Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Review and Giveaway: The War Room by Chris Fabry August 3, 2015

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the war room

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Juggling motherhood and her job as a real-estate agent, Elizabeth Jordan wishes her husband could help more around the house. But Tony’s rising career as a pharmaceutical salesman demands more and more of his time. With a nice home in the suburbs and a lovely young daughter, they appear to have it all—yet they can’t seem to spend time together without fighting.

Hoping for a new listing, Elizabeth visits the home of Clara Williams, an elderly widow, and is both amused and uncomfortable when Clara starts asking pointed questions about her marriage and faith. But it’s Clara’s secret prayer room, with its walls covered in requests and answers, that has Elizabeth most intrigued . . . even if she’s not ready to take Clara’s suggestion that she create a prayer room of her own. As tensions at home escalate, though, Elizabeth begins to realize that her family is worth fighting for, and she can’t win this battle on her own. Stepping out in blind faith, putting her prayers for her family and their future in God’s hands, might be her only chance at regaining the life she was meant for.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This book is changing my life. I don’t say that about a lot of fiction books but this one opened to my eyes to an area I have been weak in: prayer.

This book portrays realistically the way a marriage can crumble, the way a woman can place all the blame on her husband and not see her own part in it, the temptations a man can face, the wounds of a young daughter.

As someone who has walked through pain in their marriage and healing I can tell you they way the healing is shown is true. It might be a bit faster because it is a book but it isn’t instant. There is anger below the surface from betrayal and Chris showed that.

Miss Clara is wonderful character, someone we all need in our lives who spurs us on and is honest with us. The book holds true to the fact that God doesn’t always answer when we want or how we want but He is always listening.

This is an excellent book and I can’t wait to see the movie that will be coming out August 28th.

Visit Chris here.

Watch the trailer for the movie here. (I get emotional every time I see this)

Here’s another video I found about the movie I thought you might find interesting, click here.

Grab your copy at your local book store, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, B00ks-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by August 10th for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I am not responsible for books lost or damaged in the mail.)

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

 

Review and Giveaway: The Song by Chris Fabry January 1, 2015

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 4:30 pm
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the song

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Jed King’s life has been shaped by the songs and mistakes of his famous father. He wants to sing his own song, but the words and melody are elusive. Haunted by the scars inflicted by his broken family, Jed’s dreams of a successful music career seem out of reach . . . until he meets Rose.

As romance quickly blooms, Jed pens a new song and suddenly finds himself catapulted into stardom. But with this life of fame comes temptation, the same temptation that lured his father so many years ago.

Set in the fertile mid-South, this quest for success leads Jed and Rose on a journey that will force them to deal with the pain of loss, failure, and the desire to be who God created them to be.

Lyrical and deeply honest, The Song asks the hard questions of love and forgiveness. When even the wisest of men are fools in love, can true love persevere?

My thoughts and giveaway:

I saw the trailer for the movie before I even knew there was a book releasing and I wanted to see it. So when I saw the book up for review I grabbed the chance to read it (I haven’t seen the movie yet).

This is a powerful story based on King Solomon and the scriptures he penned. I love how the author wove scripture into the book and even into some of the lyrics to Jed’s songs.

Jed and Rose find each other and have an instant connection. Jed knows there will be more than one date and he is right. Rose is the girl he has been longing for. Someone strong in her faith and not willing to compromise.

Jed rises to stardom and you can see the signs that I have seen in my own marriage (not due to stardom but due to past wounds) and in many other marriages that trouble is ahead. Their tight bond is coming unraveled.

With the introduction of Shelby Bales comes the introduction of the enemy into this already rocky marriage. Shelby has come to devour and destroy. She is selfish and wants what she wants.

This is what our enemy, Satan, does. He looks for our weaknesses and then plays on them. He knows how to play the game much better then we do. He looks for the cracks in our lives and sneaks in before we even realize he has invaded our thoughts and before we know it we are acting in a way that is a part from God.

I have been there and it’s not a fun place to be, of course the enemy makes it look and once he has where he wants us he makes us miserable.

This is what happens to Jed King. But, you’ll have to read the book for yourself to see how that all plays out.

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Watch the trailer for the movie here.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabry September 5, 2013

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 9:56 am
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACheck out this Q and A with author Chris Fabry. Keep reading for my review and giveaway.

What was your inspiration for this book, Every Waking Moment?

The question at the center of this story is “If this is as good as it gets, am I okay with life?” I find this is a universal question that hits at the heart of our outlook on life and our belief in God. The other question it raises is this: If you could bring someone back from dementia or Alzheimer’s and have a conversation, what would you ask? What would you say to that person?

Tell me about your main character Treha Langsam. Was this character based upon anyone in particular?

