Beautiful words and advise for any struggle you may be having in life. The book is broken into various letters from God based on various treasures God has provided for us. This would make a wonderful gift for any girl in your life.
His Treasure by Sheri Shepherd is one of the most encouraging reads I have read for this summer. The book is not very long and can be easily carried in a purse or bag to be read when you have a spare minute. I found this to be useful when waiting at a doctors office or during my lunch break at work. What was a surprise to me was what I found inside. The pages were elaborate and almost reminded me of the decorative paper that I use when I scrapbook. This book was made for a woman because what woman can resist beauty when she sees it. Even better was the layout of the book for each chapter was basically written in a love letter style written to the Christian woman from God. Each chapter was encouraging and it gave me a sense of how loved and precious I am to God. I also liked how each chapters theme was that of a treasure and that treasure was what the reader was compared to from the perspective of God and this perspective was backed up with scripture. I really enjoyed reading this book so much that I passed it on to the bible study coordinator at my church with a recommendation that we read one chapter to the ladies during each study to give them encouragement. I also recommend every Christian woman to read this book and to read it often because it will leave you feeling loved and special to God.
I purchased this book about a month ago and I can't put it down! Even my daughter (who is 13) and my husband are reading it! I feel like The Lord has laid it on my heart to use this book as an outreach to the women of my small town. I am currently in the planning stage of the outreach ministry that I want to center around handing out copies of the book. I came from a broken home with a absent father and a drug addicted mother. I feel The Lord wants me to use the experiences I have had and reach out to the abused and addicted women of my County with your book at the center! I feel He lead me straight to this book for that purpose! For someone who raised herself I can honestly say it confirmed what I already knew......he is the best Father anyone can ever hope to have. Your Letters spoke straight to my soul! I really wish there was a version of this for men. My husband would absolutely LOVE it!
Written from God's point-of-view as our Heavenly Father to His earthly daughters, this devotional speaks to the heart of all women. Each devotional contains a love-letter straight from God to inspire, encourage and uplift His precious daughters. Along with the each letter, a "Treasure of Truth" thought and a Scripture verse are included. The devotionals address subjects all women experience (roadblocks, perspectives, solace, salvation, direction, faithfulness) from a loving Father's perspective.
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
This absolutely charming little devotional is truly a gem. From the size of the smaller-shaped book to the exquisite pictures that accompany each devotion, I enjoyed the entire package. The letters spoke to me full of hope, commitment, rest and unconditional love. Very, very well done, I would be proud to share this book or give as a gift_positively delightful!
5 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of His Treasure from Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review*
I don't know about you, but times have been pretty tough here lately. It's easy to get dejected and discouraged when you find yourself working harder and harder and feel like you're just getting farther and farther behind.
I was watching my youngest daughter at our church's Thanksgiving potfaith last night. Arielle is a hugger. She loves to hug everyone. Everyone is her friend (whether they know it or not!)
When she was very little, we lived in Phoenix. Often we would be driving down a six or eight lane freeway going 65 mph and she would point at some random car whizzing past and say, "That's my friend!"
When we got home and I thought about that precious little love, it struck me_ I used to be just like her! I used to run up to everyone I knew, expecting to be accepted just as I was and loved_ no exceptions.
I'm not sure exactly when that changed_ whether it was the constant bullying in an inner-city public grade school_ a series of abusive relationships beginning in my teen years_ but at some point I stopped trusting other people_ and I stopped believing that I was of any value to anyone but my children.
A completely open heart and nature was somehow, over the years, transformed into borderline agoraphobia. At the very same dinner, surrounded by the very same loving and caring people, I found myself uncomfortable and panicky. The conversation that goes on in my mind says that it's better not to reach out and try to speak with someone_ you see, my mind says, it would just make them feel as if they HAD to speak with you. It's not because they really want to_ obviously they don't, because they haven't already. I mean, of course they would be polite_ these are polite and caring people, but they wouldn't really MEAN it_ Frankly, I need to learn to tell my mind to shut up, but I'm not there yet. I honestly believe that any friendly overtures made to me are done out of obligation and good manners. It takes years of interaction before I actually trust that another person might trulylike me.
So, imagine my joy when I got sent a free copy of "His Treasure: Gems of Love from Your King" by Sheri Rose Shepherd from Tyndale House Publishers. (Being on their review team is like year round Christmas!)
I've read several of Sheri's books before_ and I even got to see her speak at a Women of Faith conference many years ago in Phoenix. I was very excited to see what her latest book contained.
It's not a very big book. It fits easily inside a purse, diaper bag, or backpack. And it certainly isn't a hard book to read_ each "chapter" is a two page spread that includes a Bible verse, an important thought_ and a love letter from God. Each little letter contains one important point that is illustrated and reinforced by the Bible verse and thought.
For example, in the chapter on Identity, I read that God has an identity for me that is based on my true worth in Him.
"If you could see yourself the way I do, even for a moment, no one would have the power to define who you are."
Who is defining who I see myself as? Certainly not God_ When I still allowed Him to define me, I was just like my little Arielle.
The Bible verse listed along with the full-page letter on Identity is from 1 Peter 2:10_ "Once you had no identity as a people. Once you received no mercy, now you have received God's mercy."
This little book has traveled everywhere with me in my bag since I received it. I cannot imagine going anywhere without it. My 12 year old daughter will often pull it out of my bag and read a page or two at a time_ which makes me very glad. Maybe if my girls can have a firm grasp of who they are_ daughters of the King of Kings_ they won't have to suffer some of the isolation and self-imposed loneliness that I have dealt with most of my adult life.