The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady:A Novel
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The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady:A Novel    -     By: Sharon Mondragon

The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady:A Novel

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Margaret, Rose, Jane, and Fran had a comfortable assignment: they met weekly in a peaceful chapel, knitting prayer shawls. That is, until their pastor booted them out of church in his last-ditch effort to revive the dwindling congregation. He suggests they work at the mall. How ridiculous! How can they run a ministry amongst the "heathen masses"?

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Title: The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady:A Novel
By: Sharon Mondragon
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2021
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
Weight: 10 ounces
ISBN: 082544702X
ISBN-13: 9780825447020
Series: Purls & Prayers
Stock No: WW44702X

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"Mondragon debuts with this charming tale of knitting, faith, and change. . . . Inspirational fans who enjoy the work of Rachel Hauck will love this story."
--Publishers Weekly


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 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.

Author Bio

Sharon J. Mondragón is the facilitator for the prayer shawl ministry at St. Paul Episcopal Church and the knitting instructor at Ewe2 Yarn near her home in Midlothian, Texas. In addition to her knitting work, she has also been a school play therapist, a home-schooling military wife, and a writer whose work has earned recognition with both the Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest and American Christian Fiction Writers.

Editorial Reviews

The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady is a delight! With scenes as vivid and lively as a cozy PBS drama and characters so real they feel more like neighbors than anything else, I enjoyed every moment I spent with this book. More than once, I found myself so absorbed in the story that I completely forgot I was reading. Laced with mercy, encouragement, and hope, this novel is a brilliant and lovingly written debut.” -- Susie Finkbeiner, author of The Nature of Small Birds and the Pearl Spence novels

“I love this book. Extraordinary things happen when ordinary knitters reluctantly move a congregation’s prayer shawl ministry from a quiet chapel to a busy mall. Their encounters with people they would not normally meet made me chuckle, occasionally weep, and finish the story feeling a gentle nudge from the author to ‘go and do likewise.’” -- Patricia Sprinkle, author of Hold Up the Sky

“Mondragon debuts with this charming tale of knitting, faith, and change. . . . Inspirational fans who enjoy the work of Rachel Hauck will love this story.” -- Publishers Weekly

"A unique, original, well-crafted, and inherently fascinating work of contemporary fiction that will have a very special appeal to readers within the Christian community." -- Midwest Book Review

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