Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

Policed by Alana Terry March 23, 2017

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About:

A rogue police officer can ruin a lot more than a perfect evening out.

Kennedy Stern and her best friend Reuben drag themselves away from their grueling studies to enjoy a night off campus, but getting pulled over by a belligerent cop isn’t in either of their plans.

When the police altercation turns violent, the media notes Reuben’s dark skin and labels this instance of police brutality a hate crime. Those Kennedy trusts the most warn her not to get involved, but she owes it to Reuben to pursue justice regardless of the personal cost.

Nothing remains a secret when a frenzied media and an embarrassed police department delve into Kennedy’s and Reuben’s backgrounds. Some truths, unfortunately, grow increasingly more painful the closer they get to the surface.

My thoughts:

This is the third book in this amazing series. I don’t use that term lightly. Every book I have read has captured me and had me on edge until the last page.

This book is rather timely with some of the issues we have faced in the United States over the last few years.

Alana isn’t afraid to deal with tough topics and give you some different perspectives to look at things.

I still really like Kennedy and her journey in her faith. She gets to be part of an amazing prayer from a police officer. It is a prayer like none she has experienced before.

I loved how Alana dealt with that. I know often times I pray and feel so good, at peace. Kennedy felt that too but soon after she falls back into how she felt before. Sometimes I feel guilty that I had this awesome prayer time and the next thing I know I am worried about life again. Kennedy is a character we can all relate too.

Another home run from Alana Terry.

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

 

 

Paralyzed by Alana Terry March 16, 2017

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Kennedy Stern has returned to campus after surviving an abduction, but old scars cut deep. Vivid flashbacks and terrifying dreams paralyze her, threatening to ruin her academic career and any chance she has at peace or happiness. This mental anguish, however, constitutes only a small fraction of her post-traumatic nightmare. A partner in Kennedy’s kidnapping remains at large and will not stop until he has silenced her witness permanently. His violent resolve risks not only her life, but the safety of anyone who tries to help.
Kennedy must engage in a deadly battle of the mind as she struggles to stay alive. While fighting on two fronts — one psychological and one physical — the question isn’t whether she’ll come out of the war stronger in the end.

The question is whether she’ll come out of it at all.

My thoughts:

This is the second book in the Kennedy Stern series and this one is just as intense as the first.

Kennedy is dealing with the after effect of her abduction. She is kind of in denial about what is going on and what she is struggling with. She has this idea (as many Christians do) that if she prayed more or prayed better, or was a better Christian she wouldn’t have these issues. Her feelings mirror what I think a lot of Christians feel. They are under this illusion that they must not be a “good” Christians if they are struggling with anxiety. Which is a lie.

I was totally engaged in this book and what Kennedy was going through and how she might overcome her obstacles. I also enjoyed the other characters in the book, Kennedy’s friends. Her roommate is an interesting person and I feel like I might have roomed with her in college myself 🙂

Overall, another great book.

A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network, Inc. All opinions are my own. 

 

Unplanned by Alana Terry March 6, 2017

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When Kennedy Stern’s childhood pastor asks her to volunteer at his new pregnancy center, she carves time out of her rigorous college schedule to promote the cause of the unborn.

After receiving a disturbing call from someone far too young to carry a child, Kennedy can no longer blindly hide behind the pro-life platitudes she grew up believing. She resolves to locate the unknown girl but winds up entrenched in a mystery that grows more convoluted as it unfolds.

Soon, Kennedy finds herself a pawn in a deadly game of intrigue, at the mercy of those who consider a few innocent lives a small ransom to pay in exchange for personal and political victory.

Alana Terry has won awards from Women of Faith, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Unplanned was a finalist in the Deep River Books writing contest. The ebook version contains discussion questions for personal reflection or group study.

My thoughts:

Wow. I really enjoyed this book. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first started reading but this book is one that honestly got better and better with each chapter.

The stakes were raised constantly and Kennedy’s involvement in one young girls life got more in-depth. I had my suspicions about things early on, but I was a bit off.

Kennedy’s struggle with her faith and what she has always known is something we can all relate to at one time or another in our lives. I could relate to her thoughts of what is means to be a “good Christian”.  All the should do’s that we, many times, believe.

I have all the books in this series and I can’t wait to dive into them and see Kennedy’s journey unfold.

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A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network, Inc. All opinions are my own. 

 

Cosmic Initiative by Jack R. Taylor February 15, 2017

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ABOUT THE BOOK (272 pages):

Jesus never said “Seek first” about any pursuit or purpose except the kingdom of God.

