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Thursday, January 27, 2011

True Treasures, a Gabby Mom review


True treasures aren’t always easy to spot, they're often hidden from view. They aren’t gilt trinkets in velvet boxes. Or porcelain doodads collecting dust on the mantle piece. They aren’t even the faded photographs that hang on our walls.

True treasures, the ones we keep close to us through all our joys and foibles, come from the heart.

And True Treasures comes from the heart of TEACH Magazine, Mrs. Lorrie Flem. For 10 years she has spoken to the hearts of homeschooling moms on the topics of marriage, homemaking, parenting and everything else that fills our overflowing days.

I’m just now getting to know her heart for the first time through this book of blessings that I received as a member of the Gabby Moms. It couldn’t have come at a better time. The changing of year is a difficult time for me, full of doubts and worries about this grand experiment we are doing. The one that fills every minute of our days. Trying to parent 24-hours a day. And keep a home. And provide a full education to the kiddos. These parts that all seem to fit together like some sort of complicated jigsaw puzzle…except someone forgot to include a picture so I can see how they all fit together.

But I realized something as I delved into this True Treasures and began meditating on Lorrie’s words, and the words of the other ladies who spoke to me from its pages. I didn't always agree what I read there, by the way, but the very act of disagreeing helped me put 2 and 2 together. I had the picture, the key to everything I’m doing, all along. God gave it to me, but I’d been so busy looking over the little pieces so carefully that I’d lost sight of it.

Each page of True Treasures is an article from a past issue of TEACH. No need to flip through ads and hunt for the jump page, each article is one or two pages long with the fonts adjusted where needed to fit longer articles. You’ll find pearls of wisdom not only from Lorrie herself, but from well known writers like Cindy Ruston, Lynda Coats, Cyndi Kinney, Marilyn Boyer, and more. Articles are clearly arranged by category with a bold graphic heading at the top of each page:

• Jewels That Make the Heart Sparkle
• Marriages Made of Solid Gold
• Parenting Pearls: Practical and Priceless
• Homemaking That Dazzles Like Diamonds
• Homeschooling Nuggets of Wisdom
• Godly Living That Glitters


True Treasures offers over 100 thick, glossy pages of inspiring content. Read an article each morning over a cup of tea to get your daily dose of encouragement.

While I really like True Treasures and expect to find inspiration in its pages for a long time to come, there were a few issues with the physical quality of the book.

The headers (you can’t see this in the picture) get swallowed in the middle where the facing pages meet. Can’t really be helped in a book that doesn’t lie flat, but I think the design needed a few more tweaks.

I was also disappointed to not find a brief bio for each of the contributors, either at the beginning or end of the book or with each article. There are a few bios included, but they seem random and of magazine staff whose writing is not actually represented in the book. This made it feel like an ad for the magazine. I want to know more about the ladies whose words I’m reading.

And I’m really not impressed with the binding on this paperback. The last couple of pages, while not falling out are already showing signs of stress at the binding. I don’t have high hopes for longevity. And that would be a shame, because I can see myself rereading this book often. I’m hard-headed, you know. I need frequent reminders.

True Treasures is available directly from for $19.97.

Now through May 31, 2011 you can get $4 off with promo code: GabbyMom

Disclosure: I received this product for honest review from TEACH Magazine as a part of The Gabby Moms blogging program. All opinions expressed are solely my own.


  1. Good, honest review. I agree that a bio would be nice. I'm familiar with many of the authors from other publications, but I'd love a little more too!

    Tina - a fellow Gabby mom blogger and new follower

  2. You actually had time to meditate on the readings?!?! Now that is completely unfair. What I didn't mention in my review was that while I was forced to lay and read the book, I was surrounded by four loud kids fighting over the pillows and who got to sit the closest to me. One smelled like a public restroom and the other was having a snack directly delievered from his nose. Mmmmmm.

  3. Modest-Mama: I think I just have little more practice tuning out the "ambient" noise, ahem. Having an almost 11-year-old really does help. Really, wait until James is a little older. It will make a difference.

  4. Great review! Following along as a fellow Gabby Mom.

  5. Just popped in to say Hi from one Gabby Mom to another.

  6. I'm sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the quality of the book. I hope it holds up for you so you can continue to glean from the content- I know I need frequent reminders too!

    Head Mama


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