Wednesday, November 21, 2007

CFBA Blog Tour - Neta Jackson's The Yada Yada Group Gets Decked Out

When I learned last week that this week's blog tour for CFBA would be focusing on one of the Yada Yada Prayer Group's books, I couldn't believe it. Did I miss the notice a few months ago when this month's blog tour agenda was announced? How? We receive the notices from the CFBA's coordinator, Bonnie Calhoun, and we have the choice to have the publisher send us a copy of the books to read and review or we don't. If I'd seen a Yada Yada book I'd have requested it in a New York minute.

I later learned that one of the books offered for November wasn't going to be able to be shipped in a timely fashion so the All Decked Out book was offered as a substitute. Since I didn't ask for the book that was postponed, I never got All Decked Out.

I haven't yet read this particular Yada Yada book, but trust me, I will. This is the final book in Neta Jackson's series. That alone will make it a bittersweet experience when I do read it.

If you haven't yet read any of these books, I want to suggest you start with book #1 which is simply titled The Yada Yada Prayer Group. But, each book can stand alone on it's own and I'm here to promote Yada Yada Gets Decked Out.

The books are set in the Rogers Park area of Chicago which is a muti-ethnic neighborhood at the very northern edge of Chicago. Cross the line at Howard Street and you are in Evanston.

The Yada Yada's are a group of ladies who meet at a women's conference and are randomly put into a group for the conference. The woman are about as mixed up as any group can get ethnicity wise. Black, Asian, Hispanic, and White. Jodie Baxter is the protag who tells the story. She's the white one. Seeing the character arc and spiritual arc for Jodie through the storyline has been a lesson in spiritual and character growth for this WASP (White, Anglosaxon, Protestant) woman (me), not to mention the same for the other characters in the stories.

In fact, right now I am listening to the series in audio format whenever I go out for my walks in the neighborhood and I come home feeling like I've been at a prayer meeting. No kidding.

I was so sad when I heard All Decked Out is to be the last in the series. I know most series do eventually stop, but I wanted to drive over to Neta Jackson's house (she lives in Evanston) and beg her to sit down at her computer and bang out another story. LOL. Of course, I didn't. I've since heard that she's starting a new series which promises to be a spinoff of Yada Yada and I cannot wait for the first book to come out.

Since I haven't yet read All Decked Out, I'll let the CFBA tell the story of this book:


Neta Jackson Neta Jackson's award-winning Yada books have sold more than 350,000 copies and are spawning prayer groups across the country. She and her husband, Dave, are also an award-winning husband/wife writing team, best known for the Trailblazer Books--a 40-volume series of historical fiction about great Christian heroes with 1.8 million in sales--and Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes (vols 1-4).

Dave and Neta live in Evanston, Illinois, where for twenty-seven years they were part of Reba Place Church, a Christian church community. They are now members of the Chicago Tabernacle, a multi-racial congregation that is a daughter church of the well-known Brooklyn Tabernacle.


Turkey dinners, tree trimming, and decking the halls--it's that time of year again! And I Jodi Baxter, can't wait to celebrate. My kids are coming home for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and then all of us Yadas are getting decked out for a big New Year's party.

But God's idea of "decked out" might just change the nature of our party plans. A perplexing encounter with a former student, a crime that literally knocks me off my feet, a hurry-up wedding, and a child who will forever change our's times like these that I really need my prayer sisters.

This holiday season, we Yada Yadas are learning that no one can out celebrate God. So let's get this party started!

THE YADA YADA PRAYER GROUP GETS DECKED OUT is a festive novella featuring America's favorite prayer group, the Yada Yadas!

Sometimes dubbed "chick-lit" for their bright covers and catchy titles, this series provides far more depth than witty banter and wacky situations. Inspired by a prayer group of real women, each book will have you laughing, crying, and perhaps praying anew.

In this highly anticipated installment, the Yada Yada sisters-a group of multi-cultural friends-and their families prepare for the event of the season.

But yes, eager readers, this novella—which picks up a year and a half after the end of book #6 The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Rolling concludes the series with some twists and turns that will amaze and encourage you. Plus, it sets the stage for Neta’s new series with new characters and new situations but also occasional roles for the beloved Yada Yada sisters in familiar Chicago neighborhoods with all their cultural richness.

It would make a great Christmas gift too! Buy it at Amazon!

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