Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Truly, Madly, Deeply by Karen Kingsbury December 3, 2020

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In love for the first time, a son’s decisions about the future divides his family in this fearless and thought-provoking novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of life-changing fiction.

When eighteen-year-old Tommy Baxter declares to his family that he wants to be a police officer after graduation, his mother, Reagan, won’t hear of it. After all, she’s still mourning the death of her own father on September 11 and she’s determined to keep her son safe from danger. But Tommy’s father, Luke, is proud of Tommy’s decision. He would make a kind and compassionate cop.

Meanwhile, Tommy is in love for the first time. His sweet relationship with Annalee Miller is almost too good to be true. Tommy begins seriously thinking about the far off day when he can ask her to marry him but she hasn’t been feeling well. Tests reveal the unthinkable.

While his girlfriend begins the fight of her life, Tommy is driven to learn more about the circumstances surrounding his birth and the grandfather he never knew. Secrets come to light that rock Tommy’s world, and he becomes determined to spend his future fighting crime and bringing peace to the streets. Or is this just his way to fight a battle he cannot win—the one facing Annalee?

Blending romance and family drama, Truly, Madly,Deeply shows us that, in the shadow of great loss, the only way to live with passion is truly, madly, deeply.

My thoughts:

This book was okay. I don’t know what it was that I didn’t really love. I think sometimes the whole Baxter family seems a bit too perfect, but they aren’t. They have their share of problems but it seems like the only people around them are all Christians, which isn’t realistic.

Also, as far as I know the high school the kids attend is a public high school and the principle lead the school in a prayer. That couldn’t happen in a public school, no matter the principle’s personal beliefs. Maybe I’m wrong and it is a Christmas school, but it didn’t sound like it.

Definitely some heartwarming and tugging moments, which Karen is good at. But this wasn’t one of my favorites.

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

 

Autumn Skies by Denise Hunter November 28, 2020

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Facing the past is easier if you don’t have to face it alone.

The Bluebell Inn is turning a profit, and it’s time for the Bennett siblings to sell it and move on. Only Grace has plans to stay in the small lake town of Bluebell, North Carolina, where she hopes her growing outfitters business will save her from the loneliness of her siblings’ departure and the persistent sense of unworthiness in her life.

A gunshot wound resurrects the past for Secret Service agent Wyatt Jennings, and a mandatory leave of absence lands him in Bluebell. There he must come to grips with the tragedy that altered his life fourteen years ago.

When Wyatt books a room at the Bluebell Inn, sparks fly between him and Grace. She volunteers to be his mountain guide, and he soon opens up to her, drawn to her strength and sense of humor. But both are reticent to talk about the survivor’s guilt they each carry, and when their pasts finally collide, their budding romance might not survive the truth.

My thoughts:

What a perfect ending to this series.

I have thoroughly enjoyed each book and this one brought everything together beautifully. I even cried at least twice. I could feel Grace’s pain so clearly and happiness.

I just knew there would be some deeper connection between Wyatt and Grace then they even realized, and I was right.

If you haven’t read the other books in this series you can still read this as a stand-alone but it will definitely have a greater impact if you read them all.

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

 

Echo Island by Jared C. Wilson November 27, 2020

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When four recent high school graduates return home from a weekend of camping, they expect to go back to life as usual. Instead, the boys discover empty streets, abandoned cars, and utter silence—everyone has disappeared. 

As the friends attempt to solve the mystery, they stumble upon more questions than answers. Why won’t the electronics work? Where did the wind go? What do the notebooks full of gibberish mean? With each new discovery, they learn that nothing was ever quite what it seemed on Echo Island and that a deep secret is drawing them in—if only they would surrender to it.

Join Bradley, Jason, Archer, and Tim on this exploration into myth and mystery. Uncover exactly what happened on Echo Island and what these four friends’ story has to do with God, the meaning of life, and the nature of reality. 

My thoughts:

This book took me a little bit to really get into and or invested in. Once I did it moved along pretty quickly. I think upper middle school/high school students would enjoy this book.

I was surprised to learn what had actually happen to these kids and remembering what happened right at the beginning that should have been clues.

There really isn’t any God in this book, except a quick mention of Him and wondering if He is behind what is going on. This book is really more of an allegory inspired from classics the author has read, (which I haven’t).

Overall, an interesting read and if you like something different this might be up your alley.

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

 

The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self by Carl R. Trueman November 25, 2020

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Carl Trueman traces the historical roots of many hot-button issues such as transgenderism and homosexuality, offering thoughtful biblical analysis as he uncovers the profound impact of the sexual revolution on modern human identity.

My thoughts:

This book sounded really interesting and needed. We, as a culture, have dome to accept many things that are complete lies and unbiblical.

