Feb 24, 2010

Pearl Girls compiled by Margaret McSweeney (Review)

Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace

The following is quoted from The Pearl Girls website - After experiencing the death of both parents, Margaret McSweeney recognized the importance of community like never before. Through these difficult times in life, she learned how God uses gritty circumstances to conform us to the stunning image of Christ.

McSweeney also realized that she was not at all alone. It is for this reason that she decided to compile essays into an inspiring book: Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit Experiencing Grace. Through this collection, readers will be encouraged by the heartfelt writings that deal with loss and hardship in a real and honest way. Respected authors such as Shaunti Feldhahn, Melody Carlson, Debbie Macomber, Robin Jones Gunn and others help remind every woman that they are not alone and that no circumstance is beyond the grace of God.

McSweeney uses the metaphor of a pearl in order to better describe the situations that ail us all. When an oyster takes in a piece of sand in order to create its coveted masterpiece, it is initially painful to the soft flesh of the creature. But after the pain, appears a clean, white symbol of simplicity, purity, and endurance that any woman would be proud to wear. McSweeney believes that each woman is a pearl and together, form a necklace of great worth. In this book, readers will discover community and encouragement: women are alone in neither their pain nor victories in life.

For more information visit the Pearl Girls website at http://margaretmcsweeney.com/


This book is definitely one that I will read again. It is filled with little pearls of wisdom, encouragement, unbelievable pain, struggles and difficulties. Each story is just a couple of pages long, and written by women who have experienced hard times. With God's help, these incredible women found healing, restoration and victory in the midst of some very difficult times. Some of the stories will make you cry, and others will challenge you. It is not the kind of book that you can read from cover to cover, but rather in little bits and pieces, one pearl at a time. We all encounter grit at some point of our lives ... and we all have the gift of God's love and grace, we just have to reach out and accept it.

My rating - 5 out of 5

Thank you to Margaret McSweeney at The Pearl Girls blog  for sending me a copy of this book. I was a winner of this book from a blog contest, and was not required to write a review. I enjoyed the book immensely and simply wanted to share my thoughts with readers of this blog.

# Publisher: Moody Publishing (July 2009)
# ISBN-10: 0802458629
# ISBN-13: 978-0802458629


  1. Hi Janet,
    Thank you for this great review! I'm a follower over at Pearl Girls, but have not gotten the book yet, so it's good to hear an outside review of it. I have really enjoyed their site. I am a new follower of yours, (from last week's Follow Friday). Thanks again for sharing this!

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  3. Great review! I'm going to go pick this one up!

  4. Janet,Thanks so much for your kind review of the Pearl Girls book. All proceeds go directly to build wells for school children in Uganda and to fund a safe house for mothers and their children in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Through the grit and by God's grace, each of us can make a difference in the world. Thanks for all that you are doing!

  5. Thanks for the wonderful review. I want to get this book.

  6. Thank you to everyone for all your comments, and I am sure you will love the book as much as I do.

    A very special thank you ... to Margaret McSweeney for stopping by today and commenting too.

    This is an amazing book, and the proceeds go to such good causes!