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Hidden Treasures in Secret Places: Words of Wisdom for Everyday Life by Velma Hagar Ristaino is a gift of faith and wisdom, a tool that leads us to treasures available to us, no matter our status in life, background, or calling. In this book, the author shares her beautiful journey with readers, and they will notice a light flowing from her brokenness. She confesses: “Since I began to delve into the Bible, I have found that there are hidden treasures in every single thing in life.” This book shows how she made this discovery and how she became transformed from a person whose life was once filled with fear to a confident woman, learning to surrender to God’s will, to experience inner peace and freedom, and to grow into the person she has been called to be.
This book is designed to offer readers a thought to ponder on, an idea to act on, and an action to take each day of the year so they can live their lives fully. The reflections cover a variety of topics, ranging from personal development, to living a meaningful life, to building healthy relationships, to embracing a dream and making it come true and a lot more. For instance, here is one of the thoughts I enjoyed: “The more you focus on yourself and your problems, the more magnified troubles become. Try looking outside yourself and consider others more important. When you do this, you will be amazed at the joy it brings.” These thoughts are insightful, power-packed, and empowering. They are written in language that is beautiful, deeply moving, inspired from scripture and translated into concrete human experience. The formatting is well done, making for an enjoyable reading experience and allowing readers to easily navigate through the pages. Hidden Treasures in Secret Places: Words of Wisdom for Everyday Life offers tools to enrich and transform your life.