“Mercy Come Morning” by Lisa Tawn Bergren, is a wonderful story of family healing and finding peace at the end of life. Krista is called to her mother’s bedside as her life nears the end, but it is with a heavy heart that Krista makes the trip from Colorado to Taos, New Mexico. Mother has Alzheimer’s disease and Krista had to place her in a care facility years ago. As Krista travels she remembers much of her life with her mother and many all the feelings that go with those memories.
In Taos, she not only has to see her mother in congestive heart failure but also again meets Dane, her high school sweetheart, and more memories are brought forth. Through the wonderful care Dane provided for patients, like Krista’s mother, in Cimmeron Care Center, Krista is able to see how peaceful Mother’s last years have been. Dane shares a book of Christmas songs that Krista’s mother used as a sort of journal over the years, and Krista sees a side of her mother that she never knew.
This book is a rerelease of the 2002 “Christmas Every Morning”. And while the story takes place primarily in December, it was fun to read it on December 1. There is a lot of insight into the Alzheimer patient and family in this story, and the suffering that accompanies the disease. But Bergren also shares the wonderful story of forgiveness found only through Jesus Christ. It is easy to read, although if you are struggling with a friend or family member with Alzheimer’s, it may bring up painful memories. I particularly enjoyed the description of the Cimmeron Care Center and hope that there really are places like that for people who need constant care.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book as a member of the Waterbrook Press Blogging for Books team. All opinions expressed are my own.