Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

I Have a Story Published and it’s Free June 30, 2014

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SF Front Cover_96_lgToday am I very excited to share with you a book that I have contributed to. If you remember last year I was part of a book called Sweet Freedom. You can read the interview with myself about the book here. Well, I’ve gotten together with some authors again and Jennifer Slattery once again compiled all of our stories and devotions into this beautiful book about freedom.

I hope each and every one of you will get this book and  share with everyone you know. It is free all week starting today and ending July 4th on Amazon, after the 4th is it only $0.99. If you don’t have a Kindle I would be happy to send you a PDF copy so you can read the book on a different device.

It will be out in print eventually, at a very low price.

If you would like a copy for your Kindle click here. If you would like a PDF copy just leave a comment and I will email it to you.

About my story in the book:

If you read the first Sweet Freedom (click here to check it out) then you will be familiar with the characters in my story in the second Sweet Freedom book. Julie, Kari, and Ryan are back. I don’t want to tell you too much but Julie is struggling with her self-worth, hence the name of the story is Worthy. She thinks she isn’t worthy of Ryan’s love, that she will mess up this relationship like she did with her ex-husband.

I can very much relate to Julie. She returns to her chains and even picks them up for a bit. I have been there, have you? I think many of us have. I think many of us feel we aren’t worthy of Christ’s love and question why He would ever want someone as messed up as us. But that’s the beauty of Christ, He does want us, messes and all. He alone can set us free.

I hope you will visit Julie again and be reminded of the sweet freedom that Christ offers each and every one of us no matter how many times we return to our chains.

About the book:

For some, the fourth of July is a celebration of freedom; for others it is a reminder of bondage. Of pain. Of fear. Of hopelessness. But there is a hope that is deeper, a love that is truer, and a freedom that no one can ever snatch away. 

How can one take a step toward that freedom when the road appears shrouded with insecurities and doubts? These pages contain numerous stories: a woman longing to start again but bound by the failures of her past; a young man who, upon reaching adulthood, must face his fears of death; a woman offered a chance of true love but held back by crippling insecurities. 

Is God even there? Does He care…enough to reach down and pull these men and women from the messes they’ve landed in, some of them by their own hand? 

Freedom. Peace-saturated, joy-infusing freedom. 

We pray our stories demonstrate what it looks like in the day-to-day…and provide a little insight into how one grabs hold of that treasured state of heart and mind.

Remember the book is free on Amazon all week long. Click here. If you want a PDF copy just leave me a comment and I will send it to you. Thanks for your support, it means so much. I hope you will be blessed by all the stories in this book.



Review and Giveaway: Full Steam Ahead June 26, 2014

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When love simmers between a reclusive scientist and a wealthy debutante, will they abandon ship or is it full steam ahead?

Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston, Texas, to find her father deathly ill. Though she loves him, Nicole’s father has always focused on what she’s not. Not male. Not married. Not able to run Renard Shipping.

Vowing to find a suitable husband to give her father the heir he desires before it’s too late, Nicole sets out with the Renard family’s greatest treasure as her dowry: the highly coveted Lafitte Dagger. But her father’s rivals come after the dagger, forcing a change in Nicole’s plans.

After a boiler explosion aboard the Louisiana nearly took his life, Darius Thornton has been a man obsessed. He will do anything to stop even one more steamship disaster. Even if it means letting a female secretary into his secluded world.

Nicole is determined not to let her odd employer scare her off with his explosive experiments, yet when respect and mutual attraction grow between them, a new fear arises. How can she acquire an heir for her father when her heart belongs to another? And when her father’s rivals discover her hiding place, will she have to choose between that love and her family’s legacy?

My thoughts and giveaway:

This is the second book I have read by Karen. I loved Stealing the Preacher so I was anxious to read her newest release.

Well, Full Steam Ahead did not disappoint.

She has crafted another well written book with characters that are quirky, spunky and charming.

And as the title says, once you pick up this book it is full team ahead with the story. Chapter after chapter adds a new layer or twist to the plot.

Nicole is on a mission to find a husband so she can save her father’s business but there’s danger after her so she takes a little detour. But I think it’s more of a Genesis 5020, if you ask me. This detour leads her to Darius.

At first I wasn’t so sure about him. He seemed a bit too strange, but really he is on a mission of his own. He wants to save peoples lives due to what happens in the prologue of the book. As he gets to know Nicole he becomes more demensional, there’s a softer side to this guy and not only does he find himself wanting to save other people, he also wants to protect Nicole.

Karen is an excellent writer and if you like historical romance this is one you will enjoy.

