Mother of Pearl Litfuse Book Tour

About the Book:

Like oysters, women often encounter unexpected grit during their everyday lives. In response, God’s love and grace covers this grit and transforms the pain into a precious pearl that leaves a layered, luminous lining within a shell: Mother of Pearl. This brilliant luster is strong, lasting, and purposeful—just like the love, lessons, and legacies left by the special women in our lives.

Mother of Pearl celebrates the collective iridescence of motherhood. Margaret McSweeney presents a collection of heartfelt vignettes from authors who communicate the importance of the unique relationships between mothers and their children, between granddaughters and grandmothers and between children and the mother-figures in their lives.

These stories tell of the power of faith, prayer, and values, exploring coming of age, the joy of becoming a mother, the importance of motherhood, the ways to heal from a bad relationship with a mother and weathering the death of a special loved one. Poignant and thought-provoking, the stories serve to inspire, encourage, instill hope, and strengthen faith.

The proceeds from the sale of Mother of Pearl will be donated to organizations helping struggling women and children. The charities include Wings (Women in Need Growing Stronger) to help fund the Safe House in the Chicago suburbs and to Hands of Hope to help build wells for schoolchildren in Zambia.

Author Bio:

Margaret McSweeney is a well-published author often writing online articles for Make It Better (the former North Shore Magazine) and freelance articles for the Daily Herald, the largest suburban Chicago newspaper. In addition, she has authored and compiled several books including A Mother’s Heart Knows; Go Back and Be Happy; Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace, Mother of Pearl andAftermath.

With a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in international business, Margaret became a vice-president in the corporate finance division of a New York City bank and worked there 1986–93.

As founder of Pearl Girls, Margaret collaborates with other writers on projects to help fund a safe house for WINGS, an organization that helps women and their children who are victims of domestic violence, and to build wells for schoolchildren in Uganda through Hands of Hope. For the past 10 years she has served on the board of directors and leadership advisory board for WINGS. Margaret lives with her husband and 2 daughters in the Chicago suburbs. 

My Review/Thoughts:

I have been a fan of The Pearl Girls for several years and was very excited to read these stories from some of my favorite authors including Tricia Goyer, and Robin Jones Gunn.  I also met some authors that I was not familiar with, but have enjoyed their heartwarming stories about motherhood.   Many of these stories pulled on my heartstrings and I was able to relate to them as a mom.  But even if you are not a mother, you may relate to these stories about family relationships and mother figures.

One of my favorites was from an inspirational person herself.  She has an incredible story of surviving a car accident with a traumatic brain stem injury, coming out of a one month coma and running a triathalon 14 years later.  Julie Papievis remembers dying and seeing her two deceased grandmothers who gave her this message:  "Your body will heal.  Go back and be happy." (pg. 142)  When I read this, it intrigued me and made me want to read more about her amazing story!

There are many more great "pearls" to read in this book, many that will leave you wanting to know more about that story or author.  And the best part is, when you purchase this book, you will be helping other women and children!

You can purchase this book for $12.99 (soft cover) or $7.99 e-book version at this link:  http://ow.ly/cTZAg  

See what others on the tour have to say:


Facebook Party:

(Invitation from Margaret McSweeney)

To celebrate the release of Mother of Pearl: Luminous Lessons and Iridescent Faith I'm hosting an evening of chat, laughter, and encouragement on Facebook!

I've invited the Pearl Girl contributors to join us on the evening of September 4th. I'd be so honored if you'd come too!

We'll be giving away a ton of fun stuff {books, gift certificates and a Beautiful Pearl Necklace set}.

Mother of Pearl celebrates the collective iridescence of motherhood. We'll gather to connect, be encouraged and make some new friends!

So RSVP today and then come back on September 4th (at 5pm Pacific, 6pm Mountain, 7pm Central, and 8pm Eastern) and join us for the "Pearl" party. Let's share our stories and encourage one another.

We'll also have an update from the charities involved with Pearl Girls, Wings and Hands of Hope.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity for the purpose of review.  For more info, see my disclosure policy.

5 comments on "Mother of Pearl Litfuse Book Tour"
  1. The cover of the book is so beautiful...like the author.

  2. This sounds like an amazing book. Checking it out now. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. I like how she gives back, sounds like a great book.


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