Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Honor Redeemed by Christine Johnson July 28, 2016

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Her future–and her heart–hang in the balance.

Two years ago, Prosperity Jones waved farewell to her beloved David as the army sent him to faraway Key West. Now with her parents gone, she has but one prospect for the future: make the dangerous journey from Nantucket to Key West to reunite with David and secure a happier life.

But when Prosperity arrives penniless in the South, she is dismayed to find David has not been eagerly awaiting their reunion. In fact, he is married to someone else. Scrambling to survive and nursing a broken heart, Prosperity gains the friendship–and the affection–of a kind doctor. Could he be the answer to her loneliness? Or will her life be upended by circumstance yet again?

With a deft hand, Christine Johnson fills the senses with the sights, sounds, and smells of Key West in this heartwarming story of honor lost, honor redeemed, and a love forged in adversity.

My thoughts:

Everything I have read by Christine I have really enjoyed. I had to wait a year for this book, but it was worth that wait.

She has created a wonderful story filled with tension, confusion and love.

The whole time I was reading this I kept wondering how things could possibly work out. Just when it looked like it could something new happened to cause another obstacle.

This book has a great message of forgiveness, something I believe we all struggle with in some way.

If you read the first book in this series you will happy to see Elizabeth and Rourke again and even if you didn’t read that book you will adore them in this book.

Another wonderful story by Christine.

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


10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman with Craig Borlase July 27, 2016

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10,000 Reasons reveals the stories beyond the well-known church anthem, fusing global worship leader Matt Redman’s own encounters of God with those from believers throughout the ages.

In just four years, “10,000 Reasons” has become one of the church’s most popular modern worship anthems in times of triumph as well as trial. In this book, global worship leader Matt Redman connects the dots between singing the song and living the life. In addition to sharing details behind the song’s creation, this book takes readers beyond the song. Matt explores the influences and experiences that have taught him how to trust God in all situations—from his own personal trials to stories of hymn writers like John Wesley as well from current and ancient heroes of our faith.

My thoughts:

Do you love this song? I sure enjoy singing it with my congregation.

This book was very well written and engaging. I love the way Matt shared his life story, the story of this song and other’s stories. It was beautifully woven together.

One particular line in the book has stuck with me: “Worship is about what you choose to magnify.” Matt talked about how we can’t make God any bigger then He already is but we can focus in on Him when we worship and not the other things in our lives.

We worship whatever we magnify. This is book is full of stories of people who could have magnified their problems but instead chose to magnify the Lord.

No matter if you are going through a hard time in life or not I think you will find this book inspiring and will never sing this song quite the same way again.

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


Silent Takeover by Jacquelyn Sheppard July 26, 2016

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Experience the Complete Freedom God Originally Planned for You—Body, Mind, and Spirit

Do you feel like depression, anxiety, or addiction have hijacked your life? Mental and emotional disorders impact every part of society—and disrupt life for even the most spiritually devout, intelligent and respected people. Unfortunately, many who suffer from these devastating disorders seek healing through costly, and sometimes harmful, counseling and medications—measures which may bring temporary relief but do not fully correct the underlying problem.

Jacquelyn Sheppard exposes the vital connection between your body, mind, and spirit—and gives you practical tools to:

  • understand the connection between your mind and body and discover root causes for such illnesses as depression, addiction, bipolar disorder, OCD, and others.
  • identify the life cycles of each disorder —prenatal, childhood, adolescence and adulthood— so you can overcome each cycle using the right tools.
  • gain practical “know-how” to effectively combat these disorders through life-giving steps of health transformation.

Reclaim your emotional and mental wellbeing! Silent Takeover delivers ancient wisdom, accessible science, simple nutrition, and life experience while providing a clear blueprint to help you pioneer a new life pathway.

Don’t let your past determine your future—change is possible!


Jacquelyn Sheppard is a mother, grandmother, educator and writer. She and her husband, Glenn, live in Missouri on a ten-acre farm where they raise sheep and goats and spoil their eight grandchildren, who live in Boston, Kansas City and Northern Ireland. She is the founder of a private high school, a former journalist and photographer, and the co-founder of International Prayer Ministries. For the past 50 years, her extensive research, experience, and concepts concerning the body and the brain have enabled many to live better lives.

