Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

Yella’s Prayers by Nadine C. Keels April 13, 2017

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She awoke with a gasp, sitting up. God? Was that You?
A pivotal year awaits Bless, a young woman who hides her passion: her music. She’s not exactly friends with T’meal, a talented athlete who won’t explain why he’s passed up the chance of a lifetime. Nor is Bless too close to Lamall, a boisterous playboy with a broken private life that’s spiraling out of control.

But Bless knows she’s meant to help these two young men. She can’t deny the Voice that told her so.

A coming of age story of compassion, the awakening of love, and knowing when it’s time to step out of the shadows and shine.

My thoughts:

This story has a lot going on and many layers to it.

Bless is a sweet girl who tries to hide but God doesn’t really let her do that. I love how He uses her to have influence in other people’s lives.

Nadine did a nice job building the other characters and their stories. We really have the chance to get to know T’meal and Lamall and their family life. There are definitely some underlying things going on that will come into play later in the book.

I was interested to see how Nadine would weave it all together.

For me personally I really like short chapters, I feel I can read more for some odd reason, this book has long chapters and even though I probably read the same amount I felt like that slowed the pace down for me.

While I didn’t love this book it has a great message that I think many people can relate to.

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

 

 

20 Ways to Make Everyday Better by Joyce Meyer April 12, 2017

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The traffic is backed up, the kids are screaming, and the car is making a funny noise again. Any one of these challenges can test our temperament and rob us of joy. Our impulse is to write today off and hope for a better tomorrow. However, this creates a hard pattern to break. One terrible day easily turns into many-and soon we’re living a life far from what God has in mind for us. A new, transforming sense of excitement, happiness, and contentment in our lives is possible when we pursue God’s goodness each day. In 20 WAYS TO MAKE EVERY DAY BETTER, Joyce Meyer shares biblical illustrations, actionable advice, uplifting stories, and the encouragement we need to start enjoying the life God created for us.

 

 

 

 

A Trail of Bread Crumbs by Susie Finkbeiner April 10, 2017

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Pearl Spence has been through more in her young life than most folks could handle. But through it all, her family has been by her side. They may not be perfect, but they love her and they all love each other, come what may. That’s one thing Pearl no longer questions.

But then a devastating tragedy throws the whole family into a tailspin–and signals the beginning of the end of her secure life.

Now the Spences are fleeing their Oklahoma wasteland for an unknown life in Depression-era Michigan. Pearl isn’t sure she’ll ever see home or happiness again. Will any trail of crumbs be powerful enough to guide her back to the dependable life she once knew?

The strong narrative voice of Finkbeiner’s young protagonist from A Cup of Dust returns in this gritty yet hopeful sequel.

My thoughts:

I haven’t read anything by Susie before and now I would really like to read her other books.

This book is the second, and as stated I didn’t read the first book. This in no way hindered my enjoyment of A Trail of Bread Crumbs.  The way Susie worked in what had happened in the previous book was so seamless I didn’t even really realize I was getting caught up.

She captures Pearl’s voice so well. Even though we are in the mind of a ten-year-old you don’t feel the immaturity that might come with that age, yet it was very age appropriate in tone and perspective.

So much heartache in this book yet here is always a glimmer of hope.

I loved hearing the description and hope they would find in Michigan. Living in Michigan I sometimes forget how beautiful it is. The most amazing thing was the name of the town Pearl moved to. The name is VERY close to the name of the town I live in. I wondered if there was any connection or not. So cool.

A beautiful story that will hold you captive.

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

 

Life After by Katie Ganshert April 8, 2017

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It could have been me.
Snow whirls around an elevated train platform in Chicago. A distracted woman boards the train, takes her seat, and moments later a fiery explosion rips through the frigid air, tearing the car apart in a horrific attack on the city’s transit system. One life is spared. Twenty-two are lost.
A year later, Autumn Manning can’t remember the day of the bombing and she is tormented by grief—by guilt. Twelve months of the question constantly echoing. Why? Why? Why? Searching for answers, she haunts the lives of the victims, unable to rest.
Paul Elliott lost his wife in the train bombing and wants to let the dead rest in peace, undisturbed and unable to cause more pain for his loved ones. He wants normalcy for his twelve year-old daughter and young son, to see them move beyond the heartbreak. But when the Elliotts and Autumn are unexpectedly forced together, he fears she’ll bring more wreckage in her wake.
In Life After, Katie Ganshert’s most complex and unforgettable novel yet, the stirring prose and authentic characters pose questions of truth, goodness, and ultimate purpose in this emotionally resonant tale.

