A knitting group’s change of scenery changes lives in unexpected ways
Margaret, Rose, Jane, and Fran had a good thing going: meet every week in the quiet of their peaceful chapel and knit prayer shawls. No muss, just ministry. That is, until their pastor boots them out of the church in his last-ditch effort to revive the dwindling congregation.
Uptight Margaret isn’t having it. Knitting prayer shawls where people can watch is the most ridiculous idea she’s ever heard of, and she’s heard plenty. Prayer belongs in the church, not out among the heathen masses. How are they supposed to knit holiness into these shawls if they’re constantly distracted by the public? But with no choice, the others embrace the challenge. They pack their knitting bags and drag Margaret—grumbling the whole way—to the mall with them. She can’t wait to prove them all wrong when it fails miserably, and show the pastor that she always knows best.
Without the familiar mold the group has been stuck in, their own losses, pain, and struggles rise to the surface. And the people and situations they encounter every time they try to sit quietly and knit are taking them a lot further out of their comfort zone than they ever imagined. Can they find the courage to tackle the increasing number of knotty issues they learn about in the community--or will the tangle be too much to unravel?
Sharon J. Mondragon’s debut is warm and delightful, full of real laughter, grief, and personality. It beautifully illustrates the power of women across generations to reach people for Christ.
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My thoughts: I don't know what I was expecting when I picked up this book, but it was not to be utterly blown away by the wonderful characters and message! I enjoyed getting to know each of the ladies: Fran, who has picked up knitting as a way to grieve the loss of her husband; Rose, who is struggling with her children's decision to have her move to a retirement community; Jane, who is struggling with forgiveness; and Margaret, who just wants to keep the group from falling apart. I found myself relating to each of the characters, and enjoying the twists and turns of the story as they step out of their comfort zone. This is such an inspiring story!
I received this book from Read with Audra. This is my honest review.
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