True Treasures (book review)

Back in November, I agreed to be a “Gabby Mom.” I can just hear the chuckles from those who know me well.ย  Most of you know I’ve been gabby well before November so I’ll explain.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

The Gabby Moms are a group of homeschooling mothers who’ve agreed to review materials from Eternal Encouragement Magazine, which until just last month was called TEACH. Before last fall, I’d never heard of this publication. Lorrie Flemm, the owner of the magazine, “friended” me on facebook. Because I love receiving homeschooling encouragement in my news feed and we shared many homeschooling friends, I accepted. From there, I have enjoyed getting to “know” her through her positive, edifying posts that encourage me in my roles as a wife and mother. When I saw she wanted bloggers to be “gabby moms” to review her resources, I enthusiastically agreed. Monthly, I’ll receive a product, review it and then link my review to the Gabby Moms site.

Shortly after Christmas, I received the first TEACH publication to review entitled True Treasuresย  – 10 Years of TEACH Magazine. What a lovely little book! It arrived just a few days after Christmas and I felt like I’d received a late gift. This little book, which came wrapped in a glittery blue bow, was exactly what I needed after an extremely tiring Christmas season. As the new year became inevitable and I lacked the energy to even “undecorate” our Christmas-y home, I knew I needed inspiration. Let me tell you – I received just that! See if you aren’t inspired just from the following snippets contained withing this resource:

If we are faithful, we will reap the treasure in Heaven that we sow here on Earth.” (page 17)

Never let yourself get so busy or focused on what you didn’t get done that you don’t enjoy what you did get done.” (page 63)

Some days, being a godly mother is all we can accomplish, and it is a BIG accomplishment.” (p. 17)

Put your first and best energies into things that matter eternally.” (page 38)

If I am to be an instrument of God’s peace, I must have a quiet heart.” (page 12)

Remember you can’t do it all yourself!” (page 64)

As you plan, pray, prepare and then proceed, you will have the joy of finishing those things you’ve dreaded for years.” (page 20)

The truth is there are no little people or little jobs when you are fulfilling the work asked of you by the king!”

If you aim at a bull’s eye you might hit it, but if you aim at nothing you’ll hit it every time!” (page 65)

Our husband’s heartbeat must be our heartbeat.” (page 30)

No’s should be no’s!” (page 33)

As you can see, I received INSPIRATION to parent well, love my husband and children, keep our home running as smoothly as possible and work on academics and character building in our home school! I received words of wisdom to focus on the eternal and not the temporal, set goals, and limit the unnecessary. I was encouraged that little things matter and that some days all the little things I do add up to be BIG! I was also encouraged not to allow the busyness of homeschooling to take priority over my marriage, and I was reminded that I am incapable of being a godly wife, mother or homemaker on my own. No! I need the Lord!

True Treasures is indeed a treasure. It contains over 100 pages of short, inspiring articles. While I had not heard of Eternal Encouragement until recently, I immediately realized that I am familiar with many of its authors. I was delighted to see submissions by Marilyn Boyer who spoke several years ago at our state’s home school conference and MaryBeth Whalen, a somewhat local friend and author! I very much enjoyed the short, readable articles… just the right length to read before turning out the light at night (usually a double spread – about 5-10 minutes!)

My local friends, I am happy to pass my copy around! If you’d like your own, use the coupon code GabbyMom at check-out at for a $4 discount. At the same address, you can download a free PDF of TEACH magazine. If you like the freebie, you’ll love True Treasures!

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

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19 Responses to “True Treasures (book review)”

  1. Cindy Says:

    me first!

  2. Tina Says:

    Definitely, Cindy. Hey… message me your phone number. I need to call ya. Have a couple of things to run by you!

  3. Dawn @ Guiding Light Says:

    Awesome review! ~ A fellow Gabby Mom

  4. Kara @ Home With Purpose Says:

    Great review! It’s a neat little book, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Kara (a fellow Gabby Mom!)

  5. Cindy Says:

    I love your INSPIRATION quotes….very cute!
    (fellow Gabby Mom)

  6. Britni @ ALSNS Says:

    Great Review! Hi! I am a fellow Gabby Mom!! Please stop by and visit me at

  7. Victoria Says:

    I loved your review! Very informative, interesting, and flows nicely. (From a fellow “Gabby Mom”).

  8. MacKenzie- Head Mama Says:

    I love your use of INSPIRATION! How clever! A very nice review! Thank you for all your effort!

  9. Jenny Says:

    Great review! We’re all going to have so much fun together.
    Another Gabby Mom

  10. Jenny Says:

    P.S. I LOVE your family picture!

  11. Tina Says:

    Thank you all so much. I found this review fun to do! Thank you, Mackenzie, for giving us a whole month to read and enjoy the book! I’m looking forward to getting to know all you Gabby Moms better!

  12. Jamie Says:

    Wonderful review! ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoyed reading the inspirational qoutes again. Looking forward to getting to know one of my Gabby Moms ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Carie Shinn Says:

    Great review! It is nice to “get to know you” through your blog ๐Ÿ™‚
    Carie (a fellow Gabby Mom)

  14. Mrs. Amber King Says:

    Wonderful review! Hello and Blessings from a fellow Gabby Mom!

  15. Heidi Says:

    Great review! Just following along as another Gabby Mom! ; )

  16. Mrs. Q Says:

    Very nice review, Tina! Wasn’t it a great book?

    (from a fellow Gabby Mom)

  17. Kimberly Says:

    Yes, it does give inspiration – great collection of articles! Loved the review ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your fellow GM.

  18. Kendra Says:

    I love the quote about never letting yourself get so focused on what you didn’t get done that it prevents you from enjoying your accomplishments. I had a problem with that just last week, and I finally realized that very thing. I’m so glad that I did. I enjoyed your review and look forward to getting to know you better as a fellow Gabby Mom!

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