She was loosely based on my own children and what they’ve gone through the past five years. This is probably my most personal story to date. We were exposed to toxic mold. Most people think you can only get a rash or have respiratory damage, but it can attack the brain. Treha’s symptoms are similar to what I’ve seen in them and others who have been exposed.

What lessons or truths will your readers find in the pages of this novel?

I love the fact that God doesn’t look at the exterior; he looks at the heart. As humans, we have a tendency to judge on first impressions, but we miss so much by doing that. Those who are disabled, those who have some kind of struggle in life, those who are older—all are lumped into a category, and this is such a disservice to them and us.

How do you expect Treha’s story to resonate with your readers?

I think everyone feels a bit like Treha. She is the little engine that could, even if she isn’t given a chance. And it only takes one person giving someone else a chance. I’m hoping readers will give someone a chance—or maybe let someone else give them a chance.

As a writer, what did you particularly enjoy about crafting this story?

I loved getting to know Treha better because she’s so mysterious to everyone around her. She’s also a bit scary. To crawl into her skin and walk around and see what she sees is a heartbreaking, life-affirming journey. I also liked the discovery that came with other characters who encounter Treha and see how she changes their lives.

What is your hope for this story? How would you like it to impact readers?

My hope is that this force of nature, Treha, would empower readers to believe the truth about themselves and others. In Christ, you are stronger than you think you are. With God, you can do anything he calls you to do.

How has this novel helped you to grow as a storyteller?

Trying to tell a complex story in a simple way is always difficult, and people’s lives are hugely complex. Trying to uncover the truth about Treha—why she is the way she is and where she might be able to go from here—helped me as a human being as well as a writer.

Your novels typically touch on a relevant and current topic in our culture. What topics do you weave into this novel?

One thread running deeply through this story is the reliance we have on drugs. It’s much easier to take a pill than to make a lifestyle change. And this is affecting individuals, families, and our culture. It also means a great deal of money to institutions, so in tackling this, I know I’m not going to make friends in the pharmaceutical industry. I’m grateful for drugs—my son wouldn’t be alive today without insulin. But every positive thing can have a negative side as well.

What big questions will this novel get your reader thinking about?

What is your backstory? What is the worth of an individual? Old, young, disabled, unsuccessful . . . several characters are faced with questions of their own worth as well as how they treat others. I’ve always heard that your faith is tested by how you treat someone who can’t do anything for you. This story will get you thinking about some of those deep issues of the heart.

How do you manage your time with such a full life, including a writing career, a radio career, and a large family?

Everyone has the same amount of time each day. We simply make choices about what we invest in. Hence, I spend less time watching television than I used to. That’s a huge time waster. I get up earlier and go to bed earlier. And when you begin your day centered on God’s Word and ask him what your priorities should be, things generally fall into place. I haven’t arrived at that balance, but I’m struggling as well as I can.

From the back cover of Every Waking Moment:

Treha Langsam is a mysterious young woman who has fallen through the cracks, much like many of the elderly people she every waking momentworks with at Desert Gardens Retirement Home. But Miriam Howard, director of the facility, sees her extraordinary gift and untapped potential. Treha is a whisperer of sorts, calling those who have slipped into dementia back to a life of vibrant, if only temporary, clarity.

When Treha’s and Miriam’s stories intertwine with a documentary team looking for stories of the elderly, Treha’s gift is uncovered, and the search begins for answers to the mysteries of her past. As their paths converge, each person is forced to face the same difficult question: What if this is as good as my life gets?

An uplifting, human tale of an ordinary woman with an extraordinary gift.

My thoughts and giveaway:

From the first page I was swept away in the flow of this book. And flow was the word that kept coming to me as I read Every Waking Moment. One chapter flowed right into the next and I found myself carried away in the current, reading one chapter after another.

Chris wrote this book as if I saw it playing out on a screen. Each scene vividly painted and captivating.

Treha is not your typical heroine, she has a mental disability, or maybe it’s truly a gift. I loved Treha, yet she is a character with little emotion. But Chris portrayed her through the eyes of others and you will grow to care deeply for her.

The other characters are just as wonderful, each with their own weakness and strength. Honestly, I found Jonah, one of the least on stage characters, very funny. Which I think was very smart of Chris. The book is heavy and needed that comic relief.

This book emphasizes the importance of our stories, which is the whole point of my blog…my story for His glory. Our stories are important, God is writing it shouldn’t we be sharing it no matter how messy we think it is?

The book ends with questions left unanswered, which leads me to believe there will be a second and I can’t wait to read it 🙂

If you are looking for something different, not your typical book, I highly recommend Every Waking Moment.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Deeper Shopping or Books-a-Million.

Visit Chris’s website here.

To win a copy leave a comment by September 11th at 5:00 pm to be entered. (U.S. residents only)

A copy of this book was given to me by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.