My thoughts:

So…this book wasn’t what I expected. I thought it was going to be more about how Jesus heals us of these issues that are listed on the back of the book. That isn’t the case. This book is a lot about nutrition and vitamins and how what we eat or take into our bodies and have an effect on our minds.

Even though it wasn’t what I expected I did find parts of it interesting and I did learn some new things as well. Like now I know why certain things happen in my body, it might be because of what I ate.

It was also interesting to learn how even from birth things that go into our bodies are so important.

If you are interested in learning more about how what you take in can affect your mind than you will probably enjoy this book and learn a lot as well.

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



Review and Giveaway: Missing by Lisa Harris July 25, 2016

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Nikki Boyd isn’t usually called in on homicides; her forte is missing persons. But when a case with two murdered and two missing pops up on a quiet suburban street, she’s ready to start the investigation and find missing homeowners Mac and Lucy Hudson. When the first clues lead her to the boat of her friend Tyler Grant–and another dead body–Nikki must untangle what ties Tyler to the Hudsons. The clues pull her into a deadly maze of counterfeit drugs and a killer who will stop at nothing to silence anyone who threatens his business–including Nikki.

Christy Award-winning and bestselling author Lisa Harris puts you right into the action in this fast-paced thriller.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I am really becoming a fan of Lisa Harris. There are some books that I don’t even have to read the back cover to know I want to read it because of the author and anything by Lisa Harris is a book I want to pick up.

There is non-stop action. You know each chapter will up the tension and leave you wondering what is going on. From the first chapter in this book you are thrown into the action.

I also loved the slow romance between Nikki and Tyler and all the complications surrounding that. Nikki tries to fight her feelings and we don’t get much clue into how Tyler feels so it leave the reader wondering if he returns her feelings.

Faith is woven in lightly in this book but it is there.

No worries if you didn’t read the first book in the series, I don’t think you will feel lost at, Lisa does a great job of filling you in as you go.

If you love romantic suspense I have no doubt you will be very pleased with this book.

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


The Jerusalem Secret by Ron Cantor July 21, 2016

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The Anticipated Sequel to Identity Theft Continues the Suspense and Intrigue!

Moments after David Lebowitz is finally convinced that Yeshua is the Jewish Messiah, he is thrust into a soul-wrenching family tragedy. In deep anguish, he cries out to Heaven. His prayer is answered in a most unexpected and unusual way.

An angel named Ariel transports David back into his celestial classroom where history- shaping events unfold right in front of him. Through supernatural time travel, David comes face-to-face with first-century pioneers such as Apostles James and Paul, along with early disciples of Yeshua, like Priscilla and Aquila.

Before his eyes, a world-changing—and at times, shocking—history is being written. While David cannot change the past, he is able to unlearn horrific myths about Yeshua and the Jewish people—only to return to earth for the test of his life!

Experience history like never before and catch a glimpse of life for the first congregation of Jesus-followers in Jerusalem. You will also discover how the diabolical snares of anti-semitism and replacement theology sought to sabotage God’s work in their midst.

See God’s unfolding plan to bring the Jewish people to salvation and release Yeshua’s power in the Earth!


Ron Cantor is the Congregational Leader of Tiferet Yeshua in Tel Aviv. He embraced Yeshua as an 18-year-old, drug-using agnostic. Ron travels from Israel to the nations teaching on the Jewish Roots of the New Covenant. Ron has shared the Jewish Roots message on five continents and is the author of Identity Theftand Leave me Alone, I’m Jewish.

My thoughts:

So you never know what to expect when you begin a new book by an author you have never read before.

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It is very different from anything I have ever read but so interesting and educational.

It really is almost a study in Jewish history and a Bible Study.

This book really would be a great way to introduce a Jewish believer to Jesus (or Yeshua as He is called in the book).

