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About The Miracle of Mercy Land

What if you had the power to amend choices you made in the past? Would you do it even if it changed everything?
Mercy Land has made some unexpected choices for a young woman in the 1930s. The sheltered daughter of a traveling preacher, she chooses to leave her rural community to move to nearby Bay City on the warm, gulf-waters of southern Alabama. There she finds a job at the local paper and spends seven years making herself indispensible to old Doc Philips, the publisher and editor. Then she gets a frantic call at dawn—it’s the biggest news story of her life, and she can’t print a word of it.
Doc has come into possession of a curious book that maps the lives of everyone in Bay City—decisions they’ve made in the past, and how those choices affect the future. Mercy and Doc are consumed by the mystery locked between the pages—Doc because he hopes to right a very old wrong, and Mercy because she wants to fulfill the book’s strange purpose. But when a mystery from Mercy’s past arrives by train, she begins to understand that she will have to make choices that will deeply affect everyone she loves—forever.
“A tremendously well-written tale. River Jordan is a truly gifted author. Highly recommended.” – Davis Bunn, best-selling author


Praise for The Miracle of Mercy Land

With words spoken like a gentle angel, River Jordan takes her reader deep into the human spirit. The Miracle of Mercy Land is a story about the past, the present, and the future all at once, not only altering the hearts of the characters in the novel, but also changing the heart of the reader. A triumph of beauty.” PATTI CALLAHAN HENRY, author of Losing the Moon, When Light Breaks, and the New York Times bestseller Driftwood Summer

“A tremendouslywell-written tale. River Jordan is a truly gifted author. Highly recommended.” —DAVIS BUNN, best-selling author of Gold of Kings and coauthor of the Acts of Faith series

“River Jordan takes us on a magical journey to the banks of Bittersweet Creek where the past is revisited and broken hearts aremended. A story told with equal parts Southern charm and supernatural fantasy, this one leaves you dreaming of a world where anything is possible. Jordan has cast her spell again!” —SUSAN GREGG GILMORE, author of The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove and Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen

“River Jordan’s words are so delicious that I read them aloud just so I could taste them. In The Miracle of Mercy Land, she explores destiny and will, good and evil, power and powerlessness. If you find it difficult to find a breath of literary fresh air, I assure you, you won’t be disappointed in Jordan.” —KAYA MCLAREN, author of On the Divinity of Second
and Church of the Dog

“In The Miracle of Mercy Land, River Jordan once again brings us a world filled with magic and light. Her characters walk straight off the pages and into our hearts.These are people we wish we knew, individuals with fullmeasures of courage, love, devotion, faith, loyalty, and goodness. Jordan strikes a blow for hope in a troubled time. She is a treasure, and The Miracle of Mercy Land is cause for celebration.” —RAYMOND L. ATKINS, winner of the 2009 Georgia
Author of the Year Award and author of The Front Porch Prophet and SorrowWood

“This story of a girl from Bittersweet Creek, Alabama, beats with a steady love and suspense as a young reporter and storycatcher discovers her destiny by a tremendous act of courage. Mercy Land has a heart as big and beautiful as River Jordan’s luminous prose.” —KERRY MADDEN, author of theMaggie Valley novels

“River Jordan draws the reader through this magically compelling tale of dark versus light, temptation versus self-knowledge, curiosity versus truth. One’s life is full of choices, and the right choice is not always so easy to determine. The Miracle of Mercy Land will keep the reader guessing.” —DARNELL ARNOULT, award-winning author of the novel
Sufficient Grace and What Travels with Us: Poems

“River Jordan has crafted a memorable spiritual thriller with beautiful prose, vivid characters, and a unique, haunting plot that grabs the reader by the arm and doesn’t let him go until he reaches the end. Mercy Land is a celebration of the goodness within us all. It’s also a prescient study of the good and evil that permeate every community,
both yours and mine.” —AD HUDLER, best-selling author of Man of the House, Southern Living, and Househusband

About River Jordan

River Jordan is a critically acclaimed novelist and playwright. Her books include The Miracle of Mercy Land, Saints In Limbo and The Messenger of Magnolia Street.  She speaks around the country on the “Power of Story” and produces and hosts the radio series, Clearstory from Nashville, Tennessee where she makes her home.

Product Details

352 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Sep 7, 2010

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 24

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What if you held the power to change the past? Would you do it even if it changed everything?

 In a sleepy Southern town in the 1930s, trusted newspaper reporter Mercy Land encounters a mysterious book that holds the past, secrets, and future of every person in Bay City. Trying to uncover the book’s purpose, Mercy discovers that its secrets burden her with the responsibility of choices…choices that could affect future lives forever, including hers.




By Joy Phillips

The Miracle of Mercy Land is a very engaging story about a young girl who is entrusted with a very mysterious and strange book. You will fall in love the main character, Mercy Land, who is trustworthy and practical. She is entrusted with a book that allows the reader to see into the lives, past and present, of strangers, friends and loved ones. Mercy now posses the power to change the future based on past decisions. She is later thrown...

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By Jettie Parrish

The Miracle of Mercy Land" Published by Waterbrook press As she works for Doc Phillips at the local paper, Mercy Land does what is necessary to become indispensable. Then, early one morning, Mercy gets information about a huge story, the biggest she has ever worked on, but she can't print any of it. Mysterious things start happening like: Mercy meeting a man named John Quincy in her dreams (will he help or hinder her), a book floats in...

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By Kristi Herbrand

Mercy Land is just a girl in the 1930's when she moves from Bittersweet to Bay City. She has followed her Aunt Ida's advice and gone to the big city - at least big compared to Bittersweet. She moves into a boarding house and eventual lands herself a job at the Banner - the local newspaper. She becomes known as Doc's girl. Doc is the owner and editor of the Banner and she goes from being an employee to being a friend. She is really the...

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By Sara Waugh

I have never before read a book by River Jordan but after reading The Miracle of Mercy Land I am apt to find more by Jordan. The author paints a very vivid picture of a poor backwater girl who moves to the "big city" to work in hopes of escaping poverty that she will be destined for if she stays. Although the center of the book involves a secrete and a concept of a magical book that I personally do not believe would be possible in "real"...

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By Leah Tubbs

The Miracle of Mercy Land by River Jordan is the perfect illustration of why it is important to always remember who you are and where you come from. It takes place in the 1930s in a little town called Bay City. Mercy Land is a young lady who moved to the 'big city' from her small town of Bittersweet Creek to find a job. That job consisted of multiple here and there jobs until she was hired by the town's newspaper. The owner of the paper is...

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