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Product Details

  • Series: A SouledOut Sisters Novel (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595548645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595548641
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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

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The characters were very real & relatable & seemed like friends.
walkinghumbly
Stand By Me is the first book in Neta Jackson's new SouledOut Sisters series.
Amazon Customer
I loved the way faith and prayer were woven into the characters' lives.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By D. Kinney on February 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book was a delightful treat like drinking a grande white chocolate mocha on a cold winter day. I am so glad that Thomas Nelson provided me a copy of this book to read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I have enjoyed reading all the Yada Yada books over the last few years.

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Stand By Me is the first book in Neta Jackson's new SouledOut Sisters series. Avis Douglass first appeared in the Yada Yada Prayer Group series as the wise mentor to the group. Avis is still involved in Yada Yada, but lately, she's been out of sorts. She is worried about her daughter Rochelle and grandson Conny. Her husband Peter is restless in his job, and Avis has concerns about the security of her job as well.

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.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Barrett on February 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
Stand By Me was a great novel. Now one of my favorites in the Christian fiction category. It is full of strong characters, complex and like those you would see in real life. There are some great discussion topics and it is a very fast-paced read.
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!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By turnerbethany on March 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
Sometimes the person you most need is the one least like you. Southwest mets midwest. Kathryn Davies is a bright young woman from Phoenix who is studying education at Crista University in Chicago and recently discovered the multi-cultural church SouledOut Community Church. Avis Douglass is a mother, grandmother, wife, principal, and member of SouledOut Community Church. Kat's eccentric ways first puts Avis on edge. "But in God's own mysterious ways, the two women discover they need each other in ways neither of them expected."

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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More About the Author

As a kid I was crazy about horses and animals of all kinds and loved to draw (horses, mostly). Since I didn't have a horse, I wrote stories about them instead. My high-school English teacher sent one of my stories (about a couger) to a Scholastic magazine writing contest and it won First Place . . . and the rest, as they say, is history. I wanted to be a writer!

I grew up on the campus of a private Christian school in Seattle where my parents were teachers. A lovely childhood, though fairly sheltered. But college took me back to the Chicago area and a whole new world. My husband and I settled in the Chicago area soon after getting married, and even though we both grew up in solid Christian homes, our search to deepen our faith took the form of Christian community for much of our family life raising kids. Eventually the critical issue of racial reconciliation became the call of God upon our life, and we chose to immerse ourselves in African American and multi-cultural churches. Our world and our hearts expanded. What a gift these relationships of faith have been!

All during this time, my husband and I have been a writing team--writing books with expert resource people (as their co-authors) on a variety of topics (from medical ethics to stories of gang kids), then writing a whole series of historical fiction about great Christian heroes--40 titles in all!--called the Trailblazer books (and a series of "Hero Tales," five volumes in all). Now we are each writing adult fiction--the Yada Yada Prayer Group series for me, which was inspired by my real-life Bible study sisters, a multi-cultural group of feisty women going on 12 years now that God has used to turn my life upside down, or rather, rightside up! (I have to admit, sometimes my real world and my fictional world get a bit mixed up!)

I've been married for 40-plus years to the same wonderful man, we are truly partners in life. We raised two kids plus a Cambodian foster daughter, and together they've given us eight beautiful grandchildren! As one of my girlfriends and I agree: The best stress-busters in the world are pets, gardening, and grandkids!

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