Angel of Mercy

Angel of Mercy

by Lurlene McDaniel

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Overview

Heather Barlow has always been an idealist and now that she’s finished high school, she’s ready to make a difference in the world. After graduation, she joins a mission group on a hospital mercy ship sailing to Africa. Once she’s left the ship on the Kenyan coast and is stationed at a hospital in Uganda, however, Heather is not really prepared to face the disease, famine, and misery she encounters.

Ian McCollum is also among the medical staff in Uganda. Ian has left his native Scotland to help those threatened by a world of indifference. When Heather meets Ian, she finds her heart quickens and she’s happy to be alive. But as the weeks pass, Heather finds her idealism vanishing amid the overcrowded refugee camps and orphanages; misery is everywhere. Only Ian can see beyond the horror and help Heather understand that the world can be changed by saving those in need, one by one.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553571455
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication date: 10/12/1999
Series: Mercy Trilogy Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 4.68(w) x 7.33(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 15 Years

About the Author

Lurlene McDaniel has written more than 30 inspirational novels. Her books have received acclaim from teachers, parents, young adults, and reviewers.

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“I can’t believe you’re giving up your entire summer and fall instead of going to college, Heather. I mean, it’s like forever! And just look where you’ll be living. How can you stand it? There’s no room to move, no privacy either!”

“I’ll be home in time for Christmas,” Heather Barlow reminded her sixteen-year-old sis- ter, Amber. “And I don’t care about the living conditions. As for college, I’ll start in January. You’ll hardly know I’m gone.”

At eighteen, Heather was going off on a Mercy Ship to work in Africa, to try to make a difference in a place where children starved to death or died from terrible illnesses. She had grown up wanting to do something worthwhile with her life, but now that she was actually on board the ship, now that it was almost time to say goodbye to her family, Heather was beginning to feel the clutch of self-doubt. And Amber’s reluctance to see her leave wasn’t helping.

Amber glanced around the cramped quarters. “It’s just so—so primitive.”

Ignoring Amber’s complaints, Heather opened her duffel bags and began putting her clothes into the narrow drawers of the dresser bolted to the wall. She would be sharing this old-fashioned small stateroom with a Swedish girl named Ingrid, whom she’d not yet met.

Across the narrow room, Amber seated herself on a bed attached by cables to the metal wall of the ship. “Ugh! This mattress is so thin, I can feel the springs.”

“It’s a hospital ship, sis, not a luxury liner anymore,” Heather reminded her.

Years before, Anastasis had served as a cruise ship. But in the mid-1980s, it had been converted into a floating hospital, with three operating rooms, a dental clinic, a laboratory, and an X-ray unit. The aging ship, painted white from bow to stern, was more than five hundred feet long and nine stories high. Its staterooms, once luxurious quarters for wealthy travelers, now housed crew and staff—175 volunteers who paid their own expenses and agreed to serve a tour of duty as the ship sailed from port to port, bringing life-saving medical services to countries ravaged by disease, famine, war, and poverty.

Long-term crew members—missionary and medical personnel and their families who had signed up for extended tours of duty—were housed in the more spacious upper-deck staterooms, while short-term volunteers such as Heather were assigned the smaller rooms. The ship’s once-elegant lounge and dining areas served as conference rooms and training centers. Children of the crew and staff attended school on board.

Once the ship dropped anchor in a port, engineers, carpenters, teachers, and evangelists took medical and dental services and supplies into remote areas and inland villages. They built schools, hospitals, and housing, all with donated goods. The Mercy Ship was a floating hospital. And a vision of hope.

“Well, I think it’s a dumb idea to even be going on this trip, and I don’t know why you want to go in the first place,” Amber said, voicing her displeasure once again. “I’ll bet there’s no decent guys to date, and nowhere to go even if there were.”

Heather sighed. It irritated her when Amber sounded so frivolous. Why couldn’t she understand how important this trip was? Heather had spent so much time thinking about the trip, a whole year planning it, and ten days in May at a special boot camp preparing for it. She asked, “Are you trying to make me feel guilty? Because I won’t. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time, and you know it.”

Amber scuffed her fashionable shoes on the floor. “I’m going to miss you,” she said quietly.

“I’ll miss you, too.” Heather saw tears shimmering in her sister’s green eyes. “Hey, what’s this? I thought you’d be glad to have the house to yourself. And no big sister to be in your way when school starts, either. You always said you couldn’t wait until me and my friends were out of high school so that you and your friends could have the halls all to yourself.” Heather sat beside Amber on the bunk and put her arm around Amber’s shoulders.

“What fun is there in being home by myself? Mom and Dad won’t have anything to do but go to work. And grouse at me, of course. You’re the one they think is perfect in this family, you know.”

“They grouse at you now,” Heather teased gently. “So what will be different?”

“You won’t be there to get them off my case.”

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Angel of Mercy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
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Aimee Bentlage More than 1 year ago
It is a very very great book!!! It is sad at some part and there denfle have romance!! I think you like it to. It make you feel you want to something just like it or close to it. It made me want to go and help out and you well to!!!!! : )
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If you like books that you cry through, or books with a little bit of love...then this is the book for you. In the beginning of the book I didn't know if I would like it...but hang on cause it is an awesome book! Just in the past 6 months I have read it over and over and over and I still find new things each and every time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, I laughed, I cried, and maybe I even took a new look at my life, and how I could help others like Heather did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this to anyone. This book is touching and sheds a lot of light on what is going on in other parts of the world instead of just the United States. In famine and disease-stricken Africa, two people manage to keep each other going in spite of everything. Be prepared to cry as with all of her other books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really made me realise how lucky we are in the United States. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Angel of Mercy was a great book and the companion Angel of Hope was good also. You can not stop reading it once you start, and i finished it in two days. Read it, it's awesome
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Angel of Mercy yesterday. It was so sad at the end, even though I already knew Ian was going to die from the reviews I read. It really is a touching story. I'm going to read the sequel, Angel of Hope.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WAS FANTASTIC!!!! I really enjoyed Angel of Mercy. It really made me think about myself.Examine my values. I recommend this book to anyone who would like an eye opener about God.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lurlene McDaniel does it again with this book! It's fantastic, from page one til the end! I can't wait to read the sequel!! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I totally loved this book! My Sunday school teacher's daughter went on a Mercy ships mission and that is why I wanted to read this book. Ever since then I've been into McDaniel's books. It is a tragic love story, like most of her books and I just LOVE those kinds of stories. Buy this book! (and then, when you're done, buy Angel of Hope, too!)You won't be able to put it down!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in Love with this book when I was in the 6th grade and a friend reccommended it to me. I have read, and re-read this book over and over since then, and each time I read it, it's like the first time all over again! I reccommend this book to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't like to read, but once i started this one, i couldn't put it down. I read it in 3 days! I cried when Ian died by being so dedicated to his work. This book was not only great, but has made me REALLY want to do something like Heather after i finish school.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book especially if u are condsidering being a missionary when u grow up It is about heather bawalow (i think thats her last name going to uguna to be a missionary