The Merciful Scar
Rebecca St.James and Nancy Rue
Kirsten has spent her life trying to forget. But mercy begs her to remember.
When she was in high school, a terrible accident fractured her family, and the only relief Kirsten could find was carving tiny lines into her skin, burying her pain in her flesh. The pain she caused herself was neat and manageable compared to the emotional pain that raged inside.
She was coping. Or so she thought.
But then, eight years later, on the night she expects her long-time boyfriend to propose, Kirsten learns he’s been secretly seeing her best friend. Desperate to escape her feelings, she reaches for the one thing that gives her a sense of control in the midst of chaos.
But this time the cut isn’t so tiny, and it lands her in the psych hospital. Within hours of being there she knows she can’t stay—she isn’t crazy, after all. But she can’t go back to the life she knew before either.
So when her pastor mentions a treatment program on a working ranch, Kirsten decides to take him up on the offer and get away from it all. But the one thing she can’t escape is herself—and her shame.
The ranch is home to a motley crew, each with a lesson to teach. Ever so slowly, Kirsten opens herself to embrace healing—even the scarred places that hurt the most. Mercy begs her to remember the past . . . showing her there’s nothing that cannot be redeemed.
Wow. This book is powerful.
I have never been a cutter and honestly never understood how someone could do that to themselves. But reading about it from Kirsten’s perspective (your main character) gave me a better understanding of the relief it gives to those who are hurting on the inside.
The first part of the book is so griping you will find it hard to put down as you read about the pain and confusion Kirsten suffers from and wonder about the wounds from her past that have led her to this point.
You will want to ring her boyfriend’s neck at the selfishness that is so evident in him.
Once she reaches the ranch that action slows for a bit but it all serves a purpose in a gaining a deeper understanding into Kirsten’s healing.
If you know someone, or are someone, who has suffered from deep emotional wounds (I think we all have) I believe you will be deeply touched by this book. It is laced with the hope and healing of Jesus Christ that is freely given to all.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Book Sneeze program in exchange for an honest review.