I found it really interesting the Jewish thoughts on Christians, at least in the book, really an utter disgust. Do they really feel that way? Things to consider that I never did before.

This the second book in the series and I was concerned I would be lost since I didn’t read the first one but I followed along just fine.

If you are looking for something a little different from you typical Christian book and want a bit of an education on our faith I highly recommend this one.

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


The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron July 18, 2016

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What is revealed when you pull back the curtain of the greatest show on earth?

Rosamund Easling is no stranger to opulence. As the daughter of an earl, she’s grown up with all the comforts money can buy. But when hard times befall the family’s Yorkshire estate in the aftermath of the Great War, the stage is set for a series of events that change her world beyond even her wildest dreams.

Though expected to marry for a title instead of love, Rosamund feels called to a different life—one of adventure outside the confines of a ladies’ parlor. When her father sells her beloved horse, she abandons all she’s known and follows in pursuit as her horse is shipped to the new owner—an American entertainer by the name of John Ringling. Knowing she has much to learn, Rosamund agrees to a bareback riding apprenticeship in the shadow of the Ringlings’ home—the Ca’D’Zan. In what would become the last days of the enigmatic Mable Ringling’s life, Rosamund finds a deeper sense of purpose in her new life and begins to experience the awakening of faith.

With a mysterious and dazzling supporting cast of characters, Rosamund journeys far from the traditions of the English countryside to the last days of the Roaring Twenties—a journey that forever changes what her life might have been.

My thoughts:

Kristy has a very unique way of putting together a story, it is like a beautifully woven tapestry, two worlds that become one.

I will be honest, the first half of this book I didn’t really get into. I struggled for some reason. There were times when I read things that pulled me out of the story and I had to go back and reread to see if I missed something.

With that being said that second half of the book hooked me and I wanted to keep reading.

There is so much depth and beauty to this book, so many truths.

I really enjoyed the behind the scenes look at circus life and the picture Kristy painted of the Ringling brothers. Mable Ringling is depicted as a strong loving woman and wife.

Rosamund and Colin’s story is equally captivating. I struggled with not knowing much about Colin at first. I kept thinking I don’t know anything about him and then Rosamund would think the same thing in the story and I knew there was a reason Kristy didn’t reveal too much too soon, it gave me a better understanding of how Rosamund felt.

Faith is woven in lightly but with power. It just shows you don’t need to preach a sermon in a novel to get a point across. The message of identity and brokenness is well done in this book.

The end is very satisfying and made me want to visit the places mentioned in this book.

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


Need A Chuckle This Friday? July 15, 2016

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I had this video sent to me today and I had to laugh, because it’s so true. I never realized how Christians say things that might sound very strange to others. Take a look and feel free to laugh at yourself, I sure did 🙂

Have a great weekend!

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Review and Giveaway: Delilah by Angela Hunt July 14, 2016

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A Complex and Compelling Glimpse at One of the Bible’s Most Notorious Women

Life is not easy in Philistia, especially not for a woman and child alone. When beautiful, wounded Delilah finds herself begging for food to survive, she resolves that she will find a way to defeat all the men who have taken advantage of her. She will overcome the roadblocks life has set before her, and she will find riches and victory for herself.

When she meets a legendary man called Samson, she senses that in him lies the means for her victory. By winning, seducing, and betraying the hero of the Hebrews, she will attain a position of national prominence. After all, she is beautiful, she is charming, and she is smart. No man, not even a supernaturally gifted strongman, can best her in a war of wits.

My thoughts and giveaway:

When I have thought of Delilah before I always thought of a sneaky, tricky woman. But after reading this version of the story I have a little more understanding for her and what she might have been going through.

Angela Hunt has done a wonderful job of bringing this story to life and making Samson and Delilah very real.

In this story Delilah is an abused young woman left with a child she doesn’t want. She is very hard-hearted toward men and doesn’t really trust them. But something draws her to Samson.

Samson seems to not want to be the man God created him to be. He is struggling with his identity and almost doesn’t want the responsiblity put on him.

