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Cries of Mercy by Angela Beach Silverthorne is not your ordinary love story. As Bren reflects in her journal, she still can’t believe she’s married to Joseph. Their love remains strong even through the loss of three sons. The burden of remembrance causes her to pen a prayer: “Your blessings have poured over us even in our darkest hours.” Surrounded by dear friends, Bren and Joseph reside in The Haven. Joseph is the pastor and Bren works diligently bringing life into the world as a midwife. Even though the community has been ravaged by drugs, crime and the loss of family values, The Haven remains strong, full of hope and vision for the future. Yet, fear and strongholds of the past grip Bren and Joseph. Just when they thought the past was over and the battle won, evil comes to haunt their dreams and threaten their lives again. Everyone has a past and, for many, their past is dark. But for Bren and Joseph, shadowy secrets of sheer evil dwell within their family history. Will their fight, their service unto God change their personal horror into heroism for His glory? Together, they must face and overcome the wickedness that began long ago. United, forever thankful, their Cries of Mercy echo throughout heaven, “Thy will be done.”
Angela Beach Silverthorne breaks our hearts in Cries of Mercy, while simultaneously evoking an unquenchable spirit to fight the good fight of faith. The inclusion of scripture, Spirit-led prayers, and Silverthorne’s powerful words portray the heart and soul of an enlightened life. I had the privilege of reviewing Cries of Innocence, the first book in the Cries Trilogy. Even though I haven’t read the second book, I was immediately captivated and immersed back into the life of Bren. Oh, how she has grown. The cast of characters surrounding her has grown as well; their importance to the continuing saga shines bright in relevance. All of the characters are relatable, real and raw with emotion; the reader feels their grit, fear, and pain. Cries of Mercy does not water down spiritual warfare; the conflict, the battle between good and evil is as intense as it is insightful. Angela Beach Silverthorne is a masterful storyteller. Her story has caverns of depths, layer upon layer; it reveals hope and perseverance through grief and loss, the vitality of love and the importance of unity. The narrative has highs and lows, twists, shock, and awe. Cries of Mercy reveals the fragility of life, yet in equal measure portrays a life that in the hands of God is a life well-lived.