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The Yada Yada Prayer Group: The Yada Yada Prayer Group, Book 1 (Women of Faith Fiction) (2008 Novel of the Year) Paperback – February 12, 2008
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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.Read more ›
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!
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The book was inspirational in a low-key way.. The characters were wholly believable and there was enough everyday drama and dilemmas to make me read through the book despite a full... Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Alan
This book was an eye opener. I could have been Jodi, but for the grace of God. I am going to recommend this to my small group to help them understand everyone is different, but yet... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mary Lookabill
Yada is an easy read
Easy reading Too dry to read for any length of time - did not finish this book
At first I found Jodi self righteous but like us all God has a way of letting us know we are all equal at the foot of the Cross.Published 11 days ago by Casa
I really identified with the heroine of this story. Between her desire to reach out to love others in Jesus name, forgetfulness, preparing daily lessons for students, and... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Valerie Dawn Hochstetler
I was truly surprised at this book...I will read the rest of the series...I recommend this book to one and all! It made me laugh and cry.. Read morePublished 19 days ago by patsy kelley
I did not expect to be so moved, gripped, challenged, inspired and encouraged by this series!! It goes beyond any Christian book I have read in a long time to speak to my heart and... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Claire Matthews
This book was a quick and easy read! I loved the characters and the Christian encouragement. I can't wait to start book 2!Published 1 month ago by Leah Reed
I never expected such a real book with characters you believe are true. I have felt these feelings and acted in these ways and this story gave me a space to reflect on my own... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Margaret Dritto