Mercy Rising – a giveaway


UPDATE: The Winner of Mercy Rising is Cassie Boorn, #5!

{If I were savvy enough I could figure out how to do a screen shot to show random number generator’s choice. Until then, you’ll have to trust me. Thank you guys so much for entering this giveaway. Please do order a copy for yourself, and let me know how it impacted you.}

Amber Robinson’s book, Mercy Rising: Simple Ways to Practice Justice and Compassion, addresses something within me that I know is in you, too. We all want to make a difference in this world, live outside of ourselves, serve the needy. We all want to pursue justice and compassion, and all too often we don’t, because we don’t know where to start. We don’t know how to find the time or the place or the energy.

In the Introduction, Robinson says that she has battled and is still in the process of learning that if she serves others, she finds a better life and realizes that she is the one in need. She says, “I offer food; I receive spiritual life” (7).

Mercy Rising: Simple Ways to Practice Justice and Compassion is a book of encouragement and inspiration, but I was surprised to find what an excellent resource book it is, containing a multitude of ideas and web addresses, comparisons and contrasts, for those of us who need direction with our particular skill-set. Time and again, I can open to the back of the book, Appendix A, and read about 100 of the over 2,500 Bible verses relating to Justice. It blows my mind, and it has served to change my identity because these verses have changed my view of the Father and of Christ, who physically became “love with skin on” (27), which is exactly what each of us needs.

The book contains story after story of the average woman using her simple gifts and resources to serve those in need. And throughout, Robinson explores what it means to be an advocate, how to recognize need and not tune it out, not run from it in fear.

Mercy Rising asks hard questions, and it was absolutely what I needed for some spiritual house cleaning. She asks, “will we choose fear or generosity?”

I crave the Christ who came to set people free, and I love how Amber Robinson encourages me toward a life like Christ’s. At the end of every chapter are compelling questions that would be life changing if answered in community among friends. Imagine the ideas we could churn up if we unified with the body in regard to giving and living out justice and compassion!

Please consider buying a copy of Mercy Rising and also leave a comment here for a chance to win a free copy.  If you’d like to increase your chances to win, spread the word by linking to this post, and let me know all the ways you helped spread the word about this must-read book.

Thank you for helping me get the word out about Mercy Rising. I hope it blesses you as much as it has me.

{This giveaway ends Friday at midnight central time, and winners will be announced on Saturday.}

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33 Comments

C
Reply June 14, 2010

You mentioned this book before and I meant to buy it. Am buying a copy right now. Thanks,

Susie
Reply June 14, 2010

I've been really interested in reading this!

Kelly Langner Sauer
Reply June 14, 2010

Just a hello - so you finished it, eh? I remember you blogging that you were reading it!

Robin ~ PENSIEVE
Reply June 14, 2010

Rachel and I were talking over the weekend about WHERE to start. Reading this book sounds like it might put substance to our "want-to".

(I RTed the link before I read your post...now I REALLY wanna RT it, lol).

Cassie Boorn
Reply June 14, 2010

I added this to my book list when you mentioned it on Twitter. I would love to win it!

Tweeted It:
http://twitter.com/cassieaiden/status/16146478010

Mentioned It in my post:
http://cassieboorn.com/2010/06/kristen-a-letter-to-your-20-something-self/

Jessica
Reply June 14, 2010

This sounds like a fantastic book of fantastic ideas and practical wsidom to put faith into practice! Thanks for sharing!

Stacey
Reply June 14, 2010

Sounds like a great read! I wish we could be in a book club together and sit around in a cozy room, drink coffee, and talk about life and books. Wanna move to Chicago?

Christa
Reply June 14, 2010

I would really like to read this book! I want to be obedient in helping those in need, but honestly get a little frustrated when trying to figure out how to do that. I would love to have more suggestions than the usual handing out sandwiches to the homeless. I like that this book has real life stories. Sounds great!

Kelly @ Love Well
Reply June 14, 2010

Sounds like a changing kind of book. I like that.

Laura@Life Overseas
Reply June 14, 2010

Thanks for the heads-up on this book. It's so easy to feel disconnected to the poverty and injustices in our world. We feel overwhelmed and ill-equipped, so we choose apathy instead. But doing nothing is not an answer that pleases this Jesus we follow.

