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Review: Claiming Mariah February 11, 2013

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Claiming Mariah by Pam Hillman

ABOUT

Mariah Malone sends a letter to Slade Donovan after her father’s death, never expecting the consequences that letter will bring. Slade ends up at Mariah’s door and forces her to hand over the family ranch, the Lazy M. She has no choice, her father stole from Slade’s father, the ranch belongs to the Donovan’s.

Slade allows Mariah and her grandmother to stay at the ranch until his mother and sister arrive. During this waiting period Slade and Mariah’s relationship changes and both find themselves fighting feelings they never asked for. Slade also uncovers some secrets that could distroy the ranch and everything he ever dreamed of.

MY REVIEW


This is Pam’s second novel. I haven’t had the chance to read her first novel, Stealing Jake.

I enjoyed this book very much. Pam is a wonderful storyteller. I was drawn to her characters and frustrated with them when they wouldn’t speak up about their feelings. Pam has some amazing romance scenes that had my heart twisting with emotion. Overall I would say this book is about forgiveness and the difficulty we have in offering that when we are hurt. Even more, the importance in forgiving ourselves. It’s hard to offer forgiveness to others if you can’t forgive yourself.

The song that kept going through my head as I read this was Matthew West’s Forgiveness. Slade and Mariah will never be set free until they can forgive.

There is also a total Genesis 5020 in this story. When Slade takes over the ranch that could be used to harm Mariah but God intends it for good. But you’ll have to read the book to find out how.

Pam will be visiting 5020genesis on April 10th, so be sure to come then to hear from the author herself. I look forward to reading more books by Pam.

Visit Pam’s website here. Check out the book here.

I was given an egalley of this book from the publisher, Tyndale House Publishers, in excahnge for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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This is my Story-Part 12 February 8, 2013

flower-on-the-bookThis is the last week of  the original story Heather wrote for me and shared with our church. Next week you will get an update on what’s going on in Heather’s life this very moment. You won’t want to miss it!

Another Wounded Heart group started in September and I knew I had to be a part of it again.

At first I didn’t know if I’d be able to due to child care issues but God took care of that and had a wonderful lady step up and volunteer to do child care for the group.

I knew God was getting me ready to tell my parents by having me go through this group again.

After our fifth week, I shared my story of shame with the group of ladies and I once again received love. Three days after that, I shared my story with my parents.

I was so scared but I only received love from them. They don’t look at me or treat me any differently. After I told them, I felt so free.

See, God had freed me from all the shame of my past sin, He unlocked those chains I was in a long time ago when he forgave me but I still carried them around. I felt like I had to, I didn’t deserve to be completely free. But now I know, it doesn’t matter if I deserve to be free or not, because I don’t deserve anything, but it’s God’s grace that makes us free.
From the time we moved back to Michigan to present day, I have seen how my irresponsible, selfish behaviors affected my daughter.

She has been in trouble numerous times at school and has severe emotional issues. This is not a defect on her part but a direct result of my behaviors toward her when we lived in Vegas. I was an absent mother, I wasn’t there for her.

Although we have come a long way from where we started, we still have a really long way to go. I know God is writing her story as well and He has plans to give her hope and a future too. I just keep praying and thanking God for all He has done and is continuing to do.

There are so many songs I can relate to but one that really makes me think is Never Once by Matt Redman. Click here to listen.

Every horrible situation I put myself in, God was there with me. And He is right there with you too!
God has allowed me to start doing something I haven’t done since I was a little girl and that is dream.

He has given me a dream.

My dream is to help women in the sex industry, women just like me. When I was working in that industry, I had no hope, no future, no true God. I know that’s how other women stuck in that lifestyle feel. I want to reach them and let them know how truly loved they are by their Heavenly Father.

I’m not sure exactly how God is going to use me to accomplish this, but I know He knows and I just have to be obedient and listen for His direction.

There are a couple ministries I’m looking into and would love to get involved in, they are Hookers for Jesus and My Sister Song. Both of these groups do an outreach to women in the sex industry.

My Sister Song is actually based in Michigan, they go into strip clubs and give gift baskets to the girls working there and talk to them about Christ. Hookers for Jesus is in Las Vegas, they reach out to women working as prostitutes on the streets and in the casinos and actually work on getting them off the street when they are open to it.

God has given me a heart for these women and I know He will use me in a powerful way when He knows I’m ready.

Sharing my story is the first step toward my dream, so that’s what I’m doing.

God has told me not to be ashamed of my story, He wrote it so it’s actually His story, I’m just living it.

When I told my story, you responded; train me well in your deep wisdom. Help me understand these things inside and out so I can ponder your miracle-wonders. My sad life’s dilapidated, a falling-down barn; build me up again by your Word. Barricade the road that goes Nowhere; grace me with your clear revelation. I choose the true road to Somewhere, I post your road signs at every curve and corner I grasp and cling to whatever you tell me; God, don’t let me down! I’ll run the course you lay out for me if you’ll just show me how. Psalm 25-32 MSG

I get teary every time I read that last line Heather wrote, it’s beautiful and so true.

God is writing your story today, will you allow Him to have His way?

If you are ready to let Jesus have His way in your life leave a comment and say “I’m in”! Then watch Him use you in amazing ways.

 

Write to the Point with Susan Page Davis February 6, 2013

Filed under: Author Interviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 11:11 am
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 Today we get write to the point with Susan Page Davis.

Susan visited 5020genesis last year. To read that interview click here. I have since read some of Susan’s books and I can tell you they are wonderful.

Read to the end because Susan has a wonderful giveaway for you.

