- Taschenbuch: 442 Seiten
- Verlag: Nelson/Word Pub Group (1. Mai 2007)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1595544224
- ISBN-13: 978-1595544223
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,3 x 10,7 x 3 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 560.556 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Yada Yada Prayer Group, Book 1 (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Mai 2007
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Neta Jackson's award-winning Yada books have sold more than 800,000 copies and are spawning prayer groups across the country. Neta and her husband, Dave, are an award-winning writing team, best known for the Trailblazer Books-a 40-volume series of historical fiction 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 area. Twitter: @ DaveNetaJackson Facebook: DaveNetaJackson -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
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During the weekend conference, one of the prayer members suffers a personal crisis that force the women in Prayer Group 26 to do something...pray. And pray, they do, all night long, taking turns praying for this woman they've just met and the family they don't know at all.
When the weekend ends, they realize the power of their combined prayer and their need for each other's support, so they set up an e-mail loop to continue praying for and connecting with each other. The e-mail loop is jokingly named The Yada Yada Prayer Group, but they'll soon learn that the meaning of it's name is no joke at all. As they learn more about each other and their respective trials, they decide to meet in person as well as share via e-mail. They begin attending each other's churches, homes and workplaces and in so doing become more and more involved in each other's lives.
While this book easily allows us to experience parts of each Yada Yada Prayer Group member's lives, the main protagonist is Jodi Baxter and her relationship with each Yada Yada. I was especially intrigued by Jodi's negative perception of Leslie Stuart (aka Stu) being a know-it-all-do-gooder and would love to have seen that relationship developed and resolved more effectively. However, it's Jodi's own Pharisee-like attitude that requires resolution when she suffers a crisis and is faced with her own denied sin and spiritual neediness. But, as promised, God meets all of Jodi's needs, this time through a group of women that until a few months before, she'd never even known existed.
I formed my own bond with The Yada Yada Prayer Group and truly hope to see more of them in the future. The fact that there were a few loose ends left when the book came to an end gives me hope that there will indeed be a Yada Yada Prayer Group revival in the future!
(edit: I recently found out that this book, is indeed, the first in a series of three books!)
To explain the 4 rating: it was not the most gripping read for me, the ending was too quick and too predictable, and the time span in the book seemed to drag on forever. Without those, this would be a 5 for me. It was refreshing to read about characters that I know, work with, associate with, pray with and pray for, and are all around me in everyday situations. I loved the scattered-yet-precise character development--kept me on my toes and looking for small tidbits of information for future situations in the book.
I commend Ms. Jackson for having the courage to write a simple novel about salvation and grace--two themes many Christian writers don't explore very practically. No theology, no Strong's concordance needed, no Bible scholars required. Just simple, tried-and-true message of Christians being saved by grace--not works (or perception of your own 'goodness').
This is definitely NOT a regurgitation of Ya-Ya as other reviewers have suggested! This takes a very different turn and explores the friendships that evolve among women from very different walks of life that start a the most intimate relationship outside of marriage (a prayer group) knowing absolutely nothing about each other...and what comes out is pure beauty! I hope you'll find the same as you read Yada Yada--enjoy!