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The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady
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).
The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady reminds me of a movie I might see on British programming or perhaps something on PBS. In fact, this would make a great movie to watch during the holiday season. It’s an easy read, perfect for reading on a vacation trip. The story begins with a prayer shawl ministry, a group of ladies that knit shawls while praying over them that they would reach the intended person to provide comfort during their difficult time. Margaret will rub the reader the wrong way initially, but give her a chance as she experiences some growth as a character. This was a wonderful heartwarming story. Also, it almost made me want to try knitting myself. In fact, the author provides instructions and a supply list, in case the reader wants to give it a try. I received a copy from the publisher. However the honest opinions in this review are my own.
I was on the receiving end once. It was during my 3 week stint in the hospital for pre-term labor. It was my first child and I’d struggled all through the pregnancy to ensure my son made it. When I ended up admitted into the hospital, it was an upsetting time. 3 weeks without being able to do anything other than watch the Food network or TLC. Friends from church brought in both a stuffed animal with a cloth and a baby blanket, both which they’d prayed over. Some might not believe in the power of prayer. But even those that don’t believe in it, it is still comforting to know that someone took the time to make a blanket or shawl to comfort you while you’re going through a difficult time. It offers a reminder that they are thinking of you, even if they aren’t near.