Stand by Me Hardcover – Large Print, Apr 1 2012
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"In Jackson's superlative novel in the new SouledOut Sisters, the plot and characters remain fresh and vibrant, shining spiritual truth from each page." Romantic Times TOP PICK! "Readers will enjoy the antics of Kat and her open-mouth-insertfoot ways, and watching God orchestrate His will in the lives of the people of the SouledOut Community Church." CBA Retailers + Resources --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Neta Jackson’s award-winning Yada books have sold well over 500,000 copies and are spawning prayer groups across the country. She and her husband, Dave, are also an award-winning writing team with over 2.5 million in sales. They live in the Chicago metropolitan area where the Yada storis are set. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Stand By Me is a fabulous book where readers are reunited with favourite characters from past series, particularly with Avis Douglass, while being introduced to new characters like Kathryn Davies. Old or new, I felt the characters were beautifully developed and were a pleasure to get acquainted with again or for the first time. Jackson has tackled some tough issues in this book, such as issues of racism, how to love those who annoy us, and fractured family relationships, and she has done so in a way that both entertains and inspires. As with her prior books, I leave this book challenged in my own faith, in allowing God's spirit to lead me in serving Him, to commit to prayer and living my life sold out for Jesus. I love how Jackson's characters are so utterly real and how their walk with God so truly reflects the struggles and joys so many of us experience in our own journies of faith.
I greatly enjoyed this absorbing read and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and B & B Media group for the purposes of this unbiased review.
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Avis, the main character of this story, has always been poised, polished, and a little too perfect. She has been a part of the Yada Yada Prayer Group since the very beginning. To be honest, I was always intimidated by her character because she always seems to be so put together. This story reveals that no one, no matter how they look on the outside, has it all put together.
The character of Kat was new to this series. She is a young college student with fresh ideas and a deep conviction of rightness. She lacks compassion and needs to tone down her opinions. I had a hard time liking her, but maybe that is because I can relate to her.
What I loved about this book is the realism. The characters struggle with things that I struggle with. They seek God's guidance and the advice of close friends. They are trying to live out their faith in their day-to-day lives. I can totally relate.
Even though this is the first book in the SouledOut Sisters series, it is a continuation of the Yada Yada Prayer Group and Yada Yada House of Hope series. I would admit that reading the other books before reading this book is a good idea. Many characters from previous books make an appearance in this latest book and a few characters have major roles in the plotline.
Thomas Nelson has provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review which I freely give.
And then the last straw is Kat Davies. This young grad student from Cristo University appears with a group of friends at Souled Out Church and immediately gets under Avis' skin. Making matters worse, Kat and her friends are looking to sublet an apartment for the summer in the same building as Avis and Peter.
Many people view mature Christians as having perfect lives. Avis Douglass is the perfect example of someone who is still working out her faith daily. She is a great source of wisdom and strength for others, but still has her own struggles to deal with, and her life is hardly perfect.
I was fascinated with the character of Avis Douglass when we first met her in The Yada Yada Prayer Group. Like me, she has practical advice to offer others, but sometimes has trouble following it herself. I look forward to learning more about her in the future.
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I found myself involved in this book from page one. Which is such a plus , not to have to wait till you get several chapters into a book to start feeling comfortable with it and enjoying it. I could relate to the characters and their lives , as it hit home for me all around.
The book wraps up the ending, but left some openings to fill in the sequel. I absolutely loved this book and the characters in it. I recommend it to anyone, especially those who are Christian women (and if you're struggling with someone who is getting under your skin and annoying you somewhat)
The book will be available on March 13, 2012 and you should go out and get it. You won't be sorry. Rating for this book from me -5 out of 5 Stars!
I haven't read Jackson's Yada Yada Prayer Group novels, so this is the first I've been introduced to Avis Douglass. I liked Avis more than any other character in this book. She's a strong black woman, a strong Christian woman, a devoted wife, and a loving mother and grandmother. Her story was most interesting. What was going on with her daughter? How were things going to turn out with her job? What decision would she and her husband make concerning their - or I should really say his - plans for their future? I kept turning the pages to find out the answers to these questions.
Kathryn `Kat' Davies is a young college student and a Babe in Christ - a Christian who has just begun the spiritual life. Judging by the cover, I thought she and Avis were close friends, but that was not the case. Avis didn't know what to think of Kat and sometimes neither did I. She was kinda out there every now and then. She's a `we are the world' character, which was good, but she had naively optimistic views. She was also flighty and so, so pushy and a bit irritating at times. And the whole dumpster thing? I didn't like it at all.
There are parts of this story that made me feel as if I was reading inspirational and encouraging Bible devotions and I loved that. I could have been bothered by the conversation in the ladies restroom, but I appreciated the author's honesty. I understood how Avis felt after what she'd overheard, but I hoped she'd do her best to get her mind back on Jesus. Jackson did not sugarcoat, but showed how some Christians feel about integration in the church and how two-faced some Christians can be. My thinking is this: Anyone who claims to be a Christian - a believer in Jesus Christ - has to know that GOD IS LOVE and LOVE is not rude, LOVE does not discriminate, and LOVE does not see a person as less than because of skin color.
Stand by Me was a pleasure to read. Jackson writes clever similes and her descriptive sentences helped me to get a good visual of the characters and the atmosphere - I felt as if I was right there. Jackson clearly shows that Christianity does not mean perfection; that although we Christians are saved by grace we're not always so quick to show grace to others. I plan to read the next SouledOut Sisters novel.
stand by me is a quick and easy read. It is the first book in a new series SouledOut Sisters by Neta Jackson but contains several characters from her previous series The Yada Yada House of Hope series. Neta is able to introduce each character and tell each story so that new readers are not lost and old readers are not bored. Each character comes alive with his/her very unique background. Those diverse backgrounds cause much conflict within the book. stand by me will grab your attention even with its pretty predictable twists and turns. If you are looking for a quick, fun, but uplifting read, here you go.
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