Genesis 5020

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The Kingdom vs. John Reid by Dillon Lunn September 19, 2019

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For centuries, the Bible has influenced lawmakers, but what if the Bible was the law?

John Reid thinks of himself as a good person, a loving husband, and a devoted father. He’s not political or religious, and he resents those who try to force their beliefs on others.

After the people elect a religious zealot as president, the new government enacts sweeping reforms. The resulting kingdom becomes a strict theocracy where even common sins are punishable by death.

Soon, John finds himself on trial for his life. As the relentless royal prosecutor presents his case, all eyes focus on John’s past. The harsh spotlight forces John to face his inner demons and reexamine his idyllic life. John’s only hope for survival is a young public defender with a radically different view of biblical justice.

Will the jury declare his sins irredeemable, or will the same Bible used to condemn him set him free?

My thoughts:

What would happen if we lived by the law and not by grace. Would you be found guilty? I would be.

Wonder if before we passed judgment on someone else we could live in their skin and find out what is going on inside of them? Would that give us more sympathy? I have to think so .

You will experience these things in this book.

I will say you have suspense disbelief. I kept asking myself why is John the only one on trail? All the people taking the stand are admitting to sin too and they aren’t on trail, what makes John so special. But you just have to go with it.

I really did enjoy this look at the grace and mercy Jesus offers us, a great reminder of why he went to the cross and that we don’t live under the law anymore.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: Self-Surrerender, The Key to Dreaming Again September 18, 2019

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Book: The Key to Dreaming Again

Author: Rick Unruhkey-to-dreaming-again.jpg

Genre: Non-Fiction, Inspirational

Release Date: July 10, 2019

“We parked our car in front of Yankton’s Federal Prison Camp and walked through the doors of the control center. ‘I’m Rick Unruh, and I’m here to self-surrender,’ I told the corrections officer. There is no way I could comprehend what those words would mean over course of the next year, as God would begin a new work in me.”

Born and raised in a small town in Kansas, Rick Unruh was called to be in the ministry. But when he lost his mother to cancer despite her unwavering faith that God would heal her, it planted seeds of doubt in his heart. He served as a traveling evangelist for years but later faded away from the ministry.

He and his wife lost their house in a fire, but a year later, far worse pain was ahead when they[dori1] , lost their twelve-year-old son in an ATV accident. Just when it seemed there was hope and recovery ahead, Rick was blindsided by a federal investigation into a mortgage consulting group he’d been involved with. He was eventually charged and then sentenced to over a year in prison, embarrassed and sure that God was done with him this time. But God wasn’t finished.

This book is a testament to the God who restores us and allows us to dream again—if we will only surrender ourselves to him.

 

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About the Author

Rick Unruh is a US MAPS missionary and is the founder of Dream Again Ministry. He holds a master’s degree in counseling from Logos University (Jacksonville, FL), with a special interest in grief ministry. He lives in Kansas with his wife, Tamela, and travels the country sharing his Dream Again testimony, a message of hope and finding our purpose. He recently added workshops for the church, helping them understand and minister to the grieving. Rick also recruits full-time missionaries to serve with MAPS.

 

More from Rick

I actually wrote the first chapter of my book in 2011 and then it just sat there until December of 2018.  I continually have had people ask me to write a book about my story, since I travel nearly every weekend sharing my story.   I could just never get the desire or focus to finish it.  After writing it, I realized, that I was hesitating because I didn’t want to go back to some of those places and dig deep, stirring painful emotions, just to write about them.  I would feel the anxiety building as I was getting closer to those moments. There is great healing in writing, but the early process of writing this book caused me to shed many tears.  But, if it can help others who are struggling with the loss of a loved one or a major setback in life, and bring hope and encouragement, then it has all been worth it.

