Monday, April 02, 2012

Stand By Me-Souled Out Sisters novel

Stand by Me
by Neta Jackson


Sometimes the person you most need is the one least like you.

Kathryn Davies is a bright young woman from a prominent Phoenix family. But after making a leap of faith at a Christian music fest, dropping out of med school, and moving to inner city Chicago, her family all but disowns her.

When Kat discovers SouledOut Community Church, she longs to become a part of the multicultural church family. But her tendency to immediately say whatever she’s thinking steps on the toes of nearly everyone she meets—especially Avis Douglass.

Avis has a strong faith, is the principal of one of Chicago’s highest performing elementary schools, and is a founding member of SouledOut. But the country’s economic downturn has thrown both her and her husband’s jobs in question. And Avis hasn’t heard from her youngest daughter in months—an estrangement that gnaws at her every day. Where is God in this?

Kat’s flamboyant zeal for living a “radical” Christian life is a stark contrast to Avis’s more reserved faith. But in God’s timing, the two women discover they need each other in ways neither of them expected.

My Opinion

I felt like a little kid in a candy store or a like it was Christmas morning when I saw this book up for review on BookSneeze.  I don't know when I've been more excited to discover a book, I read all the Yada Yada series including the House of Hope and the Yada Yada Brothers series.  Neta Jackson's book speak to me and I ALWAYS get something out of them spiritually as well as an enjoyable read. Neta didn't let me down this time either, I was so titillated to have all the Yada Yada ladies back in the book that I just couldn't put it down.  This one was about Avis, we knew a little background about her from the previous books but it was great to get inside of her mind and see what she was thinking, feeling and going through in her new marriage. 
This book resonated with me and spoke to me on so many different levels.  At one point I was laughing so hard and then all of the sudden I was crying.  The next minute I was asking God to forgive me for my selfishness in a similar situation with a young girl that I know God is calling me to mentor.  WOW, this book was sent directly from God to me and I heard him!  You are consistently reminded that other have struggles too and that we should pray in all circumstances.  Such an easy concept but one that is often overlooked and forgotten.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and would even give it more if I could!
More about Yada Yada
 You don't have to start with the Yada Yada series this book will stand on its own BUT once you finish it I'd recommend starting with the Yada Yada Prayer Group, it starts you from the very beginning with Jodi Baxter.  I know I'm probably gushing but this is my absolute favorite series of all time!  I'm a huge Neta and Dave Jackson fan.  We use a lot of their children's books in our home school curriculum and my kids LOVE them.  I wish we could afford to purchase the whole Trailblazer series they are fantastic too!

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