His Treasure: Gems of Love from Your King
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!
February 7, 2014
Written from GodÃ¢ÂÂs 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 Ã¢ÂÂTreasure of TruthÃ¢ÂÂ thought and a Scripture verse are included. The devotionals address subjects all women experience (roadblocks, perspectives, solace, salvation, direction, faithfulness) from a loving FatherÃ¢ÂÂs 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 giftÃ¢ÂÂ¦positively delightful!
5 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of His Treasure from Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review*
January 13, 2014
Feeling Discouraged? Read a Love Letter from God
I donÃ¢ÂÂt know about you, but times have been pretty tough here lately. ItÃ¢ÂÂs easy to get dejected and discouraged when you find yourself working harder and harder and feel like youÃ¢ÂÂre just getting farther and farther behind.
I was watching my youngest daughter at our churchÃ¢ÂÂs 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, Ã¢ÂÂThatÃ¢ÂÂs my friend!Ã¢ÂÂ
When we got home and I thought about that precious little love, it struck meÃ¢ÂÂ¦ 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 lovedÃ¢ÂÂ¦ no exceptions.
IÃ¢ÂÂm not sure exactly when that changedÃ¢ÂÂ¦ whether it was the constant bullying in an inner-city public grade schoolÃ¢ÂÂ¦ a series of abusive relationships beginning in my teen yearsÃ¢ÂÂ¦ but at some point I stopped trusting other peopleÃ¢ÂÂ¦ 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 itÃ¢ÂÂs better not to reach out and try to speak with someoneÃ¢ÂÂ¦ you see, my mind says, it would just make them feel as if they HAD to speak with you. ItÃ¢ÂÂs not because they really want toÃ¢ÂÂ¦ obviously they donÃ¢ÂÂt, because they havenÃ¢ÂÂt already. I mean, of course they would be politeÃ¢ÂÂ¦ these are polite and caring people, but they wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt really MEAN itÃ¢ÂÂ¦ Frankly, I need to learn to tell my mind to shut up, but IÃ¢ÂÂm 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 Ã¢ÂÂHis Treasure: Gems of Love from Your KingÃ¢ÂÂ by Sheri Rose Shepherd from Tyndale House Publishers. (Being on their review team is like year round Christmas!)
IÃ¢ÂÂve read several of SheriÃ¢ÂÂs books beforeÃ¢ÂÂ¦ 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.
ItÃ¢ÂÂs not a very big book. It fits easily inside a purse, diaper bag, or backpack. And it certainly isnÃ¢ÂÂt a hard book to readÃ¢ÂÂ¦ each Ã¢ÂÂchapterÃ¢ÂÂ is a two page spread that includes a Bible verse, an important thoughtÃ¢ÂÂ¦ 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 GodÃ¢ÂÂ¦ 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 2:10Ã¢ÂÂ¦ Ã¢ÂÂOnce you had no identity as a people. Once you received no mercy, now you have received GodÃ¢ÂÂs mercy.Ã¢ÂÂ
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 timeÃ¢ÂÂ¦ which makes me very glad. Maybe if my girls can have a firm grasp of who they areÃ¢ÂÂ¦ daughters of the King of KingsÃ¢ÂÂ¦ they wonÃ¢ÂÂt have to suffer some of the isolation and self-imposed loneliness that I have dealt with most of my adult life.
November 22, 2013
Sheri Rose Shepherd has penned a beautiful book that is overflowing with GodÃ¢ÂÂs love. This book is comprised of refreshing and encouraging letters from The Lord. The book is directed towards women as many of the letters begin with Ã¢ÂÂMy DaughterÃ¢ÂÂ but I think the message contained in the letters could be enjoyed by anyone in need of encouragement. Along with each letter there is a scripture and a Ã¢ÂÂTreasure of TruthÃ¢ÂÂ. This book is small in size but packed with a powerful message.
I enjoyed this book and found it to be very uplifting. It was wonderful to read about how much The Lord loves me in a letter format that spoke directly to my heart. It seemed so personal. I think this book would make a wonderful gift as it could be used as a devotional or simply serve as a gentle reminder of how much we are treasured by The Lord. I look forward to gifting this to many family members and friends as I know it will encourage them and brighten their day.
Disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
November 15, 2013