"Come to the Table" by Neta Jackson is the second book in the Souled Out Sisters series. It is the third series in relation to the Yada Yada series. The first series is the Yada Yada Series, then the House of Hope series, now this one. There is also a Yada Yada Brothers series. Kat, a new Christian, is still bouncing around Chicago with a ton of ideas and absolutely no idea what she is doing. She is still dumpster diving and trying to save the world without any idea of what the world needs. In Come to the Table, Kat is living with Nick and Bree, friends from college, and Rochelle and Conny, Avis' daughter and grandson. Rochelle is desperate to get out of her situation, she is previously homeless with a child and is HIV positive. She needs a father for her child and a job. Oh, and come September she is gonna need a home.
Kat is called to start a food pantry and is taking a little closer look at the preacher to be, Nick. Personally, I don't know how anyone likes Kat. For most of the book, she is a self-centered dingbat. However, about half way through the book, she starts to come around in maturity and intelligence. She grows in her faith and understands that saving the world is not only not possible, but not a way for herself to be worshiped rather than God. I like this story line. I wish the white girl wasn't always so dumb in Jackson's books, but, the white supporting characters thankfully are a little more smart and less naive. I am a fan of Jackson; I read all her books, I am not disappointed here. I like the young aspect and hope Rochelle becomes the main character in another one of her series. B+
Neta Jackson's second installment of the "SouledOut Sisters" series shines with grace, and challenges readers to consider how we can serve others like Jesus did. Characters Kat and Nick return in fine form, growing in their understanding of who they are, who God has called them to be, and the possibility that they may have a future together! I love how the author creates characters with emotional depth, and I especially enjoyed watching Kat on her spiritual journey in this book, a woman who gets so passionate about her beliefs and sometimes runs ahead of what God may have for her.
Come to the Table is sure to please readers who are already fans of Neta Jackson, and will likely attract new readers as well. The book is well-written, and I felt that overall the book moved along at a good pace. I don't always have patience with books where the romance takes a long time to unfold, but in this case the author has added some interesting elements that kept things moving well, such as roommate Rochelle and her desire to have a man like Nick be a good father to her son. The book features characters that readers will connect with, characters who struggle with the things in life that we all struggle with. I leave the book absolutely challenged to look at the world around me and consider how God wants me to be his hands and feet, how he wants me to "feed" others by meeting both their physical and spiritual needs. I leave thankful for time well spent in having been entertained while having my own spiritual life fed as well.
I award this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for the purposes of this unbiased review. ***Special thanks to Rick Roberson, The B&B Media Group, for sending me a review copy.***
Three best friends, one homeless woman with HIV and her six-year-old son make unlikely roommates especially when the one man in the group falls in love with one of the women and another begins to have feelings for him. That isn't even the plot of this cute story. Kat Davies is a new Christian filled with excitement and reckless abandon. She is passionate about nutrition and believes that everyone should make healthy food choices but doesn't realize that people living in poverty, especially the homeless, cannot afford the cost of eating fruits and vegetables.
As she comes to realize that food is not the answer, Kat begins to focus on the real issues of hunger and thirst for Christ. She must also confront her motives. Is she really wanting to help others or just gain recognition for herself?
In the midst of all of this, her relationship with her roommates comes to the forefront and she must trust God to take care of the details of her life. Encouragement and affirmation come from some unlikely sources and Kat begins to see God working in and through her to bring comfort and hope to others.
Neta Jackson's "Come to the Table" is a novel in the Yada Yada Prayer Group Series and the second book in the SouledOut Sisters series. It releases this month from Thomas Nelson Publishers.
If you are looking for a light read with a heavy dose of spiritual truth, "Come to the Table" fits the bill. You will laugh and cry with Nick, Kat, Bree, Rochelle and Conny as they live life together as Christians trying to find their place in the world. Even if you haven't read any of Jackson's previous novels, you won't have any problems catching up. Now, if I could only find a group like the Yada Yada Prayer Group.
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In this continuation of the lives of Nick, Kat, and Bree (Rochelle and Conny, too), we see Kat really beginning to mature. Kat is a pretty new Christian, having been saved just a few years ago at a music fest. Remember, she's the dumpster diver so concerned about healthy eating. In this novel we see her passion being channeled to feeding the homeless and poor. Kat is also jealous of Rochelle as Nick is spending time and showing lots of affection to young Conny.
We see Nick mature too as he serves an internship at SouledOut Church. He faces his own crisis when he finds out Rochelle thinks he would make a great husband for her and father for Conny. But Nick has eyes only for Kat. It's just that he hasn't told her yet.
This is definitely a character driven novel so don't expect much action. But do expect a pleasant experience as you watch these young career age people mature in character and faith. You'll be left hanging just enough at the end of the book to look forward to a sequel.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
This novel is the second book of the SouledOut Sisters series and can be read easily by itself. Nick, Brygitta, Kat and Rochelle and her six year old son, Conny all share an apartment and learn to apply Christian principles to living together in harmony overcoming jealousy, criticism and insecurity. The author does a great job of integrating biblical topics in the storyline and just like the characters, you find yourself asking questions like who should be baptized, is church membership a necessary commitment and how to interact with someone with HIV. I specifically like the way the main character, Kat, learns how to slow down and pray for God's leading before running off with her many ideas and getting way in over her head.
The story focuses on serving God by serving His people through a food pantry ministry. It includes a touch of romance and some great lessons in communication. I found it to be delightful and entertaining with a few surprises in the last few chapters.