But the church has essentially abandoned this central message, so that kingdom realities have become lost to us. Our neglect has been costly, because God’s kingdom on earth—His cosmic initiative—has the authority and power to revolutionize our culture. This transformation occurs first within us and then around us, igniting the world with forgiveness, healings, miracles, righteousness, and peace.

The reason most people today do not seek the kingdom is that they have not seen it. Once they truly see it, they seek and follow the remarkable vision they have glimpsed. This is because discovering the kingdom is not just information but an adventure in revelation and transformation.

Well-known speaker and kingdom-seeker Jack Taylor invites us to be reintroduced to the kingdom of God and to experience the recovery of the kingdom gospel—leading to kingdom power, kingdom love, and the greatest kingdom harvest the world has ever seen.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jack R. Taylor
is a name that has become synonymous with the Spirit-filled life and the message of the Kingdom of God. After almost seventeen years as pastor of the Castle Hills First Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas, where God moved in revival to usher into the Kingdom over 2000 people in eighteen months, he has pursued an itinerant ministry which has lasted nearly 40 years. Jack Taylor preaches the Kingdom of heaven around the world through his books, recorded messages and speaking engagements. He is president of Dimensions Ministries and the spiritual father to hundreds connected to him through Sonslink, a ministry committed to modeling the Father/Son paradigm. He lives with his wife, Friede, near Melbourne, Florida and is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He received an honorary Doctorate in 2011 from St. Thomas Christian College of Jacksonville, Florida.

My thoughts:

I completely agree with everything in this book. It has a great Kingdom message, one we really need to be aware of. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in now, what is in your face and forget that there is so much more going on around us.

Jack outlines everything very well, starting from the beginning and what God’s plan was and how it got all messed up. I know I often forget about forget about the bigger picture and there are so many more things at play then what my eye can see.

With all of the being said, I had a lot of trouble staying focused as I read, it just didn’t pull me in and keep me there. Even though it is a great message, for me the delivery didn’t hold my attention like I wanted (or needed) it to. Of course, that could just be me and someone else will totally get pulled in.

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A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network, Inc. All opinions are my own. 

 

Just A Little Girl by Victoria Sarvadi January 19, 2017

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ABOUT THE BOOK (300 pages):

When eighteen-year- old Victoria dies in the ICU and encounters an angel that gives her aprophetic mandate from God, her insatiable quest for spiritual enlightenment begins. As compelling as any contemporary novel, this dramatic and inspiring true story is a roller-coaster ride through supernatural experience, denominational enlightenment, and a teenage marriage that not only survives the loss of a child but thrives through unbeatable odds. Shining a fresh light on the theology of a Jewish Jesus, the author deftly weaves the history of the Christian faith from its genesis of the first century to the present-day Greco-Roman Christianity―all the while giving us an up close and personal glimpse of an extraordinary life.
A devoted wife, mother of six, and grandmother of nineteen, Victoria refuses to succumb to age and limitations. Far from Just a Little Girl, Victoria Sarvadi’s unconventional journey from teenage motherhood to Hebraic scholar and teacher will captivate and consume you from start to finish.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Victoria Sarvadireceived her Th.M. and Th.D. in 2005 from the former Center for the Study of Biblical Research in Glendora, California, accredited at the time by the University of the State of California. A certified minister in the Hebraic Christian Global Community since 2000, she is a frequent contributor to Restore! Magazine, a publication of the HCGC. She has been a speaker for conferences, congregations, women’s ministry groups, Bible studies, and at the Vision for Israel Sukkot Conferences in Jerusalem, Israel. As a featured guest on national and international radio and television programs, her appearances on both the Crossover Program and Brad TV have been seen worldwide.

My thoughts:

This is a very powerful book. I loved reading about Victoria’s journey and what a journey it is.

I appreciate she can now see how God used everything, even the painful stuff, for good. Her story is a Genesis 5020 story.

What I also loved what that even after she met her angel she didn’t have an immediate transformation. God still had more work to do in her heart. Her and her husband wanted more they just didn’t know how to get there. They would have success then failure, success then failure.

Victoria’s perspective of speaking in tongues was one I could relate to. She didn’t want anything “weird” to happen with Jesus but she wanted more. I remember thinking speaking in tongues was for “those” Christians but not for me. But God placed a hunger in me and opened me up to all that the Holy Spirit could do. Victoria was at that point and her heart changed toward things of the Spirit and it wasn’t so weird anymore.

