Today I finished reading "Derailed" by Dave and Neta Jackson. I didn't want it to end. Reading about Harry Bentley who is a familiar character from several of the different series, was very heartwarming. I joined him and his family with their struggles and successes. Friends from other books appeared to help us remember their roles in the Chicago area. The next 2 books in the Windy City Series can't come soon enough. I love these books written by the Jackson Duo. Thanks for sharing your stories.
If you love stories that feature real, down-to-earth people, life issues, and drama; if you are searching for true help in dealing with your own real-life issues and drama; if you enjoy laughing, crying, growing, and being stretched, this is a book for you! Dave and Neta Jackson are the BEST at pulling the readers into the story and making them feel like the characters are their best friends. Having previously read all the Yada Yada, House of Hope, Harry Bentley, and Souled Out Sisters books, as well as this book's parallel story, Grounded, I was absolutely delighted to get so well acquainted with my "friends" Harry and Estelle. I knew they would be living across the street from Grace, the main character in Grounded, but to live through all that transpired in the finding of, moving into, and being able to afford to keep that house, was fun at times, despairing at others. Finding out "the rest of the story" of Grace's experience on the train made it hard to lay the book down! Meeting more neighbors on Beecham Street was extremely interesting, and only makes it all the harder to wait for the the next book in the Windy City Neighbors series. Dave and Neta Jackson exhibit pure genius in their ability to tell simultaneous stories from two different perspectives. Another GREAT book!
I've enjoyed the Jacksons writings for several years, and never been disappointed. Once again, they kept my interest, I didn't want to stop reading and then wished the book hadn't ended. Not only is it entertaining but also encouraging in a personal relationship with God. You will be challenged in your prayer life and worship too.
Dave and Neta Jackson have perfected the concept of parallel novels to the nth degree. I have personally never heard of it until I discovered this pair of remarkable writers in their group of novels, The YaDa YaDa Prayer Group, YaDa House of Hope, and the Harry Bentley books.
The Windy City Neighbors series has begun more adventures for some of the characters we have met before in the YaDa books. In particular, the first novel, Grounded, provided one story about a Christian music artist who had experienced some lifeshaking setbacks. Within that story we reconnected with Estelle and Harry. Now in Derailed, we see the story that started with Grace Meredith from a new perspective...Harry's.
I love how this concept of parallel novels takes us on a whole new adventure while reminding us of parts of Grace's story. But Harry's part in the story fleshes out details that were incidental in the first novel. We learn about how God is really teaching Harry to rely on Jesus to have the power to bring Harry through events in his life, rather than needing to know beforehand exactly how certain circumstances are going to work out. As Harry says himself, "Maybe it was okay if I still didn't understand it all. If I could get my comfort from seeking Jesus rather than wrestling everything to the ground, then maybe I ws being equipped to pass the same comfort on to other people."
This particular writing avenue seems unique to the Jackson duo of Dave and Neta. I love it! And I can't wait for the next adventure!