Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Sky Zone by Creston Mapes July 24, 2014

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A rally for a controversial presidential candidate.
A terrorist threat.
A nightmare of cataclysmic proportions. 
Jack and Pamela Crittendon have hit the breaking point. After months out of work as a reporter, Jack is playing Mr. Mom and working part-time at Festival Arena with his survivalist friend Brian Shakespeare. Meanwhile, Pamela has gone back to work full-time while eight months pregnant. Having her recently widowed mother on hand isn’t making matters any easier.
With financial pressures boiling, Jack reports for duty at a rally for controversial presidential candidate Martin Sterling where he expects a mindless night on the job. But when Homeland Security picks up intel about a potential terrorist threat, Jack and Shakespeare are thrust into a life-or-death battle to save their own lives–and the lives of thousands of innocent people.This third book in The Crittendon Files reminds us of the power of family, friendships and faith–and why we are never in as much control as we think.
My thoughts:
Creston Mapes is one amazing writer. I absolutely loved the first two books and wasn’t sure how I could love this one more, but I think I might. This is a book that had me up way too late but I couldn’t put it down.
Creston does an outstanding job of making the terror and chaos feel so real. He throws new twists and ramps up the tension with each chapter, adding another element that makes things more nail-biting.
Jack and Pam are in a tough spot financially at this point in the third book. The weight of paying bills weighs heavy on Jack and Pam is overwhelmed with working outside the home now and being pregnant. All of these facts play into the situation that plays out at the arena. I love how Creston ties everything together, even the things you think won’t contribute to the overall story, they do.
This is not a  cozy read, so if you like that sort of book and you don’t like violence you won’t care for this book. But you like fast-paced adventure and never knowing what’s around the corner then this is a book I highly recommend
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An ecopy of this book was given to me by the publisher through in exchange for an honest review.

Two Reviews: One for Your Princess and One for You March 6, 2014

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For your princess:


Bible Stories for His Beautiful Princess


Sheri Rose Shepherd


Best-selling author Sheri Rose Shepherd uses charming princess characters and easy-to-understand Bible stories to help share spiritual wisdom and truths in this sweetly illustrated Bible storybook. This is a wonderful introduction to the Bible for even the tiniest of princesses! Bible Stories for His Beautiful Princess is a fresh way to teach little girls—toddlers and preschoolers—the foundations of the Christian faith. Simple lessons on how to know God, learning to pray, having faith, and understanding right from wrong make this the perfect first Bible. Using charming and engaging illustrations on every spread, princess-themed lessons, and easy-to-understand verses from the NLT, this Bible storybook will get little girls excited about engaging with God’s Word.

My thoughts:

As a woman I have enjoyed Sheri’s books very much. They have touched my heart deeply and honestly been life-changing. So when I saw this book for little girls I knew I had to check it out.

This book is very simple but I think it’s written perfectly for it’s intended audience. I would say this book is great for that pre-school princess of yours who has some understanding of what you are talking about.

Each day there is a little Bible verse to read and then a couple of paragraphs about someone from the Bible. Then there is a little prayer for you to pray and a few more thoughts. Short and sweet….just like your princess. I would’ve loved this book for my daughter when she was younger.

If you have a princess in your life why not grab a copy for Easter and help her to begin to discover who Jesus says she is?

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, or Books-A-Million.

Visit Sheri’s website here.

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

A book for you:

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Poison Town


Creston Mapes

About the book:

There’s More Than One Kind of Poison in This Town

People are sick and dying. Rumors are swirling. Some claim chemicals leaking from a manufacturing plant are causing the cancer that’s crippling people on the poor side of Trenton City, Ohio. Yet nothing at the plant appears amiss. The problem remains a mystery until reporter Jack Crittendon’s long-time mechanic falls ill and he investigates. Soon Jack becomes engulfed in a smokescreen of lies, setups, greed, and scandal. The deeper he digs, the more toxic the corruption he uncovers. As he faces off with the big-time players behind the scenes and tries to beat the clock before more people die, he realizes the chillingly unthinkable-he knows too much.

My thoughts:

Creston has done it again…another amazing book.

I couldn’t say enough good things about the first book in this series, Fear has a Name. And honestly the same is true with this book.

From the beginning chapters you are thrown into the whirlwind of some kind of big cover-up for a major factory. Someone is working hard to make sure no one finds out anything. People or missing, dyeing or coming close to death.

If you read the first book you will be familiar with Granger Meade, the guy that stalked and then kidnapped Jack’s wife. He is released from prison and is showing up in there lives again. This is added tension to an already tense book.

Jack is struggling to forgive Granger, while Pam wants to believe the best. Can Jack forgive Granger for what he did? How far can forgiveness stretch? Has Granger really changed? Does he love Jesus?

To get the answers you will have to read the book. You won’t be sorry you invested time in this one, it is well worth it.

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

Visit Creston’s website here.

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


Review and Giveaway: Fear Has a Name by Creston Mapes June 18, 2013

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Fear Has a Name
David C. Cook (June 1, 2013)


Creston Mapes


Creston has fond memories of his boyhood in Bath, Ohio, where he became enchanted with his future wife, way back in the fourth grade. His father, Bernie, owned and operated The Weathervane Furniture Shop in town. The whole family lived right upstairs in the century-old house known as “The Shop.”

Creston studied journalism at Bowling Green State University, then began his writing career. During the past 30 years, he has worked as a reporter, corporate copywriter, creative director, freelance writer, and author.

From popular suspense author Creston Mapes comes another faith-building thriller, a tale that follows journalist Jack Crittendon as he fights to protect his family from a stalker’s terrifying schemes, investigates a pastor’s mysterious disappearance, and struggles to keep his faith amidst unthinkable fear.

With his family’s safety on the line, Crittendon realizes there are secrets behind “Christian” walls–secrets with painful, deadly implications. He must find the faith to trust a God who allows inconceivable trials, and the courage to guard his family, with danger exploding at every turn.

Through it all–the sharp, character-driven writing for which Mapes is known–takes fans and new readers on an edge-of-your-seat journey that explores the harsh, far-reaching consequences of bullying and the Christian response to fear.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Fear Has a Name, go HERE.

My thoughts and giveaway:


Do I really have to write more? Okay I will. This book has to be the best suspense novel I have read this year, maybe ever. If  you like Terri Blackstock or Brandilyn Collins, you will LOVE this book.

If you don’t care for suspense and  high drama, crime, raw brokenness than you might not like this book. But if that is up your alley you need to grab a copy and get reading.

It reached a point in the twisted plot that I said out loud, “Oh my goodness” and my husband looked at me to ask “what?” I had to launch into the plot and what just happened.

Every chapter takes you on a new twist and turn. Just when you think things might slow down, oh no, you are in for more nail-biting tension. You know it will end, but how, who will live, who will die, who will cross the line?

I have never read a fiction book that actually stirred my spirit with Biblical truth. This book drips with truth but never preaches at you.

The characters are real, flawed. They question if God is so good why is this stuff happening? If God is so good why is there abuse? If God is so good how can He allow horrible things happen to those who love Him? Real questions we have all asked.

Honestly, at the end I cried. I never thought I would cry after reading a suspense novel, but the love of Jesus does that. Creston ended the book beautifully, truly fantastic.

And there is a HUGE Genesis 5020 coming from the subplot character, Evan McDaniel. Love it!

Yes, I know I am gushing but this book really is amazing. You won’t be sorry you read it.

Grab a copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or the publisher.

Visit Creston Mapes website here.

Win a copy of this book by leaving a comment by June 24th at 5:00 pm (U.S. residents only).

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.