Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

I Have a Story Published and it’s Free June 30, 2014

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SF Front Cover_96_lgToday am I very excited to share with you a book that I have contributed to. If you remember last year I was part of a book called Sweet Freedom. You can read the interview with myself about the book here. Well, I’ve gotten together with some authors again and Jennifer Slattery once again compiled all of our stories and devotions into this beautiful book about freedom.

I hope each and every one of you will get this book and  share with everyone you know. It is free all week starting today and ending July 4th on Amazon, after the 4th is it only $0.99. If you don’t have a Kindle I would be happy to send you a PDF copy so you can read the book on a different device.

It will be out in print eventually, at a very low price.

If you would like a copy for your Kindle click here. If you would like a PDF copy just leave a comment and I will email it to you.

About my story in the book:

If you read the first Sweet Freedom (click here to check it out) then you will be familiar with the characters in my story in the second Sweet Freedom book. Julie, Kari, and Ryan are back. I don’t want to tell you too much but Julie is struggling with her self-worth, hence the name of the story is Worthy. She thinks she isn’t worthy of Ryan’s love, that she will mess up this relationship like she did with her ex-husband.

I can very much relate to Julie. She returns to her chains and even picks them up for a bit. I have been there, have you? I think many of us have. I think many of us feel we aren’t worthy of Christ’s love and question why He would ever want someone as messed up as us. But that’s the beauty of Christ, He does want us, messes and all. He alone can set us free.

I hope you will visit Julie again and be reminded of the sweet freedom that Christ offers each and every one of us no matter how many times we return to our chains.

About the book:

For some, the fourth of July is a celebration of freedom; for others it is a reminder of bondage. Of pain. Of fear. Of hopelessness. But there is a hope that is deeper, a love that is truer, and a freedom that no one can ever snatch away. 

How can one take a step toward that freedom when the road appears shrouded with insecurities and doubts? These pages contain numerous stories: a woman longing to start again but bound by the failures of her past; a young man who, upon reaching adulthood, must face his fears of death; a woman offered a chance of true love but held back by crippling insecurities. 

Is God even there? Does He care…enough to reach down and pull these men and women from the messes they’ve landed in, some of them by their own hand? 

Freedom. Peace-saturated, joy-infusing freedom. 

We pray our stories demonstrate what it looks like in the day-to-day…and provide a little insight into how one grabs hold of that treasured state of heart and mind.

Remember the book is free on Amazon all week long. Click here. If you want a PDF copy just leave me a comment and I will send it to you. Thanks for your support, it means so much. I hope you will be blessed by all the stories in this book.



Write to the Point with Melissa Finnegan — Update July 31, 2013

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SweetFreedomCoverNo author for you today, besides me.

I just wanted to let you know that the book I contributed to, Sweet Freedom, is now out in paperback. If you missed the post talking about that book you can click here.

If you would like to purchase the book for your Kindle click here.

If you would like to  purchase a paperback copy click here.

I can still send you the PDF for free. Just leave a comment letting me know you would like it and I will send it to your email address.

Hope you’re all enjoying your summer. It’s going way too fast for this teacher 🙂


Write to the Point with Melissa Finnegan July 3, 2013

Well, if you  haven’t figured out by now that I am a bit crazy this interview ought to do it. Today I am interviewing myself as I have a book out….sort of. I contributed to a book that is out. But you can read all about it below and then grab a free copy of it for yourself. Enjoy!

SweetFreedomCoverWhat is the name of the book you contributed to?

Sweet Freedom with a Slice of Peach Cobbler, it’s compiled by Jennifer Slattery.

What is the book about?

Here’s the back cover blurb:

In these pages you will read stories of people held in bondage by fears, bitterness, and deep emotional wounds, set free by their loving, compassionate, all powerful Savior. The same Savior that longs to free you. For when the Son sets you free, you are free indeed. 
This Fourth of July, may you grab hold of the freedom that penetrates to your very core. A freedom only Christ can give you.
Basically in this book you will find fiction and non-fiction stories of people being healed, set free and coming alive in Christ. This book will bless your socks off 🙂
How did you get to become part of this book?
Short answer: God
Slightly longer answer: I have no idea.
The real answer: I really have no idea, it was God.
Right around Christimas I got an email from Jennifer Slattery asking me if I would be interested in contributing to a book for Christimas 2013 and possibly July 4th this year. I thought, “Hm, why would Jennifer ask me to do this? I only had a small interaction with her when I featured a couple of authors she worked with on my blog. But why would she ask me? There are ‘real’ authors in this email. She must have accidently added my address.”
Seriously, this is what I thought. There was no way she meant to ask me to join this group of “real” authors. But I emailed her back and basically said, “If you really meant to email me then I would love to do this.”
She emailed me back and said that my name was no accident.
I still have no idea what made her think of me, so I have to attribute it all to God.
What did you contribute to the book?
I wrote a short story called “Burned” and a devotion following a true story by another writer. Kelly’s story is truly inspirational as she shares all God has delivered her from, not only spiritually but physically as well. My devotion is called “Delivered.”
Have you written a lot of short stories before?
None, so I wasn’t sure how this would turn out. But I was pretty pleased with the final outcome.
How did you come up with the idea for your story?
I really struggled to come up with a story idea to tie into the fourth of July. But one day I was teaching one of my second grade music classes and we were studying Music for the Royal Fireworks by Handel. You can hear the music here. 
As I thought about the music I started to create a character who played an instrument in the orchestra who was struggling to overcome a hurt in her life and through the music God would set her free.
The story developed from there and I realized Julie, my main character, had been burned in more ways then one in her life and both times occurred on the fourth of July. She has to learn to trust and love again.
It was fun writing about a character who loves music, since I am music person. I was able to combine writing and music. I want to do that more often.
What do you want your readers to take away at the end of the story?
I hope the reader will see that it is only in loving others and allowing others to love us can we fully embrace the love Christ has lavished on us.
How can we get our hands on this book?
Two ways. You can leave a comment and I will send you the PDF or if you own a kindle you can download it from Amazon for free for the next few days after that it will only be $o.99. Click here to download to kindle.
Will it be available in paperback?
Yes, it will, but not yet. I will let you know when that happens.
Anything else you would like to add?
I am very excited to see what God wants to do with this book. I hope you all will get a copy and let us know what you think. I know all the contributors are blessed to be a part of this book.
Sweet Freedom is just another example of God’s Genesis 5020 in my life. I would not have been a part of this amazing group of ladies if not for what the enemy meant to use to harm me.
Again, if you want a copy (and I hope every single one of you do) I can email you a PDF, just leave a comment letting me know you want one, or click here to download on your kindle.
Thanks for indulging me today. I do hope you will be blessed by this book and have a wonderful 4th of July.