Cultivating Pearls, a creative journey of transformation written by Christina DiMari will be released August 1, 2019 by Tyndale House Publishers!
Cultivating Pearls is a powerful blend of spiritual formation, discipleship, and practical life coaching. With a fresh innovative and interactive format, girls are guided on their own unique creative journey of transformation where their faith and life meet. This book walks girls through six life-changing multi-week sessions using the acronym of P.E.A.R.L.S.:
Purified in the River of the Water of Life.
Called, Loved, Accepted, Forgiven, Whole
Empowered in the Light of Christ
Evaluate, Freedom, Forgiveness, Friendships, New
Anointed with God’s Blessing
Grace. Blessing. Peace, Identity, Value
Rooted in God’s perfect Love
Truth, Nourished, Healthy, Strong, Confident
Living to reflect Gods love in your own unique way
Dream, Explore, Discover. Purpose, Create
Make it Beautiful!
You are loved. You are unique. You can make a difference!
So many of us want to find our true identity and purpose—one that brings light and hope to our lives, no matter what circumstances we face. In Cultivating Pearls you are invited to begin a personal creative journey of transformation where your faith and life meet.
Through the chapters, coloring pages, questions, and journaling prompts, Cultivating Pearls gives you fresh, innovative tools to experience freedom with God, discover your identity, pursue your dreams, and explore creative ways that will make a difference in your life, and ultimately point others to life as well.
Let God transform every area of your life as He cultivates you into the beautiful pearl you are meant to be.
FOCUS OF THIS BOOK
For female students and young adults - spiritual formation, discipleship, and mentoring.
CULTIVATING PEARLS IS PERFECT FOR
- High School and College age girls
- Can be adapted for all ages
- Teachers, youth leaders and mentors looking for fresh resources
- Lessons that cultivate deep and meaningful thought and conversation
- New believers desiring to learn how to walk with God
- Christians desiring to deepen their faith
- Girls and women who connect with God through creativity
CULTIVATING PEARLS WILL HELP GIRLS & YOUNG WOMEN
- Learn how to connect with God in a persona way
- Discover freedom and joy in following Christ
- Receive their anointing as a daughter of God
- Root their lives in the love of God and truth of His Word
- Live their lives reflecting the love of God in their own unique way
- Choose to live within the beautiful boundaries of God's Kingdom
- Realize how their gifts and talents can bless others
“Cultivating Pearls is the most effective book I’ve read and used in my work with high school and college age girls. It is powerful blend of spiritual formation, creativity and practical life coaching. Girls are searching for connection, meaningful relationships, and to know who they are. Cultivating Pearls provides an authentic way for girls to explore and express how their life and faith meet.”
—Irene Neller, Vice President, Westmont College
“Christina DiMari’s passion to bring a life-changing message to girls is contagious. This book will help anyone who dares go on this adventurous journey of personal and spiritual growth to develop a much more meaningful life.”
—Jim Burns, president of HomeWord and author of The Purity Code and Confident Parenting
THE MEANING OF A PEARL
When a single grain of sand enters into the living membrane of an oyster, it causes the oyster conflict and irritation. The oyster’s reaction is to continually coat it with a substance called nacre, eventually transforming the grain of sand into a beautiful pearl. The pearl is a symbol of deep inner change that now shines with beauty outward to the world. The Latin word for pearl literally means "unique," attesting to the fact that no two pearls are identical. You and I are like that grain of sand when we come to God. He receives us as we are, then covers us with His grace and refines us by the truth of His Word. Through that process, He creates something of beauty in us that, each in our own unique and creative way, reflects who He is to the world around us.
WHAT GIRLS HAVE SAID
When we asked several girls to sum up their journey through the book, Cultivating Pearls, this is what they said: Healed. Changed. Restored. New Life. Inspirational. Faith. Transformation. Forgiven. Identity. Anointed. Growth. Cultivated. Unforgettable. Love. Shine. Beautiful.
FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE CAMPUSES
Cultivating Pearls is an innovative and interactive curriculum that can be taught as spiritual formation curriculum on high school and college campuses, in youth group settings and mentoring programs. It can also be done on your own for personal growth. Although this curriculum was written for high school and college age girls, all ages can engage with the journey as it meets you where you are.
CLASSROOM CURRICULUM OR DISCIPLESHIP GROUPS
If you are able to separate the girls, this can be used for their core Bible and Spiritual Formation class. If you are not able to separate the girls for their core Bible class, this can be offered as an elective or advisory class. This can also be used for mentoring and discipleship groups as long as they meet consistently.
CONSISTENCY IS IMPORTANT
This book is loaded with over 350 pages and each lesson builds upon each other all coming together for a beautiful completion at the end. All that to say, whatever format you choose it can work as long as you can meet consistently throughout the year. Personally, I like to do this with a group of girls for the entire school year. Meeting at the very least once a week but ideally 2-4 times per week.
OUTREACH TO CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS
The curriculum helps girls make a personal connection with God through Jesus Christ, grow in their walk with him and explore creative ways their life can make a difference in their community and bring hope to others. One of the girls (a junior in high school) started a movement to provide healing art resources to children in hospitals. We have partnered with hospitals in every state. If your school, church or community group decides this is a good fit we would love to talk with you about having your students connect to our outreach to children in the hospitals close to you!
TIPS FOR LEADERS
If you are planning on leading a group of girls through Cultivating Pearls be sure to read out blog post, Tips for Leaders!