Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

When He Found Me by Victoria Bylin April 29, 2019

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Once a strong Christian, third baseman Shane Riley lost his faith the night he injured his knee in a freak car accident. Determined to return to professional baseball and to find the sister he treated badly, Shane retreats to Refuge, Wyoming. There he meets Melissa June “MJ” Townsend, a single mom battling the virus that causes cervical cancer.

MJ wants nothing to do with the handsome athlete—no doubt a womanizer considering the stories in the news. But when a mistake results in Shane renting her garage apartment, they become friends. That friendship blossoms into something deep and pure, leaving MJ with a painful secret to tell. Even more complicated, she discovers an unexpected tie to Shane’s missing sister—a wounded woman who wants nothing to do with the perfect brother who scorned her.

My thoughts:

I usually enjoy Victoria’s books and always look forward to reading them. This has probably been my favorite by far. For me it felt very different then her other books in a good way.

It was real and raw. It dealt with the weakness of our flesh and the brokeness of our hearts and there is only One who can restore  us.

She held nothing back in dealing with the sexual temptations all of characters faced. But in the same fashion she held nothing back in sharing the gospel message and God’s design for sex and purity. She doesn’t gloss it over and make it look easy, she deals with it in a very real way.

If you are sensitive to this topic this might not be the book for you but otherwise I highly recommend this read.

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A copy of this book was give to me. All opinions are my own. 



Murder Like a Labyrinth by Raymond Lee Hegstad April 25, 2019

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Dr. Riva Parker Grey, Md and Chief of Police Salem Grey go to Las Vegas where Riva is to be the Keynote Speaker at a forensic conference. They meet old friends, but quickly get drawn into a strange series of murders. As the bodies begin piling up the twists and turns fueled by lies, deceit and unruly children make the investigators feel as though they keep making unneeded or wrong turns in a giant maze.

My thoughts:

Disclaimer to my blog readers: this is not a Christian book.

I read and reviewed the first book in this series and enjoyed it so I was looking forward to this book.

I like the idea of it, how is started out was interesting and then . . . I struggled. There were no charters I liked, until Riva and Salem showed back up. Until then I couldn’t stand any of the characters. They are all self-centered and just a real mess.

Also, for some reason the writing style felt different to me. There was a lot of dialogue using people’s names as they spoke and then almost everyone had a nickname. This felt unnatural to me.

This is for sure a labyrinth and I had no idea where it was going, it did keep me guessing. But for me, not liking the characters really made this book different to read.

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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 


More of God by R.T. Kendall April 24, 2019

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Many of us want more from God instead of more of God.

Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” This is a promise. No one needs to tell you if the water you drank when you were thirsty made you feel better. So too with experiencing God. When it happens, you will know it for yourself.

More of God is about moving beyond faith. It is about getting more of God. Experiencing more of God. Every book in the Bible, especially the books of the New Testament, are written for this purpose. Take the letters; those who are addressed were already saved. But the writers wanted their hearers to experience not just more knowledge about God but more of God.

Everything in this book is designed to make you hungry. Thirsty. As you read, keep in mind that the ever-increasing hunger for more of God is from God.

Kendall’s advice: “Don’t settle for more mere information about God. Or more theological knowledge. Give yourself no rest until you cross over that crucial line from secondhand knowledge about God to firsthand knowledge of God. There is nothing more exciting than when you see for yourself that God is real, Jesus is real, the Holy Spirit is real, and the Bible is true!”

My thoughts:

This book really will give you some things to think about and examine. Do I seek more of God or more from God. Big difference. Which the author really explains well.

Each chapter dives into the differences the different ways you can do those things.

I would say there have definitely been times when I want more from God, but ultimately I want more of Him. He actually challenged me on this several years ago as I really wanted a job and heard God clearly say to me, “If not getting the job meant getting more of me would you be okay with that?” I was humbled and realized I wanted more of God and that was all I needed.

If you want more of God and want to learn more about the differences I encourage you to pick up this book.

