Monday, August 20, 2012

Book Review - Mother Of Pearl

Like oysters, women often encounter unexpected grit during their everyday lives. In response, God’s love and grace covers this grit and transforms the pain into a precious pearl that leaves a layered, luminous lining within a shell: Mother of Pearl. This brilliant luster is strong, lasting, and purposeful—just like the love, lessons, and legacies left by the special women in our lives.

Mother of Pearl celebrates the collective iridescence of motherhood. Margaret McSweeney presents a collection of heartfelt vignettes from authors who communicate the importance of the unique relationships between mothers and their children, between granddaughters and grandmothers and between children and the mother-figures in their lives.

These stories tell of the power of faith, prayer, and values, exploring coming of age, the joy of becoming a mother, the importance of motherhood, the ways to heal from a bad relationship with a mother and weathering the death of a special loved one. Poignant and thought-provoking, the stories serve to inspire, encourage, instill hope, and strengthen faith.

The proceeds from the sale of Mother of Pearl will be donated to organizations helping struggling women and children. The charities include Wings (Women in Need Growing Stronger) to help fund the Safe House in the Chicago suburbs and to Hands of Hope to help build wells for schoolchildren in Zambia.

Margaret McSweeney is a well-published author often writing online articles for Make It Better (the former North Shore Magazine) and freelance articles for the Daily Herald, the largest suburban Chicago newspaper. In addition, she has authored and compiled several books including A Mother’s Heart Knows; Go Back and Be Happy; Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace, Mother of Pearl and Aftermath.

With a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in international business, Margaret became a vice-president in the corporate finance division of a New York City bank and worked there 1986–93.

As founder of Pearl Girls, Margaret collaborates with other writers on projects to help fund a safe house for WINGS, an organization that helps women and their children who are victims of domestic violence, and to build wells for schoolchildren in Uganda through Hands of Hope. For the past 10 years she has served on the board of directors and leadership advisory board for WINGS. Margaret lives with her husband and 2 daughters in the Chicago suburbs.

I absolutely LOVED this book.  I just finished reading another book by Margaret McSweeney (see that review HERE) and this book was as much of a treasure as that one is. This book is not completely written by Margaret, however, you can see her touch throughout the book.  I especially loved how she compared our lives to pearls and that we do get grit and sand in our life, but with God, that grit and sand can be turned into a beautiful pearl.  I love the idea that my life is taking form as a pearl! I also really liked that in her forward to this book, she once again was open and shared how she wasn't really close to her mother, but she grew close to her through her letter and journals left behind after her death. I find this so touching.

This book is filled with personal stories from women who are sharing their experiences and the knowledge that they have gained through the Lord. I have to say, I really loved each and every story in the book. Some made me laugh and some made me cry, but all showed me women that were striving to live their lives for Christ. These stories were all so encouraging and I had a hard time putting the book down.

I highly recommend this book. You will be so encouraged as you read these stories. Grab a cup of tea and sit down and enjoy this lovely book!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

You can purchase the book HERE

You can read other review of this book HERE

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Blessings - Julie

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