Mercy Triumphs

Mercy Triumphs

Mercy Triumphs (New Hope Publishers, September 2017)

Three women. Three impossible circumstances. One merciful God.

Mia, an American Christian, has lived in Sudan so long that persecution, harassment, and danger have become commonplace for her. Her tough outer shell threatens to harden her heart while her newly Christian friends, Halimah and Rania, former Muslims, are forced to live in exile outside Sudan. All three quickly discover that escaping danger in one place only means facing even greater challenges elsewhere. As God’s mercy becomes evident in their lives, they must choose whether or not to offer mercy to those who don’t deserve it.

Third in a trilogy, Mercy Triumphs opens the reader’s eyes to modern-day persecution and the life of Muslims in Sudan. Based on real-life events, Mercy Triumphs reveals some of the struggles Christians face when living under Islamic law. The reader will be inspired to pray for new believers, those who are persecuted for their faith, and even for the salvation of the persecutors.

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  • Words fail me to describe how much I love all three of these books! Mrs. Kelley’s characters are so realistically portrayed that, having lived and worked in similar but different Muslim cultures, I could give a real life person for every single character I encountered in these books!

  • Jana Kelley has produced a marvelous series. I have ‘travelled’ to faraway places while remaining in the safety and comfort of my armchair. Through detailed descriptions I could almost ‘feel’ the heat and ‘taste’ the sand. I have learnt to appreciate the things I take for granted – my Bible and my religious freedom. Door To Freedom is educational, an enlightening and an all round fabulous series. Thank you Jana Kelley for writing it.

  • Kelley does a great job of describing the situation of Christian converts in a Muslim country through the eyes of three women. It is always difficult for converts as there is not the support system to sustain their faith we see in western countries. Kelley also does a good job of describing life in general for Americans living in Sudan.

  • The last novel in the trilogy, Mercy Triumphs is about tying up lose ends in each character’s stories and development.

  • Please pick up a copy of all three books in this series to read. Your life will be changed!

  • Mercy Triumphs is the third book in the series by Jana Kelley. The theme of mercy runs strongly through the book, as the title suggests — through how God is merciful to the main characters no matter where they are or what their circumstances, and how he moves them to show mercy to those who persecute them, challenge them, or even just misunderstand them.

  • Halimah and Ramia were very intriguing women. The author does an amazing job of letting us understand their culture and what they face everyday . I love reading about the foods they ate and the breathtaking land they called home.

  • By The Book says:

    I cannot recommend Mercy Triumphs (really the entire series) enough. For those who have a love for people of different cultures, for those who have a love for God’s command to make disciples, and for those who feel a stirring in their spirit to find out where God is working, this book is for you.

  • This book was an excellent conclusion to the series! I enjoyed how the characters continued to grow as they put their trust in the Lord, even when it was hard.

  • The final book in Jana Kelley’s trilogy, Mercy Triumphs offers readers a deeper appreciation of what persecution for the sake of Christ looks like. Centered around three main characters whose lives are intriguingly intertwined, Kelley does an effective job linking personal interactive moments to show how those actions impact the group. Witnessing the story unfold is captivating.

  • At around 250 pages, the book was a quick read for me. Though I haven’t read the previous novels, I had no trouble figuring out who was who and what was what. However, I do want to read the first two books sometime in the near future.

    Overall, I enjoyed reading Mercy Triumphs. I thought the book was well-written, the charactes were interesting, and the descriptions throughout the book were good.

  • Mercy Triumphs tells of three women whose lives become intertwined through circumstances. Mia is the one I most related to. She is an American Christian who lives in Sudan and wishes to tell others of Jesus Christ. Although she is a believer, she also faces fears and sometimes wonders if God will provide. Mia is faced with unexpected circumstances that leave her saying goodbye to Sudan for good. Mia’s real and raw emotions can be felt in the words of the book.

  • The strength of the story is the setting or environment. The dire and complicated circumstances of the cultures of Sudan, and Islam, have a strong impact on the three female characters

  • Two thumbs up to Jana Kelley’s Mercy Triumphs. Engaging and approachable characters made me feel present in their stories. I ached with their pain and rejoiced with them in God’s provision.

