Sharon J. Mondragon makes her debut with this inspiring contemporary novel about stepping out of one’s comfort zone and allowing God to lead the way.
In the The Unlikely Yarn of the Dragon Lady, Margaret, Rose, Jane, and Fran meet in the chapel to peacefully knit prayer shawls at the Hope of Glory Community Church. One day the pastor sends them out of the church under the guise of the chapel being painted. They move to the nearby mall grudgingly, especially Margaret, their self-appointed leader. Leaving their comfort zone behind, they never expected the changes they experienced.
In a style reminiscent of Jan Karon’s At Home in Mitford, Mondragon writes about a community of women who find themselves in an unfamiliar setting which brings about changes into their lives corporately and individually. By stepping out of their comfortable patterns, healing — physical and emotional — comes from their taking a more active step in praying for others while they knit prayer shawls and draw closer to one another.
Mondragon’s characters are realistic and relatable in this delightful book. The faith elements are present but not overpowering. The women are different from one another, yet they are bound together in this ministry. By moving to the mall, where the public not only can see them, but can interact with them, the women open themselves to seeing God answer prayers. People are drawn to them and open themselves up to request prayer from the knitting group.
The title did not draw me in. However, after reading the book, I could understand the title better. The book surprised me in so many ways! My least favorite character was the “dragon lady” but through the course of the book, she transforms as she reluctantly responds to God’s leading.
Recommended for church libraries and adult collections in public libraries.