The Weight of Mercy

I started your book as we lifted off the runway in Atlanta on my way to Japan. I cried twice by the time I reached South Dakota and finished the book as we flew over Alaska. I am in awe of your work at Triune and I just wanted you to know how much your book impacted me. – Edwin McCain, Singer/Songwriter

Weight of Mercy BookFor 27 years Deb was a journalist in the Deep South. Then she retrained as a Baptist pastor, and accepted a post at the Triune Mercy Center, a run-down inner-city church where the homeless gathered. It shattered everything she thought she knew about homelessness, poverty, addiction, Christianity.

Gradually she learned whom she could trust – and whom she couldn’t. Sometimes Jesus had the face of a prostitute, sometimes a drug addict, sometimes an AIDS sufferer. All were fiercely welcomed into this bewildering church family.

Full of color and incident, Deb’s true story is a testament to messy grace and the presence of the Spirit in the hard places of the world.

Mrs. Richardson-Moore opens the doors of Triune and offers us a seat next to a stammering crack addict as he promises he’s going to come clean tomorrow, invites us into a tiny corner of an abandoned warehouse that a homeless couple has lovingly decorated, then throws open the door of the church’s bathroom after it’s been excruciatingly violated and offers the reader a mop bucket as the foul stench seethes from the pages. Changing the world is tough, dirty, thankless work. John Malik, Huffington Post

Deb Richardson-Moore is one of my ‘most admired’ people. I love her heart, her experience-learned wisdom, her honesty and her passion. You will praise God for the work He is doing at the Triune Mercy Center. – Ruth Graham, author of In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart

At the Triune Center, Deb not only found Christ among ‘the least of these’, but she also experienced Christ drawing her into His grand drama of redemption. Here is a loving, realistic account of a life commandeered for the work of God’s Kingdom. – Will Willimon, Bishop, The United Methodist Church and Professor of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity School

This is an amazingly well written work, a genuine testimony of hope in the dark recesses of our times…. Perhaps the most important thing I can say about this is, I found Jesus in these pages. – Davis Bunn, Writer-in-Residence at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University

 An engaging yarn about the development of an individual and an institution.  Kenneth Allen, The Charlotte Observer 

Immensely moving and inspiring, reminding us of the power of grace. – Patrick Regan OBE, Founder and CEO of XLP, U.K.

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