It's just figuring out what puzzle piece is ours to play--
and then playing it no matter what.

{You don't have to enter me into the drawing. I sincerely did just want to leave a comment. Shipping to Thailand can get pricey!}

Betsy
Reply June 14, 2010

Hmmm, that sounds like exactly the type of read I need.

bekah
Reply June 14, 2010

I have had my eye on this book for quite a bit. Would LOVE to get it and use it here in my ministry

Erica
Reply June 14, 2010

I would love a copy of this book! Please enter me in this drawing!

Lucy Ann Moll
Reply June 14, 2010

Enter me into the drawing too. I've been reading quite a few book on mercy, and this sounds like another great one. Thanks.

Joy
Reply June 14, 2010

I RT'd this before I even realized it was a giveaway...LOL. The book is on my wishlist- (my husband put my One Click on delay and told me I had to wait a week for every book I am pining after-ha! Like that's gonna help my word addiction. *grins*)

I have been struggling to find practical ways- feeling a little lost in the possibilities- that is what most attracts me to this book.

misty
Reply June 14, 2010

i love your heart for this, amber.
i would love a chance to win the book, but i know i'm bound to read it either way. thanks for a chance.

Caroline@carolinecollie
Reply June 14, 2010

I am keen! I am retweeting, writing a post (http://www.carolinecollie.com/2010/06/mercy-rising-giveaway/) and retweeting a little more! But I understand if you don't wanna send this book all the way to SA! :) How will it break through the sound barrier of all the vuvuzelas? (Those annoying horns everyone is complaining about during the World Cup.)

Jen Conant
Reply June 14, 2010

This sounds great...I have been really thirsting for good reads that will point me to God. Thanks for your thoughts on it!

denise karnes
Reply June 14, 2010

Would you send one all the way to Dublin, Ireland?

Jess
Reply June 14, 2010

sounds like a book i need to read -

Rachel
Reply June 14, 2010

Dear Amber, thank you for this giveaway. I did not know about this book before. Although I just finished A Thousand Splendid Suns, which also evokes similar aspirations of love and compassion for others less fortunate than ourselves. I found myself feeling so thankful for all God has given me, and inspired to do something. I am eager to read Mercy Rising. Thank you!

Melissa
Reply June 14, 2010

I bought a copy after you mentioned it last time! It was the perfect fit for our monthly Giving Circle. I've just started it but it is going to totally help my fall planning for that awesome night.
A recommendation for you:
http://www.amazon.ca/Half-Sky-Oppression-Opportunity-Worldwide/dp/0307267148/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276569364&sr=1-1

Prudence
Reply June 14, 2010

This is something I've struggled with. I long to do something but I'm not this overly creative, entrepreneurial type of person. Will have to check the book out.

Annie Beth
Reply June 15, 2010

Hi! I'm from North Carolina. I came over here from Caroline's blog- we went to school together in Washington. I would love to own this book because I am in the process of giving birth to a non profit. I need the encouragement because there seems to be a long road ahead.

Allison Nelson
Reply June 15, 2010

I would love to read this! Would be even better if I could win it!

Christi
Reply June 16, 2010

This sounds like an excellent book!

Karen
Reply June 16, 2010

Thanks for the heads up on the book and opportunity to win it and how I so need to apply these principles to my life to be honest. Thanks, to the two Ambers!

mandy Eoff
Reply June 17, 2010

i have been wanting to read this! enjoy NY :) eat some pizza for me...

Lindsey
Reply June 17, 2010

I'm adding it to my Amazon wishlist right now! :)

Deanna
Reply June 18, 2010

I've never heard of that book before, I'd love to read it.

angie
Reply June 18, 2010

this book sounds terrific and like it would be a great read

Amber2
Reply June 22, 2010

Thanks everyone for the encouragement! (This is the author). Just a reminder if you didn't win, you still get a "freebie" by having your local library order the book. Most libraries have an online form. If they ask for specific ISBN - use information found here. http://amzn.to/dzPYOX

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