About the Book:
In this frank and engaging account of answering a call later in life, Richardson-Moore brings the reader into the world of her work at the Triune Mercy Center in Greenville, South Carolina. The result is an honest look at the complications and difficulties surrounding her first years of ministry to homeless men and women suffering from mental illness, crack addictions, and alcoholism. At the same time, it is a humorous and deeply touching account of God’s grace manifested in the most remarkable of ways, whether in the inadvertent befriending of a mugger or in the unexpected witnessing of an addict tenderly washing another’s wounded foot.
About the Author:
Deb Richardson-Moore is a former journalist, an ordained Baptist minister, and current pastor of the Triune Mercy Center, a non-denominational mission church to the homeless in Greenville, South Carolina. She and her husband, Vince, have three children.
I have to admit that I did not realize when I requested this book that the author was the minister in the book – I have no idea how that escaped me but it did. That being said at first when I began this book it seemed that the author, Deb, is upset because there are churches who don’t allow women to preach especially in regards to the Southern Baptist churches. I really had to look over this (I don’t belong to any denomination, so it’s not a denominational issue) and get to the meat of the book – since I don’t feel it’s a position for women to be in and that seemed to be one major hang up in the book.
Once the reader gets over that, if it’s an issue for the reader, once you get into what the book is really about – being a pastor on the city streets and your church is not only filled with ‘normal’ people but prostitutes, john’s, druggies and more – it’s trying to help people instead of keeping them in their current state. I shed tears over the couple who were baptized, renounced their former lives, married and then – well I won’t tell you so I don’t ruin the story, but I shed tears over this couple. If you have a heart for those hurting people on the streets this may just open your eyes as to what you’re in for – the author does not beat around the bush even using colorful language – which was something else that I had to ignore as it could have been omitted and still had the effect.
I did enjoy this book, if not because of the issues or the occasional use of language this book was a real eye opener, even for a former social worker, in how the streets work and how hard it is to pull yourself out of that even if you want it more than anything. There were a few other issues that I had however the main message about this book isn’t about judging the person’s lifestyle but about getting them to know and have a relationship with Christ in the hopes that they will change their lifestyle to represent their Christian choice.
**Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.