Visit Karen here.

Grab a copy at your local book store, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Deeper Shopping and Books-A-Million.

Leave a comment by July 2nd at 5:00 p.m. to be entered to win a copy. (U.S. residents only)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Write to the Point with Sydney Avey June 25, 2014

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sydauthorphoto_smallToday we get write to the point with Sydney Avey. She has a giveaway for you so read until the end.

About me

I’m a California girl and I’ve been writing a long time. I’ve been the newsletter queen in school, church and community since forever, a talent I was fortunate enough to spin into a career at Hewlett Packard Co. where I produced, managed and edited a number of communications. Now I am blessed to pursue my lifelong dream of writing as God leads.

My husband and I have been married for 45 years. We are living our dream in the foothills near Yosemite and a desert retreat in Arizona. Our two grown children and two school age grand children live on the coast and on an island in the Puget Sound, which delights me as well; great places to visit and they are great kids.

About my faith

I did not come from a churchgoing family, but my nana taught me the Lord’s Prayer and offered to drop me off at church of my choice. I didn’t have a living faith until a Young Life leader connected the dots for me when I was in college. My sister became a Christian in college as well. She led my mother to the Lord and I led my father to the Lord.  I married a Christian man and active faith has always been central in our family.

About my books

The Sheep Walker’s Daughter is about a lonely woman who receives a mysterious phone call after her secretive mother dies. She discovers she has a family and a heritage she knew nothing about. When she opens her heart, she loses everything, but now she has choices. She can continue to walk the familiar path sheep walkerof bitterness, or she can trust God and build new relationships. Setting is the Fifties in California and the Basque Country in Spain.

In the sequel, The Lyre and the Lambs which will be out in September, it’s the Sixties and introverted Dee is now the matriarch of a growing family. She comes to question choices that have attracted a troubled boy to her doorstep, angered her neighbors and threatened the future of the life she and her daughter Valerie are trying to build.

A favorite character in both books is Father Mike, an Anglican priest. His wisdom sticks with readers after they turn the last page. His advice is Biblical, timely, and respectful of the situations my characters find themselves in and the range of emotions they feel.

About my blog

I blog at once or twice a week. I share on topics I think will interest readers and writers. My theme is Let’s Get Real. The topic might be cultural trends, books or movies, or insights I’ve gained from my travels, but I always try to dig to the deepest levels of human hope and fear and connect that to God’s word.

A Genesis5020 moment

Under stress working for a driven boss who was pushing me to do things I considered unethical, I prayed on my drive home, God, I need a break. The next day, on that same stretch of road, I hit a car when the uninsured driver made an illegal turn in front of me. I suffered an open compound fracture that put me out of work for three months.

Now that I was immobilized, people I previously had no time for came to spend time with me. When I returned to work I found the courage to stand up to my boss. I told her I would not give up the physical therapy appointments that were critical to regaining my mobility (she prided herself on neglecting her health to work long hours). When I took another job that was better suited to me she told me she had learned from my example that health and balance in life were important.

Time to appreciate people, courage to stand up for what I believed, and a generous settlement for the damage caused by an uninsured driver were ways God made good out of what could have been a crippling accident. My ankle was broken in ten places. It healed completely.

My life verse

It’s a bit obscure but Psalm 49:4 says, “I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.” (ESV). Faith is a mystery. If we are willing to work the puzzle of faith—the way a poet works with words until rhythm and meaning emerge, the way a musician practices a difficult passage of music until it finally comes together—then God reveals some of the picture to us and gives us His peace. That’s what I do when I write, I solve my riddles on the harp of faith.

My contact info

Email: mailto:sydneyavey@gmail.comWebsite: Blog: Facebook: https://www.facebook/sydney.avey Twitter:   LinkedIn: Pinterest:

Thanks so much for sharing with my readers, Sydney. We love hearing from authors.

Readers, Sydney is giving away an audio recording of her book. I am super excited about that. I love listening to books because I can do it when I am driving to and from work. It’s a great way to get your reading done and use your time wisely 🙂 Leave a comment for Sydney by July 1st at 5:00 p.m. to be entered in the drawing.



