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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) Audio, Cassette – Unabridged, February 1, 2004
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About the Author
Neta (pronounced Nee tuh) Jackson and her husband, Dave, are an award winning writing team, best known for the Trailblazer books a forty-book series of historical fiction about great Christian heroes with 1.5 million in sales and Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes (Vols. 1-4). Neta has collected many honors for her work, including a 1995 C.S. Lewis Award and a God Medallion Award. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book as part of a book club assignment. I found that there were so many characters that it was confusing, but I was assured that I would understand each character... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Sandie Lee
I just finished the 7 book series, couldn't put them down. Loved the stories about the lives of a "mixed bag of cats" of women--all sizes, colors and situations. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Chris Neal
Loved these books. Not only a great story but so many life lessons. I could relate to each of the characters in some way. I've recommended these books to so many of my friends.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I read Yada Yada a long time ago, but it has stuck with me, as have all the books in the series. Here, we meet Jodi Baxter, a third grade teacher, mom of two teens, and Chicago... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stephanie McCall
very good book. i am not a fast reader but i had it read in a couple days. after i started reading it was hard to put it down.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
My bookclub read this book and we will discuss it in a week or so. I love the diversity of all the characters and their stories. The book kept me wanting to read more. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Diamonds & Pearls
What would it be like to join a group of diverse women unknown to each other and come out as true and loyal friends? Read morePublished 3 months ago by drygoods