This book was a monthly selection for our ladies' ministry book club. After reading it, I was hooked -- you may as well go ahead and order all the books in this series! Several months before, I attended a ladies' conference and had shared a room with two of my Sisters-in-Christ and it was truly a memorial weekend. This book really brings home the truth that no matter how different we may look on the outside, on the inside we all long for the same thing. We want and need God in our lives are directed by God to share with other women His love and to encourage our Sisters. It is our privilege as Christian women to help other women who cross our paths. No one comes into our life by accident -- God places them there. Some may be a part of our lives for only a brief time and others to remainder of our lives. This book is all about Sisterhood-in-Christ. I am now on the 4th one and am passing them on to friends as I finish them. This book will enrich your life.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will probably move further into the series. I fully appreciated the primary theme of mutual acceptance, the benefits and blessings from such a sisterhood, and even some of the shallow pettiness so artfully described. The author did a masterful job of recreating the complex intricacies that exist when a group of women (especially one as large as 12) gathers together. I was just a little troubled, however, by the underlying message that the middle class white woman was the one who needed to be doing the moving and accepting outside of her white suburban quiet and silent worship. However, when she offered to share her childrens summer church camp to one of her sisters in the prayer group, she was immediately rebuffed and made to feel racist because the camp brochure depicted predominately white children. I hope future books in the series demonstrate a little more acceptance of Jodi where she is at, instead of always depicting Jodi trying to become her sisters of colorespecially when it comes to prayer and worship styles. Hers is a difference that should be celebrated just the same.
If you need some Praise, laughter and tears; this is the book for you. It teaches you as well as entertains. I assure you that you will find yourself praying and saying Amen right along with this group of women. It makes me want to consider a Prayer Group like that in my neighborhood. You must meet "Flo"
I have seen this book series before but didn't think it would interest me. Was I wrong. This book is so good I can't put it down. It makes me think more about living in someone else's shoes instead of prejudging. Very entertaining. Glad I read this book. Can't wait to read the next one.