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Grounded (Windy City Neighbors) Paperback – May 7, 2013

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The Jacksons, authors of the wildly popular Yada Yada books, bring their typical charm to a new Chicago-based story, the first in the Windy City Neighbors series. Readers will feel as though they know each character personally after finishing Grounded, in which Grace Meredith, a popular Christian singer, faces a crisis of faith after several personal and professional setbacks. Grace is known both for her voice and for her commitment to purity before marriage. She believes in her message and uses her concerts to share it. When her own relationship comes to an end, however, she begins to doubt the truth of what she preaches: “You’re worth waiting for.” On top of that, her singing career takes a turn when she gets handed over to a new manager. Pride in her independence and her role as a “good Christian girl” have led Grace to unconsciously hold others at arm’s length. When new neighbors move in, she is surprised to find herself opening up and breaking down the walls she didn’t realize she’d built. --Carolyn Richard

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Product Details

  • Series: Windy City Neighbors (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Worthy Publishing (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617950009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617950001
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nancee on April 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
Grace Meredith has a successful career singing contemporary Christian music. On tour doing her New Year, New You theme for young people, encouraging them to wait for marriage before involvement in intimacy, Grace encounters life-changing experiences. She had hoped her fiance would join her for her last night on tour, to support her in her singing career and her ministry to young people across the country. What she got instead was a broken engagement and disappointment. Although struggling with a sore throat and grief over her broken engagement, Grace forces herself to fulfill her commitment, only to meet with more trauma upon heading home to Chicago. Grace feels like a fraud, encouraging purity to young people and yet carrying a secret that consumed her. Those secrets from her past weighed heavily upon her during a lengthy recuperation from a virus affecting her throat, and the stress accompanying it.

In this first book of a series called Windy City Neighbors, much is revealed regarding secrets held within, and accepting gifts freely given from relative strangers, and from our heavenly Father. Learning to let go and forgive one's self is a strong theme in this story of finding faith in difficult times. God's gift of forgiveness comes freely, but forgiving ourselves can be far more overwhelming. As Grace is encouraged to "think" about her name, she discovers that grace is a gift that comes with no strings attached. Grace is what brings us through times of trouble and gifts us with freedom from our past sins.

I enjoyed this warmhearted story of discernment, forgiveness not only of others, but forgiveness of self, and learning to accept the gift of grace that is offered freely when our hearts are open to receiving it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By theatremack on May 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
I have read all of the Yada Yada Prayer Group books, The House of Hope Series, The Harry Bentley Series and The Souled Out Sisters Series by Neta Jackson so I was EXTREMELY excited to hear of the new Windy City Neighbors book being released by not only Neta Jackson but the parallel books being released by David Jackson. Neta Jackson has a wonderful way of writing so that you really feel like you know the characters she is talking about and really build a relationship with them. I find myself feeling for all the people in her books because they are my "friends." In addition to connecting with her characters I feel her writing has helped me grow in my faith, by teaching me how to pray and talk about faith.

In "Grounded" Grace finds herself struggling with life and by the Grace of God she is given hope in her future. She also comes in contact with the Bentley's, new neighbors and grows in her own faith because of the help from them. The Bentley's are some of the character's that Neta and David have written about before in parallel novels. It is really fun to read the parallel novels because you get the entire picture of what is happening in all the main characters lives. To see the interactions between neighbors from both neighbors perspectives is interesting and to see how their lives are forever changed because of a chance meeting. So if you enjoy "Grounded" and are looking for the back story on Estelle and Harry check out The House of Hope and The Harry Bentley Series they are wonderful quick reads too!! I can't wait for "Derailed" to come out to see Grace from Harry's point of view!! Thank you Neta and David for this new series and write more as fast as you can I can't wait!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Caldwell on May 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
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Grace Meredith's life couldn't get better. She has a successful career as a Christian pop star, she's engaged to a great man who makes her feel "worth the wait", and she's on tour doing what she loves- sharing her purity message. Grace has always been a good Christian girl and she loves to share messages about abstinence with the teens and young adults who come to her concerts. However, things don't always go as planned and life can get complicated really fast...

Grounded is a cute Christian fiction book that I would place in the chick-lit genre. It's a light read with a dash of serious issues and heavy topics. Throughout the book the authors handle the heavy stuff (which I won't mention here because of spoilers) with kindness and sensitivity. The overall theme of the book itself is grace.

I enjoyed reading Grounded and I gave it 3 out of 5 stars. I think my biggest issue, which caused the book to lose a star, is that I did not care for the main character, Grace. I think it's just a personal thing, other readers may actually really identify with her. But, she was just not my kind of person. I found her very needy, whiny, co-dependent, selfish, and entitled. For example, I know she's a star in the Christian music world- but, really who in the world takes a limo to the Amtrak station?! It's a passenger train, not a yacht. The selfishness and "me, me, me" attitude were endless. There was an instance in the book where Grace shared with her assistant, Sam, a very important event that happened when Grace was a teenager. She had been working up to finally share what happened and when she was done Sam was very moved by her story.
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