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Aftermath: Growing in Grace Through Grief

Loss is a four-letter word that grips our hearts and gridlocks our lives. Grief can hold us captive until we surrender it to God.

How do we find the necessary grace to journey through the mourning process? Juxtaposed to the outpouring of her mother’s words about grief, the author shares her parallel journey from the emotional abyss of grief after becoming an adult orphan. With candor, the author shares her own emotions experienced along the spectrum of loss after her parents’ deaths: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance—adding interactive options for readers.

Five sections cover these common emotions and provide: • comfort Scripture lists • counsel sections from grief experts • chronicling sections with detailed helps • tangible handles on dealing with grief during holidays, capturing loved ones’ legacy, and more.

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Mother of Pearl: Luminous Lessons and Iridescent Faith

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.

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.

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Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace

After experiencing the death of both parents, Margaret McSweeney recognized the importance of community like never before. Through these difficult times in life, she learned how God uses gritty circumstances to conform us to the stunning image of Christ.

McSweeney also realized that she was not at all alone. It is for this reason that she decided to compile essays into an inspiring book: Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit Experiencing Grace. Through this collection, readers will be encouraged by the heartfelt writings that deal with loss and hardship in a real and honest way. Respected authors such as Shaunti Feldhahn, Melody Carlson, Debbie Macomber, Robin Jones Gunn and others help remind every woman that they are not alone and that no circumstance is beyond the grace of God.

McSweeney uses the metaphor of a pearl in order to better describe the situations that ail us all. When an oyster takes in a piece of sand in order to create its coveted masterpiece, it is initially painful to the soft flesh of the creature. But after the pain, appears a clean, white symbol of simplicity, purity, and endurance that any woman would be proud to wear. McSweeney believes that each woman is a pearl and together, form a necklace of great worth. In this book, readers will discover community and encouragement: women are alone in neither their pain nor victories in life.

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Go Back and Be Happy

What happens when life changes in an instant? Is faith enough?

Go Back and Be Happy recounts the near-death experience and miraculous recovery of Julie Papievis.

Feel firsthand what it’s like to wake up from a coma, paralyzed from a severe brain stem injury after a teenager runs a red light.

Share in the joy and personal pain as Julie faces the everyday struggles of reclaiming her life.

Read how God provides grace in an unbearable circumstance.

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A Mother’s Heart Knows

A special book that will make a special mother very happy.

What better way to tell Mom how much you appreciate her on Mother’s Day than with this lovely reminder of thoughts about the loving, selfless attitudes that fill a mother’s heart?

The text and original four-color illustrations will be a beautiful and touching reminder to Mom that her love is never forgotten. The text is a reminder of those things that only a mother’s heart knows, with some special emphasis on a Christian mother.

Appropriate Scripture verses will be incorporated into the design element.

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When Grief Is Your Constant Companion

This book was published in January 2003, the same time the late Carolyn Rhea was diagnosed with a form of leukemia and returned to heaven in April 2003.

Carolyn Rhea, our mother and author of When Grief Is Your Constant Companion, was already an experienced author when her husband of 30 years, Claude, died of heart failure while traveling in Paris in 1990. In her book, she recounts her journey of grief with transparency. She said of her book, “I pray that God will use my book to comfort and encourage those who are grieving and to help those who are not better understand those who are.”

Link to her mother’s book page: http://www.griefandgrace.com/