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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (June 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802458629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802458629
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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. Margaret is the editor of Pearl Girls, author of A Mother's Heart Knows and co-author of Go Back and Be Happy. 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.

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What a marvelous collection of short stories by spirit filled women.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nora A. Stlaurent on April 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
Margaret McSweeny says this about the book, "Perhaps you have heard the story of the oyster that unexpectedly gets a piece of sand stuck inside it's shell. Nacre coats this irritant and creates a pearl. Like the oyster, we encounter unexpected grit in our every day lives" illness, loss, disappointment, pain changes...and the list goes on. However God's nacre of love and grace covers our pain and transforms us into precious pearls. Pearl Girls!

...As women, we are connected through our shared experiences. Together, we create an iridescent pearl necklace, with demands and stress of everyday life, many women become secluded and disconnected from one another and from God!...The ladies in this book and I connect to make a difference in the world. All proceeds from this book go to two charities."

This is a very unique and special book that gathers authors I've seen on the book shelf at my job, interviewed or reviewed their book on my blog. It was very sobering to read many of these authors' stories. I'm so thankful to have received a review copy of this book. The stories in this book are honest, heartfelt and inspirational. More proof that we are all a work in progress. God does His best work in our lives in times of troubles in community and the body of Christ!

Elizabeth Musser states in her story, "I truly believe that God never wastes the pain in our lives...Pain called me to God and made me completely dependent on Him. God gave me the strength to carry on!", author of The Swan House.

Robin Jones Gunn author best know for the Sister Chicks series said, "Yes, my life capsized. But I was being carried along on the unforced rhythm of God's grace.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Warren on December 11, 2009
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Pearl Girls is a collection of true stories that will touch your heart. Heartwarming testimonies to God's love and grace, written by the women who lived them. Some of the names are well known, others were new to me, but each one writes of some intimate, personal moment that will strike a responsive chord with the reader. They write of sin and redemption, of loss and gain, of struggling to fit in, of times when only God could reach down and lead them through their own dark valley.
Somewhere in this collection is a story that will speak just to you from someone who knows what you're going through because she's gone through it too. And each story is a strong testimony of a loving God who understands and who cares. This one is a keeper.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen O'Connor on July 18, 2009
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Pearl Girls, a story compilation edited by Margaret McSweeney, is a book of inspiring personal experience stories that will encourage you in your life and lift your heart during tough times. I read the book in two sittings and am eager to share it with friends and family. Best of all, Margaret is donating all proceeds to two worthwhile charities--one to dig wells in Africa for families in need of fresh water and the other to an organization to help women and children flee from domestic violence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 17, 2009
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Pearl girls is a compilation of some of my favorite authors and respected writers (sixty in total) who share their personal story of faith with you. You'll be encouraged and inspired by their honesty and sincerity.

"Let Margaret take you by the hand and lead you to the place where grit encounters grace. And see for yourself what it means to become a PEARL GIRL."

What I like about this book:

First off it's easy to get into. You can read a story here and there. I love these books as a mother because sometimes I can only get two or three minutes to myself during the day. There are oodles of authors, so there are lots of ladies you can relate to and feel connected with. You'll find God throughout these pages and be touched by a lot of the stories. I found myself smiling and teary-eyed in the same breath! It was easy to love this book because it touched on so many levels of life and had so many wonderful authors involved in it.

The amazing thing about this book is that Margaret Mcsweeney gives 100% of the proceeds go to two charities! Isn't that amazing? This book is not only encouraging and life changing to us as women, but it is also changing lives of those who really need it.

For me, my favorite and somewhat surprising story that I loved was by Debbie Macomber - From a Marriage on the Rocks to One Built on The Rock; her honesty and openness truly touched me. If you're a "Chicken Soup for the Soul" kinda reader you'll really love this book, but in all honesty ANY and every woman can find inspiration in the pages of this book. We are all pearl girls.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Inspired Reader on November 3, 2009
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This book packs a powerful punch in small bites. The stories are just the right length so that you can get a quick jolt of inspiration as often as you need it. Even better, you can also join the Pearl Girls movement and celebrate your own "Grit into Grace" story by surfing over to [...]...you can sign up for the newsletter, read the blog, and contribute your own guest blog story. The purpose of being a pearl girl? To connect, collaborate, and raise money for charity. Margaret is a force of nature--join the fun. It will change your life.
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