One thing I think we need to remember was that Samson was human like the rest of us. He made mistakes. He liked women a bit too much and chose them over God. He did pay a price for that.

I struggled with reading about Samson and Delilah living together, as I disagree with that practice but Delilah definitely didn’t know the Lord.

I also struggled a little with Delilah’s motivation for turning on Samson, I just had trouble believing it to some extent. However, I can’t say too much because I don’t want to ruin the ending for you.

I loved how Angela reminded us that faith comes from the inside not the outside. As long as we hold on to faith in our hearts no one can take it away.

The ending was beautiful and satisfying and Samson finally sees his errors in thinking and repents. Oh, and I especially enjoyed Rei, another character in the book that gave me a bit of surprise.

Overall, an enjoyable read and that most Biblical Fiction readers will enjoy.

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


The Intercessors Handbook by Jennifer Eivaz July 13, 2016

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How to Pray with Boldness, Authority, and Supernatural Power

In a world full of desperate need, we turn expectantly to prayer, hoping to witness the realities promised in Scripture. Most of us, however, seldom see the results we hope for. Why don’t our prayers make more of a difference?

Beginning with her own experiences of breakthrough, Jennifer Eivaz offers much-needed direction and the biblical context for prayer that does make a difference–explaining the intervention of angels and demons, prophetic manifestations, and much more. She helps believers take hold of their authority and spiritual giftings and use them in the battle for victory. The Kingdom principles and study questions will help every believer navigate the spiritual realm of prayer by using the tools that make it truly effective.

My thoughts:

This is an extremely powerful book. The author does a great job of using her own personal experiences and those of others to give examples of how prayer has worked in her life.

This book will empower and encourage you to remember the power of prayer and the importance of it. I believe this is a very neglected area of our lives. If we fully grasp the magnitude of what our prayers can accomplish I think we would be it much more.

Toward the end of the book Jennifer says something every bold, but I believe to be very true. This is what she said: “Christians who do not pray or do not make an effort to pray as a church community forfeit their authority, not realizing they are the reason many people remain hell-chained in their communities with no other means of deliverance.”

Ouch, that is definitely something to think about.

I also like how she talked about areas we have overcome give us authority to prayer for that for other people. I never considered that before but I see truth there.

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


One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank July 12, 2016

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One Paris Summer


Most teens dream of visiting the City of Lights, but it feels more like a nightmare for Sophie Brooks. She and her brother are sent to Paris to spend the summer with their father, who left home a year ago without any explanation. As if his sudden abandonment weren’t betrayal enough, he’s about to remarry, and they’re expected to play nice with his soon-to-be wife and stepdaughter. The stepdaughter, Camille, agrees to show them around the city, but she makes it clear that she will do everything in her power to make Sophie miserable.

Sophie could deal with all the pain and humiliation if only she could practice piano. Her dream is to become a pianist, and she was supposed to spend the summer preparing for a scholarship competition. Even though her father moved to Paris to pursue his own dream, he clearly doesn’t support hers. His promise to provide her with a piano goes unfulfilled.

Still, no one is immune to Paris’s charm. After a few encounters with a gorgeous French boy, Sophie finds herself warming to the city, particularly when she discovers that he can help her practice piano. There’s just one hitch—he’s a friend of Camille’s, and Camille hates Sophie. While the summer Sophie dreaded promises to become best summer of her life, one person could ruin it all.

Books published under the Blink imprint are intended for a general readership without being overtly Christian.

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend for any teen fourteen or older. But I think it will also depend on your child and what you are comfortable with them reading. I am fine with my daughter reading this and am actually recommending it to her.

I really like Sophie and respected her love of music as music is a passion of mine. The romance that blossoms between her and Matthieu  is every teen girls dream, especially in Paris.

I also like how Denise addresses the issue of divorce and how the kids deal with it, all a bit differently. There is also reconciliation and I loved that as well.

As the description says above this is intended for general readership. There really isn’t any Christianity in the story at all. There is some verb-age that might bother some, but honestly, it’s better than how most teens talk or even over hear on a daily basis (I know, I teach high schoolers).

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