I stopped by my internet buddy’s blog, Lori’s Reflections, and learned that she is one of the contributors in Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace. I was curious to know more about the concept of the book and I found this description by Moody Publishers explained it in a very touching way.
“Margaret McSweeney uses the metaphor of a pearl in order to better describe the situations that ail us all. When an oyster takes in a piece of sand in order to create its coveted masterpiece, it is initially painful to the soft flesh of the creature. But, after the pain appears a clean, white symbol of simplicity, purity, and endurance that any woman would be proud to wear. Margaret believes that each woman is a pearl and, together, we form a necklace of great worth. In this book, readers will discover community and encouragement: women are not alone in either their pain or victories in life.
Respected authors such as Shaunti Feldhahn, Melody Carlson, Virelle Kidder, Robin Jones Gunn, Dannah Gresh, and others help remind every woman that they are not alone and that no circumstance is beyond the grace of God.
• Every Pearl Girl story holds a message of hope and grace. God isn’t finished with us yet! – Karen Kingsbury, America’s inspirational novelist and bestselling author of the Above the Line series
• The stories inside the pages of this Pearl Girls book will warm your heart and remind you about the strength and presence of God’s grace in our lives. – Emilie Barnes, author of Meet Me Where I Am, Lord: Devotions for Women Harvest House”
Of course, after reading this brief news release I was then curious about the author of the book. Here is a little about Margaret McSweeney.
“Margaret McSweeney lives with her husband, David and two teenage daughters in the Chicago suburbs. After earning a master’s degree in international business from the University of South Carolina, Margaret moved to New York City to work at a large bank where she met David. Charity and community involvement are very important to Margaret. She has served on the board of directors for WINGS (Women in Need Growing Stronger) for over six years.”
If you would like to read an excerpt from Pearl Girls click here.