Thursday, March 8, 2012
Stand By Me by Neta Jackson
Kathryn Davies is a bright young woman from a prominent Phoenix family. But after making a leap of faith at a Christian music fest, dropping out of med school, and moving to inner city Chicago, her family has all but disowned her. Kat’s enthusiasm for her newfound faith tempers the sting of their rejection.
When Kat discovers SouledOut Community Church, she longs to become a part of the multi-cultural church family. But her tendency to say whatever she’s thinking and her eccentric ways step on the toes of nearly everyone she meets—especially Avis Douglass, a woman she admires but who seems distant.
Avis is known for her mature faith and her reliance on listening to God more than people. Married to a kind and successful businessman, she is the principal of one of Chicago’s highest performing elementary schools, and a founding and active member of SouledOut. But the country’s economic downturn has thrown both her and her husband’s jobs in question. And Avis hasn’t heard from her youngest daughter in months—an estrangement that gnaws at her every day. Where is God in all this?
Kat’s flamboyant zeal for living a “radical” Christian life is a stark contrast to Avis’s quiet crisis of faith. But in God’s own mysterious ways, the two women discover they need each other in ways neither of them expected.
Loved this book! Neta Jackson is one of my favorite writers, this book did not disappoint me. Getting to know one of the original Yada Yada Prayer Group women even better is such a pleasure. This series of books are at the top of my list and "Stand By Me" is right there with them. We all have problems but some people have more than their share and it seems like Avis is one of those people but God intervenes in an unexpected way and hope is restored. Kat is young and sometimes annoying to the people around her but her motives are pure. The relationship between these two women progresses slowly and Avis reminds us, the older women are to mentor the younger women in Christ.
I highly recommend this book as well as the original series, you will love every character, certainly identify with at least one of them, and look as forward to the next book as I am!
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.