The title of this book caught my eye and it sounded like something I wanted to read. When I started reading it, I was a little disappointed. I like to read a chapter a day of a devotional style book, but these chapters are so long that my kids are needing me before I can get through one. The author uses a lot of stories to make her point, where one solid story would be better than many. The book does, however, contain some good thoughts.
Treasured by Leigh McLeroy is a book of devotional insights that follows the author through some of the major stories and events of the Bible, picking out a key object from each story (a fig leaf, Abraham's knife, a smooth stone etc.) and uses those objects to illustrate God's love and care for us. McLeroy also brings her own life's experiences alongside each of her reflections on the objects she has chosen from each story.
There are thirteen short chapters that make for brisk devotional reading. A discussion guide is also included which would lend itself well to use in a small group setting. This is a book that is best for newer believers - within their first year or two of birth into God's family. Many of the stories and insights are fairy simple, and most Christians who have been in the faith for more than a couple of years will be familiar with the major points that McLeroy is making.
In all honesty, this isn't a title that I can picture myself buying for our own collection, but it might make a good gift for a new believer who is just starting to learn about God, his history, and how Christians relate to Him in their daily lives.
During a period of poor health I read Treasured and felt inspired. The Scripture, followed by explanations and personal stories give me hope in time of extreme frustration. I, and my husband, are short term missionaries to Romania. We can not go back to minister to the people. Instead we have used Treasured as part of our mission work. We are passing out copies to people in need.
Treasured: Knowing God by the Things He Keeps is written by Leigh McLeroy. Her inspiration comes from a cigar box that she inherited from her Grandfather. It seemed like an odd thing to receive at first, but as she examined the items her Grandfather kept, she began to know him more. In this way she discribes the objects that God might keep and what they might symbolize about his personality and character. Objects include a fig leaf for His covering, an olive sprig for new beginnings, and many others. One of my favorite objects that might be treasured by God was a Shepherd's harp string showing that he cares about the little guy and can use unexpected people to accomplish extraordinary tasks. In Treasured, Leigh McLeroy weaves bible stories, scripture and personal experiences together to make a pleasantly layered devotional. Treasured also contains a personal reflections and discussion section that would work well for group study and application.