Wow, this is our Yada Yada author friend's best yet! I love all of her books. This one is a book you don't want to put down, and is full of spirituality. Besides being an enjoyable read, it's also very inspirational. I can hardly wait for the next book in this series.
I just spent a whirlwind two days with another keeper from the Jacksons. When I read a book of theirs, I fully enter that world. I got to see some old friends there, Harry and Estelle Bentley, and went to Bible Study with Edesa and the gang.
This book drove right to the core of my soul with its' unrelenting message about the grace of Jesus Christ and its' meaning in the believer's life. Edesa said this in the Bible Study, " Grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us more-and grace also means there is nothing we can do to make God love us less." Such a simple statement, such a profound truth.
I recommend this book to fans of Neta and Dave Jackson, and even more highly recommend it to those who have never been blessed to enter this world they create. Please read this book
I read the first three books in Neta Jackson's Yada Yada Prayer Group series and really enjoyed them so I was excited to jump into this new series.
I was not disappointed. Neta and Dave have laid the perfect "ground" work for a great series.
This series runs parallel stories with the different characters in the neighborhood that Grace (the main character) lives in. What that means is that the other books in the series are stories that are actually happening at the same time as the book you are reading. It was fun to read this book and wonder what was going on with the other characters, but knowing I would eventually find out.
We meet Grace Meredith in the first book and I have to say I have a special connection with her.
She is a singer and her personality is very much like mine. She is quiet off stage but on stage she comes alive, can talk to her audience without a problem. I am the same way, I sing freely and allow God to speak through me as I lead worship but one-on-one I can clam up. Her birthday is in July too, just like me :)
Grace is a combination of myself and one of my characters in my WIP, whose names also happens to be Grace. She has a secret, one she thinks she doesn't deserve forgiveness from. I loved watching her open up to receive God's amazing grace.
This is a wonderful story with a rich cast of characters. Not a fast-paced read but a nice, easy one. I enjoyed my time in the windy city and I am sure you will too.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange of an honest review.
Grace Meredith has been touring the country sharing her message of purity and that her fans are worth the wait as part of her contemporary Christian music tour entitled New Year, New You. She feels the passion of God speaking to her heart and finds literally after every concert at her Meet and Greet sessions that talking with young people about their decision to remain pure until marriage is something God's called her to do. She's even telling them that she is waiting in her own engagement to Roger for them to be married first because it's worth the wait. It's a message that has made her a role model for her young fans.
Only thing is, Roger calls Grace during her tour to drop the ultimate bombshell on her, that he can no longer wait for her. He can't deal with her busy concert tours and not being home. He's hoping to find someone a bit more rooted in town that he can begin a family and marriage with and hopes that they can still remain friends. Now how can Grace appear before the many fans sharing a message of being worth the wait when her own fiancÃÂ¨ won't wait for her?
As Grace struggles with coming to terms with her upcoming tours, she finds herself at a loss for words quite literally. Seems she has picked up more than a sore throat that threatens her upcoming concert dates. When she tries to contact her agent, she's informed that she has been assigned a new one, Jeff Newman. Jeff wants to meet with Grace as soon as possible to see what the direction might be for her concert series and if she wants to remain with the New Year, New You theme.
Just when Grace finds herself home alone in Chicago with nothing more than her cat, Oreo as her companion, she wonders about the neighbors who live on her street. After all the time shes spent living her, she hasn't had the time to meet a single one. But all that is about to change with a snow storm is destined for Chicago and with it a chance to see things she had never noticed before until she finds herself Grounded!
I received Grounded by authors Neta and Dave Jackson compliments of Worthy Publishing and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for a favorable one and literally fell in love the message of redemption and grace that permeates throughout this entire novel. I can so relate to Grace's character because I have found myself in the same shoes almost as Grace and the message is one that readers can relate to. That no matter what has happened in your life, you can be forgiven. Don't let the enemy try to wear you down telling you that you will never be worthy enough for heaven and that no matter how hard you try it will never be enough. This is a great novel that defines God's grace for what it really is meant to be. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to read the next one in the Windy City Neighborhood series in the Fall of this year. My favorite character next to Grace would definitely be Estelle! Oh how I would LOVE to have a neighbor like her.