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About the Book

Sometimes, a book’s title speaks for itself. Borrowing from one of Jesus’ most succinct and poignant parables, Lionel Jean-Jacques spreads his immeasurable exuberance in discovering and attaining the universe’s greatest treasure, Jesus Christ and His gospel.

Jean-Jacques opens the book with a personal start, sharing his ups and downs in taking Scripture and spiritual matters more seriously and ultimately approaching the decision to be born again. He incorporates notable Bible case studies to encourage readers to realize they are not alone in their struggles: Nicodemus was hesitant; Jonah was painfully stubborn.

The author diversifies his talking points, eventually venturing into some critically unique elements of Seventh-day Adventism. Though it may seem like he strays from the title, he knits things together nicely. Understanding and accepting the Sabbath, the state of the dead, and embracing and participating in the three angels’ messages are all part of selling everything one has to acquire the priceless Pearl. Preparing for the calamities and deceptions of the end times goes hand in hand with the yearning to spend eternity with our Lord and Savior.

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About the Author


Lionel Jean-Jacques, known by his friends as “Mr. J,” was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and moved to the United States when he was twelve. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior when he was twenty-three through the It Is Written television ministry with Pastor George Vandeman. Lionel has had many careers throughout his life, including the literature evangelism ministry and as a principal/teacher at an SDA school until his recent retirement. He is married, and he and his wife have three adult sons. He wishes to give God all the glory for how He has led and guided him throughout his life.

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