Gems of Wisdom (Devotional)

Book Release: October 5, 2016
Gems of Wisdom (Devotional)


The first book in the new “Grace Under Pressure” radio series that supports becoming a woman of courage, confidence, and candor. New cover, releasing late 2016 (originally published as “Gems of Wisdom: For A Treasure-Filled Life”). You’ll embark on a treasure hunt for God’s unique gems of wisdom. Be empowered, learn to influence through your own life lessons, and preserve important relationships. “Gems of Wisdom” invites the reader on a treasure hunt to find important life concepts, represented by the beautiful stones God created. Excellent for Bible study and book clubs, and now with the bonus companion guide available separately for study members. Paperback, e-book, and audio books all available soon.

Dove Review

I thoroughly enjoyed reading “Gems of Wisdom: The Treasure of Experience,” by Angela Breidenbach. This creative and well-written devotional book was honest and vulnerable, which helped me to feel as if I were getting to know the author personally. Breidenbach takes readers on a journey through 16 different “Gemstones” (gems of wisdom learned from difficult experiences). She shares Scripture pertaining to each Gemstone, thought-provoking questions, non-fiction stories from real-life people, and “Pirates” — fictionalized portraits, based on historical pirates, which symbolize negative attitudes and emotions.

The devotionals often portray hurtful and emotionally-draining moments Breidenbach experienced while caring for her schizophrenic mother as well as stories from others who have struggled with similar difficulties. Readers who serve as caregivers for their own loved ones will find the book especially meaningful and poignant. Likewise, those who are struggling with trauma from other life events will find a lot of truth to delve into and hold onto in “Gems of Wisdom.” The book ends with a helpful companion guide, which prompts readers to think deeply and journal about the concepts the author introduces.

Breidenbach ends each meditation with a section called “Putting It All Together,” in which she attempts to tie “all the loose ends together in each chapter so it’s easy to understand and easy to put into practice.”

Content Description

Sex: In the fictional “pirate” sections, a woman’s bosom, polygamy and prostitution are mentioned, but none of them are graphic. A sexually transmitted disease (HPV) and Viagra are mentioned in one non-fiction scene.
Language: One instance of “crap” in the non-fiction section.
Violence: (Non-Fiction) Two intense scenes of schizophrenic hallucinations, one involving rattlesnakes. (Fiction) Guns are repeatedly mentioned in pirate fight scenes, as are swords and blood (none of the scenes are graphic). One mention of poison. One pirate gets beheaded by his opponent, and his head is hung high as a warning to others.
Drugs: (Non-Fiction) Parental drug use is portrayed from a child’s viewpoint. (Fiction) Rum is mentioned twice in the pirate sections.
Nudity: (Non-Fiction) A mother welcomes a naked, cold, hungry woman into the their home.
Other: (Non-Fiction) One incident of shoplifting, with consequences, one incident of a student calling a teacher names (“Sadist”). Adult themes, including schizophrenia and mental illness, throughout the book.


Company: Gems of Wisdom Publishing
Genre: Devotional
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Dena Dyer