Thursday, August 23, 2012

Mother of Pearl~Book Review


Mother of Pearl by Margaret McSweeney

About 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

Mother of Pearl is a delightful little book filled with stories from authors such as Joanna Weaver, Amanda Bennett, Suzanne Woods Fisher,Tricia Goyer and Robin Jones Gunn and many more. I counted 57 stories in all.

Margaret McSweeney has done a wonderful job compiling all of these inspiring stories into one book!

These stories will make you laugh and cry and most certainly touch your heart! Each story is like opening up a little treasure.

Each story is just a couple of pages in length making it easy to read a story each day! This book would make a wonderful gift!

Meet Margaret

ContentImage-20-79747-MMheadshotsmMargaret 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. You can learn more about Margaret here.



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Margaret McSweeney Mother of Pearl

You can read more about the contest and read what other reviewers are saying about Mother of Pearl here!

disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received. All opinions in this post and on this blog are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.


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