I LOVED this sentence she wrote on page 112: “But the question is not how much of the Holy Spirit do you have but rather how much of you have you allowed to be governed by His Spirit?” That is good stuff and such a great question.

Some many good things I could talk about in this book but I don’t want to go on and on. This is a non-fiction book that I highly recommend.

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A copy of this book was given to me though The Book Club Network, Inc. All opinions are my own. 

 

Godrunner: Your Place in God’s Big Story by Will Hart January 4, 2017

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Will Hart has already lived this book. He’s been in hot pursuit of God since he was a teenager And whether conducting crusades and conferences, ministering on the streets, praying for schoolchildren, preaching to young adults, or disrupting demonic strongholds, Will Hart is “the donkey God rides in on” and his collection of miracle stories keeps growing.Now he wants to share his pursuit with the rest of us. Will’s message is straightforward: anyone can be used by God in remarkable ways, if they will only jump out of their comfort zones, dream His best for their lives, and run like the wind with the individualized anointing that His Spirit sends.In short, if they will only pursue the Pursuer and find their place in His big story.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Will Hart takes the simplicity of the gospel and power of the Holy Spirit wherever he goes. Whether it is the jungles of Congo, the streets of Thailand, or a conference in the US, he is expectant and confident in the Holy Spirit showing up in power. Will traveled for three years with Randy Clark, working closely with Clark’s ministry, Global Awakening. He and his wife, Musy, then moved to Mozambique to minister with Rolland and Heidi Baker. He currently serves as COO of the Bakers’ ministry, IRIS Global. He and Musy live with their three children in Glendale, California.

My thoughts:

I needed this book. It has awoken something in me that has fallen asleep. This book was a deep reminder of God’s great love and power that live in me and how I can change the atmosphere around me through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Will shares some crazy stories but I have to believe they are true. He shares things that I have not seen yet but I know I can see.

I really appreciated how Will shared about even low times in his life when he didn’t feel like he was doing anything for God and how he eventually surrendered himself and God did some amazing things.

If you are looking for a wake-up call in your spirit I think this book will do it.

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A copy of this book was given to me though The Book Club Network, Inc. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

After September by Stephanie Smith December 26, 2016

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

From the outside, Rose Davis had the perfect life: a long marriage to a successful politician, two grown children away at college, and respect within her community. When she suddenly finds herself divorced, she turns her back on God. In an effort to reclaim her life and pride, she spends the summer in the Caribbean. Her plan does not include meeting Patrick, the charismatic local doctor with a tragic past who ignites a passion both unexpected and thrilling.
As she begins to open up to love, doubt and fear creep in. Once again she finds herself broken hearted, left on her own to pick up the pieces. It’s only when she experiences the unmistakable love and grace from the very One she turned away from that Rose realizes what she needed most was there waiting for her all along.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Stephanie’s love of the written word began long before she could read. As a child she would hold a newspaper in hand and move her fingers along the page, pretending to read along. By the time she was a teenager, she dreamed of writing stories that would touch people’s lives, much like hers had been by so many authors. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and enjoys listening to Christian rock music while she writes, spending time with her family, watching British television, or reading YA fantasy novels.

My thoughts:

First, don’t you just love the cover? So peaceful. It makes me want to go there. It reminds me of my favorite place, Mackinac Island.

The opening scene is a great one and sets the tone for Roses struggles. I love her determination to get a fresh start and where she chooses to do so (Saint Croix) is a beautiful setting.

I enjoyed Roses journey back to her faith even though when we begin it is very weak, and for good reason her world has been shaken and unfortunately gets shaken again while on the island.

With all that being said I have to be honest and I always feel bad when I check other reviews and it looks like I’m the only one that had any issues, but it’s my opinion and you can take it or leave it 🙂

Part of my problem when I read a book is not only do I read books as I reader but I also read them as a writer. There were many things as I writer I struggled with. For example I felt there was a lot of telling me how someone felt or the point of view character making an assumption about how someone said something (ex. matter-of-factly) instead of showing me how they felt by a facial expression, or a drop in their tone of voice. I never got a deep emotion for the characters because I felt I was told too much.

There was dialogue that seemed forced and didn’t make much sense to me at times, I found myself rereading things to put it together.

I don’t want to belabor the point because obviously if you look at other reviews people really enjoyed the book. As always this is my opinion only and if the book sounds interesting to you I would encourage you to form your own opinion.

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A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network Inc. All opinions are my own.