In Neta Jackson’s continuing series, the Yada Yada Prayer Group experience additional challenges.
Prayer is the tie that binds this ad hoc collection of diverse females of varied ethnic backgrounds, economic milieu, ages, and family structures. The story carries the reader through the mundane and the exotic, daily life of protagonist Jodi Baxter and her family, as they intersect with the community and the other ladies in Yada Yada.
The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Tough picks up speed during the second half as the story focuses on volatile racial and ethnic issues in the Chicago setting, punctuated by tension between a white church and their multi-racial counterpart who share a common building.
Jodi’s family is average, consisting of a stereo-typical teenage daughter, a non-typical teenage son and husband, and a central figure in the form of Willie Wonka, a geriatric dog. Jodi’s husband and son have refreshing abilities to develop and maintain friendships, and be involved in their community.
The way the diverse Yada Yada women interact and care for each other is idealistic, but we can always hope. The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Tough pivots on tolerance, exploring how bigots wield the word to excuse their harmful behavior toward racial groups, and how Christians use it to extend welcome.
The book reminds readers to pray, and gives plenty of examples of how to do it. For Yada Yada fans, this book will be a welcome addition. Though readers can pick this volume up by itself, those who have read the series will get more out of it. For the younger readers in your home, check out Jackson’s Trailblazer series. – PeggySue Wells, Christian Book Previews.com
In Book 4 of The Yada Yada Prayer Group series, Neta Jackson takes the prayer group to an even deeper level. They've been together a whole year, and so many good things are happening! But that's just when the Enemy knows to attack—when our guard is down.
Suddenly everything seems to be falling apart: Nony's family is in crisis, Jodi's teenagers seem out of control, Stu's new housemate makes her crawl the walls and Chandra discovers that money can't solve all her problems and sometimes even creates new ones. Add an unplanned pregnancy to the mix and the Yada Yada sisters realize they need to get tough. They've entered the War Zone, and this is spiritual warfare. Will the Yada Yadas buckle under this new crisis of faith?