Friday, December 4, 2009

You Are Treasured

As women, and especially those of us who are moms, we often keep treasures that remind us of ones we love. A love letter, a lock of baby's hair, a painted handprint, a first awkwardly printed Mother's Day card. When children discover the cherished cache that their mother has hidden away, they often recognize a depth of her love which they have not previously grasped. In her book Treasured, Leigh McLeroy explores the types of mementos that God has tucked into the Bible as reminders to us that we are greatly loved beyond anything we can imagine. These treasures also tell us much about God Himself. A fig leaf speaks of A God Who Covers Me. Abraham's knife represents A God Who Provides. A head of barley reminds us that we have A God Who Gleans Joy From Sorrow. In a dozen chapters, you will see beauty in the simplest of objects as they speak of God's love and care for you. The author then shares her own personal "Ebenezer stones", and in a final chapter for reflection or discussion, you will have an opportunity to reflect on your walk with Christ and the keepsakes that mark the steps along the way. This is a beautiful book, ideal for reflection as the year comes to a close!

In Treasured, Leigh McLeroy considers tangible reminders of God’s active presence and guides readers in discovering evidence in their own lives of his attentive love.

“The idea for the book came from a cigar box filled with odds and ends of my grandfather’s life that arrived a few months after his death. Sifting through the objects in the box, I experienced him in a fresh new way. This made me wonder what treasures might be tucked away in Scripture that could frame God for me in an equally intimate, tangible way. This process also helped me uncover my own “treasures” of my walk with the Lord: objects that remind me of my history with him and his faithfulness to me,” says McLeroy.

Drawn from the pages of Scripture, the author considers twelve such treasures and personalizes their meaning for readers, such as a green olive branch that offers proof of God’s “new every morning” mercy and a scarlet cord that demonstrates his willingness to adopt “strays” of every sort.

Weaving these treasures together with scenes from her personal history, Leigh McLeroy invites readers to discover God’s heart for them and embrace their unique role in his redemptive story. Treasured offers readers a guided experience of God’s love and character and invites them to consider their own treasures that point to their part in God’s ongoing story.

Leigh McLeroy is the author of The Beautiful Ache and The Sacred Ordinary. An avid collector and recorder of everyday moments, words, and wonders, Leigh’s keen eye for God’s presence in ordinary life infuses her writing and living with a deep, insistent joy. A frequent conference and event speaker, the author makes her home in Houston, Texas, and posts often on and

You can learn more or purchase this book here.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.


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quilly said...

What a wonderful way to inspire reflection, devotion and thankfulness! This book sounds like a potentially treasured milestone!