Friday, August 31, 2012

Mother of Pearl Compiled by Margaret McSweeney

From the 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.
My Thoughts:

This is Margaret's second "Pearl Project" and I've enjoyed both so much.  "Mother of Pearl" puts the focus on motherhood which, for me, took away a little from the book.  Yes, I'm a mother and I have those 'sandy moments' in my life...but I need to be spoken to as a wife, as a woman, as a daughter...on many levels.

That said, read these stories, these testimonies with tissues handy.  Some will make you laugh till tears run...others will tug at your heart's tender places until your cheeks are wet.  "Mother of Pearl" emphasizes the power of story...the story of one life poured out for another.

No matter the shape or condition of your mother-daughter relationship, you'll fine a true tale in the collection that will speak to you.  And along the reading way you'll learn to let God take those 'sandy moments', cover them with His nacre of love, grace and mercy and turn them to His luminous pearls to pass on and share.

I'm so grateful God placed this project on Margaret McSweeney.  I hope it continues on.  I received a copy of "Mother of Pearl" via the LitFuse Blog Tour Event in exchange for an honest review.  I recommend this one.  A great gift, in fact!

Happy Reading!



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