When I Journal He Speaks by Dr. Michelle Miner June 24, 2014

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The Voice of God Is Just a Journal Entry Away! Experienced therapist, teacher, mentor and one who flows in prophetic insight and wisdom, Dr. Michelle Miner will demonstrate and instruct you both in the value of journaling and how to journal in this interactive book. When I Journal He Speaks shares with you Michelle’s journey of learning how to use journaling to hear the voice of the Lord, so you can embark on that same uplifting, amazing road to a closer relationship with God. Maybe you’ve thought about journaling before, but you don’t think you are a writer, or you worry that you don’t know how to do it correctly. The good news is there is no right or wrong way to journal-and you can start in any way that feels comfortable to you. You will learn to discern the true voice of God and to have confidence in the knowledge that He is speaking to you. Your journal can become a resource upon which you can reflect to remind you of the words that God has given to comfort and inspire you. If you’ve ever heard someone say “God spoke to me” and wondered how that was possible…this book is for you. As you become closer to the Lord, you will begin to hear His voice in your everyday life. God speaks-are you ready to receive the gift of His voice?

My thoughts:

When I first got this book I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have always journaled a bit but never consistently as an adult. But as soon as I read the first journaling experience and quieted my heart I immediately sensed the Holy Spirit speaking to my heart and words poured forth.

How do I know they are from the Holy Spirit and not my own mind? I ask myself if they line up with what Scripture says. As long as nothing is out of line I feel what I am hearing must be from God.

I really needed this book as I have been struggling with intimacy with my Savior recently and wondered if He still spoke to me. The answer is, yes, He does.

This is a 40-day journey where you will listen for God’s voice regarding intimacy, defeating the enemy, words of encouragement, living in God’s presence, what keeps you from living in His presence, remaining in His presence and safety in God’s presence.

I highly recommend this book to everyone. We all need more of Jesus and this one way you can connect with Him. It was so encouraging to encounter His presence each day and have this book to guide me to ask Him questions and listen for His answer. I know this might be a bit different than what some of you are used to but I challenge you to take the plunge and dive deep into the waters of intimacy.

You can request this copy from local bookstore or grab your copy at Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.

A copy of this book was given to my by the author in exchange for an honest review.


Daisies are Forever by Liz Tolsma June 23, 2014

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Book Description

Gisela must hold on to hope and love despite all odds in the midst of a war-torn country.

Gisela Cramer is an American living in eastern Germany with her cousin Ella Reinhardt. When the Red Army invades, they must leave their home to escape to safety in Berlin.

However, Ella is a nurse and refuses to leave, sending her young daughters with Gisela. During their journey, Gisela meets Mitch Edwards, an escaped British POW. She pretends she is his wife in order to preserve his safety among other Germans, especially one wounded German soldier, Kurt, who has suspicions about Mitch’s identity. Kurt also has feelings for Gisela and tries to uncover the truth about her “marriage.”

Their journey to Gisela’s mother in Berlin is riddled with tragedy and hardship, but they strive to keep Ella’s daughters safe so they can reunite with their mother. During the journey Gisela and Mitch begin to develop feelings for one another beyond friendship. They reach Berlin, but their struggles are far from over. Gisela and Mitch must learn to live for the day and find hope in the darkest of circumstances.

In this moving, historically accurate portrayal of WWII Germany, the characters learn that, even with destruction all around them, some things last forever.

My thoughts:

This is a perspective of World War II I haven’t read before. When I read about WWII I usually am reading about what the Nazis did to the Jewish people.

This story is coming from the perspective of Germans running from the Russians. Of course Mitch gets thrown in the mix and he is fighting against Germany yet helping Gisela and her friends and family who are German. This adds so much tension and you know something bad is going to happen.

Along the journey lives are lost and new refugees  join the group, refugees who seem nice at first but then stir up trouble within the group.

Liz does a wonderful job of bringing this era to life and making you feel like you are part of the action. You will travel with this ragtag group as bullets whiz by, as they are crowded in the back of trucks and gymnasiums. You will feel the pain of blistered feet and the fear of losing those you hold dear.

If you enjoy historicals, or stories about WWII with a bit of romance thrown in you will want to pick this book up.

Visit Liz’s website here.

Grab a copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

An ecopy of this book was given to me by the BookLook Bloggers Program in exchange for an honest review.



Yankee in Atlanta by Jocelyn Green June 19, 2014

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Yankee in Atlanta
River North(June 1, 2014)
Jocelyn Green


Jocelyn Green is a child of God, wife and mom living in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She is also an award-winning journalist, author, editor and blogger. Though she has written nonfiction on a variety of topics, her name is most widely recognized for her ministry to military wives: Faith Deployed. Her passion for the military family was fueled by her own experience as a military wife, and by the dozens of interviews she has conducted with members of the military for her articles and books, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and its sequel, Faith Deployed…Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives. She is also co-author of both Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan and Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front (forthcoming, May 2012). Her Faith Deployed Web site and Facebook page continue to provide ongoing support, encouragement and resources for military wives worldwide.


