking ruin in northern Nigeria, Ihsan bin Ibrahim stumbles upon the solution to his wife’s barrenness and longing. But family ties have a long reach. Will he make the ultimate sacrifice to follow his conscience, even if it means losing the child he loves?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Having read a few stories by Eleanor Bertin over the past couple of years, I’ve seen that she is not afraid to tackle difficult subjects! Not only does she face them head-on, but she does so with aplomb and a strong Christian perspective.
Flame of Mercy speaks of the tragedy Lynnie faced, losing her husband and two daughters to the cruelty of the Fulani, a militant Muslim tribe in Nigeria. As she returns to her childhood home in Canada, attempting to make sense of her life, she begins to see the world through a different lens…
I loved the way Lynnie clung to her Lord in her grief. She had faith like the man who built his house upon the rock that wasn’t shaken when the storms came. I also loved how she began to see the impact that her faith had on others and how God took what man had meant for evil and worked it for good.
Learning more about Nigeria through the story was such a pleasure! While my heart hurts for the division there, so much of the beauty of this land and its culture shone through as well.
As I mentioned earlier, the author doesn’t shy away from current cultural concerns. Lynnie returned to Canada at the start of the covid panic. Returning to school, she was faced with professors teaching popular views such as Critical Race Theory and feminism.
While much of the story deals with Lynnie’s grief, the entire story rings with hope.
Flame of Mercy will appeal to readers who enjoy Christian fiction that delves into controversial topics and those who prefer stories to speak of hope rising from the ashes.