I Want Something…Better than Jewels – Meet the Author


Better Than Jewels: 31 Days of Biblical Insight for a Woman Seeking God by Linda Newton (Warner Press)

Women are always looking for ways to enhance their beauty. The biblical Book of Proverbs reveals the secret of true beauty — and you won’t find it at the jewelry counter!

“Many of us wear crosses to symbolize our faith in Jesus Christ,” Linda Newton comments. “The writer of Proverbs notes we can do even better than this: We can wear divine love like a necklace and demonstrate it to others, every chance we get.”

This daily devotional takes you on a month-long exploration of Proverbs from a woman’s point of view. It’s rich with humor, practical advice, and sound biblical wisdom. Better Than Jewels is an ideal gift for Mothers Day or any other time of the year.

Linda Newton’s contagious enthusiasm and engaging storytelling brings God’s Word to life. With authentic transparency and down-home humor she shares how God transformed heartbreak in her life into hope from her new book Twelve Ways to Turn Your Pain Into Praise published by Warner Press. Her new devotional book, Better Than Jewels: 31 Days of Biblical Insight for a Woman Seeking God is currently on sale now.

Linda and her husband Bruce pastor Sierra Pines Church in Oakhurst, CA where Linda has served as a counselor for the past 20 years. As a speaker, author, and counselor her passion is to lead ladies to a greater understanding of the abundant life available to them in Christ (John 10:10). You will laugh, learn, and leave feeling closer to the Lord!

Linda’s Testimony

I would love to tell you that being from the south I grew up saying, “Yes, Ma’am” and “No, Sir,” and “Goodnight, John-Boy,” but nothing could be further from the truth. Truth is I was ten years old before I realized that God’s last name didn’t start with a “D.” That’s when Maude Gober (How’s that for a good Southern name?) braved the no-man’s-land of our front and invited our family to church. The first Sunday I was there, I felt the Lord tug on my heart. When I gave my heart to the Lord in that little country church, I meant it. I sought regular relationship with God through prayer. I couldn’t get enough of His word. It was truly a transformation from darkness into light. Since that time I have felt compelled to share the difference Christ has made in our lives. I committed my life to His service and graduated from Azusa Pacific University with degrees in both psychology and theology. As a pastor’s wife and full-time counselor at my church, I am blessed to offer the good news of salvation and restoration to everyone who comes through our doors.

The old gospel message is still good news to me: Jesus died for sinners (of which I am one) and sits at the right hand of the father interceding on my behalf. The power that brought about his resurrection is the same power that lifted this little lost southern girl out of her hopeless condition to new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). When retreat speakers ask me to speak, they often request that I share my testimony. I never tire of telling the story of God’s “welfare and not calamity” offering us “a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

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