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Hidden Treasure (Skinners of Goldfield, Book 2) [Paperback]

By Stephen A. Bly (Author)
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The Skinners do not want to be in Goldfiend, Nevada. The weather is harsh. Sin is glorified. Greed is rampant. Spritual sensitivity is scarce. And kids grow up with sand in their eyes and gold fever in their bones. The Lord, however, leads in mysterious way, and it is clear that the Skinners can't leave just yet. As the Skinners grapple with each situation, as well as their own life-and-death circumstances, they are reminded of what riches they have in their faith even as they discover unexpected treasure in their Goldfield friends.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Crossway Books
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.52" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.66"
Weight:   0.51 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2000
Publisher   Crossway Books/Good News
Series  Skinners Of Goldfield  
Series Number  2  
ISBN  1581341997  
ISBN13  9781581341997  

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Stephen Bly lives in the mountains of north-central Idaho on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation. He has written more than 70 books for adults and kids, including a number of popular series for Crossway, and serves as pastor of the Winchester Community Church. He is also the town's mayor. Visit his website at

Stephen A. Bly currently resides in Winchester, in the state of Idaho. Stephen A. Bly was born in 1944.

Stephen A. Bly has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Horse Dreams Trilogy

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Sympathetic Perception  Jan 14, 2006
I did welcome the Christian emphasis in "Hidden Treasure," the sequel to "Fool's Gold." The Skinner family, who the book evolves around, is very conscious of confessing sin and walking humbly with Christ.

You definitely want to read "Fools Gold" to get a sympathetic perception of the Skinners plight of persisting in Goldfield, Nevada.

Though Bly does hold talent, some of what he pens gets on my nerves as it could never correspond to factual life. I was made ill over the Skinner baby's recorded message, "My mommy's pretty." It played over and over throughout the book till the concluding lines when Dola Skinner finally admitted she was pretty.

In this postlude the family has moved out of their tent and Dola Skinner is running a reputable restaurant with the family residing on the second floor. Though her husband O.T. has acquired a job, he is always absent from it chasing down Elias Rokker.

Elias and Nellie Rokker upset normal life in this novel, not being on the predictable side in any fashion. Unfortunately, Bly does not hold to any true pattern concerning their personalities and habits. In "Fool's Gold," Elias stayed fat while his family starved. In the happy conclusion, he repented and acquired a true concern for his family after his wife fell short of death. Conversely, in this sequel, he is flighty as a hen and not watchful of his family. It is as if the finale of "Fool's Gold" vanished.

There was over concern placed on Dola Skinners constant disgust over her figure and appearance, especially in light of the fact that her husband O.T. never put her down and always built her up.

I could not say I would recommend the book, but the characters do secure smiles at various times throughout the yarn.

The Skinner Family is "stuck" on their way to Dinuba, Calif  Aug 13, 2001
The Skinners still dream of grape vineyards and California weather, but find themselves with a restaurant to run and friends to help in Goldfield, NV. Their very poor friends the Rokkers are featured heavily in this book, starting when Elias goes off on a goose chase for gold after spending all his paycheck for a useless map. O.T. and Fergus have a harrowing adventure looking for the lost Elias and son in a horrible blowing dust storm. Just after the Rokker family takes refuge in the cafe, a mysterious explosion causes a sinkhole to open up and swallow their entire house and all their meager possessions.

Dola Skinner is featured heavily in this book. Though still young and pretty, she is feeling old and ugly. Her physical stamina is tested in hard work, her Bible teaching and mothering skills are challenged in the town she hates. Twelve year old Rita is feeling her hormones with a new hired hand and hates working alongside the sixteen year old, shapely new hired girl. A suspenseful hunt occurs when ten old Corrie is lost for a complete day. A major surprise awaits the Rokker family. Famous visitors drop by to see the Skinners.

Dreams of California and grapevines seem a long way off, especially when the Skinners are thankful they finally have jobs, plenty of food and a sturdy roof over their heads. In addition, there are so many people to help out in the wild, greedy, lustful town of Goldfield, NV.

Book three, "Picture Rock" is bound to be a winner!

A rich find!  Sep 27, 2000
The Skinners do not want to be in Goldfield, Nevada. The weather's harsh. Greed is rampant. Spiritual sensitivity is scarce. And kids can grow up with sand in their eyes and gold fever in their bones. But the Skinners can't leave yet. O. T.'s friend and a child are missing in the desert and a desperate family is clinging to them and their faith to survive. Wholesome inspiration that will lift your spirit!

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