This is more of a scholarly book (at least for me) then I normally read, therefore, I did have some trouble connecting with it. But if you connect with that type of book this is a book full of good content, it’s not really a devotional type read, more for information.

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

 

Remember Me by Mario Escobar November 23, 2020

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Amid the shadows of war, one family faces an impossible choice that will change their lives forever.

Madrid, 1934. Though the Spanish Civil War has not yet begun, the streets of Madrid have become dangerous for thirteen-year-old Marco Alcalde and his younger sisters, Isabel and Ana. When Marco’s parents align themselves against General Franco and his fascist regime, they have no inkling that their ideals will endanger them and everyone they love—nor do they predict the violence that is to come.

When the Mexican government promises protection to the imperiled children of Spain, the Alcaldes do what they believe is best: send their children, unaccompanied, across the ocean to the city of Morelia—a place they’ve never seen or imagined. Marco promises to look after his sisters in Mexico until their family can be reunited in Spain, but what ensues is a harrowing journey and a series of heartbreaking events. As the growing children work to care for themselves and each other, they feel their sense of home, family, and identity slipping further and further away. And as their memories of Spain fade and the news from abroad grows more grim, they begin to wonder if they will ever see their parents again or the glittering streets of the home they once loved.

Based upon the true stories of the Children of Morelia, Mario Escobar’s Remember Me—now available for the first time in Englishexplores the agony of war and paints a poignant portrait of one family’s sacrificial love and endurance.

My thoughts:

At first I wasn’t sure I was going to really get into this book but the more I read the more invested I became in the characters and the tragedy that surrounded their lives.

I knew nothing about the Spanish civil war. The interesting part was that the main character’s parents fought for communism, socialism, conversations that have surfaced in the United Stages recently, something I don’t support at all and struggled with sympathy for the parents to some degree. However, I definitely don’t believe families should be torn apart and I can’t imagine sending my children across the country.

The horrible things these children had to endure is heartbreaking. Overall, this ended up being an interesting read.

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

 

Everywhere to Hide by Siri Mitchell November 21, 2020

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How can she protect herself from an enemy she can’t see?

Law school graduate Whitney Garrison is a survivor. She admirably deals with an abusive boyfriend, her mother’s death, mounting student debt, dwindling job opportunities, and a rare neurological condition that prevents her from recognizing human faces.

But witnessing a murder might be the crisis she can’t overcome.

The killer has every advantage. Though Whitney saw him, she has no idea what he looks like. He knows where she lives and works. He anticipates her every move. Worst of all, he’s hiding in plain sight and believes she has information he needs. Information worth killing for. Again.

As the hunter drives his prey into a net of terror and international intrigue, Whitney’s only ally, Detective Leo Baroni, is taken off the case. Stripped of all semblance of safety, Whitney must suspect everyone and trust no one—and hope to come out alive.

My thoughts:

Siri has started writing in this new genre and I read her book before this one and loved it so I was very excited to read this one.

I can’t even imagine having face blindness. It made it interesting to read because we are in first person so the whole time the reader is also face blind, we never see anyone’s face. I wonder, though, if that is why I felt a bit disconnected from this book? I struggled with that throughout.

It started off engaging but as it went on I kind of got tired of hearing about all the men that had a crush on Whitney. It was like no man couldn’t walk by her without falling in love. That seemed a bit unrealistic.

There was also no Christian content. It was a clean fiction, but I don’t recall any faith in this book. This could have easily been tied in with her blindness and God helping her to see with the eyes of her heart? I don’t know, just my idea. Or a lesson in trust?

Overall, it was interesting but not what I was hoping for.

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The Cul-De-Sac War by Melissa Ferguson November 17, 2020

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All’s fair in love and prank wars.

Bree Leake doesn’t want to be tied down. She’s had more jobs than she can count, and she plans to move as soon as the curtains fall on her less-than-minor stage role at The Barter—the oldest live performance theater in the US. But just when it’s time to move on again, Bree’s parents make her an offer: hold steady for a full year, and they will give her the one thing she’s always wanted—her grandmother’s house. Her dreams are coming true . . . until life at the theater throws her some curve balls. 

And then there’s Chip McBride—her handsome and infuriating next-door neighbor. 

Chip just might be the only person whose stubborn streak can match Bree’s. She would move heaven and earth to have him off her cul-de-sac and out of her life, but according to the bargain she’s struck, she can’t move out of her house and away from the man who’s making her life miserable. So begins Bree’s obsessive new mission: to drive Chip out of the neighborhood—and fast. 

Bree isn’t the only one who’s a tad competitive, and Chip is more than willing to fight fire with fire. But as their pranks escalate, the line between love and hate starts to blur—and their heated rivalry threatens to take a hilarious, heartwarming, and romantic new turn.

