In Small Mercies: Glimpses of God in everyday life, author Nancy Jo Sullivan shares from the heart about dark times when she struggled to see God at work in her life. Her story includes divorce and the death of a beloved daughter, and the challenges of rebuilding her life after these losses. She writes with an honest voice and a positive attitude.
I found that Small Mercies reveals the many ways that God is at work in and through mothering, bringing grace to mothers through the daily tasks of loving our children. As the mother of a young child, I found myself wanting to share this book with others at my stage of life, for the pages are full of reminders to notice the ordinary, daily blessings as they occur. Sullivan’s children are now adults, and with a perspective of tenderness she glances back to see God lifting her spirit through surprising yet ordinary means. The stories are not all about mothering, but reflect the relationships of a life full of family, friends, and work.
Sullivan writes with the voice of a friend, inviting deep listening while offering encouragement and even laughter. This volume would make a wonderful gift for a friend who is striving to be conscious of God amidst the challenges of family life, or who has come through the darkness of grief. I came away from Small Mercies with a renewed sense of the importance of self-care and a fresh commitment to take quiet time, even in tiny snatches, to feed my spirit.
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher, Loyola Press, for review purposes. No fee was received in exchange for this review.