Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Write to the Point with Cara Putman April 4, 2012

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I’m so excited about this week’s author and giveaway. The book is set in my all time favorite place, Mackinac Island. Michigan readers will love this book and non-Michigan readers will love getting to know this unique destination. Cara is giving away a copy to one lucky commentator. Let’s get write to the point with Cara.

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

I’m a native Nebraskan who lives in Indiana with my husband and four kiddos. I’m a second-generation homeschooler, so my days are filled with my kids and watching them learn. On the side, I write books, practice law, and teach at the local community college or Big Ten University depending on who needs me when. I love staying busy with my fingers in lots of different things. A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island is my 13th novel since October 2007. God has been so good!

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

I was raised in a Christian home and loved God from an early age. Around eight I made the public declaration that Jesus was my Savior. I honestly can’t remember a time when I haven’t wanted to serve and please Him. My greatest pleasure comes when I feel His smile.

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

In this month’s release, A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island, Alanna Stone is an attorney who has run from an event in her past. That event casts a shadow over everything in her life. Now she has to confront the past and its hold on her. My hope is that readers will find through Alanna’s journey the strength to stand up to the things in their pasts that control them. Sometimes it’s a person or an experience. It might be a memory. Whatever it is, God is waiting to remove the power from that.

A great takeaway and something God has done in my own life.

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

I blog at least three times a week. I say at least because I love talking about Christian fiction and so there are weeks that I’m on four or five times. But people can always find me at on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I talk about my faith, parenting and homeschooling, and books. Lots about books.

Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?

I adore reading. Just this morning I was at a Christian bookstore and ended up with a stack of books—even after putting half back. One that I’ve read lately and adored was Last Plea Bargain by Randy Singer. As an attorney I love a good legal suspense, but I’m also pretty critical because I catch errors. Randy writes AMAZING stories that are so compelling my husband and I race to grab the book when it arrives. He is truly a great writer!

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

Melissa, that verse has so much meaning for me. In 2009 I started down a valley that I never anticipated. After our first two kids, my husband and I struggled to get pregnant again. Then we did, and out of the blue lost the baby. I say out of the blue because no one in either of our families had experienced the pain of miscarriage. That resulted in a valley of pain and confusion that took the candy coating off my faith. One promise I have clung to through the miscarriages is begging God to create a Genesis 50:20 out of the situation. That Satan would regret the day he messed with me because of all the glory God is getting from this. And I also begged God to show me some of that good this side of heaven. He has been faithful. So very faithful. I may never understand why I have two children that I won’t meet this side of heaven. But God has turned my pain into ministry – both for me and my family. We have a tenderness that God has used over and over – that grew out of these experiences.

Your Genesis 5020 touches me. I have a few friends who have experienced the loss of a child. Through their pain they have started a ministry called Tiny Purpose that is bringing healing and hope into many women’s lives. It’s great to hear that you are using your pain to minister to others, I believe it is needed.

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

My life verse is Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Where can we find you on the web?

Readers can find me all over the web J







Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

No, this was a great interview. Thank you so much for hosting me, Melissa. I so appreciate it!

Thanks for giving us your time Cara. I enjoyed learning more about you and I am sure my readers will too.

Readers, here is the deal; this book is fabulous. I had the honor of receiving an advance copy and have been reading A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island. Not only is Mackinac Island my favorite place but the writing is great. I love that I can open a book and be transported to downtown Mackinac, I can hear the clip clop of the horses, the sound of bikes whizzing by and the chatter of the tourists (fudgies). If you love Mackinac Island you will love this book. And if you have never been to Mackinac Island you can travel there instantly through this book.

We must have more than 15 comments to have a drawing, so get commenting for your chance to win a copy of this great book. All comments must be in by 5:00 pm on April 10.


55 Responses to “Write to the Point with Cara Putman”

  1. I have heard so much about Mackinac Island! I would love a chance to read about it—great cover! Thank you for the interview and the opportunity to win!!

  2. I’ve been to Mackinac Island and would love to go back. I lived in Michigan for 30 years before moving to Indiana where I was born. This book sounds like a great read and I’d love a chance to win it. The cover is lovely and brings back memories!!

    He Is Risen!!


  3. Enjoyed the author interview! I’ve heard of Mackinac Island, but knew nothing of it. Seems quite a few stories I’ve read lately have been set in Michigan….must be time to head north for this south Florida girl! Just looked at some images from there—gorgeous! Take a beautiful setting toss in a splash of mystery and romance and it sound like you have the recipe for a delightful novel! Heading to Goodreads and adding to my “To Read” list.

    • Cara Putman Says:

      And there are so many places in Florida I would love to explore. We were on Jekyll Island at the beginning of March, but I’d love to get to St. Augustine.

    • Nancee Says:

      You really do need to make a trip north to Michigan! We have everything from the gorgeous sandy shores of Lake Michigan to the rocky shoreline of the upper peninsula on Lake Superior, and just about everything wonderful in between!

  4. Mackinac Island is on my list of places I must travel to before my time on Earth is up 🙂 Before I have a chance to go, I would love to read a book that takes me there. Thank you.

  5. Anni W Says:

    We’ve driven past Mackinac Island, on our way to Sault Sainte Marie. I looked longingly at it, but it will have to wait for another time. I’m looking forward to reading Mrs. Putman’s book!

    • Cara Putman Says:

      Anni, isn’t that how trips go…there are always places I want to stop, but we’re so intent on getting there or coming home, we don’t build in the time to stop on the way.