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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 



Review and Giveaway: Love’s Rescue by Linda Shenton Matchett April 22, 2019

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About the Book


Book: Love’s Rescue

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Historic Romance

Release Date: February 14, 2019

A prostitute, a spy, and the liberation of Paris.

Sold by her parents to settle a debt, Rolande Bisset is forced into prostitution. Years later, shunned by her family and most of society, it’s the only way she knows how to subsist. When the Germans overrun Paris, she decides she’s had enough of evil men controlling her life and uses her wiles to obtain information for the Allied forces. Branded a collaborator, her life hangs in the balance. Then an American spy stumbles onto her doorstep. Is redemption within her grasp?

Simon Harlow is one of an elite corps of American soldiers. Regularly chosen for dangerous covert missions, he is tasked with infiltrating Paris to ascertain the Axis’s defenses. Nearly caught by German forces moments after arriving, he owes his life to the beautiful prostitute who claims she’s been waiting for the Allies to arrive. Her lifestyle goes against everything he believes in, but will she steal his heart during his quest to liberate her city?

Inspired by the biblical story of Rahab, Love’s Rescue is a tale of faith and hope during one of history’s darkest periods.


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About the Author

Linda-Matchett-Head-Shot-200x300Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry (of Star Spangled Banner fame) and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent and archivist at the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library.


More from Linda

Dear Reader:

Love’s Rescue is a modern retelling of the biblical book of Rahab. I set the story in Paris during the last weeks of the German occupation of France during WWII. While researching the book, I read numerous memoirs and interviews of folks who lived through the occupation. Two aspects discussed time and time again were rationing and the difficulty in getting food. People with any amount of land at all planted produce to supplement the meager supply in the shops. If they were fortunate and an egg was available, it would be fried to a runny consistency and poured over the top of the dish.

Here is a simple recipe for Ratatouille:


1 whole white onion

1 large eggplant

1 large zucchini

1 bell pepper

2 medium tomatoes

2 large cloves garlic

2 sprigs thyme

2 T Olive oil

Salt & Pepper



  • Peel garlic cloves. Smash with end of knife, then cut into a small dice.
  • Cut onions, bell pepper, and tomatoes into a medium dice.
  • Chop the eggplant and zucchini into 1” cubes.
  • In a large saucepan or pot, warm olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Warm over low heat. Add the onion to the pot and cook until tender – about five minutes.
  • Add garlic and saute for about 30 seconds.
  • Add remaining vegetables to the pot.
  • Add a generous pinch of salt and a light pinch of pepper.
  • Add the thyme.
  • Cover the saucepan or pot with a lid and cook over medium-low heat for approximately 40 minutes, until all the vegetables are tender and there is little liquid in the pot.
  • Serve on your favorite platter.


Bon Appétit!


Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, April 16

Carpe Diem, April 17

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 18

Reflections From My Bookshelves, April 19

Inklings and notions , April 20

A Reader’s Brain, April 21

Genesis 5020, April 22

Books, Books, and More Books., April 22

Carla Loves to Read, April 23

Connie’s History Classroom, April 23

For Him and my Family, April 24

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 24

Maureen’s Musings, April 25

Connect in Fiction, April 26

Through the Fire Blogs, April 26

mpbooks, April 27

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 27

Real World Bible Study, April 28

My Devotional Thoughts , April 28

janicesbookreviews, April 29

The Becca Files, April 29


To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away a grand prize of a French/WWII themed gift basket that includes a WWII Word Find book by Linda Shenton Matchett, Love’s Rescue – Wartime Brides Book 2 by Linda Shenton Matchett, French-milled soap lavender scent, a Fleur-de-lis ribbon book mark, a set of three note pads with French motif, and a set of cocktail napkins with French motif!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

My thoughts:

This was a super quick read. I honestly wondered how the author could do this story justice in so few pages. But I have to say she did. In a matter of ninety-five pages I came to care for these characters and understand them.

