Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Thin Ice by Irene Hannon January 28, 2016

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thin ice


If Ginny Reed is still alive–who is the woman buried in her grave?

After losing her parents and her sister, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Now, life is finally starting to feel normal again–until an envelope addressed in her sister’s handwriting arrives in the mail. And the note inside claims she is still alive.

FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator, is assigned to reopen the case . . . but he’s coming up with more questions than answers. Is Christy a pawn in a twisted cat-and-mouse game–or the target of a sinister plot? As Lance digs deeper, one thing becomes clear: someone in the shadows has a deadly agenda.

Bestselling author and three-time RITA Award winner Irene Hannon pulls out all the stops in this high-stakes thriller that races to a bone-chilling finish.

My thoughts:

Irene has penned another great book of mystery and romance.

In typical Hannon style she begins with a very intense and emotional scene and then we are thrown into the mystery of the fact that Christy’s sister might be alive.

I enjoyed reading about Christy’s love of ice skating and her journey to where she is now and the sacrifices she made for her family.

I loved getting to know a different McGregor brother. We met Mac in the first book and in this book we get to know Lance who was introduced in the first book.

The attraction between Christy and Lance is pretty fast even though they try to keep things business.

Overall, another great read from Irene.

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


The Secrets of the Castle by Aaron M. Zook Jr. January 27, 2016

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Intrigue and danger surround two young boys and their dogs as they seek to unravel a castle mystery.


A near disastrous car wreck in Germany launches twelve-year-old Gabriel Zanadu, Alexander, his fourteen year-old brother, and their two dogs, Thunder and Lightning, into a sinister adventure near the famous German castle, Neuschwanstein. Unexplained eavesdropping, death threats, and heart-pumping danger drag Gabe, Alex, and the dogs into the clutches of a little-known foreign terrorist network. After they are kidnapped by the terrorists, and even though they are scraped, bruised, and battered, Gabe and Alex use what they’ve learned from their military dad and home-schooling mom to clash with the criminals.


Fear, pain, and failure drive the boys to tears as they struggle to free themselves from their kidnappers’ grasp. The usual brotherly fights must take a backseat as the boys and dogs scramble to break free and to escape from their enemies in the dark, cramped spaces of an underground battlefield. Hiding, out-of-breath chases, and deadly force all come into play. How do Gabe, Alex, Thunder, and Lightning survive and escape? Find out inside.



Aaron M. Zook, Jr., a retired U.S. Army Colonel, enjoys writing Christian books. The Secrets of the Castle, his intriguing middle-reader mystery/adventure novel for boys and the first of the Thunder and Lightning series is available at and other online stores, and is currently on sale for half-price at on sale at Aaron lives with his wife in Belton, TX. They have two married sons.

My thoughts:

I think this book is great for young boys and even young girls. I would aim this book toward 9-12 year olds. Especially if they love dogs:)

There are some serious issues in this book that you can take the opportunity to address with your child, things from a not so distant past that we, as parents, lived through and watched unfold on t.v.

I will say, as an adult, I had a little trouble getting into the story but as I said I think someone who falls into the age range I mentioned above would really enjoy this book.

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A copy of this book was given to me by The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review. 


Healthy and Free by Beni Johnson January 26, 2016

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Begin Your Journey to Spirit-Soul-Body Health Today… Beni Johnson received a life-changing revelation about how anyone can start walking in holistic health—including you! Jesus died for your spirit, soul, and body. This means you can experience His resurrection life in all three areas! Christians should be the healthiest people on Earth because they understand God has made their bodies His temple. Unfortunately, many people focus on one area of health while neglecting another. This can lead to spiritual disconnection, bad eating habits, depression, poor rest, and lack of exercise.

