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Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Excerpt from the back cover: Do you wish that you had a blueprint for a rich, fulfilling life? Many of us mistakenly think that if we were prettier, smarter, had less obligations, or a fulfilling romantic relationship we would, at last, be joyful and content.

Chasing after false illusions of success can propel us to make unwise and detrimental choices. Often we remain stuck in our uncertain reality because we don't know how to move forward. Blinded by our insecurity, we forget that God has the potential and power to intervene and guide us toward wiser, fulfilling choices for our future. If God can take a tiny, insignificant grain of sand and turn it into a unique, gorgeous pearl, then He can certainly turn our insecurities, fears, and worst decisions into a magnificent new beginning!

Subtitled "Making BOLD Choices to Enrich Your Life", international speaker and author of Beauty Unleashed, Heidi McLaughlin, has given us a very practical book. Heidi addresses issues to which we can relate.as she shares with her readers from her heart. It is clear that this book is born out of Heidi's personal experience, as well as from the experiences of friends.

Heidi clearly speaks God's truth into our struggles as someone who has "been there". She deals with such topics as obligation, breaking the "nobody barrier", real and fake friendships, resentment, blended families, instant pleasures or expectant waiting, comparing or contentment, regrets or rejoicing, shamed or radiant, panic or prayer, career or calling.

:Sand to Pearls would be excellent for personal or small group Bible study, as well as for a Book Club discussion. In addition to many Scriptures and personal examples, Heidi quotes from well-known authors, such as Liz Curtis Higgs, John Maxwell, Dr. Henry Cloud, H. Norman Wright and others.  Each chapter gives the reader 10-15 practical choices to enrich our lives, as well as a section aptly called "Stop and ask God to help you change sand to pearls". This is broken down as follows:

  • Scripture
  • Thanksgiving
  • Observation
  • Prayer
I found this book challenged me at a personal level, and heartily recommend it. Thanks, Heidi, for sharing the passion of your heart in such an insightful and personal way. Your life is a genuine reflection of the beauty of Jesus, Whom you so faithfully serve.

About the Author:

For over two decades, Heidi has been teaching, mentoring, and inspiring women to discover their most valuable, unexpected gift: the endowment of their genuine, beautiful self. This passion emerged through her personal discovery of how God restores all our brokenness and then helps us to unleash our full potential and beauty.

Heidi's favorite activity is sitting across from a woman over a freshly brewed cup of coffee and exchanging heart connection stories.

Heidi and Pastor Jack McLaughlin live in the beautiful vineyards of West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Heidi enjoys her blended family, which includes nine grandchildren.

Heidi uses her passion and gifts of speaking and writing in her ministry called "HEART CONNECTIONS". You can contact her through her web-page:: www.heartconnection.ca

Published by Deep River Books, Sand to Pearls is available through Amazon.ca, Christian Book Distributors.com, Barnes & Noble.com.and your favorite Christian bookstore.

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