My first impression of Treasured was that this was going to be another gift book. I do not usually like gift books, so I was not really looking forward to reading this book. Then I got the book and saw it was 190 pages and void of pictures – two signs it is not a gift book, in my opinion.
As I started reading the first chapter on “The Fig Leaf: The God Who Covers Me,” it was confirmed to me that this was not going to be a gift book. The premise of the book is that we can learn about God by looking at the small items he has used in the past. McLeroy starts by sharing the story of her grandfather’s box, which she received in the mail after his death. The box contained small items that were special to her grandfather. Just as she was able to know her grandfather better by looking at these items, we can know God by looking at the small things he might keep in his memory box.
McLeroy writes about 12 various Bible stories, such as the fall, the near-sacrifice of Isaac, and Balaam’s donkey. Woven between the points of each story is a personal story from the pages of McLeroy’s life. This openness makes the book real. I was truly engaged from the introduction til the final period.
I recommend Treasured for anyone who needs reminded of God’s overarching love for them. God treasures you more than anything else and reading this book will provide the evidence needed to cement that fact into your memory. Personally, I was encouraged and challenged as I read through these pages. There were a few specific parts of Treasured that were exactly what I needed to read during a specific situation. Go ahead and pick up a copy of Treasured, you’ll be glad you did.
My advice (rating) – go out and buy it (4.5 out of 5)
(This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.)