In Healthy and Free, Beni shows you how to:

  • Find your why: Learn the motivating secret to pursuing a healthy lifestyle as your new normal.
  • Unlock the connection: Discover the many ways your spirit, soul and body are interconnected and how health in one areas directly effects another.
  • Start simple: Receive practical and easy-to-implement steps to begin walking in health right now.
The Great Physician desires you to walk in Heaven’s health. Get aligned with God’s divine design today and experience freedom—body, soul and spirit!
Beni Johnson and Bill Johnson are the Senior Pastors of Bethel Church. Together they serve a growing number of churches that have partnered for revival. Beni oversees Bethel’s intercessors and Prayer House. Her approach to intercession makes supernatural connection with the Lord accessible to all. Bill and Beni have 3 children and their spouses. They also have nine grandchildren.
This is really a great book. If you don’t really like books about health (and I don’t) then you might actually like this book.
Beni begins with a very important question: Why? Why do you want to get healthy/loose weight?
I never thought about how important the why is. Honestly, I haven’t reach and answer for a good why and therefore have no motivation for loosing weight. I need a good why that speaks to me. Not someone else’s why and why they think I should.
I think until it truly becomes important to us we won’t sustain the changes we need to make.
Beni gives wonderful advice about changes we can make. She definitely doesn’t push for dieting but more for healthy living.
She covers so many topics this is bound to speak to everyone at some level.
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A copy of this book was given to me by The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review. 

The First Hostage by Joel C. Rosenberg January 25, 2016

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the first hostage


“The president of the United States . . . is missing.”

With these words, New York Times journalist J. B. Collins, reporting from the scene of a devastating attack by ISIS terrorists in Amman, Jordan, puts the entire world on high alert. The leaders of Israel and Palestine are critically injured, Jordan’s king is fighting for his life, and the U.S. president is missing and presumed captured.

As the U.S. government faces a constitutional crisis and Jordan battles for its very existence, Collins must do his best to keep the world informed while working to convince the FBI that his stories are not responsible for the terror attack on the Jordanian capital. And ISIS still has chemical weapons . . .

Struggling to clear his name, Collins and the Secret Service try frantically to locate and rescue the leader of the free world before ISIS’s threats become a catastrophic reality.


I really have mixed emotions about this book.

It is definitely intense from the first page and doesn’t give you a change to come up for air. One thing after another keeps happening and you wonder who you can trust and what will happen next.

I had a bit an issue with the writing style, I had trouble connecting with the character and I wonder if it was due to style of writing.

But, this is a book that will give you a lot to think about in light of the events in our world and will make you wonder what if this stuff really happened, it’s certainly possible.

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


Unmasking the Devil by John Ramirez January 19, 2016

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Satanist-Turned-Evangelist Gives You the Inside Strategy to Defeat the Devil’s Plans!   Many people, even Christians, deny the devil’s power. John Ramirez doesn’t have that luxury—he experienced the prince of darkness up close and personal.  
In the impoverished streets of the South Bronx, John Ramirez found “acceptance” from a family of witches and warlocks. These practitioners of dark arts trained him to be a high-ranking satanic priest—a story told in his first book, Out of the Devil’s Cauldron. However, everything changed when he met the living Christ.
In Unmasking the Devil, John Ramirez shares an insider view of how satan operates so you can avoid his traps and learn how to:
  • discern between the voice of God that directs to victory and satan’s voice that leads to destruction.
  • close the demonic doors satan uses to enter your life: entertainment, unhealthy relationships, greed, and false religion.
  • activate the spiritual weapons of prayer, intercession, and Scripture to render hell powerless over your life.
  • recognize how the spirits of Jezebel and Delilah attempt to infiltrate the church, create disunity, and render God’s people powerless.
  No army goes into battle without first knowing the tactics of their enemy. Receive behind-the-scene glimpses of satan’s strategies and equip yourself to live victoriously over the powers of darkness!    


John Ramirez is an international evangelist, author, and speaker. For sixteen years he has been teaching believers from the Virgin Islands to Germany and on TV shows such as The 700 Club, TBN, The Word Network, and The Church Channel how to defeat the enemy. If you are interested in having John speak at your church or appear on one of your media shows, contact him at

My thoughts:

This is a book every Christian needs to read. It cuts to the heart and doesn’t let go. This is an eye-opener for many of us who want to live with our eyes closed to the work of our enemy.

A few quotes that hopefully will entice you to read more are from page 28: “You need to come to see that your purpose and destiny are also lined up with the region and the season you are in.”

Woah, if we really think about that doesn’t that change our perspective and see the challenges we are facing as possible attacks from the enemy who doesn’t want to see us fulfill God’s purpose in our life?

Another from page 37: “The tools that the devil uses most often are temptation and deception. Temptation is to make you want to quit and give up on God, and deception is to make you believe that you’re never going to come out of your circumstances.”

