Review – Flame of Mercy – Christian Fiction

Bertin, Eleanor. Flame of Mercy. Big Valley, Canada: Leaf & Blade Publishing, 2021.


Two families, worlds apart. Can they find hope in the crucible of suffering?
All Lynnie Min ever wanted was to be a wife and mother. But when tragedy strikes her family, she’s left with nothing but her faith to begin life again. While pursuing a career she never wanted, can the precious faith she was raised on withstand betrayal by a hostile former friend, now a professor whose ideologies conflict with her own? And why do her puzzling dreams feature only one of her daughters, not both?
Out of a smoking ruin in northern Nigeria, Ihsan bin Ibrahim stumbles upon the solution to his wife’s barrenness and longing. But family ties have a long reach. Will he make the ultimate sacrifice to follow his conscience, even if it means losing the child he loves?

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Flame of Mercy is a wonderful book. The story will make you cry and warm your heart at different points in the story. The story happens in two locations – Nigeria and Alberta. Lynnie, the main character, experiences a tragedy. As she works through her grief, Eleanor Bertin uses flashbacks to tell the reader what occurred before the opening chapter of the book. 

Flame of Mercy is a story of the sacrifice missionaries (and Christians in general) are sometimes asked to make. It is a story of the grief process. It is a story of the challenges Christians face in today’s society. It is a story of God’s surprising mercy. Flame of Mercy is a must read story. It will challenge you and bless you.

The book closes at a point that leaves me hoping this is the start of a series. There is still much that could be covered in the lives of these characters, especially with a new character added toward the end of the book.  

Flames of Mercy is a Christian book for adults. However, I would be willing to place it in a k-12 Christian school library. Because of the tragedy in the story, I would probably label it for high school only.

I received a copy of Flame of Mercy as part of Eleanor Bertin’s launch team. This is my honest review. 

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