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This book will be of special interest to those from the upstate of South Carolina, but will certainly be an interesting read for others as well. Being a new pastor fresh out of seminary can be tough enough, let alone taking on the pastorate of a city church primarily for homeless people and addicts.

Here is some information about Deb from the amazon author biography section:

For 27 years, Deb Richardson-Moore was a reporter for “The Greenville (SC) News,” winning three national writing awards and routine recognition from the South Carolina Press Association. She was a wife, mother of three, and that suburban cliche, a minivan-driving soccer mom. She then took over the religion beat at “The News” and enrolled in a nearby seminary to learn more about it. Her life was never the same. She left the newspaper and earned a master of divinity degree. Because jobs for clergywomen were scarce in her own Baptist denomination, she accepted a job as pastor of the non-denominational Triune Mercy Center, a crumbling, inner-city mission church to the homeless. “The Weight of Mercy” chronicles her first three turbulent years among her homeless congregants. 

And here is a description of the book from the publisher:

Ministry can be messy, complicated, and bewildering. Whether responding to the church alarm mysteriously and repeatedly going off in the middle of the night, firing a kitchen assistant with a habit of buying drugs from parishioners, or interacting with the Chicken-Eatin’ Preacher from West Greenville, pastor Deb Richardson-Moore quickly admits that there is a great deal they do not teach you in seminary.

In this frank and engaging account of answering a call later in life, Richardson-Moore brings the reader into the world of her work at the Triune Mercy Center in Greenville, South Carolina. The result is an honest look at the complications and difficulties surrounding her first years of ministry to homeless men and women suffering from mental illness, crack addictions, and alcoholism. At the same time, it is a humorous and deeply touching account of God’s grace manifested in the most remarkable of ways…. Richardson-Moore weaves a story that is difficult to forget, due both to its engaging characters and also its radical vision of what the Christian church could look like if it truly lived out Christ’s command to welcome the stranger.

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