Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

Review and Giveaway: Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar July 10, 2017

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Purple. The foundation of an influential trade in a Roman world dominated by men. One woman rises up to take the reins of success in an incredible journey of courage, grit, and friendship. And along the way, she changes the world.

But before she was Lydia, the seller of purple, she was simply a merchant’s daughter who loved three things: her father, her ancestral home, and making dye. Then unbearable betrayal robs her of nearly everything.

With only her father’s secret formulas left, Lydia flees to Philippi and struggles to establish her business on her own. Determination and serendipitous acquaintances―along with her father’s precious dye―help her become one of the city’s preeminent merchants. But fear lingers in every shadow, until Lydia meets the apostle Paul and hears his message of hope, becoming his first European convert.

Still, Lydia can’t outrun her secrets forever, and when past and present collide, she must either stand firm and trust in her fledgling faith or succumb to the fear that has ruled her life.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Oh. My. This book is amazing!!! I haven’t read a book that has touched me spiritually in a long time. And this fiction book managed to do that.

This was a book that drew me in and didn’t let go and I didn’t want it to let me go even when I reached the last page.

I had to keep reminding myself that Lydia had no belief in God at the beginning. She was so kind through the whole book but she had no faith.

Paul doesn’t show up in the book for a long time but when he does he is brought to life in a way I have never felt before.

I also loved how characters from the previous book  that Tessa wrote (Land of Silence) were brought into this one, and the realization hat Lydia made an appearance in that book and I didn’t even know it.

I really can’t say enough about this book. It is deeply touching, it will remind you of the freshness of the gospel and how we need to always keep that in the forefront of our minds.

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Leave a comment by July 17th for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Deep Extractions by DiAnn Mills May 30, 2017

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A SUSPICIOUS DEATH, A SECRET PLOT, A BUDDING ROMANCE. A pacemaker should have saved oil and gas magnate Nathan Moore’s life. Instead, it provided his killer with a perfect means of execution. Special Agent Tori Templeton teams up with US Marshall Cole Jeffers to investigate Nathan’s murder and whether it’s connected to a recent bombing at one of Nathan’s oil rigs. The closer they get to finding the killer, and to each other, the more intent someone is in silencing them for good.

My thoughts:

DiAnn Mills is great at coming up with plots and characters that are very interesting. This one opens with a scene that will definitely grab you.

I loved how faith and questioning faith was woven into this book. Tori really questions whether there is any validity to Christianity, I like it when I character is real with their struggle.

I also liked the question of who was behind the murder. Things didn’t add up and there was so many possibilities that my mind kept going back and forth, never sure.

Although I found the plot interesting there was a lot in the book I did struggle with. Some things didn’t make sense and the reasoning behind the characters actions didn’t always add up for me. Some of the dialogue felt really strange, I think because it was sometimes scattered, more like real life but reading real life dialogue isn’t easy to do and made me confused and had me rereading somethings over again.

But, aside from some of the chunkiness of thoughts and dialogue it was a very entertaining read.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Watch: Wide-Awake Faith in a World Fast Asleep by Rick James January 25, 2017

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To be asleep is to be oblivious to being oblivious. The danger of sleep is the danger of carbon monoxide: it’s colorless and odorless, and you’re anesthetized before you know it—before you ever hit the floor. And for the follower of Jesus, it’s just as dangerous—because the Christian who is “asleep” is spiritually unreceptive. If anything will be our undoing, sleep will.

In this thoughtful, engaging, challenging book, Rick James dives deep into the New Testament’s teachings on spiritual wakefulness, calling Christ-followers to defy the darkness and remain awake as they await Christ’s return. Because being awake—continually in prayer, watchful for God’s will, expectant of open doors, cautious of sin, desiring to serve, eager to repent, continuously giving thanks, willing to witness, embracing of humility, overflowing with kindness, persevering in obedience—changes everything.

My thoughts:

I loved the description of this book because I couldn’t agree more that our world, particularly our Christian world, is asleep in their faith and we need to live wide away.

This book did approach the subject a bit differently then I anticipated but it was still very well written. I loved James’ tone as writer. He is taking on a very heavy subject but he manages to keep a light, and even fun, tone throughout.

He shares personal stories, which always draws me in and also shares his thoughts and ties them into scripture. This is a very powerful read and with some great thoughts and insights that will challenge you and your faith.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar April 18, 2016

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Before Christ called her daughter . . .

Before she stole healing by touching the hem of his garment . . .

Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt. After her only brother is killed while in her care, Elianna tries to earn forgiveness by working for her father’s textile trade and caring for her family. When another tragedy places Elianna in sole charge of the business, her talent for design brings enormous success, but never the absolution she longs for. As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal to the only man she will ever love. Then illness strikes, isolating Elianna from everyone, stripping everything she has left.

No physician can cure her. No end is in sight. Until she hears whispers of a man whose mere touch can heal. After so many years of suffering and disappointment, is it possible that one man could redeem the wounds of body . . . and soul?

My thoughts:

Tessa is a wonderful author. She brings something special to Biblical fiction and the same is true with her newest release.

