In this review, I will talk about a favorite religious fiction series of mine. If anyone of you are familiar with Neta Jackson, you may have heard of her Yada Yada Prayer book series. If you haven’t, you are in for a real treat.
Here are the seven books in this series:
Book #1, The Yada Yada Prayer Group®. If you haven’t had a chance to catch the wave, you’ll want to start with Neta’s first novel in this series about a group of Chicago-area women from totally diverse backgrounds who are thrown together at a women’s conference and decide to form a “prayer group.”
Book #2, The Yada Yada Prayer Group® Gets Down. The fledging prayer group endures a terrifying experience that causes the members to wonder whether they will ever get back to “normal.” Then a well-meaning gesture incites a backlash of anger in the group, forcing them to confront generations of racial division, pain, and mistrust—and stretches their friendship to the limit as they discover new depths of true forgiveness.
Book #3, The Yada Yada Prayer Group® Gets Real, finds Jodi Baxter’s oasis turned upside down when her upstairs neighbors move out and her nemesis, Leslie (Stu) Stuart, moves in! Avis’ middle-aged cocoon is turned inside out, too, by a beau from her past,and Chanda’s future has never looked brighter. But Stu’s proximity to the Baxter household will draw her secret to the surface-and no one is ready for the crisis that will follow.
Book #4, The Yada Yada Prayer Group® Gets Tough. When a white supremacy group targeting a local university attacks Nony’s husband, the Yada Yada Prayer Group®realizes they have just entered the spiritual war zone, and it is time to get tough! Once again, Neta does not shy away from difficult issues like differences in prayer, cross-cultural relationships, and worship, thus taking fiction to a whole new level of reality.
Book #5, The Yada Yada Prayer Group® Gets Caught. The Yada Yada sisters can’t seem to shake free from mushrooming circumstances of life. Ruth and Ben are caught in an unplanned pregnancy—in their fifties! Chanda is deluded by her lottery winnings. Florida wants to move her family out of trouble. And Avis, who seems to glide above the troubles of the world must contend with an abused adult daughter who keeps running home to Mama. Jodi Baxter is in a whirl because the prayer list is getting out of control.
Book #6, The Yada Yada Prayer Group® Gets Rolling. A devastating fire wakes up the Yada Yada sisters to a new reality: God is in the move, and it’s time for them to press on, pray on, and get rolling! In spite of MaDear’s failing health. In spite of the breakup of a teenage love. In spite of the curse of HIV. In spite of prison time hanging over the head of a beloved child. In spite of a startling diamond ring. Out of the ashes, God is doing a new thing! As the prayer group heads into a new year fraught with change, Jodi Baxter and her Yada sisters are realizing it is either hunker down with the safe and stagnant, or get rolling with God—even if it means letting go of the old and embracing the new.
Book #7, The Yada Yada Prayer Group® Gets Decked Out. From Thanksgiving and Christmas to rolling in the New Year, the Yada Yadas are “decked out” to celebrate the holidays! But God’s idea of “decked out” might just change the nature of their party plans. A perplexing encounter with a former student, a crime that literally knocks Jodi off her feet, a hurry-up wedding, and a child who would forever change her family … it’s times like these that she really needs her prayer sisters as they learn that no one can out-celebrate God. So let’s help them get this party started!
I absolutely love this series, and can relate to most of it on a daily basis, which is why I highly recommend it. The main character, Jodi Baxter, is the everyday Mom most of us are, or most of us want to be. And she is human, and makes mistakes. I think that is why she is someone we can all relate to.
Have you read the Yada Yada Prayer Group series?
**I don’t have a personal relationship with Neta Jackson, so this is definitely a book review that comes from my heart. I hope that you take the time to check it out, and let it touch your life as well.