WATERCOLORED PEARLS Paperback – Dec 2008
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Three friends. Three pasts. One journey to beautiful. Serena never thought she'd have children. Now she has two active two-year-old boys. But instead of being overjoyed, she's overwhelmed. Did she make the wrong choice in giving up her successful career to be a stay-at-home mom? Tawana, an ambitious new lawyer, is trying to pull her life together, but her past keeps getting in the way. An incredible opportunity at a prestigious law firm forces her to confront her demons. Can her new responsibilities fit with her growing faith? Erika's estranged and once-abusive husband wants her back. He says he's changed. He's even going to church. But is he telling the truth? Or is he just smooth talking her back into a bad situation? Watercolored Pearls is a story of three women who, despite their less-than-perfect circumstances, watch their friendships with one another deepen--and their lives transform into something beautiful. "Adams tells a captivating story that takes readers through the life journeys of three different women. They learn that they struggle, endure, and triumph, becoming greater and stronger women of God than they ever thought they could be."--Kendra Norman-Bellamy, Essence bestselling author "Watercolored Pearls is a delightful read. Stacy's story reminds us of where true peace and beauty lie."--Sharon Ewell Foster, Christy Award-winning author of Passing by Samaria and Abraham's Well "Stacy Hawkins Adams has set it off once again. Buy this precious gem of a book and a spare to share. It's good like that."--Claudia Mair Burney, author of Zora and Nicky: A Novel in Black and White Stacy Hawkins Adams is a freelance reporter and inspirational columnist based in Richmond, Virginia. She is the author of Speak to My Heart and Nothing but the Right Thing.
About the Author
Stacy Hawkins Adams is a freelance reporter and inspirational columnist. She is the author of Speak to My Heart and Nothing but the Right Thing. She and her husband, Donald, have two young children and live near Richmond, Virginia.
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Three friends, going through their own trials and tribulations, get a revelation from a woman of great wisdom, who received her wisdom from another woman. How often can we say that we have been inclined to reach out and touch someone else's life and make a difference?
Serena McDainels, a stay-at-home mother of two year-old twin boys, is a minister's wife. She and her husband, Micah, had to make some changes when he was let go from being the minister of one of the up-and-coming churches in Richmond, Virginia. Though she is a woman of God, Serena fights with her own internal demons. What lesson will she learn when she leaves that weekend?
Ericka Tyler Wilson, a mother and interior designer, stands at the crossroad where old love and new love are the signs marking the road. Trying to decide which way to go, she turns to reading the Bible and praying. But in order to get the answers to her prayers, she has to be willing to listen. What words would be said to her that weekend, which would lead her in the path chosen for her?
Tawana Carter, a young mother and student at Harvard law school, pushes herself to get ahead, but in the wrong ways. When she is offered the chance to intern at a topnotch law firm in Richmond for the summer, she lets one night affect how she thinks of herself. Finally, her past has caught up with her. She has to decide what to do, continue to run from her past or stand up and face it. What does she take away from that weekend with friends?
The Lord places angels in our lives as he sees fit. It may not be when we want it but He is always on time. Stacy Hawkins Adams poured her heart and soul into this book. I have not read any of her other works, but that did not stop me from picking up this one. This book did not miss a beat, and it had me crying and touched my heart to the core. I recommend Watercolored Pearls to everyone, whether you enjoy Christian fiction or not. There is a life lesson that you will learn while reading it.
For Serena, becoming a mother was one of her greatest desires, although it took a while for the dream to finally become a reality. Serena's family is now complete - a loving, God fearing husband, and two adorable, yet rambunctious twin boys. Sounds ideal right? Well, even though Serena rejoices at having her prayers answered, at times she's overwhelmed by feelings of doubt about being a good mother, and whether or not she made the right decision giving up the career she loved.
After leaving her abusive husband Elliott, Erika is finally at a point in her life where everything is on track and going smoothly, including having a new love interest. But, confusion and doubt begin to set in when her ex starts sending her letters, asking and hoping for a chance at reconciliation.
Tawana has finally realized her dream of becoming a lawyer. But the skeletons in her closet are dancing, threatening to expose all of her dirty little secrets. Stand firm and face the demons or tuck tail and run is the dilemma she finds herself up against.
As each woman struggles with these personal problems and more, they all come together as a support system for each other. With the help of Charlotte, the executive director of the shelter Erika took refuge in, and a bag of three loose pearls of varying colors, Serena, Tawana, and Erika must each decide the path they will take. Will they choose God's way or their own way?
Once again I'm impressed with Hawkins' latest literary endeavor! Not only is her writing crisp, clear and concise, she has also mastered the ability to create a compelling tale that not only keeps readers interested from the first page to the last, but also teaches some very timely lessons about faith and trusting in God without being overly preachy. It is apparent with each novel that Hawkins has taken time to study and learn her craft, resulting in a quality product each and every time.
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Serena prayed that she would become a mother, when God blessed her she had twins. God delivered Erika from her husband and now he's back asking for forgiveness and a second chance. Tawana has finally heard her calling from God but her future is clouded with the past.
The author did a wonderful job telling each characters story and showing the pain, and redemptive powers of God. How His love and mercy can and will sustain us all if you believe. The parable used in the story was an excellent theme to expound on His grace and security in Jesus. Next on my list from the authors Spirit and Soul series is "The Someday List"
Stacy Adams is a wonderful writer and I enjoy reading her books.