Just two days before Christmas three unsuspecting strangers each take to the road to spend the holiday with loved ones. Megan is going to visit her best friend Rebecca. Brad wants to make up for lost time with his kids. Reclusive Sarah plans to enjoy Christmas with her mother. But a blizzard changes all their plans and they find themselves forced to take refuge at Mercy Inn.
Lee Warren’s new Christmas novella, Mercy Inn, is everything you would want in a Christmas story. His characters represent real people with real life issues, people you can identify with. And speaking of characters, we have the innkeepers, Ray and Alma Jordan, an elderly couple who provide a lot more than just hospitality.
As the story unfolds the three strangers, assisted by Ray and Alma, find themselves taking personal jaunts down memory lane, recalling past experiences and sharing hopes and dreams. Mercy Inn is more than just another nice Christmas story filled with Christmas cookies and cocoa. As you read along you find yourself relating to the characters, the decisions they made and the circumstances they struggle with. More than once I paused to take my own journey down memory lane, asking myself the same challenging questions Megan, Brad and Sarah were faced with.
The more I read the more I realized that God often has to send a “blizzard” into my life to get me to slow down long enough to show me something. I was also reminded that it is often through the words and deeds of others that I see His hand at work.
Weathering the storm together Megan, Brad, and Sarah become more than strangers. They become a family of sorts, caring about one another, encouraging each other. This too reminded me of how God works in our lives, bringing people alongside of us when we most need them but least expect them.
Mercy Inn is another example of how Warren’s writing inspires readers to slow down, look deeper and live fuller. You don’t need a blizzard in your life to stop and reflect. Just grab a copy of Lee’s book, a cup of cocoa and settle down for an afternoon or evening of pure pleasure. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself meandering down your own memory lane. Maybe God has something to show you too.
To get your very own copy of Mercy Inn, contact Lee Warren at www.leewarren.info. And be sure to check out Lee’s other books at www.leewarren.info/books.