Treasures of Encouragement, New Edition: Women Helping Women by Sharon W. Betters
Encouragement is vital to the spiritual health of all Christians. It’s a blessing to both the encouraged and the encourager. As God’s children, it’s our responsibility to provide comfort to others. But when the need for comfort arises due to tragedy or hardship, we often fail to encourage our friends and family because we feel too awkward or nervous.
In this practical twelve-week study on the power of biblical encouragement, Sharon Betters shows how to harness encouragement to help those in need, even when it’s difficult. We discover that a strong foundation in Christ enables us to step into the suffering of others and show them the comfort of the Holy Spirit.
Through inspiring stories, key principles, and ideas for putting biblical encouragement into action, readers will learn that by sharing in each other’s suffering, we can bring joy and contentment to our community and to ourselves.
“People often ask me how to walk alongside friends who are hurting. Practical, honest, and steeped in Scripture, this book provides better answers than anything else I have read. I have turned to it again and again, both for comfort in my own suffering as well as for ideas for ministering to others. I read the original twenty-three years ago, shortly after my son died, and it was truly a treasure of encouragement to me. Sharon’s words shaped my thinking and helped me to press into the Lord as I wrestled with questions, doubts, and fear. I am indebted to her for this work, and after you read Treasures of Encouragement, you will be too. I highly recommend it!”
—Vaneetha Rendall Risner, Author, Walking through Fire and The Scars That Have Shaped Me
“While reading Sharon Betters’s passionate appeal to practice the privilege of God-glorifying, Spirit-empowered, biblical encouragement, my heart was arrested. I closed the book to contact a hurting friend. Treasures of Encouragement has the potential to transform churches into powerhouses of Christ’s compassion and love. May it be so!”
—Leslie Bennett, Speaker, Author, Leader Connection (Blog) Content Manager, Revive Our Hearts; Editor, Women’s Ministry Leader Survival Guide and 10 Truths to Set Leaders Free
“Treasures of Encouragement is a timely reminder of the power of God’s Word to change a life and to make the impossible doable. I appreciated the encouragement to look around and see that I have a part in helping the Lord to comfort the wounded and restore the hurting. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who wants to experience more of the grace of God.”
—Annie Chapman, Singer; Speaker; Author, Letting Go of Anger and The Mother-in-Law Dance
“To encourage is to inspire courage, hope, or confidence. Twenty-five years ago, I picked up Treasures of Encouragement as a young pastor’s wife who was desperately looking for these comforts. The truths contained within these covers have stood the test of time and personally sustained me. I am delighted to endorse this new edition of Treasures of Encouragement.”
—Karen Hodge, Coordinator of Women’s Ministries, Presbyterian Church in America; Author, Transformed and Life-giving Leadership
About the Author
Sharon Betters is a mother of four and grandmother of nine. She is a nationally known conference and retreat speaker and has also spoken to women’s groups in Africa and Japan. Author of Treasures of Encouragement, Treasures of Faith, and Treasures in Darkness, she has also contributed articles to Today’s Christian Woman, Virtue, and Christian Parenting Today.