Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection December 6, 2018

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Lighthouses have long been the symbol of salvation, warning sailors away from dangerous rocks and shallow waters.
Along the Great Lakes, America’s inland seas, lighthouses played a vital role in the growth of the nation. They shepherded settlers traveling by water to places that had no roads. These beacons of light required constant tending even in remote and often dangerous places. Brave men and women battled the elements and loneliness to keep the lights shining. Their sacrifice kept goods and immigrants moving. Seven romances set between 1883 and 1911 bring hope to these lonely keepers and love to weary hearts.

Anna’s Tower by Pegg Thomas
1883—Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse
Anna Wilson’s plan to be the next lighthouse keeper is endangered when Maksim Ivanov is shipwrecked on Thunder Bay Island. Handsome and capable, he could steal her dream. Or provide a new one.

Beneath a Michigan Moon by Candice Sue Patterson
1885—New Presque Isle Lighthouse
Ava Ryan’s father has passed, leaving her alone, and ill, to tend the light with nowhere else to go. Logging foreman Benjamin Colfax needs the height of the lighthouse to determine the best cutting route, but he senses something amiss in Ava and her determination to remain reclusive. Can he get her to open up, or will she keep herself locked away?

Safe Haven by Rebecca Jepson
1892—Old Mission Point Lighthouse
Rose Miller was found on the lighthouse doorstep as an infant, and now she must hide her quest to find the child who left her there from Captain Nathan Perry, the man she loves to hate.

Love’s Beacon by Carrie Fancett Pagels
1898—Round Island Lighthouse
Valerie Fillman’s best hope for a future lies on the tiny island that holds her worst memories. Can Paul Sholtus, the new lightkeeper, and his daughter help bring healing? And love?

The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser
1899—Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Natalie Brooks loses her past to amnesia, and Cal Waterson, the lighthouse keeper who rescues her, didn’t bargain on risking his heart—when her past might change everything.

The Disappearing Ship by Lena Nelson Dooley
1902—Whitefish Point Lighthouse
Romance and mystery collide at Whitefish Point Lighthouse when unemployed doctor Norma Kimbell and Drake Logan, owner of a steamship line, search for evidence of a supposed shipwreck.

The Wrong Survivor by Marilyn Turk
1911—Au Sable Lighthouse
Lydia Palmer’s dream for happiness as a lighthouse keeper’s wife shatters when her fiancé Nathan Drake drowned in a shipwreck, but his brother Jesse survived.

My thoughts:

I was very excited to read this collection. I live in Michigan so I have seen all of the Great Lakes.

Each story is unique, yet there is the common thread of the lighthouse. I find these types of stories fascinating.

I especially was drawn the Round Island Lighthouse since I have seen that one many times when I have visited Mackinac Island (my favorite place and got to visit in this story).

Overall, I lovely collection of stories.

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

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The Liberty Bride by Marylu Tyndall November 23, 2018

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Lieutenant Owen Masters and Emeline Baratt meet on a British warship as sworn enemies. Where will Emeline place her loyalties when forced to spy against her country?
War Forces a Choice Between Love and Country

A trip home from England to Maryland in 1812 finds Emeline Baratt a captive on a British warship and forced to declare her allegiance between the British and Americans. Remaining somewhat politically neutral on a ship where her nursing skills are desperately needed is fairly easy—until she starts to have feelings for the first lieutenant who becomes her protector. However, when the captain sends her and Lieutenant Owen Masters on land to spy, she must choose between her love for him or her love for her country.

My thoughts:

I’ve enjoying this series. Each book is written by a different author so some books I enjoy more than others.

This is one enjoyed very much. I haven’t read a book by MaryLu in a long time. I forget how talented she is and how much I loved her stories.

Emaline is a strong character who has to make some tough choices.

Owen is a desirable hero, who is trying to lead a double life.

The reader knows Emaline and Owen’s secret but they don’t know each others secret and I was just waiting for the truth to come out. Chapter after chapter the tension builds as they get buried deeper in their lies.

A wonderful historical romance.

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The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear November 5, 2018

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Thomas Bledsoe and Kate Gruener are traveling the Wilderness Road when conflicts between natives and settlers reach a peak that will require each of them to tap into a well of courage.
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.
Love and Adventure Are Discovered on the Wilderness Road
In 1794, when Kate Gruener’s father is ready to move the family farther west into the wilderness to farm untouched land, Kate is eager to learn and live out her own story of adventure like he did during the War for Independence. She sets her sights on learning more about their guide, Thomas Bledsoe. Thomas’s job is to get settlers safely across the Kentucky Wilderness Road to their destination while keeping an ear open for news of Shawnee unrest. But naïve Kate’s inquisitive nature could put them both in the middle of a rising tide of conflict. Is there more to Thomas’s Shawnee connections than he is willing to tell? Is there an untapped courage in Kate that can thwart a coming disaster?

My thoughts:

I’ve been following this series and enjoying the journey through time and generations. It’s pretty cool to see how our country has changed over the years.

This book takes place as people are moving west. I always enjoy an inside look at this time in our history.

For me I never really connected with this story. My mind was never fully enveloped in this plot and it was very easy for me to walk away. I can’t really explain why, I don’t know. But as always, this is my opinion only and I encourage you to read it for yourself if it sounds interesting to you.

