Friday, August 31, 2012


Today I wanted to introduce you to Margaret McSweeney’s second Pearl Girl book, Mother of Pearl. I'm excited about this release because I have a short essay in its pages about how I've transmitted a value I learned from my mom to my kids.

In addition, I have an e-copy of this book to giveaway. If you would like a chance to read the e-book, please leave a comment telling why your mom is special or what you've learned from her, etc.

 This collection of Pearl Girl essays celebrates the collective iridescence of motherhood and ALL proceeds from books sales go to charity. Margaret and the Pearl Girls are celebrating with a Pearl Necklace Set Giveaway during the September 4th Pearl Girl Facebook Party. Details below.


mother of pearl


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.
Margaret McSweeney


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 and most recently, Mother of Pearl.
Margaret has a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in international business. As is the 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.
Find out more about Margaret at


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.


Mary said...

My mom helped me through this last year. Dad died a year ago this weekend. I took it very hard because I lost my dad,a very good friend, and my job all within a few months. My mom had her own grief but stood by me, giving me love and guidance until I was able to come out of the dark cloud I was under. I love you mom.

Charity Hawkins said...

My mom is special because she always encouraged my creativity and dreams.

Cara Putman said...

Moms are so key. My Mom has always encouraged my dreams - even when they must have seemed ridiculous. And she has been there in my darkest moments, too. Thanks for sharing, Mary & Charity.


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