  6. I would love to win this book. I have never been to Mackinac Island, but have seen glimpses of it in the movie with Christopher Reeves (Somewhere in Time?).

    Thanks for a chance to win!!

  7. Marla Says:

    would love to win this book. I love reading books featuring the island settings.

  8. angela chesnut Says:


  9. willie71 Says:

    I’d love to win this book. The island sounds like a great place.

  10. sarah Says:

    Thank you ladys for this interview I just recently loss my first child and now that I have gone through a few things I am going the griving process thank you for sharing I think God needed me to hear this

  11. Angie Adair Says:

    I would love to read this book! This sounds like a great book!

  12. Pam Barry Says:

    I love Mackinac Island and love the thought of a good mystery happening on the Island. A mystery and a wedding are a great combo for the island. Pam @

  13. We honeymooned at Door County, WI, and went on a day trip to Washington Island. Am sure we would like Mackinac too! Would love to win this book!

    • Cara Putman Says:

      I’ve heard wonderful things about Door County but haven’t visited there yet.

      • Don’t miss Cana Island Lighthouse. At low tide you can walk across.

        Sweet little shops, gorgeous views, and quaint libraries! A fun adventure. You drive around the “thumb” of Wisconsin. Quiet and restful, with a gentle breeze. Go at cherry-picking time, or when the blossoms are first out; color contrast is amazing! Fish-boils, definitely, delicious with cherry pie for dessert! Fun to watch the preparation.

  14. Sherri Myers Says:

    This sounds like a great book to read this summer while stuck at home when other people are enjoying a vacation somewhere. Mackinac Island sounds like a nice place to visit. I enjoyed reading your interview and was wondering about a Genesis 5020? Can you explain that a little to someone who is clueless? Thanks

    • Hi Sherri, I would love to expain Genesis 5020. It is a Bible vers,e Genesis 50:20 says, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” I talk more about this in my first post on this blog: It is the whole basis for why I am doing this blog. I believe everyone has a Genesis 5020, something that happend in our lives that could have destroyed you, and maybe did harm you for a time but God turns it around for His glory. Every Friday I am sharing my personal Genesis 5020, you can look on my blog and see the different parts. Hope that helps. Thanks for asking!

  15. Patricia Says:

    Mackinac Island is one of my most favorite places in the world. Would you believe that I would like to read this book? Believe it because it is true. The Island and stories that take place on the Island immediately draw my interest. Here’s hoping….

  16. Kara Grant Says:

    love the interview! thanks for sharing about yourself, Cara! really loved how you expressed God’s faithfulness even when we don’t always understand why things happen as they do. learning to trust Him in every season of our lives is such a precious lesson. I have not read your books yet, but this one sounds really good 🙂 thanks for the giveaway and for the chance to get to know you!
    blessings to you and Melissa!

  17. EdithEllen Gale Says:

    I would love a copy of her oldest two children were in a homeschool coop with Cara’s family when she was a teen! Her family was a great inspiration to our homeschooling efforts!

  18. June Says:

    Cara, I have really enjoyed reading all of your books. Looking forward to reading this one. If I win, that’s just the icing on the cake. 🙂

    I also admire that you are a homeschool mom. I am a homeschool mom too. Not an easy task with all my kids, but so worth it to see them learn and to see the things they each like.

  19. Morgan Says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to get this book! Sounds like a great read! Morgan

  20. Hi Melissa. i am so glad that Cara told me about your blog! i am now following you. i also tweeted about the giveaway and posted about it to facebook. Thank you for the great opportunity to win Cara’s novel. i enjoyed the post, getting to know Cara better.

  21. Patty Hamblin Says:

    Being from MI originally I am familiar with Mackinac, but didn’t actually visit until I had moved away from MI and was back for a trip with friends. Would love to be able to spend more time there!

  22. Jackie Smith Says:

    Love this scripture, Melissa. Am new to your blog…love it. I am anxious to read Cara’s book…have never been to the island (probably won’t make it at my age) so would really enjoy the book. I subscribe to Cara’s blog and am so blessed by it.
    Thanks for entering me.

  23. karenk Says:

    a wonderful interview…thanks for the chance to read cara’s latest masterpiece 🙂

  24. Susieq Says:

    Great interview and book sounds like a good read! Would love to win it!

  25. Nancee Says:

    I’d love to win a copy of this book. I’m a iifetime resident of Michigan!

  26. Pam K. Says:

    I have friends who’ve visited Mackinac Island and I’ve read about it. It sounds like a great setting for a mystery. I’d love to win a copy of Cara’s book. Thanks for the chance!

  27. ladijo Says:

    I have heard so much about Mackinaw Island and would love the opportunity to visit there some day. In the meantime, I would love the opportunity of reading the book.

  28. Karen Spiegel Says:

    Would also love to read this book. I, too, have 2 children in heaven waiting for me. Believe it or not, the daughter would have been 47 March 24, and the son would have been 51. But I also have 3 blessed children here on earth with me, a daughter and 2 sons. Hi, Melissa. Aunt Karen

  29. jsslx Says:

    My mom grew up in Michigan so I have always heard about Mackinac Island and would love to read this book! Thanks for the opportunity! 🙂

  30. I’d love to win this book. Mackinac Island sounds like a great place to visit–if only through a great novelist’s eyes. Thanks.

  31. Alyce Says:

    I would love to win this book. We used to take the kids up to Mackinac Island a lot when they were little.

  32. […] to Anni who won Cara Putman’s book! Thank you to everyone who commented for a chance to […]

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