This book picks up from the Yada Yada series. For those how have followed this series you will enjoy the read as you already know many of the characters. If you're not familiar with the series you will enjoy the read as it's a different story line so you do not need to have read the other books, but it is helpful.
This book is mostly about Kat Davies, a new Christian, who is a little â€˜out there' according to her friends, since she enjoys dumpster diving to find food. We journey with Kat as she feels led to do something about the hungry in Chicago and wants to educate them on how to eat healthy. While searching for ways to do this God takes her on a journey and opens her eyes to the real needs around her. It's a great story of personal growth as she learns a lot about herself, her motives and her walk with God
You start to fall in love with the characters and want to see them â€˜win' in the end. It's an easy read. You'll laugh and connect with the characters. And maybe you'll even start to dream of ways God wants to use you in your own circle of friends and town.
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Interesting story but helpful to read book 1 first
January 24, 2013
Fans of Neta Jackson will be excited to read her newest book in the Souled Out Sister series, Come to the Table. As the characters are in college or newly graduated, it might have more appeal to younger readers, but it is still a good read for anyone. Come to the Table continues with some of the characters in the Yada Yada series, but features the young adults, Kat, Nick, and Brygitta. The three have agreed to sub-lease an apartment while the owners are on a short term missions trip. In the first book in the Souled Out series, Kat has rescued a young mother and her six year old son, and they play an important part in this new book.
Kat feels that the Lord is calling her to start a food pantry at her church. This is, of course, not free of a few problems, and it requires all of them to pray and allow God to direct their enthusiasm for this new adventure. Then of course, there is the romantic side of the summer. Is Nick interested in Kat, or maybe his interest lies in Rochelle and her young son?
As usual, Neta Jackson has written an interesting book that I know you will enjoy.
"Come to the Table" is the continuing story of a small group of young adults learning how to get involved in ministry, learning what genuine ministry looks like. Kat, Nick, and Bree are finishing their summer in Chicago where they moved at the beginning of the first book in this series. Bree is happily working part-time as a barista in a coffee shop and looking forward to returning to college in the fall. Nick is hoping to be selected as an intern at SouledOut Community Church, where the trio attend church. Kat is still looking for ways to educate the homeless about good nutrition. In this second book of the SouledOut Sisters series, mentors, young and old and of many races, will again come alongside these young people to guide them not only in ministry, but also in basic Christian living and in matters of the heart.
I appreciated the way author Neta Jackson showed this being done. Kat and Nick, especially, learn in layers as new challenges develop and the people in their lives help them respond. They don't just hear from their mentors, however. They learn to seek answers on their own, to watch for God at work, to recognize His teaching, and to thank Him for all He does.
Readers who enjoy a great story with gentle insights will enjoy reading this book. I thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending a complimentary eCopy for this honest review.
Come to the Table takes us back to the SouledOut Community Church in Chicago. If you are like me you have come to love and care for the characters that we met clear back in the Yada Yada days! I'm enjoying catching up and keeping in touch with the original characters. With each new novel a few new people are added into the community.
The problem with many long running series is that you just get tired of the characters. After all how much drama can one group of people really stand? The beauty of this series is that it blends the familiar with the new in ways that keep driving the story forward.
Neta Jackson has a unique way of breathing life into the individuals in the story. There is always someone that reminds me of myself and there are others that remind me of someone I should know. Through her continued storylines she delves into areas that aren't always comfortable, but they are areas we each need to examine.
I think you can read Come to the Table as a stand-alone novel. However, if you have the opportunity pick up Stand By Me, book one in the series. Actually if you really want to treat yourself go all the way back and start with the Yada Yada series, then mosey on in to the House of Hope series, and by all means don't leave out the Harry Bentley series by Neta's husband! Wow_you've got some great reading ahead of you!