How true is that? I have been there many times playing with temptation and then giving into deception.

Overall, a very valuable book that I think every Christian should get their hands on.

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A copy of this book was given to me by The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review. 


The Painter’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

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the painters


Sophie Dupont assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. In private, she paints the picturesque north Devon coast, popular with artists–including handsome Wesley Overtree, who seems more interested in Sophie than the landscape.

Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother Wesley’s responsibilities. Near the end of his leave, he is sent to find his brother and bring him home. Upon reaching Devonshire, however, Stephen is stunned to learn Wesley has sailed for Italy and left his host’s daughter in serious trouble.

Stephen feels duty-bound to act, and strangely protective of the young lady, who somehow seems familiar. Wanting to make some recompense for his own past failings as well as his brother’s, Stephen proposes to Miss Dupont. He does not offer love, but marriage “in name only” to save her from scandal. If he dies in battle, as he fears, she will at least be a respectable widow.

Desperate for a way to escape her predicament, Sophie finds herself torn between her first love and this brooding man she barely knows. Dare she wait for Wesley to return? Or should she elope with the captain and pray she doesn’t come to regret it?

My thoughts:

Oh my, this book is amazing.  Julie Klassen has written another fabulous book.

I don’t even know where to begin. The plot is just great and will have you guessing and wondering what will happen. I have to admit, I was so concerned about the characters that I had to peek at the last page. I  couldn’t wait to see what would happen (that’s bad, I know).

Then I was up way past my bedtime because I didn’t want to stop reading and had to see what would happen.

Sophie is a wonderful young woman who made a mistake and struggles with feelings from her past. I can definitely relate to that.

Stephen reminded me very much of my husband, strong and willing to do whatever he has to for those he loves.

Truly, one of the best books I have read in a while. If you like Julie’s books, or if you haven’t read anything by her, this is a must read.

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An e-copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through in exchange for an honest review.


Mississippi Nights by D.M. Webb January 14, 2016

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Two brothers, one death–the bond of brotherhood faces its greatest challenge against resentment and guilt. Can the love between two brothers eventually win against pain and guilt?

When Firefighter David Boyette’s fiancée perishes in a car fire, he blames his brother,Sgt. Jeremy Boyette, for her death.

Three years later, David returns home with a dark and devastating secret. With the help of family, a woman’s love, and a small child’s devotion, can David overcome insurmountable odds as he and Jeremy face the bitterness that enslaves him?

Together the brothers must decide if the bond of brotherhood is stronger than resentment and hate.


Daphne Self, writing as

D.M. Webb, is the author of 30 Days: A Devotional Memoir (2013), Mississippi Nights (2012), and I Lost My Hat (2009). Her children’s devotional, Balaam and the Donkey, appeared on (April 2013). Between her writing the next novel, marketing her published works, and reviewing books on her blog, Rebel Book Reviews, she volunteers as an ACFW judge for First Impressions, Genesis, and Carol Awards. Her travels and life with her family makes life interesting and provides plenty of material for storylines.


D.M. has a well-developed story with many interesting characters.

David’s secret is not spoken of directly too soon so it will keep the reader wondering exactly what he is hiding. He did frustrate me a bit, I wanted him to just get over being angry at his brother but I do understand that when we are deeply wounded forgiveness can be hard.

Jeremy is a very likable character who just wants the relationship he once had with his brother back.

The other characters in the book are all seemed to have their own personality that was well-developed. I did sometimes have trouble keeping track of who was who and their relationship with each other.

Overall, an enjoyable read with a lot to think about and reflect on, especially in regards to forgiveness.

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A copy of this book was given to me by The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review. 


