Book Review ~ Mother of Pearl: Luminous Lessons and Iridescent Faith Compiled by Margaret McSweeney

Mother of Pearl: Luminous Lessons and Iridescent Faith
Compiled by Margaret McSweeney
Non Fiction

Back of the book:

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.

About Margaret McSweeney:

Margaret is a wife and mother, serves on the Leadership Advisory Board for Wings (Women in Need Growing Stronger). She is the author of A Mother’s Heart Knows and Aftermath:Finding Grace Through Grief and coauthor of Go Back and Be Happy, she also compiled the collection of essays Pearl Girls.

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My thoughts:

Mother of Pearl is a book for women, written by a group of ladies from various backgrounds and experiences. It is a compilation of short essays about some of the authors’ most personal experiences as women. Some of my favorite authors like Lis Wiehl, Robin Jones Gunn, Tricia Goyer and Suzanne Woods Fisher have made very touching contributions.

Each article is short enough to be read in a couple of minutes. In fact I carried it around in my purse for a couple of days and would pull it out when I had a lull and quickly read a piece. One of the little touches that I like about the book was the brief biographies that were included for each contributor. Some of the authors were unfamiliar to me and it was nice to read about who they were.

This would be a wonderful gift for any female. Just tuck it into a little gift basket and pass it on to that new momma or that sweet older woman that you admire. They will definitely love it. My copy is going on the night stand in my guest room. I can’t wait to discuss it with my next visitor!

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