I have always likes Rahab’s story and how God used her and the same is true for Rolande. I loved her redemption story. I don’t want to give too much away.

But if you  enjoy Rahab’s story in the Bible and WWII stories I think you would enjoy this quick read.

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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 


Review and Giveaway: Justice Delivered by Patricia Bradley April 19, 2019

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Carly Smith came by her trust issues honestly. She’s been at the mercy of merciless men, ignored by law enforcement officers who should have helped her, and seemingly rejected by her family. She can’t even trust herself to do the right thing. Though she is working hard on building a new life, the past continues to haunt her when she discovers that the man she couldn’t bring herself to report to the police is still out there, luring vulnerable girls under the guise of being a modeling agent.

When her own niece is kidnapped, Carly must overcome her fears and come forward with the information she has. But if that proves to be too little, too late–she’ll have to go after the perpetrators herself.

My thoughts and giveaway:

LOVED this book. I so enjoy Patricia Bradley’s writing. This one is a great addition. I couldn’t put this one down.

Carly has overcome so much yet she has so much she still needs to overcome to be truly free and she gets forces into situations where she really has no other choice.

We are in the point of view of many different characters and at first I was trying to fit it all together but I finally just sat back and watched the book unfold.

If you love suspenseful books I am sure you will love this book.

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Leave a comment by May 3rd for your chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chosen by U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.

A copy of this book was given to me through publisher. All opinions are my own. 


The Phantom Directors Cut by Raymond Lee Hegstad April 18, 2019

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A three book salem Grey series
Obsessed with finding a serial killer whom he has chased for years, Salem Grey has moved to a small town in Littleton, Washington. Operating as a police chief and from his compound home, he is finally closing in. With the help of his lady forensic M.E., A dangerous and shocking reality is being unveiled.

My thoughts:

Forewarning, this is not a Christian book. I thought it was. Not that that changes my review. I will read secular books here and there, but for my blog readers who are used me reviewing Christian fiction I wanted to give you a heads up. There is some language and references to things you don’t get in Christian fiction.

It took me a while before I really got into this book but once I did the author kept piling on the layers and making things more complicated and I found myself having to keep reading to see what would happen.

I didn’t love the style of writing, some things seemed a bit too convenient and things lined up in a way that had me scratching my head and wondering how that happened.

But, overall, I enjoyed the read.

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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 


Navigate Your Faith by Ron Pratt April 17, 2019

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What’s the point of being a Christian anymore?
Many Christians today are feeling unfulfilled in their walk with God, and they have no idea it’s because of the little decisions they’re making each day that are leading them into lives of compromise.

In Navigate Your Faith Ron Pratt uses a fictional American family to expose how the enemy lures believers into prioritizing their own pleasure, entertainment, or career goals over their relationship with Christ. This erodes their passion for Jesus and causes them to become spiritually bored and have powerless Christian lives.

Rather than claiming that God will approve of Christians no matter what they do, as some modern ministers do, Navigate Your Faith challenges readers to take a hard look at their lives and see if they’re simply incorporating Jesus into their lifestyles or allowing Him to set them on a course of His choosing. With proven strategies to rebuild lost intimacy with God, this book will help Christians recognize the deceptive tactics of the enemy, break out of complacency, and make a greater impact on the world around them.

This book will help you recognize and avoid the deception of today’s nominal Christian culture.

My thoughts:

This book takes a look at a lot of things Christian tend to compromise or not even know they are compromising. I certainly am seeing things differently.

I don’t have a drink very often, but I will. Now I find myself asking why I feel I need to have a drink? Truly, I am content with a cup of coffee and a sweet treat instead of an alcoholic beverage, but I tend to do it based on my environment, like when I am camping. And now I see the standard I have set for my children and how they view alcohol.

I liked the way Ron introduced these issues, through story form and then he takes time to talk about what is going on and giving Biblical references to back-up his claims.

Definitely thought-provoking, even if you don’t agree with everything, it may make you stop and think.

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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own.