    Kelley’s missionary characters seemed surprisingly normal. It’s so easy to think that a missionary is more “spiritual” (or that I am less so, because I’m not on the mission field and maybe I should be?!) — but her book reminded me that they aren’t that different from me, nor are the people they work alongside and minister to. We’re all just people, folks.

  • Be prepared to be on the edge of your seat at times. I kept wanting to tell them, “Don’t do that.” or “Don’t go there.”
    This is a good stand alone read, but it’s so much better if you read Side by Side and Door to Freedom first. I truly hope Ms Kelley gives us more books.

  • I have so enjoyed this series from Jana Kelley – Mia’s relationships with her Muslim friends speak to my heart so clearly, reminding me of my own friendships with Muslim women. Even though I have never lived overseas, not to mention never in a country where it was dangerous to follow Jesus, I can’t describe to you how it feels to give that part of my life an understanding voice. Someone else knows what it’s like to build those relationships, what it’s like to navigate the tricky waters of different faiths, and what it’s like to sit around a table heaped with Arabic food and laugh until we cry.

  • Learning about the culture in Sudan and Saudi Arabia was so interesting and eye-opening to me. This book was a great finale to the series! This series really was life changing and made me be thankful for the little things in my life that I often take for granted!

    Jana Kelley is a great author and it is so amazing that this book is based on true events! What a life she has led!

  • This story is the most exciting and suspenseful of the three boos. There is more danger and the three women must trust God more than ever. “Mercy Triumphs” is an insightful look inside the modern day persecution of Christians living in Islamic countries.

  • I have so enjoyed this series by Jana Kelley! Mercy Triumphs is the third book in Kelley’s series. The previous two books were Door to Freedom and Side by Side. Kelley gives readers a bird’s eye view of life in Sudan and surrounding areas. Readers also get a peek into missionary life as well. The stories of Halimah, Rania, and Mia are challenging but encouraging at the same time as readers follow their journey with God.

  • Mercy Triumphs is the third novel in the trilogy written by Jana Kelley. Picking up a little while after A Door to Freedom, this novel focuses in on some different themes than the first two novels did. The focus shifts from persecution of believers to the struggles of new believers and to trusting in God no matter what the circumstances.

  • Although this is the second in a series by the author, and I hadn’t read the preceding book I found this novel easy to understand and interesting as well. From the opening chapter, I was drawn into the world of these three women: Mia, Halimah and Rania. One can tell that the author knows what she is writing about.

  • Please, read this book. It will change your life and transform your heart!

  • My favorite part about this book is how well Jana is able to describe life in an Arabic nation from the eyes of an outsider looking in. The things she described held true to my personal experience and filled me with found remembrances, along with agreement that there with things that were tough to get used to, both in traveling there and in returning.

  • Mercy Triumphs by Jana Kelley was a good book. This is the third and final book in the series, and I am sad to know that the characters are leaving because after reading three books with the same basic characters I am sad to see them go.

  • Book 3 of the series and just as great as the other 2 books.  The journey of this book takes on the
    I recommend this book and the whole series to everyone at any age.  Each book is a page turner. 

  • I enjoyed this book as much as the first two. It’s well written, captivating, and draws you in. I recommend this one as much as I do the other two. Be sure to check it out.

  • Noveltea says:

    Like Door to Freedom, this book could have been read as a standalone, but it helped to have the background from the last two books to explain who the characters were, etc…. Although this book wasn’t as “gripping” as the first book was to me, it still kept my attention and made me want to find out what was going to happen. 

  • As Jana Kelley writes on her website, she write(s) about faith and culture and about living a life that meshes the two,” and she does it with an authenticity that is eye opening, entertaining, at times suspenseful, but mostly inspiring.

  • The power of witnessing an American family living in Sudan, sharing about Christ, seeing the persecution taking place in Africa, and watching various characters within the book seeking out God’s plan for their lives is quite incredible. What we believe God has planned for our lives is often not what He has planned for us… but when we trust Him and look beyond ourselves, we get to see that ‘God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose’ (Romans 8:28). Mercy Triumphs displays this beautifully, and for that reason I cannot recommend it enough.

  • I have LOVED this entire series because it highlights just what it might mean to those who are willing to die for their beliefs might just be the ones we want to embrace the most, including those 12 disciples of Jesus Christ who while spreading God’s messages to the world, suddenly found themselves being the first of those who would die for their faith in Jesus Christ. For me, I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars and hope others will find the message of hope, faith and mercy in this book.

