Book Review: The Ultimate Treasure Hunt

Not long ago, I sensed that I needed a miracle in my life…I was browsing through Amazon’s bookstore and came across this book: When You Need a Miracle: How to Ask God for the Impossible.

At the time, the main miracle I needed was financial, so I didn’t have the extra money to spend on that little book, but God worked it out so that I won a $10 Amazon gift card…just enough (plus a little more) to buy it. In that book, Linda Evans Shepherd describes how she and a few of her friends went on a “Treasure Hunt” one evening that led her to an amazing supernatural encounter with a young man at a Taco Bell.

Growing up Southern Baptist, I had never heard of this “Treasure Hunting” stuff before, but I was immediately intrigued and wanted to know more. I went to the Internet, and one article I found pointed back to this book. In fact, it said, “If you want to know more about Treasure Hunting, buy this book!” (I’m paraphrasing there).

I still didn’t have the extra money to buy any books, so I prayed for it. And God provided me with a $20 Amazon gift card…twice as much money as the first gift card He’d provided! I knew then that I was supposed to buy this book and read it!

This book does everything that blog post said it would do. It tells you what a Treasure Hunt is, it explains how you can do one, and it even gives you a decent idea of what the possible results might be.

And what are the results? Nothing short of amazing! Physical healing, emotional healing, restored relationships, and eternal salvation have been experienced by these precious “treasures” that believers took the time to seek out. God is still at work in the world, and this little book proves it! There is so much in here you can use to strengthen and bring new life into your “own” evangelism efforts…and the focus is always on the power of God and the Holy Spirit (where it should be).

I haven’t actually tried these techniques out for myself yet. I’m still praying about how God would want me to do this. Does He want me to bring it to the church and start a church-wide Treasure Hunting ministry? Or does He just want me to try it out with my own family? The book does recommend that you do your Treasure Hunting in a small mixed-gender group, and I think that’s wise. It sets people more at ease.

Regardless of how He wants me to use it, I know He DOES want me to put into practice what I’ve learned through this book; otherwise, He wouldn’t have provided me with the money to buy it. My faith in Him IS growing…and so is my spiritual awareness, so I know He’s preparing me for what He has planned for me to do.

But I’m not anything special. As author Kevin Dedmon points out (and as is mentioned in the Bible – Matthew 28:18-20), God wants us ALL to be on mission for Him…undertaking a lifelong hunt for the Ultimate Treasure…others who will believe in Christ and receive eternal life and fellowship with God. Buy this book and find out how to start your own “Treasure Hunt”!

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