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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595545239
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595545237
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Jackson's Yada Yada series has sold half a million copies, and this new offshoot series—the Yada Yada House of Hope—promises the same. Gabrielle Fairbanks moves to Chicago with her businessman husband, Philip, leaving their sons behind at boarding school in Virginia. She literally stumbles over a homeless woman, an event that changes Gabby's life. She looks her up at Manna House, a homeless shelter, and first finds welcome and eventually a job. But her husband is hostile toward both Gabby and her job. Can she juggle her angry husband and his new business, her sons when they come home for the summer, her ill mother, her job and her growing interest in God? While the plot certainly generates interest, readers may become weary of Gabby's lack of grit when it comes to Philip, as well as his selfishness and anger toward his wife. But the book's dramatic ending highlights both, leaving readers eager for the next installment in the series. (Dec.)
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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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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!

Customer Reviews

You will be sad to close the book when you get to the end.
Ian Rushton
I love reading about other women and their life issues and how they allow God to be involved in their life and the lives of their loved ones.
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I liked the way she developed her main character -- all her characters were very strong and you felt like you really knew them.
Goforth

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By J. Pferdehirt on November 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
Half a million people, according to Amazon.com, read the yada yada prayer group series books. So did I.

So, I wondered whether I would enjoy a second series. Yes! This book (the first in the series) introduces readers to a somewhat depressed woman who seems to be casting about for meaning in her life. She moves to a new city with her husband. Their children are back east, finishing the school year at a private school. No friends. No contacts.

And, as the author moves into the story, the husband reveals himself as critical and self-absorbed.
At first I felt annoyed at Gabby, the main character. I thought, "stop being such a wimp." Then, I realized that Gabby was trapped in a marriage with a verbally and emotionally abusive husband. Suddenly, I didn't feel so annoyed by her inability to stand up for herself. I began to see the spirit-crushing, self-esteem destroying effects of emotional and verbal abuse. Her story began to look more and more like the stories of so many women I've met during years of pastoral ministry. I began to be on her side - wishing I could take her out for coffee and say, Gabby, you deserve to be treated with love.

This book is long overdue in Christian literature. Emotional and Verbal abuse is rampant - and often women don't understand that the criticism, silent treatment, name-calling or dismissing of their presence and words is actually abusive behavior. * Neta Jackson has opened a window into this reality for all of us and for the Christian community.

What I love about this book is the unexpected places where Gabby does find love. The doorman in their Chicago high-rise. A homeless woman who hangs out at the nearby beach. Then, a shelter for homeless women.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Howsden on November 28, 2008
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When the storms of life assail you, when life seems to be no more than a juggling act out of control, when all else fails, Neta Jackson's book gently reminds you to "Come Home." The characters are real and the situations of life all too familiar. The story encompasses all of life's trauma: verbal spousal abuse, elder care, homelessness, adoptive issues, relocation, parenting, floundering faith, etc. Everyone can identify with something in this story, especially the basic need to "Come Home." I loved this book and can't wait for the next one in the series!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patrice Fagnant-macarthur VINE VOICE on December 26, 2008
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To the outside world, Gabby Fairbanks would seem to have it all - a wealthy, successful husband, a penthouse apartment, and two sons she loves, but appearances are not everything. She has just been uprooted to Chicago for her husband's new business venture, is having marital difficulties, and her children are hundreds of miles away at boarding school. She is lonely and lost. When she trips over Lucy, a homeless woman, at the beach, she is introduced to Manna House, a local homeless shelter for woman. She soon begins to spend more and more time there, to her husband's chagrin. The staff and residents there offer her acceptance and an outlet for her God-given talents. She also begins rediscovering a relationship with God. She is attempting to trust in God and do what God wants, but it isn't helping things go any smoother. Her marriage is even more on the rocks, her mother needs care, and her relationship with her sons is challenging at best. Gabby is a likable character and readers will truly care about what happens to her. It is a very enjoyable read. The only caveat in reading this book is that there is no definite resolution. As part of a series, readers will need to wait another year to find out what happens to Gabby. I'm looking forward to the next installment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sally on December 15, 2008
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Although this book is one of a series, it is a stand-alone read. I have not read any of the Yada Yada books, and yet I read this one without having any missing pieces. The protagonist, Gabby, is a likeable mother-of-two whose successful husband lands her in a high-rise luxury apartment in Chicago, right on Lake Shore Drive. Gabby's a free spirit--someone who thinks that Lake Michigan is made for her to dance in. She enjoys the simple things in life. Unfortunately, her husband wants a corporate wife--someone who will help him move to the upper crust of society. They seem to be polar opposites.

And that's where there's conflict. Gabby's perfect world begins to crumble, and the reader witnesses her scrambling to keep it together. Does she succeed? I needed a tissue for this one. The end does not conclude as I thought it would. Oh, you must buy this xbook and find out!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Library Lady on February 21, 2011
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I did not finish this book because it just seemed to drift as the story materialized. I am a big advocate for helping the poor and homeless, but it just seemed bizarre how Gabby happened upon the homeless lady and what followed. I also thought that the husband, Phillip put himself and his "position in business" ahead of his wife and family. I would think that Gabby's first hint of discord between her beliefs and Phillip would be that their two boys are in a boarding school! It just seemed out of character to the real world. I bought this book based on the high ratings, but disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. C Gerlach VINE VOICE on December 1, 2008
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I have not read any of the other Yada-Yada books. In fact when I read that this was a second series I wasn't sure if I even wanted to start it. I am so glad that I did. The story introduces us to Gabby. The Gabby that you get to know in most of the story is rich and pampered--but you get the feeling that she'd be just as happy to be middle class. Her husband is verbally abusive. Like the other reviewer, I really disliked Gabby. Get a backbone, leave, stand up for your family. And then you watch her change and grow--and you start rooting for her. As Gabby makes friends at the homeless shelter she becomes a well rounded character. I enjoyed all the other characters in the book too that she meets at Manna House. At first I thought there was a few too many names tossed about--and while trying to remember names you're trying to remember what is going on with that character--but in just a few more pages everyone settles down and it's easy to remember everyone. Since this book is in a series it wasn't surprising that it ended on a cliffhanger and I find myself actually wondering what Gabby will do. I suppose that's a testament to how far this book reaches. The author is also very real with what I think are good issues--how are we supposed to be thankful when we're in a pit, and how can I go to God when my problems are small compared to everyone else's--and how do we come back to God when it was us who left. That was the best part of the novel--watching Gabby come back. All in all an excellent book and I highly recommend it.
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