My thoughts:

This is a fun read. These two characters will have you laughing at their crazy antics. Two people couldn’t be more different yet fit perfectly together.

There isn’t a huge faith element in this book but it is there a tiny bit.

I enjoyed Bree’s acting journey since I have been in plays myself and direct them, it make it interesting to read about a character who is involved in theater.

If you are looking for a lighter read you will enjoy this.

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Someone Like You by Karen Kingsbury August 20, 2020

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One frozen embryo. Two families with life-long secrets. And a guy who never planned to fall in love again.

Maddie Baxter West is shaken to the core when she finds out everything she believed about her life was a lie. Her parents had always planned to tell her the truth about her past: that she was adopted as an embryo. But somehow the right moment never happened. Then a total stranger confronts Maddie with the truth and tells her something else that rocks her world—Maddie had a sister she never knew about. Betrayed, angry, and confused, Maddie leaves her new job and fiancé, rejects her family’s requests for forgiveness, and moves to Portland to find out who she really is.

Dawson Gage’s life was destroyed when London Quinn, his best friend and the only girl he ever loved, is killed. In the hospital waiting room, London’s mother reveals that London might have had a sibling. The frozen embryo she and her husband donated decades ago. When Dawson finds Maddie and brings her to Portland, the Quinns—her biological parents—welcome her into their lives and hearts. Maddie is comforted by the Quinns’ love and intrigued by their memories of London, who was so much like her. Is this the family and the life she was really meant to have?

Now it will take the love of Dawson Gage to help Maddie know who she is…and to help her find her way home.

My thoughts:

For me this was a pretty quick read. It was very interesting. This concept of frozen embryos for adoption. I love the heart behind it. They are babies, lives, just waiting to be developed.

At first I thought Karen was having Dawson move past London’s death too soon, but she saved that and made it more believable. I honestly found the most moving part of the story the beginning, when London passed.

One thing I love about Karen’s book is that she doesn’t shy away from Jesus. He is all over that book and talked about. I love that.

This was a beautiful story!

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

 

Vying for the Viscount by Kristi Ann Hunter August 17, 2020

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For Hudson, the newly titled Viscount Stildon, moving to England from India where he was born and raised was already an arduous enough endeavor. When he learns the fate of the racing empire he inherited along with his title depends upon him getting in the good graces of another stable owner, he’s even more at a loss.

The stable at the neighboring estate has been Miss Bianca Snowley’s refuge for years, and when a strange man appears to be stealing the horses, she jumps to their protection without a second thought. Upon learning Hudson is actually the new owner, she can’t help but be intrigued by the area’s newest eligible bachelor.

Any thought of romance is quickly set aside, however, when Hudson proposes they work together to secure suitable spouses for each other. As their friendship grows, Hudson and Bianca begin to reconsider what they truly want in life. But will societal expectations and the weight of their responsibilities keep them from pursuing their true desires?

My thoughts:

I am a Kristi Ann Hunter fan. I always enjoy her books and was excited to dive into this new series.

This one took me awhile to get into but I kept pressing on because I knew Kristi wouldn’t let me down and she didn’t. About half way through I was hooked.

Our two main characters drove me a bit crazy, why couldn’t Hudson just see that Bianca was the woman he should be with, even if she didn’t have horses to add to the marriage. But, of course, that is what made it so interesting. I couldn’t wait to see how it would all play out.

I will look forward to the next book in this series.

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

 

Corona Crisis by Mark Hitchcock August 5, 2020

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In Corona Crisis, professor Mark Hitchcock shares how the current coronavirus outbreak is related to the vivid, end-time biblical prophecies about plagues, pestilences, and pandemics.

Jesus listed “pestilences in various places” as a sign of his coming (Luke 21:11).In the prophecy of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, the fourth rider kills one-fourth of the earth with pestilence and the “wild beasts of the earth.”Many believe that “wild beasts” refers to plagues that come from animals, as we’ve seen in recent decades with AIDS, SARS, MERS, the bird flu and swine flu, and now COVID-19.

Hitchcock believes the coronavirus is not the fulfillment of these events that will occur during the tribulation period but a foreshadowing of what lies ahead. Corona Crisis puts the current situation in perspective in relation to previous plagues, like the Spanish flu, while giving an overview of the major signs of the end times.

The book also discusses how the rise of globalism contributes to the spread of plagues. In our global environment, events can happen suddenly that send shock waves around the world.

My thoughts:

You never know what you are getting into when a book has the world apocalypse on the front. But this was honestly, a very even keeled and well balanced look at what is going on now and the end times.

The author does a great job of not putting fear in the reader and just presenting facts as he knows them. The Word is heavily relied on and he turned to many other pastors for their perspective too.

If you are looking for a bit more insight into the pandemic we are currently in you might find this an interesting read, I did.

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