When soldier Caitlin McKae woke up in Atlanta after being wounded in battle, the Georgian doctor who treated her believed Caitlin’s only secret was that she had been fighting for the Confederacy disguised as a man. In order to avoid arrest or worse, Caitlin hides her true identity and makes a new life for herself in Atlanta.
Trained as a teacher, she accepts a job as a governess to the daughter of Noah Becker, a German immigrant lawyer, who is about to enlist with the Rebel army. Then in the spring of 1864, Sherman’s troops edge closer to Atlanta. Caitlin tries to escape north with the girl, but is arrested on charges of being a spy. Will honor dictate that Caitlin follow the rules, or love demand that she break them?

Id you would like to read the first chapter of Yankee in Atlanta, go HERE.


My thoughts:

I am a Civil War story buff. I have mentioned this before but pretty much any novel relating to the Civil War I want to read. I blame it completely on Gone with the Wind 🙂

This is one book I am glad I picked up and read. Jocelyn Green does an amazing job of bringing this era to life and creating engaging stories and characters.

The story begins with Caitlin Mckae and then we travel to New York and meet these other characters. At first I didn’t understand the connection but finally the connection is revealed and it’s this “ah-ha” moment.

Jocelyn weaves this story together carefully and drops tasty  hints along the way that will leave you craving to read more and get back to this wonderful story.

This is the third book in a series but from what I can tell each are a stand alone. If you enjoy historicals this is a book you will want to grab and Jocelyn Green is an author you want to read.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.


Write to the Point with Susan Page Davis June 18, 2014

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Susan Page Davis croppedToday we get write to the point with Susan Page Davis. This is Susan’s third time here at Genesis 5020. You can read her first two posts here and here. She has a great giveaway for you today, so enjoy!

Tell us about your newest book.


The Charm Bracelet is a contemporary romance novel.

When Lisa Archer’s charm bracelet is caught in a mall escalator, she is rescued by a flippant but dashing EMT. Steve Rollins seems to understand only too well Lisa’s mixed feelings toward her escort, Dr. Bryan Cooper, who gave her the bracelet. Lisa and Steve meet again, and the sparks fly. Steve is sure Lisa hates him, and Lisa can’t help comparing vibrant Steve to mediocre Bryan, although Steve makes her furious every time she sees him. She tells Bryan she no longer wants to wear the charm bracelet, angering Bryan, and both are injured in an auto accident. When Steve responds to the emergency call and finds that Lisa is one of the accident victims, his guilt weighs him down. Will he have the chance to ask Lisa’s forgiveness and start over in his clumsy attempts to win her heart? With a lot of prayer and some manipulation from Steve’s sister, he may be able to charm his way into Lisa’s life. The book also includes a bonus short story, “Wandering Irises,” by Susan Page Davis.




What do you do when you’re not writing?

Nowadays I don’t get time to do a lot, but I enjoy reading, spending time with my family, and traveling when I can. I also like to walk and do logic puzzles.


Where do you get your ideas?

Wherever I find them. Often when I’m researching for one book, I will run across something that triggers an idea for another. A conversation or something ICharm Bracelet new hear on TV will often spark an idea as well.


Do you outline or are you a seat-of-the-pants writer?

I outline with a vengeance. I started out as a “pantser,” but I’ve found that the writing stage goes a lot easier and the plot comes out more cohesive if I outline first.


Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

Yes, the first book I ever wrote, a mystery with a police officer as the hero. I actually sold a sequel to it as a standalone, so if I ever go ahead with the first one, I’ll have to do a different sequel.


Are you like any of the characters in your book?

Sometimes I think like Lisa does—or should I say Lisa thinks the way I do?


Are you working on a new project now?

Right now I’m working on a western romance called The Outlaw Takes a Bride, for Barbour Publishing. It will release next spring. I’ve also got a couple of Christmas novellas coming out this fall, and two cozies for Guideposts coming soon, All that Glitters and Empty Saddle.
Anything you would like to add?

Come visit my website at:

Today I’m giving away a copy of The Charm Bracelet (either paperback or e-book).

Links for the book include:

Buy in paperback:

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Thanks so much for spending time with my readers…again 🙂 It’s always great to hear from you and see what you’re working on now.

Readers, Susan is giving away an e-book or paperback copy of her book (winner choice). Leave a comment by June 24th at 5:00 p.m. to be entered.


Uncompromising by Hannah Farver June 17, 2014

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Ask any girl on the street what womanhood is about, and you’ll get a blank stare in return. No one knows. Young women are devoid of vision beyond popularity, material wealth, a cute boyfriend or a dream career. Even in Christian circles, significant questions are often left unanswered: What’s the point of purity? Modesty? Femininity? What’s biblical womanhood?  Most of all, girls wonder at the longing in their souls for something greater.

