The Sunday Book Review: Teena Stewart and The Treasure Seeker
Posted by Lisa Lickel on June 3, 2012
The Treasure Seeker
By Teena Stewart
c. December 2011
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With the use of popular movies, books, personalities of today and years ago, Stewart deftly ties today’s culture right to the Bible, both Testaments. Skillfully weaving myths, trivia, legends and fact, The Treasure Seeker is both commentary and gentle prodding. Those curious about treasure folklore will find a lot of information.
Faith-based, obviously, the author never smashes morality over the reader’s head or gets into the reader’s face with “must do” or “must be,” and never shoves her religion down a reader’s throat. Real to a fault, Stewart shares her own personal triumphs and gullibility with empathy all the while teaching subtle lessons meant to guide the reader or group long the path of compassionate living.
A surprising first chapter sets the tone. Treasure hunters from the high seas pirates to Civil War-era wealthy about to lose everything to fables, Stewart shows she has done her research well. The history lover in me jumped right in to the flavor Stewart’s engaging personality. People who hide their treasure are more apt to lose it, and those who lust for it are more apt to lose themselves during their desperate search. The author also spent time researching other areas of the story, such as gemology and jeweler credentials, careful analysis of popular culture and time searching for apt quotes and folk tales to tie all the parts of this book to one. Each chapter ends with an interesting piece of trivia, such as “Most of the finest turquoise comes from the Sleeping Beauty Mine near Globe Arizona,” and “the queen of England has a diamond toilet seat with a marble base,” as well questions to ponder.
Good for both small groups and personal study, Stewart gradually drives the reader toward making the best of yourself through continuous polishing for the best cut and clarity with practical lessons on how to accomplish this goal. Each chapter is well-documented. The chapter on comparing your personality to a gem is a special treat.
For those who seek a small group guide with meat, book club books, or something to go along with a personal meditation time, The Treasure Seeker is a perfect companion. Never dull or fluffy or overbearing, this book is great, uplifting encouragement the likes of Beth Moore or other Women of Faith personalities.
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