Treads of Love finds amateur sleuth and expert quilter Sarah Hart solving a mystery that centers on a pictorial quilt. The beautiful quilt is a gift, delivered anonymously, to Bea Lattimer. Bea has no idea who sent it to her or why. With Sarah’s help, she learns not only about the giver, but about her own past.

This book is number 26 in the Patchwork Mysteries series from Guideposts. Other volumes are written by several different authors, including Kristin Eckhardt, Cara Putman, and Camy Tang. Each story features Sarah Hart, a 62-year-old widow who loves quilting and restoring old quilts. But it seems Sarah also attracts mysteries.

Sarah is a person who loves to help others. In every book, she solves a mystery, but more than that, she helps people. In this story, she is helping Bea and several other people connected to the quilt. She also helps her friend Martha, who is chairman of the school’s Fall Fair—a bigger job than she was prepared to take on.

Sometimes Sarah knows things I don’t, and I usually put in quite a bit of research for these books. This one involved some legal points I wasn’t familiar with, and so I contacted an attorney with my questions about the law. I also did some research on quilting and fabrics.

Threads of Love will be followed by one more book, the final story in this well-loved series. In my book, Sarah is shopping with Martha for the perfect wedding dress, so you can guess at least part of what will happen in the next book! (Oh, that was another part of my research—what is today’s second-time, older bride wearing?)

This is my fourth book in the Patchwork Mystery Series, and I’ve loved being part of it. The characters seem like real people, and ones I’d love to live next to. It’s aThreadsofLove little bit sad to see the series coming to a close. My other titles in the series are: Pieces of the Past, Nothing to Hide, and Secrets in the Storm.

 About the author

 Susan Page Davis is the author of more than forty published novels in the romance, historical, mystery and suspense genres. She’s the mother of six and grandmother of eight. A Maine native, she now lives in western Kentucky. Visit her website at: www.susanpagedavis.com .

 Thanks for sharing with us, Susan.

Readers, here is Susan amazing giveaway for you. I will choose two winners. You may choose the featured book, Threads of Love (this is hardcover), or you can choose from any of her other books. If you go over to her website you can see all of her books and see what format they are in, print or ebook.

Leave a comment by February 12th at 5:00 to be entered to win.

 

 

The God Who Sees Me-Part 11 February 1, 2013

Filed under: Heather's Genesis 5020 — Melissa Finnegan @ 11:05 am
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DCIM100SPORTCongratulations to Jasmine Augustine who won the seven book giveaway I had last week!

Thank you to everyone who commented, the praises and prayer request were flying, it was amazing.

We will have two more weeks of Heather’s Genesis 5020.

Who will be next? Will it be you? Send your story to: 5020genesisstories(at)gmail(dot)com

The day after I was baptized my brother-in-law came over to my house. He told me he needed to talk to me about something and it wasn’t anything bad.

He asked me if I knew about what our church had been doing the past couple of years with their Easter offering. I said I had a pretty good idea.

Our church takes the Easter offering and uses it to help people in the community, to give others hope. They had paid rent for a year for a single mom and other things like that.

As he sat there and was talking to me about this, I thought he was going to ask me to be part of the team of people that decide who to help.

Then he said that the church wanted to give me some money so I could get a different car.

See, I had been driving a 1988 Cavalier since I moved back to Michigan. It was a good car with very low mileage but had recently started having some issues. I was stunned at what he said. I couldn’t believe the church wanted to help me. I didn’t deserve such an awesome blessing, not after everything I’ve done.

I accepted the offer and he told me he would let me know when a car was found for me.
That night my parents happened to be a car dealership. I had not talked to them that day, nor had my brother-in-law.

For some reason (God), they decided to buy a different car. They were planning on trading in their old car.

While in the process of deciding whether or not to trade in their car, my mom called my sister to let her know they would not be able to attend my nephew’s t-ball game that night. Before they got off the phone my brother-in-law asked my mom if she had spoken to me at all that day. She said no so he told her what he had talked to me about and gave my parents something to think about.
The next morning my mom came over to my house to baby-sit. She didn’t have her car so I asked her where it was. She said that they had bought a different car.

The wheels in my head started turning, could I be getting my parents old car? How perfect would that be? My mom couldn’t tell me exactly what they decided to do with their old car so I was left wondering.
About a week or so later, my parents finally told me that the church had bought their car from them and that was the car I would be getting. What a blessing!!

I could see God’s hand all over that situation.

My old car was breaking down but I didn’t have the money to fix it or replace it, I had resigned to the fact that I would have to wait until I got my tax return next year and look for a different car then.

God said, you don’t have to wait for a different car, I’ll take care of you, I always do.

See, sometimes I forget that God takes care of me, I think, why would He, look at everything I’ve done over the years.

But God looks at me, not the things I’ve done, and He sees His child. He knows my everyday struggles and He takes care of me, He loves me, ME.

In August 2012, I took my girls on a camping trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes, the most beautiful place in America. It is absolutely breathtaking.

We only stayed up there for three days but we enjoyed every minute of it.

Looking at God’s beautiful handy work, I felt so close to God. He made all those beautiful things for me and for you.

I heard him whisper in my ear, this is for you and you will be back many times to enjoy this.

It was the best camping trip I had ever been on, my girls enjoyed it too.
All summer I felt God tugging on my heart to tell my parents my story but I was so afraid to tell them. It was too much, too horrible, too dirty.

At that time the only people who knew my story were my sister and the ladies from my Wounded Heart group. When I told my story to them, I received love and did not feel condemned but telling my parents, how would they look at me if they knew everything?

Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the Lord, who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God who sees me.” She also said, “Have I truly seen the One who sees me?” Genesis 16:13 NLT

What have you seen recently that has reminded you that God created all of this for you? Share with us the beauty you see.