Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Stand By Me

I was first introduced to Neta Jackson's book through her Yada Yada series - which were fantastic and I really liked them. Stand By Me is a stand-alone series, but it involves the Yada Yada prayer group from her previous series. I got to read about all my old friends again!
Just in general, the one thing I love about Neta's books is how real they are. Some books just feel like one of those fake sermons that really have nothing to do with real life, but Neta's books are always real life, in your face. And I always feel refreshed after reading one of her books!

As far as Stand By Me goes; I was with Avis on this one: Kat drove me bananas! Which is fantastic because it means Neta Jackson did her job! Kat was very in-your-face and annoying and a little too "high and mighty" for my taste, but Avis and I came around by the end. LOL I loved that Avis had to spend a lot of time learning to look beyond the package to see what was inside of Kat. And Kat, I'm gonna keep reading this series because I can't wait to see what happens next with her. To see how she grows. This is a great series that I'm gonna keep up with!

"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."

I received this book in exchange for my honest review!


Odie Langley said...

Another great report Ali.