Today my guest is Teena Stewart, who understands firsthand what it means to go from something of seemingly little value to a beautiful and valuable treasure in God’s eyes.
Q: Why did you write The Treasure Seeker?
A: I guess you could say I discovered hidden treasure I wanted to share. As I studied the Bible I couldn’t help but see a treasure theme that reoccurs. It’s all through the old and new testaments. We see it in Jesus’ teachings and especially in what I call the “lost” parables. But as I studied these I realized that in some of the parables, such as the lost coin, the lost sheep and lost son, that we are the thing of great worth that is lost. God sees us as something very valuable and he’s earnestly trying to recover what he’s lost because it’s so precious to him. In two other parables, (the pearl of great price and treasure hidden in the field) weare the treasure seeker who needs to recognize a lost treasure of great value—a relationship with God to be had—if we will just grasp that.
So, there’s this mutual seeking. When we understand just how important it is to be in this relationship with God it is life altering. Imagine in your mind a scene played out in slow motion like in a movie where two people in love have been separated from each other for a long time. They run toward each other and meet in an embrace and passionately unite. That’s what it’s like but it doesn’t end there.
Once we unite with God, he moves into the role of a Master Jeweler who takes us in all our roughness, and shapes and reworks us into something even more remarkable. To really realize our true worth we have to stay in that relationship and allow him to refine us. So, to answer the question, why did I write the book? I want everyone to know they can have this incredible relationship that will make them feel treasured and valued and that by having it they will become even more so.
Q: Who is likely to find your book most helpful?
A: I wrote it with women in mind—women who are spiritually seeking and Christian women who want to grow more mature spiritually. I consider it a Christian Living book.
Q: Is it meant for individuals, or might it be used in a group setting?
A: I originally wrote it for self-study, in fact, I include Points to Ponder at the end of each chapter to help readers reflect on the main theme of that chapter and consider where they might need to grow. But I’ve had people who read the book tell me they think it would make a great group Bible study.
Q: What are some unique features that set yours apart from other books?
Well, first, the treasure stories, other than the parables, that I include. That was another thing that made me want to write the book. Over time I’ve heard and collected some intriguing stories about lost treasure and I wanted to share those, but I do so to tie into a point.
The book also has gemstone trivia just for fun and I included a section on specific gemstones and a bit of their history. Readers have the opportunity to decide what gemstone they think they are most like and what their strengths and weaknesses are. The back of the book includes a spiritual gifts assessment because I want readers to understand a bit more about who God made them to be and how they can use that “gemstone” package to serve themselves and God best.
I also created a Treasure Seeker jewelry line and have designed necklaces and earrings based on these particular gemstones. Those who purchase my book can also order these handmade—for a 10% discount when they purchase my book. More info on that at Serendipitini. The jewelry and art can also be found at Etsy.
Q: If there is one message you want readers to take from your book, what would you say that is?
A: The importance of a deep relationship with God & Christ. It will be the most fulfilling thing they have ever been a part of.
Q: What is the exact book title and where can people purchase it?
A: The Treasure Seeker: Finding Love and Value in the Arms of Your Loving Heavenly Father is available in paperback or ebook version on Amazon, and through my website www.teenastewart.com and most bookstores.
The book and jewelry would also make a great gift for someone who may need a little bling in their spiritual walk, besides being a great idea for a women’s Bible study. Now if y’all will excuse me, I’m off to discover what my gemstone is! Thanks, Teena!
When Teena isn’t creating up-cycled treasures using artwork and jewelry from discarded and found objects, she writes articles and books, and leads a ministry for Java Journey, an innovative coffee shop ministry in Hickory, NC. Teena’s life work reflects the spiritual message of being broken and yet valuable in God’s eyes—a message incorporated in her book The Treasure Seeker: Finding Value and Love in the Arms of Your Loving Heavenly Father (Wine Press).