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Yada Yada

August 31, 2011

I have been very anxious to share about a fabulous book series that was recommended to me by a friend. The “Yada Yada Prayer Group” series by Neta Jackson has made me laugh out loud, cry unashamedly, and learn a lot about prayer—as well as let the dishes go undone, the laundry pile up, and the pantry dwindle to bare nothings as I’ve forgotten about the world around me and been completely indulged in this eight-book series. Although the novels are fictitious, I immediately identified with the very “real” characters, dialogue, and plot. In fact, I could identify with Jodi, the main character, almost too well. Jodi is a mother of two, married to a great husband, and likes to live in her nice, little, neat box. When she attends a women’s conference and meets 12 women from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and church denominations, her world is rocked and her narrow view of God and prayer is tested, turned upside down, and strengthened. Through each of the novels (I’ve read 6 of 8 and can’t wait to finish the last two!) I’ve learned how to:

    • Pray Scriptures
    • Pray for all things, expecting God to work
    • Pray for others
    • Be accountable to others
    • Seek God’ will first in all situations before panicking, worrying, and attempting a solution in my own will

    Read this excerpt from Book #3 (page 403):

Sopping wet, hardly aware of the frigid water, I stepped back as if watching the scene in the water from a faraway place. What had just happened here? Two young women had just been baptized. Redeemed from their own efforts. Set free to be new women. And the rest of us . . . we were being redeemed too. Florida—turning a new page in the life of her family. Chanda—seeing “Dia’s daddy” for the faithless moneygrubber he really was. Nony—carrying her vision for a redeemed South Africa in her heart. Avis—redeemed from the ache of loneliness she’d lived with since her beloved Conrad had died.

And me. Jodi Marie Baxter. Redeemed to be . . . me! Not the good girl I thought I was for so many years. Not the hopeless sinner I discovered myself to be. But the woman God created me to be—to knock off the rough edges of my pettiness and self-righteousness and judgmental spirit. Yet who accepted me just for myself.

Already wet, I raised my arms toward the sky, yelled, “Thank You, Jesus!” and fell backward into Lake Michigan.

 

If you want eight novels that make you laugh, cry, and grow in your faith, check out this fun but powerful series! (But first warn your family they will receive no more clean clothes or hot meals in the meantime ‘cause you’re on a Yada Yada adventure!)

What novel would you highly recommend?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. candace permalink
    August 31, 2011 1:36 pm

    I loved these books, and the series that spinned off from them.

  2. August 31, 2011 4:30 pm

    I am going to have to read these!

    • August 31, 2011 7:20 pm

      I couldn’t put them down! They’re all about 400 pages, and I read each in a week!

  3. August 31, 2011 6:04 pm

    My mom has been trying to get me to read those for years. I don’t know why I never did. I definitely need to borrow hers!

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