Mother Teresa: Her name is common in our households, whether you are Catholic, Protestant, religious, or non-religious. Her acts of kindness and mercy among the poorest of poor in Calcutta and beyond have resonated with our hearts and minds for decades. In A Call to Mercy, Mother Teresa’s acts of kindness are highlighted and put into a practical aspect for the common reader.
A Call to Mercy is not just autobiographical, however. There are accounts of those who worked with Mother Teresa in India and beyond. Within the pages, there are stories of those who worked in London, New York, Haiti, and South America among society’s most rejected beings. However, the book does not shy away from the hate and anger that was sometimes directed at Mother Teresa. For example, when Christopher Hitchens published Hell’s Angel, a derogatory documentary about Mother’s work, Teresa simply said she would pray for and love Hitchens.
Finally, each chapter coincides with a work of mercy that all Christians can participate in. Readers are encouraged to forgive wrongdoings, bury the dead, pray for their brothers and sisters, and to educate the ignorant. These are but a few of the works of mercy highlighted in the book, and with each work, we are given the writings of Mother Teresa and a devotional thought and prayer.
For those who want to do more in the world around them, but may not be able to move to the most destitute places, A Call to Mercy is a wonderful start. The book simply calls Christians to do as Jesus would do, in whatever place or situation they may be. Highly recommended for faith-based readers and casual inquirers alike.