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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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 13 days ago by drygoods
This book is a wonderful journey of how we need God and how God places good people in our lives. It doesn't matter what we have been through we can all learn from one another and... Read morePublished 27 days ago by nicole
This is the perfect book for inspiration when you feel lost or unsure on how to proceed with your life. This is exactly why I purchased the book looking for some guidance. Read morePublished 27 days ago by hewags
I've read the whole series and couldn't put the books down. They opened my eyes to a new way of prayer and made me wish I knew these women.Published 1 month ago by HKT
I would highly recommend this book for those who want to improve their prayer lives and broaden their Christian worldview.Published 1 month ago by Joanna L. Self
This is an AWESOME SERIES!! I've read EVERYTHING up to the newest spin-offPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It was a slow read. However I am considering reading the rest of the series to see how the women in the group do.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this book it showed how much God loves each one of us. we are all so different It shows how difference can help each one of us in seeing God's love for us. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ralph marchese