Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Peter’s Perfect Prayer Place by Stephan Kendrick and Alex Kendrick August 11, 2015

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Can you help Peter find the perfect place to pray?

Peter is used to seeing his mom pray in her special prayer room, and now you can help him search for his own place to pray—Peter’s perfect prayer place. Is it under his bed? Up in his treehouse? Between the pots and pans? Where can God hear him best? There’s lots of fun as Peter looks and looks, but in the end, he learns that although it’s great to have a special place to be alone with God and pray, God hears you no matter where you are—under, up, or in between!

This companion book to the movie War Room will teach young readers an important lesson about talking to God. And the fold-out prayer chart and stickers in the back of the book will let them track their prayers as well as God’s answers!

My thoughts:

This is a sweet book for your youngest little prayer warrior. The rhyming cadence of the prose makes this a catchy, fun read.

This book gives a good lesson that although you can draw away and pray you can also pray anywhere and anyway you want. The greatest thing is that our kids have the desire to prayer.

There was a little surprise at the end for the kids (or you) to write down things they are praying for on a big poster they could hang up in their room. And what child doesn’t love stickers? This book includes stickers your child can use to mark off when they prayer.

I love the idea of this book. My son, who is nine, felt it was a bit young for him but he thought it was nice. So I would recommend this book for preschool and early elementary age children.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

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


Review and Giveaway: Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin August 10, 2015

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through deep waters


War is coming. Can love carry them through the rough waters that lie ahead?

It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war. Handsome and outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. On shore, Jim encounters Mary Stirling, a childhood friend who is now an astute and beautiful Boston Navy Yard secretary.

When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is discovered, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges–and dangers–await them.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I loved this book. It took me a couple of chapters to really get sucked in but once I was there I didn’t want to leave and devoured the book.

Mary and Jim are wonderful characters who have things from their past that have held them back.

I could very much relate to Mary and her shyness and not wanting attention, yet she has gifts that do bring attention, she just needs to make sure she is focusing them on bringing glory to God.

Jim is figuring out it’s okay to make bold decisions, he doesn’t need to be afraid if he is walking with Jesus through the deep waters.

I loved how Sarah wove in the scripture reference from the title into the book, beautifully done.

The romance had me on pins and needles. Even though I could guess what was going to happen I still hated it when it did and had to keep reading to see how Sarah would resolve the issue.

The mystery in the book was also well-developed and interesting.

Overall, a wonderful book that has everything I look for in a good read.

Visit Sarah here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by August 20th for you chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by (U.S. addresses only. I am not responsible for book lost or damaged in the mail.)

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



Not Our Plans-Lessons for the Upper Peninsula Part 2 August 7, 2015

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Miners Falls

Miners Falls

Last week I shared about our hike to pictured rocks. That was the first day of our trip. On the second day we had planned to go to Grand Island. It’s an island off the shore of Munising, MI. Patrick read up on it and we could take our bikes over and ride them around the island and get new views of pictured rocks.

We loaded up our bikes on July 4th and took the hour drive to Munising (everything is an hour away from everything else in the U.P.). We were cutting it close on time so I went to get the tickets while Patrick and the kids unloaded the bikes.

When I got up the booth the lady told me the last pick up from the island was one o’clock due to the holiday. Oh man. This island is big and we had no idea what to expect and it was almost ten. Could we see what we wanted to in less than three hours? We decided not to go that day.

We were all bummed. We drove an hour to do nothing. I got a little grumpy 🙂 Our plans were

Miners Beach

Miners Beach

gone. Now what?

From the back seat my daughter says, “Aren’t there a lot of waterfalls around here? Why do we see those?”

Yes! We loved the idea, why didn’t we think of that?

We set off on one of our best days in the U.P. Because our plans were interrupted we got to see things we otherwise probably wouldn’t have bothered to see. More of God’s beautiful creation and hidden treasures in this part of Michigan.

I’m sure you see where I’m going with this.

Munising Falls and Kids

Munising Falls and Kids

How many times do we make plans for our lives and they get interrupted? Many. It’s probably a good thing too, because God has a tendency to know what He is doing.

At first we might be angry, disappointed, grumpy. But as His plans unfold we see what we otherwise would’ve missed. We get the opportunity to see Him and not us. His ways are always better than ours, even if they don’t make sense at first.

I don’t know where you’re at, maybe you’re busy making plans, maybe your plans just got tossed

Crisp Point Lighthouse

Crisp Point Lighthouse

out, and maybe you’re in the middle of His plan and question how this could be the best for  you? All I can say is trust Him, He does know what He’s doing.

Oh, and in case you’re looking for a post about Grand Island you won’t find one. I’m still waiting for God to reveal a lesson for that adventure. That was a one time trip for my family…mosquitoes as big as Buicks (not really but it was crazy!!!).

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV


Project Inspired by Nicole Weider August 6, 2015

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project inspired


Nicole Weider is on a mission: to help young girls avoid the traps that culture sets. The trap that baits you into thinking you must sacrifice your self-worth in order to be beautiful and popular. Nicole launched Project Inspired in 2010 (, a website for teen girls that analyzes pop culture and explores ways girls can live in their authentic beauty.

In Project Inspired, Nicole shares tips for you to stay true to yourself—to how you were created to be—as well as how to dress modestly yet fashionably, how to make a positive difference in the world, and how to enjoy your teen years while standing firm in your faith. With photographs, real behind-the-scenes stories from inside the fashion world, and an honest look at living a life that looks great on the outside and feels great on the inside, Project Inspired is a book you’ll turn to time and time again.

My daughter’s thoughts:

I no sooner pulled this book out of the packaging and my daughter had it in her hands and devoured it in twenty-four hours. So I thought why not let her review it, someone who the book is geared toward? I decided to do it in an interview format. This the opinion of a thirteen-year-old girl.

