The Sacred Purse should be shared with friends

April 6, 2011 at 5:42 am 2 comments

The Sacred Purse a collaborative book compiled and edited by Debi Tomalis Wacker (World of Ink Tour author Judy Snider is a contributor); published by LightSource Marketing, Virginia Beach, Virginia; 2008.

The jacket description of the book states:

The Sacred Purse is a literary celebration about the perfection of women-and the perfection of each woman.  Written by, for and about women, this book is a collaborative literary fusion of short stories, poetry, streams of consciousness, and prose.  A look inward, the literary pieces focus on the many “faces” of a woman: daughter, mother, partner, artist, survivor, provider and friend.  What began as an outlet for our creative expression has been transformed into an inspirational collection that covers the emotional gamut: humorous, deeply moving, tearful, meditative and a strong, casual connectedness to female readers seeking inspiration.

Why is a book for women being reviewed on a blog about resources for children?  Well, I was a stay-at-home mom that worked from home as a consultant for years.  I often felt that my struggles were my own burden, that no one else had similar experiences; I often felt removed from the company of other women.  If this book were available at that time, I would have sat with a cup of coffee during naptime and savored each page, each word, each image.  There is comfort in sharing the experiences of others.

Just like the book summary states, there is something for every woman at every stage of life in this collection.  I highly recommend using this book to recharge the batteries of women, women in every stage of life, but especially for mothers of small children.  It’s a title you will return to often through every stage of life.  You can find out more about the book and collaboration at

As a librarian, I think this book would be an interesting addition to the parent resource section of the children’s department.  I also recommend using it as inspiration for programming for caregivers; I would read excerpts of the different styles and encourage the women to write and share their thoughts in this unique way.


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  • 1. VS Grenier  |  April 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks for a great review of Judy Snider’s collaboration about women. I couldn’t agree more with what you said. I’m a mom of three and I work around the clock, but we do need to find time for ourselves and with other women, too.

    Great post.

  • 2. Nora Keene  |  April 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Love the image and the idea of women collaborating. We are so often in competition with one another, it’s inspirational to see a wonderful product of working together. I like the idea of sipping my green tea and sharing time with all the women that shared; makes me feel like part of a greater community. Looks terrific!


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