Blog Stops

Through the Lens of Scripture.com, September 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 13

Simple Harvest Reads, September 14 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, September 14

Betti Mace, September 15

Spoken from the Heart, September 16

Older & Smarter?, September 17

Genesis 5020, September 18

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 19

Texas Book-aholic, September 20

Blossoms and Blessings, September 21 (Author Interview)

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, September 21

janicesbookreviews, September 22

A Reader’s Brain, September 23

Just the Write Escape, September 24

Inklings and notions , September 25

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Rick is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card and a eBook copy of the book!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/eb9b/the-key-to-dreaming-again-celebration-tour-giveaway

My thoughts:

This was an interesting read. It is definitely more of a memoir which wasn’t what I was really expecting. The author goes into great detail about his life and the lessons he learned a long the way. I did enjoy reading that but I honestly picked up the book hoping to have more “keys” to learning to dream again and really it was about the authors ability to learn to dream again. So maybe I had the wrong impression of the book.

But if you enjoy memoirs then you will probably enjoy this book. You will glean lessons from what the author went through but not lessons in the way I was expecting. But still it was an interesting read.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 

 

The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden September 17, 2019

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Gray Delacroix has dedicated his life to building an acclaimed global spice empire, but it has come at a cost. Resolved to salvage his family before they spiral out of control, he returns to his ancestral home for good after years of traveling the world.

As a junior botanist for the Smithsonian, Annabelle Larkin has been charged with the impossible task of gaining access to the notoriously private Delacroix plant collection. If she fails, she will be out of a job and the family farm in Kansas will go under. She has no idea that in gaining entrance to the Delacroix world, she will unwittingly step into a web of dangerous political intrigue far beyond her experience.

Unable to deny her attraction to the reclusive business tycoon, Annabelle will be forced to choose between her heart and loyalty to her country. Can Gray and Annabelle find a way through the storm of scandal without destroying the family Gray is fighting to save?

My thoughts:

It was really interesting to learn a bit more about spices that are so easily accessible now. Like vanilla extract. We kind of take that for granted but it wasn’t always the case and it was a precious commodity. I enjoyed that aspect of the book.

I also liked Annabelle and her struggle to being her own person but also taking care of her sister.

Gray was a little harder to like, I didn’t care for his calculating way he pursued Annabelle, it seemed a little forced at times, at least in the beginning.

But overall, this was an interesting read and I enjoyed it.

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

 

Ford by Susan May Warren September 16, 2019

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Family…country…or the woman he loves…

Navy Seal Ford Marshall isn’t the kind to stand by and let a woman get hurt—especially when it involves his twin sister, RJ. So, when she makes the news, accused of sparking an international incident, he doesn’t care what it takes—he’s going to find her and bring her home.

But he might need a little help, so he calls on the woman who has had his back during the last three years—Petty Officer Scarlett Hathaway, former communications expert-turned Rescue Swimmer candidate. She’ll help him get into the country, watch his back, and…well, they might be able to have one last mission together before she leaves for a new life, a life he very much wants to be a part of now that she is off his team. Maybe he can convince her to give them a chance to kindle the spark that’s simmered between them for years.

Scarlett Hathaway isn’t sure what future she wants—not when she suddenly has to care for her little brother. Maybe she should quit the Navy and start a life with the man she can’t seem to get out of her heart. So yes, she’ll help Ford find his sister. And maybe, along the way, figure out if they have a future.

But finding RJ somewhere in the vastness of Russia with the FSB chasing them will push Scarlett beyond even her courage and make her question everything she thought she wanted…including Ford. What will it cost her to love a man who saves the world?

And when Ford is asked to choose between saving his sister, saving the world from a war, and rescuing the woman he loves…can he live with his decision?

The third book in the Montana Marshalls series will leave you breathless!

My thoughts:

I have read a couple of other books by Susan but I haven’t read any in this series. This is very different from what I expected and I liked it.

This is really a romantic suspense kind of book. There is definitely a lot going on with many different characters involved.

I enjoyed the different story lines which all end up merging together. My only pet peeve with the book was sometimes the writing style got under my skin like, yeah, stuff like that. Too many “yeah” pauses. Which I get that is how we talk often but I don’t like reading how I talk. It was unnecessary words IMO. But once I got used to the fact that that was Susan’s style I was able to settle into the book and enjoy it.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: As the Light Fades by Catherine West September 13, 2019

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Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for As the Light
Fades
by Catherine West, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

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Author: Catherine West
 
Release Date: September 10, 2019
 
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Sometimes we’re placed in the strangest of circumstances for the most important reasons.
After her carefully constructed life crumbles, Liz Carlisle finds herself back on Nantucket, picking up the pieces. With the family estate under renovations, the solitude she craves seems out of reach.