My thoughts:

I have missed reading Katie’s books. I have never been disappointed by anything I have read of hers. This book was no exception.

This book starts with any opening scene that is full of mystery and wonder. I went back to read it after I got into the book a little because I needed to read those moments again.

Autumn is a character who just can’t move on but there are glimpses of hope. Her family is there for her and a bit crazy, very realistic.

Paul is trying to move on as well, but he has a secret of his own, one I didn’t see coming at first After it is revealed to the reader I wanted him to tell someone. It would make it so much easier for people to understand what is going on with him.

I really enjoyed Reese, Paul’s daughter. She is a typical teenager, rebelling a bit and dealing with her heartache.

I kept wondering if Autumn and Paul would fall for each other and how could that work? I won’t tell you if they do or not, you will just have to read for yourself and see how Katie has crafted this beautiful story.

This is an amazing read that will touch your heart and mind.

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

 

Our Good Father March 31, 2017

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I have been really struggling lately with a feeling of dread. You see I am leaving tomorrow with my choir to go to Disney World and I have been dreading the trip. Can you believe that?

I have never been to Disney and I am responsible for all of these kids and a performance at Disney. It’s all a bit overwhelming for me. Every time I would start thinking about the trip I would get this heaviness in my chest.

Today that has changed.

God is so good, He totally knows what we need.

I am reading a book I will be reviewing in a couple of weeks by Joyce Meyer (love her). The chapter I read today was all about dread and how that is not how we should live our lives. That feeling does not come from Papa. It is the absence of hope and faith.

Our Father is so good to know I needed to read this today. Joyce gave so many scriptures that I wrote down and so much encouragement. I was in tears as I read her words, it was exactly what I needed and now I am excited for my trip. I get to go with my daughter and a great group of kids. All will go well because we have a good Father. He has never let me down and he won’t start now.

Do you struggle with feelings of dread? As soon as you get that feeling turn to Papa and thank Him for His joy and His peace. Remember true joy and peace come from Him not anything we can do, it only comes from the creator of joy and peace.

 

 

Baggage Claim by Cathe Swanson March 30, 2017

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About the Book


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Book: Baggage Claim

Author: Cathe Swanson

Genre: Christian Suspense/Romance

Release Date: February 14, 2017

 

There had to be at least one healthy branch on his family tree…

Who can he trust?

Ben Taylor, widower and father of four lively children, enjoys his easy, uncomplicated life. He likes his work and has a competent nanny to manage his household. Everything is good until he decides to seek out his biological parents and discovers a family tree with tangled roots and broken branches.

His comfortable life crumbles when he gets caught up in a criminal network of fraud and conspiracy at his new job. When Ben is forced into a dangerous alliance, he scrambles to find a safe situation and protection for his children before setting out to clear his name—all without getting himself killed in the process.

A nanny with a past…

Becoming a nanny was the perfect solution when Teresa Cooper needed a place to hide ten years ago, but now that she’s no longer in danger, she’s ready to move on and make a new life for herself. When Ben asks her to take the children to an unknown relative in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, she finds herself in hiding again, this time with four children in tow.

As the children explore the wilderness of the Upper Peninsula, Teresa begins to wonder about God’s plan for her future. Who is this stranger Ben trusts with his children? Why here? Can a city-bred nanny find joy in this wild corner of God’s creation?

About the Author

Cathe Swanson lives in Wisconsin with her husband of 32 years. They enjoy spending time with their family and being outdoors, kayaking, hiking, birdwatching and fishing, but summer is short in Wisconsin, so it’s important to have indoor hobbies, too. Cathe has been a quilter and teacher of quiltmaking for over 25 years, and she enjoys just about any kind of creative work, especially those involving fiber or paper. She enjoys writing stories with eccentric characters of all ages. Her books will make you laugh and make you cry – and then make you laugh again.

