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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: #1,749,804 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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I read the book in two sittings and am eager to share it with friends and family.
Karen O'Connor
Pearl Girls edited by Margaret McSweeney is an moving book filled with stories to encourage your heart.
Christina Lockstein
It is a great reminder that God's grace and love can carry us through any trial in life.
Nancy O

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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deb Yering on June 8, 2013
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What a marvelous collection of short stories by spirit filled women. Definitely an encouragement to us all that our Lord is in complete control.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lylamay on August 4, 2010
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Pearl Girls serves up bite-sized stories that reveal God's perspective on our challenges, while showing us how to see what he sees.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy O on December 23, 2009
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This book shows us that we are not alone. Some of the women's stories are heart wrenching, but at the same time, can be uplifting. It is a great reminder that God's grace and love can carry us through any trial in life. The stories are short and most have links to the authors' websites, other books, etc.
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