Matthew Stone intends to steer clear of his new tenant. She’s carrying a load of baggage, but as long as she pays the rent, he’ll let her be. He’s got enough to deal with caring for his wayward niece, Mia.

Liz doesn’t have time for teenagers and her track record with men is abysmal, but an unlikely friendship forms between the three.

When her former boyfriend is charged with assault, Liz is called to testify against him. But he knows the darkest secrets of her life— secrets she’d hoped to keep buried forever, and he’s ready to reveal them.
Telling the truth is the right thing to do, but it may cost her everything she’s worked so hard for, and all she’s come to love.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Catherine West is an award winning author of contemporary women’s fiction. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband reside in Bermuda, and have two adult children and two beautiful granddaughters. Catherine is the winner of the 2015 Grace Award (Bridge
of Faith
) and a two time winner of Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award (The Things We Knew, 2017 and Where Hope Begins, 2019, and a Caro Award Finalist for Where Hope Begins. Her latest novel, As the Light Fades, releases September 2019.

Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com
 

CONNECT WITH CATHERINE: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $75 Amazon gift
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My thoughts:
What wonderful book. I’m not sure if this is considered a series, it can definitely be read as a stand alone but Catherine wrote a book a couple of years ago that has the same characters I and loved that book.
This one is equally engaging and we get to know a different family member, Elizabeth, better this time.
The author did a great job of depicting Matthew’s niece, Mia, all attitude and know everything, yep, I’ve encountered that.
I also loved being in the POV of Liz’s father and his fading memory. How sad and eye-opening to read his thoughts as his memories slowly fades away and the hope that his family has when he says something that makes sense.
I recommend this one!
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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 
 

Review and Giveaway: Hagar by Shadia Hrichi September 11, 2019

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About the Book

Book: Hagar

Author: Shadia Hrichi

Genre: Religion / Bible Study

Release Date: October 10, 2017

You are ”The God Who Sees Me.”

Discover a close relationship with God–no matter the pain or suffering in your life. Witness the depths of God’s compassion through the eyes of Hagar, a runaway slave who meets the living God in a desert of despair, where she gives Him the name El Roi, ”The God Who Sees Me.”

Through this seven week study, you will find that when you surrender your life into God’s hands, your trials and triumphs serve a magnificent purpose: to draw you into the arms of the faithful God Who Sees Me.

”Deep and packed with surprising insights!” Francine Rivers

 

Click here to grab your copy.

 

Click here to download a free sample, explore Shadia’s video teaching sessions, or sign up for the online Bible study.

About the Author

shadia.jpgSHADIA HRICHI is a passionate Bible teacher, author, and speaker who has a heart for seeing lives transformed by the power of God’s Word. She has received a master’s in biblical and theological studies from Western Seminary as well as master’s in criminal justice from the State University of New York. Shadia is the author of several Bible studies, including HAGAR,Worthy of Love, and her latest study, LEGION, comes out in October. Shadia is often invited to speak at churches, conferences, and other events. Her insightful, witty, yet vulnerable teaching style reveals a compassion for the hurting, love for Jesus, and uncompromising commitment to the truth of God’s Word. Visit shadiahrichi.com

 

More from Shadia

Am I known? Am I loved? Am I home?

Every human heart is searching for the answers to these questions. Yet when pain and heartache enter our lives, we feel betrayed and cry out one question: God, do You see me?

The answer is yes. He is Behind the Seen.

Because we live in a fallen world, each of us will inevitably face hard times, even painful ones. Who among us has never seen or felt the fallout of broken homes, broken lives, or broken dreams? Hagar is a great example of someone who discovered God during a difficult time.

Maybe you have never heard of her. Or perhaps you came across her name in a study of the book of Genesis. But how much do you really know about this young slave girl? We often relegate her to the backstage as a minor character in God’s redemptive story. But was she?

