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05 December 2009

Pearl Girls Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace: A Book Tour/Review

Title: Pearl Girls Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace
Compiler: Margaret McSweeney
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: July 1, 2009
Paperback: 192 Pages
ISBN: 978-0802458629

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About the Book:

With His love and grace, God covered the unexpected pain in my life of becoming an adult orphan and transformed this pain into a pearl. We are all Pearl Girls. Each of us has been touched by God's gift of love and grace, and it's a gift that I want to share with others. That's why I am launching Pearl Girls.

Actually, my very first gift from my parents was a pearl. The gift of my name. Margaret means "precious pearl." So perhaps this is what I was always supposed to do. My heart's prayer is that Pearl Girls will be a blessing to others - to the women who contribute their literary talent to the Pearl Girls projects; to the readers who are inspired and comforted by the life experiences shared through these projects and to the women and children who will benefit from the proceeds given by Pearl Girls to various charities. This is a win-win for everyone, and each of us has a special part in making the Pearl Girls projects "blessed sellers."

After the first Pearl Girls tea in Atlanta, I went to my brother, Claude's home to help sort through our parents' boxes in his basement. It was an emotional experience and tedious process to discover what was in each box, to decide what to do with each item and to discard those belongings which we needed to let go. After several long hours of sorting, I received an incredible hug from heaven - a confirmation that Pearl Girls is something that is meant to be. I discovered a three strand necklace of painted pearls belonging to my grandmother from the early 1900s! Isn't that amazing?


My Review:

Pearl Girls, Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace is a beautiful, life altering book comprised of a series of short, heart-felt stories, the grit of life, that becomes a pearl, written by some of the best known authors in the Christian writing community. The book includes writings of 60 authors including Tricia Goyer, Debbie Macomber, Kathi Macias, and 57 equally brilliant authors whose stories have been compiled into this small, yet power packed book. Pearl Girls made me laugh, cry, and give thanks for what I have and what I have not had to endure. These beautiful pearls should be read and I would not hesitate to recommend Pearl Girls to anyone, for I cannot fathom someone not relating to and gaining from these pearls of wisdom. Please continue on to learn more about the novel as well learn who the Pearl Girls are.

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100% of the royalties go directly to two charities:

WINGS (women in need growing stronger). The proceeds will help fund a Safe House in the Chicago suburbs. It costs $50 a night to provide safe shelter for a woman and her children. During this economy, WINGS is receiving even more phone calls for a safe place to stay. Already, the Pearl Girls have provided 60 nights with the advance royalties.

Hands of Hope. The proceeds will help build wells in Uganda for school children. Can you imagine a child at school without a water fountain in the hallway where he or she can grab a quick sip of water in between classes on a hot day? These children have to drink from puddles and other water sources which carry diseases and parasites. It costs $12,000 to build a well in Uganda. Already, the Pearl Girls have provided funds to build ¼ of a well.

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I received a free copy of Pearl Girls Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace compiled by Margaret McSweeney from LitFuse Publicity Group. Receiving a free copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.

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4 comments:

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Fantastic review! I really enjoyed this and cant believe I havent heard of it until now.

I am looking for this one thats for sure!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Me again :) You really have me thinking about this book. I am linking to your review in my morning post today. I just think it is wonderful when authors get together and do something like this.... gives me a "we are the world" feeling... people coming together.

chrisy said...

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!...I have not been doing alot of reading lately, but now you have me in the mood for reading, and definetely am going to check this out. You have a wonderful service here.

Kathi Macias said...

Thanks so much for the excellent review of this wonderful book. I am so blessed to be a Pearl Girl, and honored to be included in this compilation. May you all have a glorious week!!!