5 Minutes for Books: Pearl Girls

by Guest Contributor

Oftentimes, I’m guilty of wrongfully judging someone else’s life. When I read books by such renown Christian authors as Shaunti Feldhahn, Melody Carlson, Kristin Billerbeck or Tricia Goyer, I think She must have it all. What a blessed life she’s lived.

And then I read Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace, compiled by Margaret McSweeney.

McSweeney has compiled short essays from dozens of Christian women. Many are authors. All have seen God take the grit of their lives – the hard stuff, the sin, the doubt – and cover it over and over with His love and grace until it became a pearl.

Feldhahn and her husband were Harvard graduates with high power careers until the technology crash forced them into a five-year period of poverty. Carlson’s oldest son is a schizophrenic, and her youngest son fell into alcohol and drug addiction. Billerbeck has a mentally challenged brother. Goyer was an unwed teenage mother who had an abortion at age 15 and a child at age 17.

Each of these women, and the many others I haven’t listed, found themselves in dire circumstances. Situations they never imagined, and certainly couldn’t control. Each found God waiting for them in the midst of the hardship. In time, the grit became a priceless pearl that God produced to His glory.

I found these stories to be inspiring and encouraging reminders that God can take even the dirtiest and toughest thing in our lives and make something beautiful from it if we allow Him.

Pearl Girls also has a website for readers to become involved by posting their own stories. For more information, click here.


If you’d like to win one of FOUR copies of Pearl Girls (U.S. residents only), leave a comment here. We’ll announce the winners in next week’s column.

** The Giveaway is Closed **

Melissa has been captivated by books for as long as she can remember. She resides in Virginia and blogs at Breath of Life.

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1 Heidi Clark September 14, 2009 at 12:10 am

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2 Ashley September 14, 2009 at 1:44 am

I’d really love to read this. Sounds very uplifting.

3 Rhonda Brand September 14, 2009 at 4:45 am

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4 Nikki September 14, 2009 at 5:59 am

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5 angie September 14, 2009 at 8:48 am

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6 Sandra September 14, 2009 at 8:52 am

I would enjoy reading this book and then passing it on …

7 Elizabeth September 14, 2009 at 8:59 am

It sounds wonderful!

8 Shonni September 14, 2009 at 9:15 am

I would love to receive one of these books. Thank you

9 Amy September 14, 2009 at 9:38 am

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10 Thena September 14, 2009 at 10:13 am

Sounds like an awesome book. Would love to read it.

11 Whimzie September 14, 2009 at 10:36 am

Looks like a great book!!

12 Corn September 14, 2009 at 11:06 am

Thanks for reccomending this book. I am intrigued and will definitely read it!

13 Barbara H. September 14, 2009 at 11:18 am

I’ve been wanting to read this as one of my blogging friends has an entry in it. Thanks for the opportunity!

14 Erin Lowmaster September 14, 2009 at 11:53 am

I’ve been wanting to read this book!

15 Elli September 14, 2009 at 12:27 pm

it sounds like a very encouraging read

16 Carrie September 14, 2009 at 12:29 pm

sounds like a great book!

17 Hailey September 14, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Sounds like an amazing book. I would love to win it.

18 Penny September 14, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Sounds like a great book. I think all of us at one time or another go through hard times, even those who semingly have it all together…My first hardest time when I married was having my first baby be a SIDS baby. PTL I now have 3 beautiful healthy daughters.
Please enter my name in the contest.TKS

19 adams September 14, 2009 at 4:53 pm

i feel like reading this book.

20 Jinii September 14, 2009 at 5:38 pm

I would love a copy!

21 Chelsea September 14, 2009 at 6:36 pm

I would love to win! Thanks

22 Linda Kish September 14, 2009 at 6:58 pm

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23 Shirley September 14, 2009 at 7:19 pm

This sounds like a terrific read. :)

24 Alissa September 14, 2009 at 9:16 pm

sounds like a great read! thanks.

25 Brenda Rupp September 14, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Sounds like a great read!

26 Summur Braley September 14, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Would love to be encouraged by this book.Titus2 :)

27 Mommy Magee September 14, 2009 at 11:05 pm

This sounds like a neat book! God is so good to use what was meant for bad and turn it into glory for Him. Awesome!

28 edj September 15, 2009 at 9:09 am

It’s such an incredible idea; that our pain and grit and mess can be transformed. I’d love to read this.

29 Val Pearson September 15, 2009 at 9:25 am

Sounds like a super interesting book! I would love to win it. Thanks for giving us the opportunity!

30 Michelle September 15, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Sounds like a great read.

31 LaVonne September 15, 2009 at 3:06 pm

This sounds like a great book to read and share. Thanks!

32 Pat Connors September 15, 2009 at 7:45 pm

I want to surprise my wife.

33 Alicia hill September 16, 2009 at 2:05 am

Sounds GOOD ; Sounds like something i can read and pass to my mother and she can read it. I like that.

34 Mama Zen September 16, 2009 at 10:16 am

This sounds marvelous!

35 Angie September 16, 2009 at 11:00 pm

This sounds like a great book and could be a great help to me!

36 Angela Winesburg September 17, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Sounds like a great read, thanks for the chance!

37 Annmarie W. September 18, 2009 at 6:39 am

There is nothing better to me than an inspiring book, where we learn how others can win over adversity!

38 vicki wurgler September 18, 2009 at 8:36 pm

sounds like a wonderful book to read

39 pixie13 September 19, 2009 at 12:21 am

I love books that tell of others’ triumph over adversity; please accept my entry. Thanks.

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