Review: A Call to Mercy by Mother Teresa

a-call-to-mercyA Call to Mercy: Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve
by Mother Teresa, Brian Kolodiejchuk

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Goodreads Synopsis: 

For millions of people from all walks of life, Mother Teresa’s canonization is providentially taking place during Pope Francis’s Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. This is entirely fitting since she is seen both inside and outside of the Church as an icon of God’s mercy to those in need.

Compiled and edited by Brian Kolodiejckuk, M.C., the postulator of Mother Teresa’s cause for sainthood, A Call to Mercy presents deep yet accessible wisdom on how we can show compassion in our everyday lives. In her own words, Mother Teresa discusses such topics
as:
the need for us to visit the sick and the imprisoned
the importance of honoring the dead and informing the ignorant
the necessity to bear our burdens patiently and forgive willingly
the purpose to feed the poor and pray for all
the greatness of creating a “civilization of love” through personal service to others

Featuring never before published testimonials by people close to Mother Teresa as well as prayers and suggestions for putting these ideas into practice, A Call to Mercy is not only a lovely keepsake, but a living testament to the teachings of a saint whose ideas are important, relevant and very necessary in the 21st century.

My Review:

3 of 5 Stars

I’m not even sure how to rate this book because it was so completely different than what I expected. I was incredibly excited when I got the book in the mail but in retrospect, I had kind of geared myself toward a narrative or perhaps a series of shorter pieces that would be easier to read in whole. The book is comprised of many short paragraphs and anecdotes all directed toward that chapter’s theme which isn’t necessarily bad. I wanted something a bit more engaging to keep me interested. It was easy to read a paragraph and then get lost in thought about it rather than continuing to read. I  completely agree with the description calling it a keepsake. The book itself is beautiful and would be a lovely addition to a coffee table or bookshelf. The pages are deckled and you can tell that some time and effort went into the binding. The issue I had was that I wanted something I could sit down and read cover to cover or at least chapter to chapter like short stories and this felt more like something I’d pick up and read sections of depending on what’s going on in my life.

The parts I enjoyed the most were actually stories from others about Mother Teresa both because these were longer but I felt like they gave more context and perspective to her story. The reason I have a hard time rating it is that even though it didn’t meet my hopes it’s a good book in its own right. I just don’t think I’m the target audience for the style and layout. I do plan on keeping it out and re-reading it and if you enjoy coffee table books or if you have any interest in Mother Teresa herself I highly encourage you to try this book out.

I received this book free from Blogging For Books in exchange for my review. This in no way affected my opinion or review of the book and I was compensated in no other manner.

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