Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite
Hypocrisy and true faith are contrasted expertly in The Mercy Seat (Freedom Baptist Trilogy) by Alvetta Rolle. The journey of Sofia Douglas as she moves from a lost and hopeless teenage streetwalker to a grown up redeemed woman is gracefully handled by Alvetta in a way that gives glory to the savior. Taken under the wing of an elderly widow of the church, Mother Ruth Sills, Sofia starts the long road to healing which began with an attempt to reconcile with her mentally abusive foster mother, Julia. Along with being taken under the wing of Mother Ruth, Sofia is invited to work for Mother Ruth’s successful dentist and minister son, Xavier, who is in a struggle of his own. With his marriage to Felicia on the rocks, Xavier and Sofia both must struggle with certain natural urges and overcome the temptations that surround them. Throughout the novel, lies, infidelity and hypocrisy are measured against the light of true faith as each of the characters navigate their way toward true revival of the spirit.
Alvetta Rolle does an excellent job of not only deeply defining and pointing out the failures that go along with religious hypocrisy, but also points a shining light upon the graceful love of a woman of strong and seasoned faith and the power that the Holy Spirit has to move through such a person. Honest, inspiring and full of grace, The Mercy Seat (Freedom Baptist Trilogy) is an encouraging message of forgiveness and grace which will brighten and enlighten even the most troubled of souls.