The Treasure: Ancient Story Ever New of Jesus and His Church

Marty Machowski
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The Treasure: Ancient Story Ever New of Jesus and His Church
The Treasure: Ancient Story Ever New of Jesus and His Church
The Treasure: Ancient Story Ever New of Jesus and His Church
The Treasure: Ancient Story Ever New of Jesus and His Church
The Treasure: Ancient Story Ever New of Jesus and His Church
The Treasure: Ancient Story Ever New of Jesus and His Church
The Treasure: Ancient Story Ever New of Jesus and His Church
The Treasure: Ancient Story Ever New of Jesus and His Church
The Treasure: Ancient Story Ever New of Jesus and His Church
The Treasure: Ancient Story Ever New of Jesus and His Church
The Treasure: Ancient Story Ever New of Jesus and His Church
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Best-selling author Marty Machowski takes young readers on an exciting biblical voyage to discover the treasure of God’s love revealed in Luke’s letters to Theophilus—Luke and Acts. 

In the tradition of his well-loved bestsellers The Ology and WonderFull, Machowski weaves a study of the Bible with a fictional story. The Treasure follows the adventures of Mira and Theos who discover a sea captain’s personal journal which offers clues to a hidden treasure. They can only solve the riddle of the treasure by studying two ancient scrolls, the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts. Young readers will journey with the siblings as they solve their puzzle and discover the captain’s treasure—Christ!

While these New Testament books are often thought of as two separate books telling different stories, they are really two halves of one greater story recorded by Luke. Through Luke’s retelling of Jesus’s work on earth and the Spirit’s work in growing the church, we see the Father’s love on full display. The Treasure will help children grow in their knowledge and love of God.

  • Vivid, full-color illustrations by Flavia Sorrentino.
  • Written for elementary age and includes a study guide that can also be used with older children.
  • Encourages families to study the Bible together and develop regular family devotions.


Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, PA, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over thirty years. He is the author of a number of family devotionals, curricula (including the Gospel Story for Kids), children’s books, and parenting titles. His latest releases include Darkest Night Brightest Day, The Light Before Christmas, The Treasure, and Angels on Your Side. He and his wife, Lois, have six children and several grandchildren, and reside in West Chester, PA.


Flavia Sorrentino lives and works as a freelance illustrator in Rome, where she grew up. She loves her city and the figure of speech, “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” which inspires her each day to seek new ways of communication and expression. She has worked hard on her technique which has taken her across the globe, from France to America and beyond!

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“In The Treasure, Marty Machowski takes his young readers on an engaging guided tour through the books of Luke and Acts. As children read the scriptural text, followed by Marty’s insightful teachings and reflections on each passage, they will become more deeply acquainted with their Savior, his mission, and his love for mankind.”
Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family

“Drawing young people into the Bible is a challenge for parents these days, but The Treasure does this effectively. It tells the story of Luke and Acts in ways young people can follow. This book will not only introduce your children to Luke and Acts in an attractive way but will also prove useful for engaging family devotionals.”
Darrell L. Bock, Executive Director for Cultural Engagement, Howard G. Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

“I love how gospel-saturated The Treasure is and how faithful it is to the text of Scripture! I also love all of the fun, practical, real-life examples kids will be able to relate to. Most of all, I love how Marty calls kids to live out what they are reading in lives of devotion to Christ. Highly recommend!”
Sarah Reju, Author of Jesus Saves

“When your kids crack open The Treasure by Marty Machowski, they’ll meet two children, Mira and Theos, and join them on the greatest treasure hunt of their lives! Along the way, they’ll solve riddles and adventure through the biblical books of Luke and Acts. Through more than 100 short and engaging devotionals, your kids will discover the true riches of the gospel! This new resource, beautifully illustrated by Flavia Sorrentino, is perfect for family devotions or personal reading.”
Champ Thornton, Acquisitions Editor, Crossway; author of The Radical Book for Kids, Why Do We Say Thank You? Learning to Be Grateful,and You Count! A Five-Senses Countdown to Calm

“Marty has written a treasure for the church—essentially a commentary for kids on Luke and Acts! What I did not learn until seminary—how the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts are two halves of the same book, and how Luke-Acts unpacks God's plan of salvation from the Old Testament—Marty has wonderfully made clear for families, Sunday school classes, and Christian schools. It’s very readable, with attractive illustrations for kids of all ages—without watering down the gospel. I have a strong feeling that the parents and teachers will get just as much out of this ‘treasure’ of a resource.”
Timothy Brindle, Associate Pastor, Olive Street Presbyterian Church; senior stewardship officer, Westminster Theological Seminary; coauthor of the Acrostic Theology for Kids series; hip-hop artist, Timothy Brindle Ministries

“In this allegorical tale, Marty Machowski makes the story of Jesus and his church clear, understandable, and enjoyable. This book teaches kids they are called into a story much bigger than their own personal faith encounter with Jesus. Rather, they are called into a story involving Jesus’s church because God, in his mercy, gives us his friends as our own. I highly recommend this book for any pastors or parents seeking to immerse their children in the grand drama of the Christian faith as lived out in the communion of the saints.”
Raymond M. Johnson, Senior Pastor, Christ Church West Chester, West Chester, PA

"Marty has not only gifted parents and grandparents with another book that opens up God’s word for children, but he has masterfully written it in a way I imagine spurring a lifelong journey of seeking to find in scripture the treasure of Jesus."
Kristen Hatton, MA, Professional Counselor; author of Parenting Ahead, and three gospel-centered books for teens

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REL091000 RELIGION / Christian Education / Children & Youth
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3 Reviews

  • 5
    The ultimate Treasure

    Posted by Whitney on 10 18 2023

    My family loves Marty Machowski’s children’s books! They are rich in theology, eye-catching, and engaging. The illustrations are beautiful and vividly done. The author weaves a fictional story with a biblical one, taking readers on a journey with siblings Theos and Mira. When they find a jar with a scroll inside featuring letters from a sea captain, they have to follow his clues to find a hidden treasure. The story focuses on the books of Luke and Acts in the Bible. My oldest child is 6 and enjoyed having this read to him during our family devotional time, but I can see this being a wonderful resource for older, more independent readers as well. There’s even a study section in the back to connect Luke and Acts with the Old Testament. Thank you to the author and New Growth Press for my copy.

  • 5
    Excellent Book for Families!

    Posted by Lee Ann Mancini on 10 10 2023

    What child doesn't love an exciting treasure hunt? Mira and Theos discover a sea captain's journal in this fantastic children's story that shares clues to find the hidden treasure. They finally find the ultimate treasure using the ancient scrolls of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts. The captivating illustrations and the short devotions allow kids and their parents to read a retelling story of Jesus and His new church. Each story ends with a riddle for the children to solve that will lead them to the greatest treasure of all - Jesus! I highly recommend this excellent, theologically informative, engaging, fun, big book!

  • 5
    Your next great family Bible Study supplement

    Posted by Ana Bright on 09 29 2023

    After finishing "The Ology," I had high hopes when I received a digital advanced reader copy of "The Treasure." All opinions are my own and I'm so glad to share them. This book is phenomenal! I was already reading the Book of Luke with my children during our Bible study time and "The Treasure" is the perfect supplement for it. Separated into chapters of the story of siblings Theos and Mira and their search for treasure and followed by devotions corresponding to respective passages throughout the two New Testament books. You'll want to add this treasure to your home library today.

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