 

Guest Post from Cathe Swanson

When I was in high school, I thought I might like to become an occupational therapist. Instead, I got married, had babies, raised the children and launched them into the world. I took a few years to regroup, and then I started thinking about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

Shortly after that, my dad had a stroke, and when he came home from the hospital, I was fascinated by the work of the visiting therapists. I did some research and learned that physical and occupational therapy assistants make pretty good money and are able to do the best part of the job – the therapy. Therapists are often bogged down in paperwork and periodic assessments. The assistant has all the fun, and it’s just a 5-semester program.

So I trotted on down to the local community college and asked what I had to do to get signed up. The counsellor talked for a while about prerequisites, petitions, waiting lists, internships, and other such things. Eventually I realized she was trying to tell me that I was too old to embark on this career. Too taken-aback to be offended, I went home and wrote a book about it instead. After all, I’d invested a lot of time in research.

I’d been writing stories for years, and already had the bones of Baggage Claim. Once I gave my young hero a job as a physical therapy assistant, the story took on life. My mother’s interest in genealogy had sparked a question: What if a nice, normal person wanted to track down their biological family and it blew up in their face? So that’s where I sent my hero, and as one of my reviewers said, “It was not a Hallmark moment.”

I’m very happy as an author and have no real interest in becoming an occupational therapist. Indeed, that rejection was a turning point for me. I could have pushed forward and got that degree, but instead I went home and wrote. I have no regrets.

Blog Stops

March 28: Books. Books. And More Books.

March 28: Book Reviews From an Avid Reader

March 29: Chas Ray’ s Book Nerd Corner

March 29: A Greater Yes

March 30: Genesis 5020

March 31: Reading Is My SuperPower

April 1: Quiet Quilter

April 2: autism mom

April 2: Avid Reader Book Reviews

April 3: Moments Dipped in Ink

April 3: Faithfully Bookish

April 4: Inklings and notions

April 5: Blossoms and Blessings

April 6: Blogging With Carol

April 7: Carpe Diem

April 7: A Baker’s Perspective

April 8: Christian Bookaholic

April 8: Karen Sue Hadley

April 9: History, Mystery and Faith

April 9: Bigreadersite

April 10: His Grace is Sufficient

April 10: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Cathe is giving away Grand prize themed gift box that will include:
A decorative suitcase box
Earl Grey Tea
A handmade mug rug
A pretty mug
14 handmade all-occasion cards
And a paperback copy of Baggage Claim!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b2c8

My thoughts:

This is a book full of many layers. There is so much going on there is never a dull moment. Cathe is a gifted storyteller. She has crafted a story that will certainly engage you.

I was really interested in this book because part of it takes place in Michigan’s upper peninsula, which is one of my favorite places of all time. I love that we get a peek at in the winter.

At first I wasn’t sure how everything was going to connect. We have Teresa’s story of her in hiding and then we have Ben’s story of trying to find his family and also everything that is going on at work. I knew there was something funny (not ha-ha funny) going on there and before long it comes to light.

I dreaded knowing something bad would happen to Ben and his sweet family.

Cathe did a wonderful job of painting Ben’s family life with his kids. So normal but still very interesting.

Overall I really enjoyed this book.

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

 

Mattie by Betty Willis March 27, 2017

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Abandoned in smalltown Texas in 1898, Mattie McAlister must find a way to survive. Her choices are few: go to the children’s home or make her own way with grit and determination. Opportunities are scarce, especially for a smart girl who struggles to read. She agrees to work for a poor family with seven kids and a depressed mother. Over the next few years, her positive attitude and ability to make do in difficult situations endear her to her new family and the community. And her gift for training horses and skill with a rifle even make her locally famous. Still, her wish is to find a husband and have a home of her own. . . . Then she meets him. . . . Laugh, cry, and experience the triumph of the human spirit in Mattie, a riveting historical narrative that will haunt and inspire you long after you’ve turned the final page.

My thoughts:

Mattie is an endearing character. So sweet and going through so much.

At times this book reminded me of Little House on the Prairie. Although the content was more mature.

I struggled with Mattie being ten or eleven in the beginning but somethings she said was so mature. I am sure that was probably done intentionally, so show that Mattie wasn’t your average eleven- year-old girl.

But the way things were worded definitely reminded me that she was younger and her perception on things were different then someone who would be older.

This is a very engaging story about this young girl and her journey into womanhood and even her journey in faith. She clings to a hope her mother instilled in her.

The outpouring of love from the community is wonderful to see and something I think we have lost in this day and age.

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