The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady by Sharon Mondragon
ABOUT THE BOOK -
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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Sharon J. Mondragón writes about the place where kindness and courage meet. Her debut novel, The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady (originally titled The Heavenly Hugs Prayer Shawl Ministry) was the 2017 winner of the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis award in the Short Novel Category, and she has also been recognized by The Saturday Evening Post where her short story, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” was an Honorable Mention Awardee in the 2014 their Great American Fiction Contest.
Mondragón has been active in prayer shawl ministry since 2008 and currently serves as facilitator for the prayer shawl ministry at her church, St. Paul Episcopal in Waxahachie, TX. She also knits with the Circle of Healing at Red Oak United Methodist Church. She is a Level 2 Certified Knitting Instructor through the Craft Yarn Council and teaches beginning knitting at a local yarn store.
She is the mother of five grown children and has four grandchildren. After 26 years as an Army wife, she has settled in Midlothian, TX with her hero/husband, her laptop, and her yarn stash.
MY THOUGHTS -
This book was super, super cute! It was fun and heartwarming at the same time. I am both a knitter and a devoted Christian so I could relate to all aspects of this story. And, parts of it really did make me giggle.
Do you have a "Dragon Lady" at your church? At your work place? In your family???? LOL Yeah, you laugh, but can you relate? I have a "Dragon Lady" in all of the above! I loved all the characters (ladies) in this book, yes, even the Dragon Lady! They all reminded me so much of people I know in real life, at one time or another (some good,,, and some not so good LOL). Hint w/o spoilers - the DL does get better.
Is God asking you to do something that is out of your comfort zone? Is He asking you to something when you already have something different in mind? THAT'S what this book is really about. Your plan and God's plan for you may be two very different things. Speaking from personal experience - If you follow God's plan, even if it is uncomfortable at first - it will lead to something wonderful!
When you read this you will probably identify with one of these four ladies, Margaret, Rose, Jane, and Fran. They are all so very different. Together they make a wonderful group!
Kregel Publications and Audra Jennings PR - Thank You!