The Caged in Heart by Trillion Small, MS January 12, 2016

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Many children grow into adulthood with unresolved childhood attachment injuries (internal wounds) that often originated in the home and affected his or her view of self. It doesn t matter if the wound was intentional or not, it still can have the same adverse effects on the child and his or her intimate relationships later in life. One effect is relational hypervigilance. Relational hypervigilance can produce issues in your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual functioning. It makes living alone difficult and hinders your ability to form strong, healthy, and secure relationships. Consequently, the purpose of this book is to shine light on the internal wounds that often go unnoticed and to provide a means of relief from the overwhelming burdens they have caused you in relationships. It is designed to look more specifically at one effect of abuse, and that is relational hypervigilance. Insight and guidance are provided on how to rest your overworked hyperactive threat system. This system is the internal system in your brain that alerts you when real or perceived danger is near (i.e., the limbic system). If you are hypervigilant, your alarm is always going off, and this is exhausting for you. In this book you will gain a better understanding of abuse and its cycle, how to break the cycle, and how to find beauty in the ashes of your past experiences.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Trillion Small is the founder of Navigate YOU Counseling & Consulting in Nashville, TN. In her private practice she specializes in interpersonal trauma. Trillion is a Doctoral Candidate (PhD) in Clinical Counseling at Trevecca Nazarene University. She is a professional speaker, counselor, and author of Internal Navigator: Basic Steps to Get You from Point A to Point B in Your Life (2013).

My thoughts:

What a treasure of a book for those with childhood abuse wounds.

Trillion does an excellent job talking through the many aspects of abuse and the resulting effects if can and does have on our lives. She is an abuse survivor and draws from her own experiences. Although she doesn’t go into detail about her personal situation you know that she speaks from a place of experience.

A very cool part of this book is that at the end of every chapter is a link to a video you can watch where Trillion will talk you through some healing steps that were addressed in that chapter. I love that extra step we can take.

If you are someone who has been abused and still feel like you are living in a cage because of it I encourage you to pick up this book and I truly pray you will find the healing your Father is freely offering you.

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A copy of this book was given to me by The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review. 



Review and Giveaway: The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson January 11, 2016

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the golden braid


The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man around. And her skills as an artist rival those of any artist she’s met. But for a woman in medieval times, the one skill she most desires is the hardest one to obtain: the ability to read.

After yet another young man asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides they need to move once again, but this time to a larger city. Rapunzel’s heart soars—surely there she can fulfill her dream. But Mother won’t let her close to a man. She claims that no man can be trusted.

After being rescued by a knight on the road to the city, and in turn rescuing him farther down the road, Rapunzel’s opportunity arrives at last. This knight, Sir Gerek, agrees to educate Rapunzel in order to pay back his debt. She just has to put up with his arrogant nature and single-minded focus on riches and prestige.

But this Rapunzel story is unlike any other and the mystery that she uncovers will change everything—except her happily ever after.

About the Author

Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer’s Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama. Visit her on line at, Facebook: MelanieDickersonBooks, and Twitter @melanieauthor.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Melanie has written another wonderful book. I will be honest I had trouble separating my mind from Disney’s Tangled and that story line.

Oh, but there are so many secrets and things unknown in this story. It will keep you reading and your mind searching for hints which are sprinkled sparingly but enough to keep you reading.

Rapunzel is a determined young lady who wants more for her life even if it means defying her mother.

Gerek is hard to get a handle on. Is he a nice guy or as arrogant as he can come across?

Overall, this is a book like you have come to expect from Melanie. And if you haven’t read anything by her then I encourage you to give this one a try.

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


Redeeming Cade by Susan Crawford January 8, 2016

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redeeming cade



Cade McGuire has turned a one-eighty. The ex-con is now assistant director at the downtown mission that gave him a fresh start when he needed it most. When Cade attends a press conference and discovers that a woman running for a seat on the city council plans to close the mission, he can’t just stand by. Not even for a politician as beautiful as Darby Phillips.

Darby has been groomed her whole life for a future in politics. The City Council seat is just the first step in following her grandfather’s footsteps and making a difference for the community. When the obviously blue-collar Cade confronts her at a press conference, demanding she come and meet the people she’ll displace with her fancy new entertainment district, she knows refusing would be political suicide. No problem. A few hours at a rundown mission won’t change anything.

As Darby and Cade butt heads over what the city needs most, one unsettling thing becomes clear: though they’re from opposite worlds, they might just be what each other needs.

My thoughts:

This book starts off with tension and doesn’t let up. The tension between Darby and Cade is thick and then stretches.

Darby seems to have it altogether and is on her way to success but underneath her tough exterior is someone who seems to be doing things to please others more than herself. And she overhears a conversation that definitely suck with me and  wait to see what would happen once all was revealed.

Cade is a great character who has overcome a lot in his past and only wants others to experience the redeeming love of Jesus.

I recommend this book highly. A great romance with a lot of tension.

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