(What the adults thought)

The Treasure Man

Notebook and Pen

My friend sent me two copies of your book Treasure Man this week.

I have two boys, my oldest is 7. His whole life he has only wanted to read fact books. That’s not an exaggeration. He will not allow any kind of novel to be read to him. Narnia? Nope. Famous five? Nope. Harry Potter? Nope. ANY classic or ANY book with chapters NOPE!

So when we received your book we thought we’d try again. He snuggled in beside me and seen as wrestling was in the first page it grabbed his attention. He then did not let me put it down. He LOVED it. When we finished he said ‘Let’s read it again mum!’

What’s more I was looking at a book about advent this morning he asked about it then went away, he came back and said ‘Actually, can you read it to me mum?’ 

Can I just thank you for your book. It’s obviously shifted something in his mind. I also learned so many renewed lessons from reading it. It was engaging, emotional and really meant so much to me to read it to my son.

Linda Hoskins - Artist, Edinburgh. Linda Hoskins Art

Joy’s book about Sienna and her family is beautiful. It draws you in the story, and it gets you fully involved as it unfolds. I found myself close to tears on a number of occasions. In this story, the children get to fully understand the love that God has for them, and for the unfortunate ones around them, and then they demonstrate it.  Joy’s grasp of the Bible and the gentle ways of the Spirit shines through the pages as she paints a wonderful picture of learning how to listen to God, and join in with Him in a lovely tale of love, forgiveness, and redemption.

Alan Hoare – retired pastor, Bible teacher and author

I've just finished the Treasure Man. Loved it. Very well written and enjoyable. I just wanted to get to the end of each chapter to find out what was coming next. 

Tracy Patterson – Pastor, Easterhouse Community Church, Glasgow

A great book to help children (and adults) hear from God, learn to trust His voice and act on it. I love the way Joy has shown this is a 'team' venture, parent, siblings, kid's church leader. We all need to work together.

Another aspect I love is that Sienna is taught that she is partnering with God and not responsible for the outcome, just to be obedient. How often do we find it hard to let go and let God bring the conclusion He wants.

A great book for a child to read but an excellent book to read through with your child, to adventure together in hearing God and seeing Him work in situations.

Sheila Keel, Lincoln

I love Treasure Man so much.

I love how this book brings God to life in the adventure of it all. I think it will open the eyes of many young people and parents too. It opens up a refreshing perspective of following God for children and parents, who will find new ways of encouraging their child to listen to God in real life situations. It shows how the seeds that are sown in Sunday School can flourish and be far reaching in their impact. It's such a powerful story for this time.

Jenny Dewar, Harvest Church, Hamilton

The Treasure Man is a delightful story that introduces the idea of listening to the Holy Spirit in everyday situations. It helps the reader to understand what hearing from God is like and how much He wants to show His love and care for the world around us, through us!

No matter how grown up or small the reader, The Treasure Man draws us into the exciting journey of a young family learning that each has a part to play in the divine rescue plan of a lost and desperate soul.

As a mum of many, I heartily recommend this warm and engaging story.

Emma Bell, Life Church, Lincoln