  • It took me a bit to get into this story. I appreciate the details of living in a country like this and it gave me a new appreciation for what believers struggle with in these countries.

  • This book is compelling to read and full of surprise.

  • Mercy Triumphs is impressive, informative, and entertaining. It takes us to a geographical location that most of us have never experienced – and a culture that, however little or much we know about it, often raises fear. Any author can do diligent research and write a believable novel, but Ms. Kelley draws from her wealth of personal experience, and conveys a realness that makes this story come alive. And if I initially felt little in common with Halimah and Rania, I soon realized that we all share the same hopes, dreams, and love for family. The greatest personal impact of Mercy Triumphs has been the desire to pray daily and fervently for Muslim women around the world. Highly recommended.

  • This book is a wonderful installment in an outstanding series that really focused on the persecution in Sudan and what price many are willing to pay to forsake the Muslim faith. Written by someone who has done missionary work in Sudan the author has witnessed first hand what is going on over there and I loved her providing readers with a glimpse of what is going on over there even if it is through fictional means. This book is a great reminder of the strong faith the Sudanese Christians have and how God is faithful.

  • Mercy Triumphs, and all of the books in this series, are so unique and interesting. I absolutely loved being transported to Sudan, Dubai, Kenya, and even Texas and getting to learn so much more about different cultures. I love all of the characters – Mia, Halimah, Rania, and the others – they are all so well drawn and fleshed out.

  • This series has kept me captivated from the first book “Side By Side” through the second “Door To Freedom”, and then in “Mercy Triumphs” because they have made me realize that I am a lot like Mia. I want to do God’s will but sometimes I just don’t understand how things are going to end up so I might get a little worked up in my attempt to control things. I have truly enjoyed learning a bit about Sudanese culture.

  • this book takes a look at three ladies and what they have to do to be a Christian in a Muslim nation and especially the dangers they face after converting from being a Muslim. I always think after reading this type of book of how easy we have it in this country as far as being a Christian compared to other countries. Our time I fear is coming though. If you are interested in finding out what it might be like for a Muslim to convert to Christianity then this trilogy will really open your eyes.

  • This is the third book in the series, and I have my fingers crossed for sequel! It could be read as a standalone, but a greater appreciation will be gained by reading the series in order.

    Kelley’s characters show modern-day persecution and the life of Muslims living in Sudan. This book, like the others, is based on real-like events. They challenge the reader to consider things they never thought about in the past, such as the struggles Christians face when under Islamic law and cultural differences.

  • I appreciated that Mercy Triumphs contains a glossary of Arabic words, which helped me to better enjoy the story. This is the third in a series and I haven’t read the others. Enough background is given to help me piece together some events from the previous books. Aside from the plot, there’s an important message about prejudice and misconceptions. No matter where you live, that’s a big theme to keep in mind.

  • Mercy Triumphs by Jana Kelley is excellent book that will touch your heart strings. This book will make you cry out because of the persecution that the Christians in these countries have to endure.

  • Sweet book – so insightful to what is going on around the world. I loved meeting the characters, since I did not read the first two books. I felt like I caught on right away. Great story – that makes you appreciate the things we take for granted!! Look forward to reading more books by Jana!!

  • “Mercy Triumphs” is definitely a different read, but the story is still compelling. We can never be reminded enough of how God can do the impossible. Not only that, but we should also believe that He can do the impossible! This book may be fiction, but it still provides great truths that we can all learn from.

  • Ms. Kelley has true talent! An emotionally raw novel of mercy and grace, this story will leave you in awe long after you’ve closed the last page. The details that Ms. Kelley weaves into this story are beautiful. I could feel God with me as I read this stunning novel.

  • This is the third book in the series. And what series! I have had the pleasure of reading Side by Side and Door to Freedom so I was very excited at the prospect of being able to read and review the third book.
    Three women. Three very different stories but, one uniting connection. This is a story that unites three women with a tangible plot that is sensitive, heartfelt, and brave. And that fact that this story is based on real-life events makes it that much more heartfelt and eye-opening. This is a very touching, sweet, challenging, and brave story of these three women and I completely enjoyed this book as well as the two prior stories. The relationship that these women share is palpable within the story.

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