Review- Lord, Have Mercy by Ellen Miller
Lord, Have Mercy is a day by day pick me up for the “drowning” mother on her last nerve. As mothers, we all go through those rough patches in life where we feel like we’re climbing a rocky cliff, and with every step we take we slide down two or three feet. The stress just never lets up and the chores just never end. Peace and quiet can be found, but only after you’ve laid your head to rest on your pillow. At this point you have a million things you want to do with your quiet time, but you’re too exhausted to do anything. So you decide to just go to sleep, but the moment you close your eyes your mind starts reeling with all the things going wrong in your life. Sound familiar? Yes, it does, and that is how books like these get written.
It was for these reasons, and many more, that when I saw this book I knew I would be reviewing it. Lord, Have Mercy provides you with ninety days of stories to give help and hope to moms, through stories from a mom who’s been through it all before. Best of all, Ellen Miller is here to remind you that you are not alone, for God is with you, no matter how small and seemingly insignificant or how big and overwhelmingly impossibly your problems may be, He is here with you every step of the way.
What I love most about books such as this is that it takes you out of your own problems for a brief moment and puts you in the shoes of another who has been there before. I for one kept this book on my treadmill, and for a half hour out of my day I would walk, and read, and reflect on what I’ve read and how I could apply it to my own life. I was working through my problems both physical and mental. It’s always great to see that we aren’t the only women struggling to find perfection in all aspects of our lives, or feeling like we’re failing to reach our goals of achieving the “mother of the year” award. As a mom, you need to know you are not alone, and this is what Ellen Miller is here to tell you.
On a personal note:
As a reader, I go all in, and as a mother, I love my “Mom” books. I jumped right into the stories of this book, and I will say that I enjoyed each one of them. Unfortunately, I felt as though the stories were a little lacking, though it was hard to pinpoint where. Ellen Miller did go through some tough moments as a mother. She never lacked to open up about these moments in her life, whether they were heartfelt, funny, or some of a mother’s worst nightmares. I think part of it came down to the length of the stories. Each day’s thought was so short lived, about a page and a half, sometimes two. For a reader such as me, you are sort of left with a lot more questions then things to reflect on. I felt like Ellen had a lot to say, but the daily devotion style kept her from going too deep.
Lord, Have Mercy is a great book for the lighter readers who are looking for short pick-me-up moments. I personally am a heavy reader and I like feeling drawn into my stories. I didn’t have time during my daily reading to feel drawn in. Although this book does touch on a lot of motherly moments, and will have you giggling with a, “Oh yea, been there,” I felt I just had a hard time emotionally connecting with this book. Regardless, the stories were well written, and there are plenty of mothers/readers out there who would find this book a very pleasant read. Lord, Have Mercy is still a good book for the mother on her last nerve and I don’t regret getting the chance to review it.
I received this book for free through Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.