Have you ever wondered about the story of the woman the reached out to touch Jesus’ robe? I have. I always loved her faith. Now Tessa brings this woman to life for us and gives her a story. It is a story full of heartache and wounds. Wounds only Jesus can heal.

I think what kept this story moving along for me was the fact that you knew Elianna was going to meet Jesus. I couldn’t wait for that to happen.

This story is also about not being defined by your past and letting go of things and accepting love from others.

This is a beautiful story that I am sure anyone who enjoys Biblical fiction will love.

Visit Tessa here.

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Leave a comment by April 25th for you chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (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. 

 

The First Hostage by Joel C. Rosenberg January 25, 2016

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“The president of the United States . . . is missing.”

With these words, New York Times journalist J. B. Collins, reporting from the scene of a devastating attack by ISIS terrorists in Amman, Jordan, puts the entire world on high alert. The leaders of Israel and Palestine are critically injured, Jordan’s king is fighting for his life, and the U.S. president is missing and presumed captured.

As the U.S. government faces a constitutional crisis and Jordan battles for its very existence, Collins must do his best to keep the world informed while working to convince the FBI that his stories are not responsible for the terror attack on the Jordanian capital. And ISIS still has chemical weapons . . .

Struggling to clear his name, Collins and the Secret Service try frantically to locate and rescue the leader of the free world before ISIS’s threats become a catastrophic reality.

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I really have mixed emotions about this book.

It is definitely intense from the first page and doesn’t give you a change to come up for air. One thing after another keeps happening and you wonder who you can trust and what will happen next.

I had a bit an issue with the writing style, I had trouble connecting with the character and I wonder if it was due to style of writing.

But, this is a book that will give you a lot to think about in light of the events in our world and will make you wonder what if this stuff really happened, it’s certainly possible.

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

 

Deadlock by DiAnn Mills October 1, 2015

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Two murders have rocked the city of Houston. Are they the work of a serial killer, or is a copycat trying to get away with murder?

That is the question facing Special Agent Bethany Sanchez, who is eager for her new assignment in violent crimes but anxious about meeting her new partner. Special Agent Thatcher Graves once arrested her brother, and he has a reputation for being a maverick. Plus, their investigative styles couldn’t be more opposite: he operates on instinct, while she goes by the book.

When hot leads soon fizzle out, their differences threaten to leave them deadlocked. But an attempt on their lives turns up the heat and brings them closer together, and a third victim might yield the clue that will help them zero in on a killer. This could be the case of their careers . . . if they can survive long enough to solve it.

My thoughts:

DiAnn Mill’s never fails at writing a page turner. This book is definitely that.

From the beginning I had my suspicions about who could be involved in the murders but there are some surprises at the end that I didn’t see coming.

So many layers to this story that will all get revealed at the end.

I loved both of the main characters. Bethany likes to play by the rules but she starts to see the benefits of thinking outside the box thanks to her partner, Thatcher.

He is a multi-layered character that makes him very interesting. He is fresh in his faith and trying to shake the image that Bethany has of him.

A theme prevalent in this book is family. Sometimes our families are in turmoil but when it boils down to it they are still our family and we still love them.

Overall, I wonderful read that will keep you up at night.

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

 

 

Review and Giveaway: The Song by Chris Fabry January 1, 2015

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Jed King’s life has been shaped by the songs and mistakes of his famous father. He wants to sing his own song, but the words and melody are elusive. Haunted by the scars inflicted by his broken family, Jed’s dreams of a successful music career seem out of reach . . . until he meets Rose.

As romance quickly blooms, Jed pens a new song and suddenly finds himself catapulted into stardom. But with this life of fame comes temptation, the same temptation that lured his father so many years ago.

Set in the fertile mid-South, this quest for success leads Jed and Rose on a journey that will force them to deal with the pain of loss, failure, and the desire to be who God created them to be.

Lyrical and deeply honest, The Song asks the hard questions of love and forgiveness. When even the wisest of men are fools in love, can true love persevere?

My thoughts and giveaway:

I saw the trailer for the movie before I even knew there was a book releasing and I wanted to see it. So when I saw the book up for review I grabbed the chance to read it (I haven’t seen the movie yet).

This is a powerful story based on King Solomon and the scriptures he penned. I love how the author wove scripture into the book and even into some of the lyrics to Jed’s songs.

Jed and Rose find each other and have an instant connection. Jed knows there will be more than one date and he is right. Rose is the girl he has been longing for. Someone strong in her faith and not willing to compromise.

Jed rises to stardom and you can see the signs that I have seen in my own marriage (not due to stardom but due to past wounds) and in many other marriages that trouble is ahead. Their tight bond is coming unraveled.

With the introduction of Shelby Bales comes the introduction of the enemy into this already rocky marriage. Shelby has come to devour and destroy. She is selfish and wants what she wants.

This is what our enemy, Satan, does. He looks for our weaknesses and then plays on them. He knows how to play the game much better then we do. He looks for the cracks in our lives and sneaks in before we even realize he has invaded our thoughts and before we know it we are acting in a way that is a part from God.

I have been there and it’s not a fun place to be, of course the enemy makes it look and once he has where he wants us he makes us miserable.

This is what happens to Jed King. But, you’ll have to read the book for yourself to see how that all plays out.

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