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The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse September 20, 2018

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Faith Jackson and Matthew Weber are both working covertly to aid the Patriot cause. But will they be willing to sacrifice all for their fledgling country?
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

Spies Work Together for the Patriot Cause
Faith Jackson is a wealthy widow, friend of George Washington, and staunch supporter of the Patriot cause. Matthew Weber is friends with both Ben Franklin and his son William, who increasingly differ in their political views; and Matthew finds himself privy to information on both sides of the conflict. When a message needs to get to a spy among the Loyalists, Faith bravely steps up and in turn meets Matthew Weber. Suddenly she believes she could love again. But someone else has his eye on the Faith she portrays in elite social circles. What will Matthew and Faith have to sacrifice for the sake of their fledgling country?

My thoughts:

I am enjoying this series and journey through history as each book progresses and written by a different author.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and Faith and Matthew’s story. I also like George Washington and Ben Franklin being a part of the story. You don’t often see this historical figure as part of a fiction book.

If this time period interests you and like a good romance I recommend this one.

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Holy Sexuality and the Gospel by Christopher Yuan September 12, 2018

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Dr. Christopher Yuan explores the concept of holy sexuality—chastity in singleness or faithfulness in marriage—in a practical and relevant manner, equipping readers with an accessible yet robust theology of sexuality. Whether you want to share Christ with a loved one who identifies as gay or you’re wrestling with questions of identity yourself, this book will help you better understand sexuality in light of God’s grand story and realize that holy sexuality is actually good news for all.

My thoughts:

This was a very insightful book. It didn’t give some of the answers you come to expect on this topic and it really spun my thinking around a bit.

Christopher showed that these desires that people are following are really all about stealing our identity. The enemy wants nothing more then to trick people into believing they are what they feel and instead of they do what they feel. They become what they feel and this isn’t what God intended.

There were many great qoutes in this book here are a few:

“We don’t need to find our identity,; our identity is give by God.” Location 241

“The imago Dei is the only true foundation of human rights” Image of God. Location 370

“Instead of determining how we ought to live based on enduring patterns of erotic desires, God’s call for all humanity, quite simply, is holiness.” Location 783

There is much more to this book then these few quotes but it was very eye-opening. If you find this topic interesting I recommend this book.

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Breaking the Power of Familiar Spirits by Kimberly Daniels July 18, 2018

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From the author that brought you From a Mess to a MiracleClean House, Strong HouseGive It BackPrayers That Bring Change; and Selah

Defeat the Unknown Enemy in Your Home
WHETHER YOU’VE INHERITED THEM, welcomed them, befriended them, or paid homage to them, demonic spirits can become so familiar that you don’t notice they’re there. They operate under cover in our everyday lives, giving the enemy access points into our homes.

The truth is, familiar spirits might be the source of the problems you’ve been facing. Many of the reasons people go through battles in their lives are connected to the dark side. You may never experience any dramatic manifestations of the enemy’s influence, but subtle activity can be just as damaging. These familiar spirits could eventually deter you from becoming all that God wants you to be.

Enough is enough. When it comes to the enemy, it’s time to stop hiding him out and start taking him out. Breaking the Power of Familiar Spirits shines light on the evil influences that sneak in through a back door. Discover how the enemy has taken up residence in your home and caused hindrances and havoc in your life. Come against any mind-binding or mind-blinding spirits that try to control your thinking, and defeat them through the power of God.

My thoughts:

This was very interesting. The author talks about a lot of things that we have come to just accept as life. Things I wasn’t even aware that has a root in the demonic.

Something she talked about really has me thinking and I will be praying about this, but it was generational curses or sin. I know there is stuff from my family. I don’t know if I can identify the specific one but it is something I need to give consideration to as I see things rising up in my children as well.

Here is a quote I highlighted from the book, “Truth that comes from God does not just inform you; it makes you free!”

There were some things that maybe I have become desensitized to but I also don’t want to be looking for an evil spirit around every corner. It almost seemed like we need to denounce everything even if we don’t use it or say it in away that really means anything. I understand the authors point but sometimes I think we can become a bit extreme as well. I might be wrong, I guess I really need to pray about these things and be open to what Holy Spirit is telling me.

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No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert June 15, 2018

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Challenging perceptions of discrimination and prejudice, this emotionally resonant drama for readers of Lisa Wingate and Jodi Picoult explores three different women navigating challenges in a changing school district–and in their lives.

When an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors, the lives of three very different women converge: Camille Gray–the wife of an executive, mother of three, long-standing PTA chairwoman and champion fundraiser–faced with a shocking discovery that threatens to tear her picture-perfect world apart at the seams. Jen Covington, the career nurse whose long, painful journey to motherhood finally resulted in adoption but she is struggling with a happily-ever-after so much harder than she anticipated. Twenty-two-year-old Anaya Jones–the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand new teacher at Crystal Ridge’s top elementary school, unprepared for the powder-keg situation she’s stepped into. Tensions rise within and without, culminating in an unforeseen event that impacts them all. This story explores the implicit biases impacting American society, and asks the ultimate question: What does it mean to be human? Why are we so quick to put labels on each other and categorize people as “this” or “that”, when such complexity exists in each person?

My thoughts:

Katie is an excellent author. If you have never read anything by her I highly recommend you do. She touches on tough topics and dives deep into the heart of humanity.

This newest book is no exception.

There were parts that made me chuckle as I rode in the car with Camille and her sixteen-year-old daughter. I wondered if Katie had been in the car with me and my daughter and that is why she could write the tension so realistically.

But that is not the point of this story. There are so many prejudices we all still carry and this book takes a raw, honest look at that.

These women’s lives are messy, as are ours. I wondered how in the world this could get cleaned up.

I loved this book and couldn’t wait to return to it. I highly recommend it.

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