Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Merciful Scar by Rebecca St. James & Nancy Rue

About the book:

Kirsten has spent her life trying to forget. But mercy begs her to remember.

When she was in high school, a terrible accident fractured her family, and the only relief Kirsten could find was carving tiny lines into her skin, burying her pain in her flesh. The pain she caused herself was neat and manageable compared to the emotional pain that raged inside.

She was coping. Or so she thought.

But then, eight years later, on the night she expects her long-time boyfriend to propose, Kirsten learns he’s been secretly seeing her best friend. Desperate to escape her feelings, she reaches for the one thing that gives her a sense of control in the midst of chaos.

But this time the cut isn’t so tiny, and it lands her in the psych hospital. Within hours of being there she knows she can’t stay—she isn’t crazy, after all. But she can’t go back to the life she knew before either.

So when her pastor mentions a treatment program on a working ranch, Kirsten decides to take him up on the offer and get away from it all. But the one thing she can’t escape is herself—and her shame.

The ranch is home to a motley crew, each with a lesson to teach. Ever so slowly, Kirsten opens herself to embrace healing—even the scarred places that hurt the most. Mercy begs her to remember the past . . . showing her there’s nothing that cannot be redeemed.

My Review:

This was a great book to read and very powerful. This is a story that will stick with you and you won't be able to forget. Its not a story that everyone will be able to relate to but one that will help them understand what can happen when pain, anger, frustration and more builds up inside a person. Kirsten has a long road to go in this book, and only can begin that process when things are pretty much rock bottom. She learns healing and redemption

This is a great book for everyone but especially to those that work with teens and young adults. Enjoy the book but it is deep, heart breaking at times but filled with hope and healing.

* I received this book through for the purpose of this review.

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