Cathy Madavan uses her life experience and wit to remind us that there are diamonds within our everyday lives. The book contains helpful tools for the reader to deepen their understanding of the work that Christ is seeking to complete in us.
The book also looks at the beauty that is unveiled when we see ourselves and one another with the value set on each of us by Christ. The reader is encouraged to embrace the messiness of life not as an inconvenience, but as a refining process that produces gemstones.
Madavan is a very personable author and her writings are funny and easy to read. Throughout the book she uses personal antidotes to demonstrate to the reader how God works through us and in us with the ‘gems’ we possess.
You can tell that Madavan had done a great deal of research on diamonds/gemstones and that God has used them to speak to her about her value and worth in Him. She goes into the whole diamond spectrum, from the composition of a diamond, to their inclusions and their eventual discovery. Madavan then relates this spectrum back to our everyday lives in a very profound way and relays some fundamental truths about a believer’s worth and value, soundly.
I really value books with personal testimonies, because I truly believe that there is power in the testimony of our words. However, even I at times found my patience tried by the volume of personal antidotes. So, if you don’t like books that use a lot of personal antidotes, this book is not for you, but give it a go anyway…
Part of the reason that this book is so easy to read is due to its structure. The book is well laid out and split into manageable chunks. Each chapter within the book begins with a bible verse to guide the reader on the focal point of the chapter. Then at the end of each chapter, there are sections called ‘digging deeper.’ These sections encourage the reader to explore the themes of the chapter personally or in a group setting. The questions are very intuitive and helped me to digest what I had read within the preceding pages.
All the chapters end with a prayer that further reinforces the chapter themes. These prayers underpin the chapters and are short but meaningful. From these prayers the reader is given an opportunity to actively invite God to refine their understanding of the preceding pages and any personal revelations gained from the ‘digging deeper’ section. This section helps you take the information gathered from the chapter and turns it from head knowledge to heart revelation.
This book reminded me of some eternal truths and about my position as a daughter of the King. Diamonds are so valuable in the eyes of this world. In the book the worth, value and delight over diamonds is highlighted and then related back to us as the beloved of Christ.
The society we live in is constantly telling us that we are not enough that bigger is better. But God's song over us now and forevermore is that we are each gemstones of incomprehensible value and worth. Our worth is affirmed because of what Jesus did and he is overjoyed when we know and find our identity in him.
My favourite chapter in this book was 'Connected' where Madavan writes about the risk and mess caused by really loving people, warts and all. I have to confess, I hate mess and I often find the messiness of life a little difficult at times. This chapter reminded me that there is beauty in the mess of it all; and the ability to love extravagant as Jesus commanded.
Due to the structure and personable writings of Madavan, I believe that this book is ideal for group or personal study. It is really good to read a book that spells out how priceless we are to the Lord and therefore, I think this book would best benefit a person seeking to strengthen and/or reaffirm their identity in Christ.
Steph Marfo works in the marketplace. She enjoys travelling, writing and music. Steph is passionate about the Lord and seeing his Kingdom come in every sphere of society.