About the Book
| 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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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.
Mondragón 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.
Visit Sharon Mondragón’s website and blog at www.sharonjmondragon.com and follow her on Facebook (Sherry Mondragón) and Twitter (@SJ_Mondragón).
My Review of The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady:
The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady is the first book by Sharon J. Mondragon I’ve ready and it was amazing! Oh my goodness! When I read the back cover, I knew this was a book that sounded good. But the back cover was only a slight preview to the entertainment I found in this book. It had all the feels – laughter, happy tears, sadness – it was wonderful. I have been telling my friends about this book and how they have to read it. It’s women’s fiction which I absolutely love and it reminded me a lot of books by some of my favorite authors – Laurine Snelling, Deborah Raney, Karen Kingsbury, and Francine Rivers.
I fell in love with these four women. The only thing I wished the author had done was given us an epilogue to know what happened with Kevin. But that’s life, right? Sometimes we just don’t know if the ending is happy or not. But it’s how we resolve it with God and do what we can to resolve it that has to be enough. There was so much biblical truth woven throughout this book without preaching at me. It got me excited and made me want to do what these women did. I also looked up how to knit a prayer shawl because I want on with the soft yarn too. I don’t know how to knit and don’t have time to put one more thing in my schedule, but the back of the book, if you are interested in learning, tells you how to do just that! To say I loved this book wouldn’t describe it accurately. This is a book I believe would appeal to so many people. Cannot wait to find more books by this author.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Audra Jennings and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions are strictly my own.
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