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The Beautiful Mercy Book Club!

October 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mercy, Sarah Reinhard

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Beautiful Mercy (Week 1 of 5)

You know, I'll be honest: I wouldn't have picked up this book if it wasn't for this book club.

I read a lot of books and I have a big pile of books I want to read (and hope to someday get to). This book would have never made it onto any pile I would have been likely to touch.

And that would have been too bad for me, because once I started reading this book, I couldn't stop!

I knew it would be a quick read, but somehow, I mistakenly thought “quick read = not worth my time.”

Not so, my friends, not so!

Here's a bit about the book from the Amazon product description (because I keep typing things and deleting them, because we'll be talking in more depth later):

Giving and receiving mercy is central to living a life of passion and purpose. Yet, for some reason, most people believe they are either too young or too old, not religious enough, or simply don't have enough time to live a life uncommon.

The perfect companion for the Year of Mercy called for by Pope Francis, the book provides an encounter with the heart of God. By focusing on the 7 Spiritual and 7 Corporal works of mercy, it inspires readers to realize that extraordinary acts of love are possible for anyone no matter where they are in life.

Once again bringing to light the genius of Catholicism, bestselling author Matthew Kelly has enlisted the help of 24 incredible authors who witness to the power of God's mercy, provide simple practical tips on how to be an instrument of that mercy and bring hope to anyone searching for deeper meaning in their life.

This book will touch the core of who you are. In the end, we all need God's mercy. So, no matter where you are, not matter what you have been through, there is not a better time than right now to rediscover the incredible power of God's mercy.

Beautiful Mercy is an invitation to rediscover God's unconditional love so that we can share it with others.

Beautiful Mercy includes contributions from: Pope Francis, Matthew Kelly, Dr. Scott Hahn, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Cardinal Séan Patrick O Malley, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Christopher West, Dr. Carolyn Woo, Dr. Allen Hunt, Curtis Martin, Dan Burke, Jennifer Fulwiler, Fr. Mike Schmitz, Sarah Swafford, Lisa Brenninkmeyer, Fr. James Mallon, Msgr. Charles Pope, Sr. Helena Burns, Fr. Michael Gaitley, Fr. Don Calloway, Mother Olga Yaqob, Sr. Marie Veritas, Matt Fradd, Jackie Francois-Angel, Sr. Mary Madeline, Lisa Hendey, Kerry Webber, John Michael Talbot

from the Amazon product description

As we read this book together, I'm looking forward to your thoughts and the discussion that will invariably happen here!

Reading Schedule:

  • Week 1 – 10/25 – Book Announcement, assign Prelude – Surprising Mercy
  • Week 2 – 11/1 – Discuss Prelude – Surprising Mercy, assign Refreshing Mercy – Affirming Mercy
  • Week 3 – 11/8 – Discuss Refreshing Mercy – Affirming Mercy, assign Part II – Being Mercy
  • Week 4 – 11/15 – Discuss Part II – Being Mercy, assign Admonish the Sinner – End
  • Week 5 – 11/22 – Discuss Admonish the Sinner – End, no assignment

Reading Assignment:

Prelude – Surprising Mercy

Discussion Questions:

1. When you think of the phrase “beautiful mercy,” what comes to mind? What expectations do you have for this book?

2. What's your favorite aspect of mercy? What do you most want to learn?

Feel free to comment on anything from our assignment this past week!

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Sarah Reinhard continues to delight ”and be challenged by” her vocations of Catholic wife and mother. She's online at and is the author of a number of books for families.

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  • E.M.

    Sarah, this will be my first book club. I actually received this book for free from a mom’s Rosary group. Like you, it was not my top picks for the next book to read. However, I’m looking forward to being able to participate in the group, and bonus that the book sounds like a treasure I almost passed over! Have a great week and may God continue to bless you abundantly.

    • It is a great book, E.M., and I’m glad to have you along! 🙂

  • CLudwick

    This book has been sitting on my shelf for a while. I have received emails from Dynamic Catholic with quotes from it. Why have I not actually picked it up to read? The book club will get me to do just that. I am anxious to hear your insights as we go through it. God bless.

  • disqus_V4zyjPJpFU

    Ironically, I picked this book up last night and read Christopher West’s chapter on the story of Jesus and the woman at the well, and learned so so much about the layers of teachings in that story, and how our thirst for pleasure/sin is a misplaced thirst. Wonderful! I wasn’t running to this book, which I’ve had for a while, because the topic of Mercy seemed too simple to hold my interest through a book. I was wrong.

  • Angie Winston

    I just ordered the book and am excited to get started. Thanks!

  • Janet

    I downloaded it to my Kindle just now. Going to begin reading the Prelude tonight. Joining from Southern California.

  • Debbie Workman

    Our parish handed these books out to all the parishioners last Easter! So happy to join the discussion from Wichita!

  • Lu Wuthrich

    To answer the question, what do you want to learn most. I want to learn concrete suggestions of sharing mercy. Living in a small rural town does not afford me a lot of opportunities.

    • LizEst

      Opportunities for mercy abound in all our lives. The Church prescribes the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. That would be a start for concrete examples. Mercy is also an attitude, how one responds when challenged, afflicted, rebuffed. Do we exact our brand of justice? Or, do we respond with mercy, as Christ did in his lifetime and on the cross? If you do a search for mercy on our site, you will find many, many posts on mercy.

      • PSCM

        An attitude indeed. Sometimes we end up being merciful to ourselves, as for example, when we extend mercy to someone who offends or rebuffs us. For it is in forgiving that we shed the baggage that we carry when we continue in resentment.

  • PSCM

    I have joined this discussion late, so I am trying to catch up. What could be more comforting than Jesus’ promise that “… when we say the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy in the presence of the dying, “I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the merciful Savior.” 11 “At the hour of their death, I will defend as My own glory every soul that will say this chaplet; or when others say it for a dying person, the indulgence is the same.” (From Divine Mercy).

    And later on in Personal Mercy ” Mercy draws good from evil.” This is similar to the saying that “God writes straight on crooked lines” – ascribed, I believe, to St. Augustine.

    This book so far, is a source of hope, inspiration and comfort to me.

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