Sometimes the person you most need is the one least like you.
Kathryn Davies is a bright young woman form 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.
About The Author:
Neta Jackson's award-winning Yada books have sold more than 400,000 copies and are spawning prayer groups across the country. She and her husband, Dave, are also an award-winning writing team, best known for the Trailblazer Books—a 40-volume series of historical fiction about great Christian heroes with 1.5 million in sales—and Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes (vols 1-4). They live in the Chicago metropolitan area, where the Yada stories are set.
Neta Jackson has been one of my favorite authors of Christian Chick-lit for a number of years, since the very first Yada Yada novel was released. I have read both the Yada Yada and House of Hope Series' and loved them. When I found out she was coming out with a new series, I was excited. And it did not disappoint!
If you have read any of Jackson's previous work, you will be excited to see Avis Douglass return in Stand By Me. As well, there are a few other secondary characters from previous books, but I loved the new characters, like Kat, who were introduced in Stand By Me. All the characters in the book possess real-life qualities and could represent any of the readers of this great book. The life experiences they have are all ones that we could have, and themes such as drug abuse, HIV, race, religion, college life and more are mentioned throughout the book.
Stand By Me is very well-written, easy to read and flows nicely. The ending is such that a sequel is definitely needed but knowing this is a first book of a series made the ending make sense. I look forward to reading the rest of this series, and seeing where Jackson takes all the characters.
After checking out the author's website, I was pleased to find out that her husband has written two books that relate to the Yada Yada books, but from the male perspective. I am now adding those to my to-be-read list for sure.
If you are a fan of Neta Jackson, and Chick-Lit in general, you will enjoy Stand By Me!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase Stand By Me at your favorite bookseller, from Thomas Nelson
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of The B and B Media Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***