Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Peter’s Perfect Prayer Place by Stephan Kendrick and Alex Kendrick August 11, 2015

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Can you help Peter find the perfect place to pray?

Peter is used to seeing his mom pray in her special prayer room, and now you can help him search for his own place to pray—Peter’s perfect prayer place. Is it under his bed? Up in his treehouse? Between the pots and pans? Where can God hear him best? There’s lots of fun as Peter looks and looks, but in the end, he learns that although it’s great to have a special place to be alone with God and pray, God hears you no matter where you are—under, up, or in between!

This companion book to the movie War Room will teach young readers an important lesson about talking to God. And the fold-out prayer chart and stickers in the back of the book will let them track their prayers as well as God’s answers!

My thoughts:

This is a sweet book for your youngest little prayer warrior. The rhyming cadence of the prose makes this a catchy, fun read.

This book gives a good lesson that although you can draw away and pray you can also pray anywhere and anyway you want. The greatest thing is that our kids have the desire to prayer.

There was a little surprise at the end for the kids (or you) to write down things they are praying for on a big poster they could hang up in their room. And what child doesn’t love stickers? This book includes stickers your child can use to mark off when they prayer.

I love the idea of this book. My son, who is nine, felt it was a bit young for him but he thought it was nice. So I would recommend this book for preschool and early elementary age children.

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

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


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

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the war room


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,, 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 (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.


Gold Diggers July 25, 2014

goldI was praying about an individual in my life the other day and God gave me a visual about finding the treasure, the gold,  in that person. I want to share it with you because maybe there is someone in your life who you’re struggling to find the gold in, that you are about ready give up on. Hope this blesses you.

Like panning for gold you have to shift through the muck and mire to find the treasure. It takes a keen eye and a lot of time, it will be back-breaking work, you will get tired, you will want to give up. Don’t. It is there we just need to keep looking. It will be found. 

You have to go lower to find the gold, you have to dig under pieces of broken rock, dirt, mud. Gold isn’t easily found, it must be sought after, it must be specifically looked for, you will not accidentally find it. You have to look for the gold only, look past the dirt and look for the stuff that sparkles. When it catches the light of the sun (Son) you will know you have found the treasure.

I also heard this amazing song and wanted to share it with you. Take a minute to worship the One that hears your prayers and is moving even if you can’t see it right now, He hears your heart and loves you too much not to listen to you and do what is best for you. Click here.




Praying for Boys by Brooke McGlothlin January 20, 2014

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Praying for Boys

Asking God For The Things They Need Most


Brooke McGlothlin

About (from the publishers website):

What Are Your Biggest Concerns for Your Son?

Instead of trying harder to change your boy’s behavior or worrying about his future, enjoy the peace that comes when you pray specific prayers for him straight from the Bible. This encouraging book helps you target your prayers on what your son needs most–from patience and self-control to having a pure heart and making wise decisions.
Today you can start giving whatever concerns you have to God and
– learn to fight for your son’s heart in prayer
– look at raising boys as a gift
– see how even quick prayers make a difference
– understand boys’ deepest struggles, no matter their age
– rest in knowing that God is the only One who can change your son’s heart

Written for moms but great for dads (and grandparents) too, this easy-to-use book is filled with uplifting stories and biblical wisdom that will equip you on your journey to raising a godly man.

Includes a 21-Day Prayer Guide for Small Groups, in Person or Online!

My thoughts:

I loved this book. From the first paragraph I knew Brooke was a mom who gets me. Who isn’t perfect but is doing her best to raise Godly men, which is what all of us moms want, right?

I really like the way to book was set up. It starts with a few chapters that talk about how this book came to be and how to use it. After that it is followed by very short chapters with ten prayers, that come directly from scripture, for you to pray over your boys.

I’ll be honest, I used this book for my whole family. I prayed it over my son, my daughter, my husband and me. It’s so powerful to put your child’s name in verse and pray over them.

It’s your choice how you want to use the book. I am choosing to pray one verse over my child for a couple of days and then move onto the next. But you can customize it to your liking.

If you struggle with exactly what to pray for your boy this book is a great starting point.

Visit the Praying for Boys Website here.

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

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