My Mother's Quilts is a devotional written Ramona Richards and published by Worthy Publishing. Each chapter of it features one of the quilts Richards's mother made and/or owned.
Each chapter, of which there are about 60 that are each about 3 small pages in length, also contains a story about the featured quilt from the life of Richards or one of her family members. This story is in turn connected to a Bible verse, a lesson/thought, and a prayer.
It all feels like it is mostly aimed towards women, but men can read and enjoy it as well.
If you are a person who has a fondness or respect for history, antiques, heritage, creativity, beauty, and/or faith, My Mother's Quilts is a book you could enjoy.
This book demonstrates a deep respect for hard work, family ties, responsibility, faith, beauty, and even physical warmth. It all jumps off the page and penetrates the reader.
Not to mention I learned a lot about what it takes to quilt and developed as respect and admiration for quilting.
Furthermore, each chapter has at least one photo of the featured quilt, and the colors, patterns, and settings are wonderful and very relaxing to look at. The visuals alone can help lift your spirits.
But the visuals are not all that is in this book. The way Richards tries to tie each quilt into a family story - which can be funny, touching, sad, and/or interesting - and a spiritual thought is encouraging and refreshing. Although the chapters are short, Richards occasionally gets across a really deep thought that can cause you to stop and think.
There are very often times in My Mother's Quilts when a chapter's verse, story, and lesson feel forced together. Sometimes it is difficult to even see any connection whatsoever.
Although it is nice to see someone putting a spiritual spin on life and items, this flaw can be somewhat distracting.
Additionally, there is occasionally an element of pride in the book. There are a couple points when Richards talks about showing off quilts to friends and family and basking in the praise and feeling proud.
Unlike the forced connections, this is not a strong element. The occasions of it are few and far between, but they are still there.
Although this book clearly has its flaws, it is still well worth the read. It is not an overall deep book that should be read completely on its own, but it still very good.
When you are feeling down, this book can be uplifting and provide some good encouragements and considerations.
- James D. McIntosh Jr.
Win one of the quilts featured in #MyMothersQuilts by Ramona Richards. Also up for grabs: loads of other prizes including quilting hand warmers, coloring books, and 25 signed copies of Ramona's book. Winners will be emailed after the contest ends on June 30, 2016. Click the image to get started!
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