Official Review: In Search of Love’s Treasure

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Official Review: In Search of Love’s Treasure

Post by Cecilia_L » 11 Dec 2018, 09:02

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "In Search of Love’s Treasure" by Rachel C. Brady.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21 The Bible, New King James Version

Have you ever struggled to forgive someone or thought that you had only to have resentment resurface unexpectedly? In Search of Love's Treasure follows Rachel C. Brady's journey as she learned to pursue love through forgiveness. From an idyllic childhood residing in a lakeside county park that was shattered by her parents' divorce to her adventures ministering with her husband in the Philippines, Brady shares the challenges she faced including her struggle to forgive her abusive mother. Through the personal testimony of her relationship with Christ, heartfelt prayers, and relevant scriptures; Brady encourages readers to choose love's treasure, the act of forgiveness through His grace.

Brady's writing style is conversational and relaxed as if she might be sharing her story over a cup of coffee with a friend. Her transparency regarding her struggle to forgive her mother as well as her sincere prayers lend authenticity to the book and invite a safe place for contemplation, making it an ideal Bible study book for a small group.

What I liked most about this book was that most of the chapters ended with a quote or scripture, prayer, and related questions for personal reflection. For example, after discussing how she attempted to run from the pain of her childhood, the second chapter closes with one of my favorite scriptures. "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalms 32:18, NIV and is followed by a heartfelt prayer plus these questions: Do you need to forgive a parent, grandparent, caregiver, or sibling? What steps can you begin to take? What does Jesus want you to know about the situations that come to mind?

The only thing I disliked was that the author didn't follow the same format in the book's first chapter. She closed with a quote, but without the prayer and questions that were included in the book's other twelve chapters. Since the book included a preface and introduction, the first chapter wasn't merely introductory, and the difference seemed inconsistent.

Even so, this didn't detract from my overall reading enjoyment. Additionally, it was exceptionally well edited, as I didn't note any errors, and I am pleased to rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to those who enjoy memoirs and Christian testimonies. It will also appeal to readers who journal and like Bible study books. Readers who don't appreciate books based on scriptures may prefer to pass on this one.

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Post by gen_g » 13 Dec 2018, 01:28

The author seems to have gone through a lot! I like that the author wasn't afraid to discuss her past, and this definitely seems like an inspiring read. Thank you for the review!

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Post by Ever_Reading » 13 Dec 2018, 01:44

I like that the author kept the book conversational and included scriptures throughout. I am not the biggest fan of memoirs, but I'll keep my eye out for this one. Thanks for the amazing review. :D
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Post by Shollybrawn » 13 Dec 2018, 03:15

I love the book, the author took his time to include Bible reference, the book is inspiring.

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Post by Ice dragon » 13 Dec 2018, 04:18

This sounds a bit too soppy for me. Great review though.

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Post by SpencerVo » 13 Dec 2018, 07:58

The book has an interesting premise, but the religious edge is not my cup of tea so I have to pass this. Still, thanks for this detailed review.
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Post by kandscreeley » 13 Dec 2018, 08:08

Forgiveness is so important in the Christian walk, so this sounds like a book we could all use. I love that the time is conversational. I'll have to pick this up. Thanks.
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Post by Cecilia_L » 13 Dec 2018, 09:42

gen_g wrote:
13 Dec 2018, 01:28
The author seems to have gone through a lot! I like that the author wasn't afraid to discuss her past, and this definitely seems like an inspiring read. Thank you for the review!
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Post by Cecilia_L » 13 Dec 2018, 09:43

Ever_Reading wrote:
13 Dec 2018, 01:44
I like that the author kept the book conversational and included scriptures throughout. I am not the biggest fan of memoirs, but I'll keep my eye out for this one. Thanks for the amazing review. :D
Thank you. I appreciate your comment.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 13 Dec 2018, 09:45

Shollybrawn wrote:
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I love the book, the author took his time to include Bible reference, the book is inspiring.
Thanks for your comment.

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Ice dragon wrote:
13 Dec 2018, 04:18
This sounds a bit too soppy for me. Great review though.
Thank you.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 13 Dec 2018, 09:46

SpencerVo wrote:
13 Dec 2018, 07:58
The book has an interesting premise, but the religious edge is not my cup of tea so I have to pass this. Still, thanks for this detailed review.
Thanks for your comment.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 13 Dec 2018, 09:47

kandscreeley wrote:
13 Dec 2018, 08:08
Forgiveness is so important in the Christian walk, so this sounds like a book we could all use. I love that the time is conversational. I'll have to pick this up. Thanks.
I agree. Thanks for your comment and enjoy the book!

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Post by T_stone » 13 Dec 2018, 11:19

I think I will find this book very useful. I could use the information there for myself. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Cecilia_L » 13 Dec 2018, 12:38

T_stone wrote:
13 Dec 2018, 11:19
I think I will find this book very useful. I could use the information there for myself. Thanks for the review.
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