As I explored Hagar’s story for another book I wanted to write, God continually amazed me as we journeyed together from the affluence of Egypt, into a life of slavery, to a desert of despair. It seemed the more I studied her life, the more I discovered about God. What began as a chapter evolved into a study all its own.

Two years and several thousand hours of study and prayer later, HAGAR: Rediscovering the God Who Sees Me came to be. Consider this book as your backstage pass to the life of Hagar.

I have never actually gone backstage during a live event, but I know that much more goes on behind the scenes than meets the eye. I invite you to come backstage with me and explore how God was involved in every detail of Hagar’s life. Her story has all the ingredients of a Hollywood tragedy: betrayal, loss, abuse, crisis pregnancy, abandonment . . . any of that sound painfully familiar?

Thankfully, Hagar’s story does not end in despair. God was working Behind the Seen—just as He has in your life and mine—all along. As a matter of fact, Hagar emerges victorious!

Hagar: an unsung hero if there ever was one.

Beloved, is the enemy using anything in your past to try to derail you from God’s plan, or hold you back from experiencing God’s joy to the fullest? Be assured, that is not how your story will end. Just as God did for Hagar, when He enters your story, victory is already assured.

So strap on your sandals and a grab a bottle of water. We’re heading into the desert. A place where we will rediscover the God Who Sees Me.

“The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.”
—Isaiah 9:2

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 7

Books, Books, and Books., September 7

Inklings and notions , September 8

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, September 8

amandainpa , September 9

Emily Yager, September 9

A Reader’s Brain, September 10

Lights in a Dark World, September 10

Inspired by fiction, September 11

Genesis 5020, September 11

Robin’s Nest, September 11

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 12

Quiet Workings, September 12

Through the Lens of Scripture, September 13

Mary Hake, September 13

Godly Book Reviews, September 14

Rev. Rebecca Writes: Read, Write, Pray, September 14

Moments, September 15

Retrospective Spines, September 16

Batya’s Bits, September 16

Pause for Tales, September 17

CarpeDiem, September 17

Aryn the Libraryan ?, September 18

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 18

For The Love of Books, September 19

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 19

Texas Book-aholic, September 20

janicesbookreviews, September 20

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Shadia is giving away to TWO winners 1 book of Hagar, 1 book of Legion and a $50 gift certificate for leafwoodpublishers.com!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/eb32/hagar-celebration-tour-giveaway

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this look at Hagar. During my darkest moments her encounter with the Angel of the Lord encouraged me as I was reminded that God is the God who sees me.

The author made connections with other points of scripture I never saw before and pointed out other things within Genesis that I found really interesting.

I also appreciated the author sharing her personal story and how God redeemed that and is using it for His glory.

I did this Bible study on my own but it would also be great to do with a group.

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A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: You Belong With Me by Tari Faris September 10, 2019

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Realtor Hannah Thornton has many talents.
Unfortunately, selling houses isn’t one of them.

When a business tycoon determines to raze historic homes in the small town of Heritage, Michigan, and replace them with a strip mall, Hannah resolves to stop him. She sets about helping Heritage win a restoration grant that will put the town back on the map–and hopefully restore her disgraced family name. But she’ll need help to do it.

As a foster kid, Luke Johnson never truly felt he belonged. Now he has a chance to earn his place in his hometown. But he doesn’t anticipate how his relationship with Hannah will set into motion events that reveal the truth about who he is–and who he was.

My thoughts:

This story reminded me a lot of a Hallmark movie, but with more depth. Trying to save a town, two people fighting their feelings for each other. I really liked how the town was an important part of the story, and it takes place in Michigan, my home state!!

I also loved that Genesis 5020 is referenced in this book.

I was a bit frustrated with our two main characters and just wanted them to admit their feelings but of course if that happened too soon there would have been no story. So I was excited to see how these two would finally find each other.

There is also a second couple in this book and that broke that story up nicely.

I good contemporary romance, I am anxious to see what Tari comes up with next.

Visit Tari here.

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Leave a comment by September 23rd for your chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chose by random.org. U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail. 

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