Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace is a compilation of essays by some of the biggest names in Christian publishing, as well as some up and coming talent, who have all banded together to share how God’s grace has covered the difficulty and pain in their lives. To share how God has taken that unexpected irritant in their lives and turned it into a pearl.
About Pearl Girls:
With His love and grace, God covered the unexpected pain in my life of becoming an adult orphan and transformed this pain into a pearl. We are all Pearl Girls. Each of us has been touched by God’s gift of love and grace, and it’s a gift that I want to share with others. That’s why I am launching Pearl Girls.
Actually, my very first gift from my parents was a pearl. The gift of my name. Margaret means “precious pearl.” So perhaps this is what I was always supposed to do. My heart’s prayer is that Pearl Girls will be a blessing to others – to the women who contribute their literary talent to the Pearl Girls projects; to the readers who are inspired and comforted by the life experiences shared through these projects and to the women and children who will benefit from the proceeds given by Pearl Girls to various charities. This is a win-win for everyone, and each of us has a special part in making the Pearl Girls projects “blessed sellers.”
After the first Pearl Girls tea in Atlanta, I went to my brother, Claude’s home to help sort through our parents’ boxes in his basement. It was an emotional experience and tedious process to discover what was in each box, to decide what to do with each item and to discard those belongings which we needed to let go. After several long hours of sorting, I received an incredible hug from heaven – a confirmation that Pearl Girls is something that is meant to be. I discovered a three strand necklace of painted pearls belonging to my grandmother from the early 1900s! Isn’t that amazing?
It’s about Connecting Hearts and Souls to Impact the World.
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.
Link to buy the book online: http://www.amazon.com/Pearl-Girls-Encountering-Experiencing-Grace/dp/0802458629/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1253048057&sr=8-1
I enjoyed and was encouraged in reading the stories included in Pearl Girls. All sorts of woman from many different lifestyles took a step of faith to share stories of the grace of God and hope they’ve encountered throughout their lives, and nothing can touch the heart more in knowing that.
I have not read the whole book but instead enjoy reading a story or two a day in the morning or evening before bed. This book is a wonderful addition to my home and would be to most homes, churches, and libraries. This book would make a wonderfully encouraging gift to anyone whether they are going through a gritty situation at the time or not. God’s grace is sufficent unto us and this book displays that beautifully.
You can download a free excerpt here (one essay).
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.
Reach out. Tell a friend. Be encouraged. Read what others are saying here!