Today I have a really special book to tell you about, Pearl Girls, complied by Margaret McSweeney. It's a collection of essays and short stories from a variety of Christian authors. I love the tagline of the book, "encountering grit, experiencing grace." The visual of a pearl is such a beautiful analogy to our lives in the Lord's hands. We start out as a gritty piece of sand, and little by little He gracefully transforms us into a beautiful pearl.
These stories are short and sweet, a perfect little bit to read right before bed. As someone who has gone through some gritty times, I am thankful for encouraging stories of how God has used difficulties, tragedies and even repented sin for the good of these women.
You can download a free excerpt here (one essay).
100% of all the royalties from Pearl Girls goes to these two charities:
WINGS (women in need growing stronger): The proceeds will help fund a Safe House in the Chicago suburbs. It costs $50 a night to provide safe shelter for a woman and her children. During this economy, WINGS is receiving even more phone calls for a safe place to stay. Already, the Pearl Girls have provided 60 nights with the advance royalties.
Hands of Hope: The proceeds will help build wells in Uganda for school children. Can you imagine a child at school without a water fountain in the hallway where he or she can grab a quick sip of water in between classes on a hot day? These children have to drink from puddles and other water sources which carry diseases and parasites. It costs $12,000 to build a well in Uganda. Already, the Pearl Girls have provided funds to build ¼ of a well.
Get Involved and Share Your Story
Inspired by the many women who opened their lives and shared their stories in Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace, is the sister site, Post-a-Pearl, a place to continue the connection and encouragement the book began. You can post your own Pearl story and reach out to share your own story with others. Collaborating is an important purpose of Pearl Girls. We connect to make a difference in the world.