Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

The Dream of You: Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Were Made For by Jo Saxton March 8, 2018


About The Dream of You

Let’s be honest, the life you lead isn’t what you’ve always dreamt. And maybe the person you’ve become isn’t who you’ve always imagined. Sure, you can clean it up. You can work longer, love harder, and eat better. You can scrub the surface of your life until it gleams and still never address the fact that somehow you lost sight of who you really are and what you’re living for.

Is this the life you were meant to live?

As the child of Nigerian immigrants in the UK, author and speaker Jo Saxton knows firsthand how quickly the world can cause us to doubt our dreams and question who we are. She understands how easily we can exchange our true child-of-God selves for an identity built on lies, guilt, and brokenness.
In this powerful book, Jo examines Biblical figures and shares her personal story as she invites you to turn to the One who knows you intimately and loves you deeply. He sees all you’ve struggled to hide. He hears the voice inside you that others have silenced. He knows the potential and purpose that no one valued. He longs to redeem the story of your life and set you on the path to reclaim The Dream of You. Are you ready?

My thoughts:
This book speaks so much truth and is a message we need to hear and allow to sink into our hearts. I believe a big problem a lot of us have is not knowing who we really are, our identities have been tainted by this world.
Jo does a great job between sharing her personal story and the Bible. I was highly engaged in this book and looked forward to picking it up each morning during my quiet time. She really got me thinking about my identity and who does God say I am, not who I think I am.
 Overall, a very good read and I highly recommend it.
Visit Jo here.
Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

Yankee in Atlanta by Jocelyn Green June 19, 2014

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 2:11 pm
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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Yankee in Atlanta
River North(June 1, 2014)
Jocelyn Green


Jocelyn Green is a child of God, wife and mom living in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She is also an award-winning journalist, author, editor and blogger. Though she has written nonfiction on a variety of topics, her name is most widely recognized for her ministry to military wives: Faith Deployed. Her passion for the military family was fueled by her own experience as a military wife, and by the dozens of interviews she has conducted with members of the military for her articles and books, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and its sequel, Faith Deployed…Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives. She is also co-author of both Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan and Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front (forthcoming, May 2012). Her Faith Deployed Web site and Facebook page continue to provide ongoing support, encouragement and resources for military wives worldwide.


When soldier Caitlin McKae woke up in Atlanta after being wounded in battle, the Georgian doctor who treated her believed Caitlin’s only secret was that she had been fighting for the Confederacy disguised as a man. In order to avoid arrest or worse, Caitlin hides her true identity and makes a new life for herself in Atlanta.
Trained as a teacher, she accepts a job as a governess to the daughter of Noah Becker, a German immigrant lawyer, who is about to enlist with the Rebel army. Then in the spring of 1864, Sherman’s troops edge closer to Atlanta. Caitlin tries to escape north with the girl, but is arrested on charges of being a spy. Will honor dictate that Caitlin follow the rules, or love demand that she break them?

Id you would like to read the first chapter of Yankee in Atlanta, go HERE.


My thoughts:

I am a Civil War story buff. I have mentioned this before but pretty much any novel relating to the Civil War I want to read. I blame it completely on Gone with the Wind 🙂

This is one book I am glad I picked up and read. Jocelyn Green does an amazing job of bringing this era to life and creating engaging stories and characters.

The story begins with Caitlin Mckae and then we travel to New York and meet these other characters. At first I didn’t understand the connection but finally the connection is revealed and it’s this “ah-ha” moment.

Jocelyn weaves this story together carefully and drops tasty  hints along the way that will leave you craving to read more and get back to this wonderful story.

This is the third book in a series but from what I can tell each are a stand alone. If you enjoy historicals this is a book you will want to grab and Jocelyn Green is an author you want to read.

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


Review and Giveaway: Traces of Mercy November 4, 2013

Filed under: Book Reviews,Monday Musings — Melissa Finnegan @ 10:57 am
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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Traces of Mercy
David C. Cook (October 1, 2013)
Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley


Michael Landon Jr., son of television legend Michael Landon, is an award-winning storyteller, first in television and film, and now in books. His print works include One More Sunrise co-written with Tracie Peterson.


Cindy Kelley is the co-author of the novel The Silent Gift, and Traces of Mercy. Her career as a screenwriter with long-time writing partner, Michael Landon, Jr., began with the adaptation of Margery Williams’ classic story, The Velveteen Rabbit, which had a theatrical release. Several television movies followed, most notably Love Comes Softly, (based on Janette Oke’s novel) which won a CAMIE Award and the Epiphany Prize for Movie Guide’s most inspirational television movie of 2003. Cindy and her husband, Jim, make their home in the Southwest; have three adorable grandchildren and four big dogs who rule the house.

From Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley, authors of The Silent Gift and creators of the hit television film Love Comes Softly, comes an exciting historical romance set in post-Civil War, and filled with suspense and faith-building values.

At the war’s end, a young woman suffers an accident that leaves her unconscious and alone. Waking with amnesia, she takes the name Mercy and wants more than anything to find out the truth of her past. But then a handsome stranger arrives, who may hold the key to everything she has forgotten. What he knows could devastate her future, and even end her life.

Written by two proven storytellers, Traces of Mercy is perfect for anyone who loves historical fiction, prairie-based tales, or just a good romance.

If you’d like to read the first chapter of Traces of Mercy, go

My thoughts and giveaway:

I have to tell you an interesting story….I didn’t sign-up to review this book because I didn’t think I would really like it, but somehow I got put on the list by accident and received it. So I figured God wanted me to Traces of Mercy so I did.

I am SOOOOO glad I got put on the list because I loved it.

Yes, this book had everything I look for in a good read. My heart twisting over the romance, strong characters, a great plot and excellent writing.

I was surprised that by the end of the first chapter you know Mercy’s secret….sort of. As you read you realize you really don’t know that much about her. Why was she living the life she was before she lost her memory? And what happens when she falls in love? Wonder if she’s married to someone else?

This book really deals with identity. Don’t we all have those moments when we wonder who we really are? Apart from Christ we’ll never know the answer.

Mercy doesn’t know who she was, but she knows who she is now. She struggles to embrace the happiness that is offered her. Then her past comes back to haunt her, someone who remembers who she used to be. I have dealt with that in my own life. People who knew me before I knew who I was in Christ. They don’t know the changes that have occurred and think I am the same selfish person I once was.

It’s in those moments we have a choice to make, know who we are now or go back to the person we used to be. Mercy must make the same decision. Which will she choose?

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

Leave a comment by November 10th at 5:00 pm to be entered in the drawing to win your own copy. (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.