Stand By Me~Neta Jackson~BookSneeze Review

by adustyframe ~ March 11th, 2012

Another BookSneeze Kindle review for me.

When I first heard about Neta Jackson’s Yada Yada Prayer Group books, I turned up my nose–sorry to say!

The name sounded like it was making fun of prayer (It’s not! The first book explains the meaning of Yada Yada) and the covers featured crazy colored socks. I assumed they were irreverent.

Then I heard an interview on Christian radio and realized that I was missing out! A classic case of judging a book by it’s cover I guess.

I have thoroughly enjoyed Neta’s Yada Yada Prayer Group books and her spin off books featuring a character or two from the original series.

Stand By Me is a spin off book that mostly features Avis this time. Another character is an overzealous college student who ends up driving Avis crazy.

I enjoy Neta’s books because her writing is enjoyable and her characters are believable. But I really like how she shares Scriptures and Biblical principles without sounding overly preachy or “fake”.

From the BookSneeze site–

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 has all but disowned her. Kat’s enthusiasm for her newfound faith tempers the sting of their rejection.

When Kat discovers SouledOut Community Church, she longs to become a part of the multi-cultural church family. But her tendency to say whatever she’s thinking and her eccentric ways step on the toes of nearly everyone she meets—especially Avis Douglass, a woman she admires but who seems distant.

Avis is known for her mature faith and her reliance on listening to God more than people. Married to a kind and successful businessman, she is the principal of one of Chicago’s highest performing elementary schools, and a founding and active 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 all this?

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

**Disclosure~I received a copy of Stand By Me for my Kindle from BookSneeze in order to provide this review.


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