What would tell your friends this book is about?

Beauty and Jesus.

What is your favorite part of the book?

The chapters True Beauty and Your Wardrobe Essentials and Defining Your Look and Must-Have Accessories.

What was your least favorite part of the book?

It was all good 🙂

Would you recommend this book to your friends?


Why did you like this book so much?

Because I’m very much into beauty, fashion and Jesus.

Her answers are short but I can tell you so loved the book and went on about it, showing me different things and then looking up Nicole’s website. Anything that draws my daughter closer to Jesus I am all about 🙂

Visit Nicole here. 

Here is the link to Project Inspired.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to be in exchange for an honest review.


Write to the Point with Gail Kittleson August 5, 2015

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Today we get write to the point with Gail Kittleson. Read on as she talks about perseverance.

Gail has always loved to read, but had no burning desire to write fiction. She was happy instructing college expository writing and English as a Second Language, but after she penned her memoir, the fiction bug bit her. She’s been addicted ever since, with special interest in the World War II era. Now,she teaches a small writing class in her home, edits for people (a little), and facilitates workshops for writing and spiritual growth/creativity.

She and her husband enjoy life in small-town northern Iowa, their grandchildren, and in winter, the
Ponderosa forest of Central Arizona. Meeting new friends is the frosting on Gail’s cake–please feel free
to contact her however it works for you.




These days find me practicing a yoga position in my garden.


Downward Dog.


Among, between, interspersed, EVERYWHERE—weeds rear their tenacious heads. Near the Veronica, around the lilies, betwixt the yellow daisies, encroaching on the Johnny Jump-ups and zinnias.


What did we expect? Two years ago, this courtyard was a “lawn” with probably as much plantain and creeping Charlie as grass. A waterway runs through here, and there’s no easy deliverance, since we eschew chemicals.


At least now, the weeds have all been excavated. But they don’t give up easily—they just pop up elsewhere.


Same goes for the ever-present booboos in my manuscripts. I may be on a different plain altogether, with a much stronger moral premise, better characterization and more succinct movement from scene to scene, yet challenges remain.


But I’m beginning to relax into this reality, just as I’m FINALLY beginning to realize that some internal weeds are always going to pop up, too.


When you come from a shame-based foundation, this is how it is. IT IS WHAT IT IS. And if I relax into this truth, I can see how it helps with my writing. YEP.


I know exactly how a heroine feels when she’s put down. It’s not difficult to convey nasty, snake-like whispers that haunt her. Oh, she knows God loves her, that she’s a treasure to him … but is she a treasure to herself?


Not exactly—and it’s a long road to get there. Growing up with guilt makes adulthood so much harder. Them’s the facts.


As they say, “It comes with the territory.” If I sought perfection, I certainly chose the wrong inner voices, not to mention the wrong vocation.


And there’s the rub—the vocation chooses us. And then here we are, in our perpetual downward dog, editing the daylights out of our manuscripts. And we’re also forever editing what bubbles up inside us, too.


But we do see results, and that keeps us going. Our characters still talk with us, only on a deeper level—what’s not to love about that? And in our intimate thoughts, we learn to be kinder to ourselves, to stop stinkin’ thinkin’ in its tracks.


Certainly not saying it’s easy, here. But after decades of practice, I DO see progress.


I will soon learn the release date for one of my heroines—Dottie Kyle. Can’t wait to introduce this gail bookcool midlife lady to the world! And thank you SO much, Melissa, for this opportunity to connect with your readers.

Connect with Gail here:

Thanks so much for sharing with my readers, Gail. I pray God will continue to bless your writing journey.


Review and Giveaway: The War Room by Chris Fabry August 3, 2015

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the war room


Juggling motherhood and her job as a real-estate agent, Elizabeth Jordan wishes her husband could help more around the house. But Tony’s rising career as a pharmaceutical salesman demands more and more of his time. With a nice home in the suburbs and a lovely young daughter, they appear to have it all—yet they can’t seem to spend time together without fighting.

Hoping for a new listing, Elizabeth visits the home of Clara Williams, an elderly widow, and is both amused and uncomfortable when Clara starts asking pointed questions about her marriage and faith. But it’s Clara’s secret prayer room, with its walls covered in requests and answers, that has Elizabeth most intrigued . . . even if she’s not ready to take Clara’s suggestion that she create a prayer room of her own. As tensions at home escalate, though, Elizabeth begins to realize that her family is worth fighting for, and she can’t win this battle on her own. Stepping out in blind faith, putting her prayers for her family and their future in God’s hands, might be her only chance at regaining the life she was meant for.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This book is changing my life. I don’t say that about a lot of fiction books but this one opened to my eyes to an area I have been weak in: prayer.

This book portrays realistically the way a marriage can crumble, the way a woman can place all the blame on her husband and not see her own part in it, the temptations a man can face, the wounds of a young daughter.

As someone who has walked through pain in their marriage and healing I can tell you they way the healing is shown is true. It might be a bit faster because it is a book but it isn’t instant. There is anger below the surface from betrayal and Chris showed that.

Miss Clara is wonderful character, someone we all need in our lives who spurs us on and is honest with us. The book holds true to the fact that God doesn’t always answer when we want or how we want but He is always listening.

This is an excellent book and I can’t wait to see the movie that will be coming out August 28th.

Visit Chris here.

Watch the trailer for the movie here. (I get emotional every time I see this)

Here’s another video I found about the movie I thought you might find interesting, click here.

Grab your copy at your local book store, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, B00ks-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by August 10th for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by (U.S. addresses only. I am not responsible for books lost or damaged in the mail.)

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