Uncompromising:  A Heart Claimed By a Radical Love cuts straight to the heart of young womanhood. Rather than setting up rules, it pulls at the desire in every woman’s heart to live a life of purpose, fully surrendered to His radical love.  Written in an edgy teen voice, Uncompromising is a collection of “field notes” from the author’s own search for answers…and the story of how she stumbled upon the one Cause worth dying for.  Contains study questions for group or individual use.

My thoughts:

This really is a must read book for any teenaged girl. So much truth is packed into this book.

Hannah tackles tough issues with love and grace and she doesn’t hold back on what the Bible teaches.

As a mom I totally appreciate this book for my daughter, but even as an adult women who can struggle with issues of the heart I appreciate it as a reminder of who God created me to be.

I really liked the chapter on modesty, this chapter alone it worth the book. Hannah offers some great insights into the clothes girls choose to wear and asks why are you choosing the wear that? What is the heart behind that choice? This is a timely chapter for my daughter and me as summer is here and she sees a lot of girls wearing bikinis. I don’t allow my daughter to wear them. My daughter and I have also had conversations about that fact that it is part of our responsibility as women to help keep boys mines pure. If we dress in a way that will lead them to think lustful thoughts then we are part of the problem. Young girls (and women) need to take responsibility for how we dress.

I do think this book is geared more toward teens, I think my daughter might get a bit bored reading it, but she is only twelve. But this is a very good book and much needed.

Visit Hannah here.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Review and Giveaway: Blind Trust by Sandra Orchard June 16, 2014

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From the back cover:

Kate’s not sure how deep this deception goes–but she’ll do whatever it takes to find out.

Kate Adams had no idea she was carrying counterfeit money and can’t believe that it came from her sweet elderly neighbor. Or that it has landed her in the middle of another of Detective Tom Parker’s investigations. Determined to prove her neighbor’s innocence, Kate stumbles into a pit of intrigue far deeper than a two-bit counterfeit operation–and one that strikes too close to home for comfort.

As family secrets come to light, her world–and her budding romance with Tom–begin to crumble. To Kate, it’s clear that she won’t be safe until she uncovers all of Port Aster’s secrets. But then will it be too late for her and Tom?

My thoughts:

What a great story. I really enjoyed this one. Sandra is an excellent writer, this is the second book I have read by her. Every chapter ramps up the intensity and mystery.

This is the second book in the series. I have not read the first and I was able to enjoy this one. There were things I wished I understood better and I think if I had read the first book I would but Sandra does a good job of getting the reader up to speed and writing a truly captivating book regardless of prior knowledge.

Our hero and heroine are very likeable characters I enjoyed getting to know. There’s a slow romance building between the two but nothing overly heated and intense, but a sweet romance none-the-less.

This book will keep you wondering whodunit? You will bounce back and forth between the different possibilities. And there seems to be two different mysteries taking place at the same time, or are they related? I kept asking myself that. You’ll have to read the book for yourself to see if they are and who really did do it?

Learn more about Sandra here.

Grab a copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

Leave a comment by June 22nd at 5:00 p.m. to be entered to win your own copy. (U.S. residents only)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



Part XIII-The Wooing June 13, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Melissa Finnegan @ 9:54 am

Today is June 13th, our sixteenth anniversary (Happy anniversary Patrick). I thought it would be interesting to read what I wrote about that day five years ago. I know my sin is cast as far as the east is from the west so I don’t look back on that day and mourn. I look back and rejoice at all my Father has done in my life since then. It is amazing to see how He took my heart of stone out and gave me a heart of flesh. Five years ago I would’ve never dreamed I would be where I am now spiritually. With each passing year I feel more and more alive, so opposite how I felt five years ago today.
Our God is truly good and truly amazing.

Genesis 5020

Last time I wrote I left off with June 12. I drove away from the other man’s house feeling like a dead woman.

That evening I went to get groceries with my family. I clearly see me with my kids reaching for some cheese and thinking I feel nothing. I feel dead. I felt so empty walking around the grocery store, surrounded by people but having no clue who I was anymore.

The power that revived me the week before was zapped from my being. Where did the power go? When did it leave me?

Later that night I drove to my friend’s house to confess, for the first time, what I had done. On my way there I was listening to Tenth Avenue North (they had become my lifeline) and the song Times began playing. The words asked “what I have become?” The question  penetrated into my soul and I cried.

Who was I?


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