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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Stand By Me

If you thought Netta Jackson’s “Yada Yada Prayer Group” books were a hit, watch out for her new “SouledOut Sisters” novels!

Stand By Me is Book One in this new series, and it was fantastic!  I wish I would’ve had the time to sit and read it all in one sitting. This book has a great variety of characters, humor and heartwarming moments.  I was sad when I came to the end, and cannot wait to read Book Two.

This book focuses on the congregation of SouledOut Community Church, a multi-cultural church in an urban area.  The congregation is an interesting blend of ethnic groups, backgrounds and socio-economic groups.  

When four white college kids, spending their summer in Chicago decide to attend the church, the mix gets even more interesting as they try to “help out” and end up stepping on toes all over the place!   They have a lot of zeal and passion, but lack experience and wisdom and the results are humorous and eye opening.

They test the patience and grace of even the most mature saints in this fellowship and everyone ends up learning a huge lesson from this blending of backgrounds.

I loved this book and highly recommend it if you are looking for something fresh and light hearted to read.

Book Description

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 of Material Connection:
I received this book free from BookSneeze.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


Suzanne said...

I quit reading the Yada Yada series when the author started adding mild obsceneties to the books. Is this one a clean read?

Cafe Lily Book Reviews said...

This was a very clean read - no obscentities (that I noticed).

I never read the other Yada Yada books but this one was excellent.