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Monday, April 12, 2010

BLOG TOUR: Love Mercy (Social Media Tour)

Lisa Samson was cozy, content and settled.   

Though she didn’t consider herself “rich”, she was living a life of comfort, luxury and self-absorption.  Ty Samson, (Lisa’s daughter and co-author for this book), had plans to live in New York, become an architect and wear all the latest fashions.  She dreamed of glamour and romance.  Both women were used to living in a nice house and driving nice cars.  They ate well, traveled and shopped.  Ty describes their life before Africa as a “shiny bubble that kept us unaware of any trouble in the world”.

And then God had other ideas........................... 

God dropped a bomb on the Samson family - as only He can.   According to Lisa, God snatched her out of her consumerist Christianity and compelled her family to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and reach out to the less fortunate.  

Lisa and her husband felt drawn to be a part of the “intentional community” (emerging church) movement which eventually led the Samson family to give up their large home and move to downtown Lexington in 2005.  After volunteering with various community outreaches, Lisa and Ty were given the opportunity to travel to Swaziland and from that trip, this book about social justice was born.  

If you are interested in serving your community you don’t have to travel as far as Lisa and Ty did, to be the “hands and feet” of Christ.   There are plenty of opportunities.   Lisa suggests visiting which will help you find an organization you can plug into. 

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From The Back Cover:
In Love Mercy: A Mother and Daughter's Journey from the American Dream to the Kingdom of God, having lived a life of plenty in suburban America, Lisa Samson and her eighteen-year-old daughter, Ty, thought they were traveling to Africa to minister to the people and chronicle the AIDS crisis devastating the continent. Their trip, they assumed, would be missional, merciful, giving.

Instead, they experienced a life-changing, soul-rattling journey.

As mother and daughter are confronted with incidents of child prostitution, preventable illness, poverty, oppression, abuse, and death so prevalent it leaves no time to mourn … their journey takes a decidedly different tack.

Love Mercy confronts us directly with the AIDS crisis in
Africa—in particular Swaziland, which has the highest AIDS rate in the world and where the average life expectancy is thirty-two years of age. Offering two unique perspectives, Lisa and Ty share the questions they encountered on their journey and tell the stories of those they met along the way—from the children themselves, to adult AIDS victims, to the compassionate mercy-givers who seek every day to alleviate their suffering.

Smiles in a place of aching sadness. Mercy in a place of heart-wrenching poverty. Two people transformed by God in ways, and places, they never expected, discovering that even in a land riddled with heartache … Christ’s love and redemption are ablaze.

About the Authors: 

Lisa and Ty Samson

Lisa Samson is the author of over twenty-five books, including the Christy award-winning novel Songbird. Her novel, Quaker Summer was Christianity Today's novel of 2008. She is coauthor with her husband, Will, of Justice in the Burbs.

Ty Samson loves art, literature, playing upright bass, and baking bread. She enjoys working with children and serving at the
East Seventh Street Center in downtown Lexington, Kentucky.

Learn more about Lisa at

To purchase visit:  LOVE MERCY

This book was provided free for review by Zondervan


Michelle said...

Very good review!

My review is up, if you'd like to see it.

Cafe Lily Book Reviews said...

Hi Michelle,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! Nice to "meet" you - :)