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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Party edition (February 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595544410
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595544414
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,567 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

Customer Reviews

It reminds me so much of a women's prayer group I'm in at my church!
Janet Link
Once you read the first book you are hooked and you can't wait to get to the next one.
Debbie Moody
You actually relate to all the characters and get personally attached to them.
Eric A. Rappley

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Middleton on August 25, 2005
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I have never enjoyed an audio book so much. I read the first two Yada Yada's and found it hard to put them down. Bought the third one in audio to listen to on vacation. I found myself so involved...my husband would hear me chuckling as I listened to the reader changing voices and making the people seem so real.

Having lived in Chicago for 4 years I found it easy to go back with the book. I felt some conviction regarding my own life and how easy it is for me to judge people and to not be open to people who worship in different ways. An excellent book for discussion, enjoyment and personal growth.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Armstrong on August 29, 2005
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I have just finished this book tonight. It is the third one in a series. I think Yada Yada Gets Real was my favorite! As a matter of fact, I actually cried at the end(first because it was a very touching and emotional ending and secondly because well.....it was over until the next one comes out in October!)

The title and cover almost gives the impression that these novels are "fluff" and sort of....lighthearted? But, nothing could be further from the truth! I find Jackson really has done an excellent job of developing the characters and creating a life that seems real. In fact, I keep catching myself thinking these women really exist somewhere in Chicago! I want to meet them!

I have loved and enjoyed these novels and I am highly recommending them to my friends, however they had better not ask to borrow my copies of the books, because I don't want to give them up!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on May 15, 2006
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The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Real by Neta Jackson is just as good as the previous two books, if not better. This is one of those rare series where the characters truly exhibit growth and the writing only continues to improve. Jodi Baxter is back with all the Yada Yada women. She's trying to grow in her faithwalk, but her rival Stu is moving in upstairs and Bandana Woman might be released from prison early! Jodi continues to struggle daily with thankfulness and grace, just like I do. She is such a real character; I identify with her closely. We learn more about Avis, Chanda, and Yo-Yo, even Jodi's children are growing and changing. Jackson does a terrific job juggling all of these different characters and keeping them vibrant. Reading a Yada Yada book is like balm to my soul. It feels like a long conversation with a good friend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NAJ on October 24, 2006
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The Yadas Yadas are back again and they are each continuing to grow and learn more about not only themselves but about the God they serve. This series of books continue to be a good read but also allow for your own personal introspection. When I first started reading the series, I identified with Jodi mostly but as I have continued reading (and growing spiritually I hope), I can see myself in different aspects of all Yada Yadas. Each Yada Yada comes across many of life's stresses and joys but they continue to learn that their faith and prayer can help them deal with and conquer all of these things. This is a good book and a great series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah VINE VOICE on March 7, 2007
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The Yada Yada sisters are back again. This time around the group is facing issues such as Avis dating again after being widowed, Stu moving in above Jodi and the two clashing over their personalities and Delores' son wanting to date Jodi's daughter. The group is also trying to help out the same woman who threatened their lives some months ago. While there is dispute over how the matter should be treated, the group still finds time to bond together, helping each other out in times of sorrow, distress, and happiness.

This book is as real as real life is. I've never read a book where I feel like I'm actually living the lives of the characters. They have so much going on in their lives that I wish I could participate in. I really liked Amanda's quinceanera and what Denny did for her. I wish more father's were that loving towards their daughters, society would be so much better off if they did. I also liked the Polar Plunge opening in the beginning of the book. No way you would catch me doing that! The writing of this book immediately hooks you thus making the books very addictive. You can't stop reading because they are so much like a slice of real life. The news stories sprinkled throughout the book add to the realism. Even though the main character is Jodi, because the group is so diverse it is easy to find someone in the group you can relate to. Once again my only complaint about the book is the way the relationship with Becky is handled. Like I said before I have no problems with forgiving someone for the wrong they did to you and it's good of them to help her out. It just seems to me that in the book, the group members who feel uncomfortable around Becky or are still being affected by what she did to them are in the wrong and not as spiritually mature as the ones that have moved on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Joy on December 7, 2005
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Christian fiction just does not get any better than this!!!! Chock full of prayer, scripture and real life situations. Great read!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. M. Benton on September 18, 2007
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I'm surprised that I'm giving this book 5 stars, since I picked it up by accident not realizing it was Christian fiction. I planned on disliking and nitpicking it to death.

It was lovely. The characters are well written and sympathetic; I honestly cared about them and cheered them on. The theology is well-founded and not preachy. The moral situations are realistic. I expected to be highly offended by the discussion around abortion, but found the touchy topic handled in a caring and balanced manner.

Can't wait to read the others in the series.
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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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