Stand by Me

Paperback | March 12, 2012

byNeta Jackson

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Sometimes the person you most need is the one least like you.

Kathryn Davies is a bright young woman from a prominent Phoenix family. But after making a leap of faith at a Christian music fest, dropping out of med school, and moving to inner city Chicago, her family all but disowns her.

When Kat discovers SouledOut Community Church, she longs to become a part of the multicultural church family. But her tendency to immediately say whatever she's thinking steps on the toes of nearly everyone she meets-especially Avis Douglass.

Avis has a strong faith, is the principal of one of Chicago's highest performing elementary schools, and is a founding member of SouledOut. But the country's economic downturn has thrown both her and her husband's jobs in question. And Avis hasn't heard from her youngest daughter in months-an estrangement that gnaws at her every day. Where is God in this?

Kat's flamboyant zeal for living a "radical" Christian life is a stark contrast to Avis's more reserved faith. But in God's timing, the two women discover they need each other in ways neither of them expected.

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Sometimes the person you most need is the one least like you.Kathryn Davies is a bright young woman from a prominent Phoenix family. But after making a leap of faith at a Christian music fest, dropping out of med school, and moving to inner city Chicago, her family all but disowns her.When Kat discovers SouledOut Community Church, she ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.38 × 5.63 × 1.13 inPublished:March 12, 2012Publisher:Thomas NelsonLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from New series from Neta Jackson Avis Douglass and her husband Peter are at a turning point in their lives. Peter wants to sell his software business so the two of them can head out on a mission trip to South Africa with one of their friends. With the economy the way it is, it seems like the perfect time. But Avis is worried about her daughter Rochelle and grandson Conny who she hasn't heard from in months, not since the night they had a terrible argument. Rochelle is sick and without an income and she faces a tough road ahead of her. Avis couldn't possibly leave the country not knowing where Rochelle is. And when Avis and Peter are asked to join the pastoral team of their church, all of their plans are thrown up in the air. Kathryn "Kat" Davies made the life-changing decision to follow Christ at a Christian music festival a few years ago, upsetting her parents. When she decides to drop out of med-school and her leave her upscale life in Phoenix to go to school in Chicago to become an educator her parents pretty much disown her. But Kat is committed to living a radical life for Jesus, living and attending church in inner-city Chicago, and doing all she can to help people she meets while dumpster diving for food behind a local grocery store. But Kat has a habit of talking too much and not listening enough and it often gets her into trouble, no matter how well-meaning she is. When Avis and Kat cross paths at SouledOut Community Church, it isn't exactly a match made in heaven. Kat is looking for a mentor, an experienced woman who can lead her in Christ and this new life she has committed herself to. But Kat is a little too much for Avis and she ends up getting under her skin. Avis just doesn't have the time to deal with Kat's over-reaching zeal with all that is going on in her life. However, Avis soon discovers that no matter how much she fights it, she needs Kat more than she thought she would. Stand By Me is the first offering in Neta Jackson's SouledOut Sisters collection. Avis Douglass is a character in Jackson's previous Yada Yada Prayer Group books and now her life and church are the focus of their own series. I haven't read any of the other Yada Yada books but I highly enjoyed this one. It definitely makes me want to start in on the other series'. I really enjoyed how Kat and Avis represented two totally different people committed to the same cause. The beautiful thing about the Body of Christ is it is made up of people from every walk of life, of all ages, races, incomes, you name it. Kat is a young, enthusiastic girl who recently came to Christ and walks with that zeal to live radically every moment of every day. Avis represents the mature woman who has spent her life in the church, dedicated to building the Kingdom with the benefit of time and experience. Kat and Avis exemplify what Titus 2 teaches about the older women in the church mentoring the younger women. Jackson's writing is easy to follow, well laid out and tells a good story. Sure the book got a bit frustrating. You want to reach into the pages and give Kat a good shake, tell her to relax a bit. You also want to reach into the pages and give Avis a poke and tell her to wake up to what is in front of her. But in the end, Jackson works it all out. I'm hooked on this series and I look forward to what is next for these two women. I received this book courtesy of Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze Program. The opinions expressed above are purely my own.
Date published: 2012-06-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Stand By Me - a good read! Stand By Me, by Neta Jackson, is the first fiction book I have requested from As a pastor, I tend to lean toward the non-fiction, as a way of seeing what new work is being discussed in the world of religion and theology. But I am so glad that I took a chance on this book. Jackson's writing style invites the reader in on page one and captivates them until the very end. I enjoyed being able to just read a book that speaks about faith through characters who bring faith issues to light. A young woman, new to faith, and a mature woman, a life long Christian, have their Christians lives come together in ways that enrich both lives and encourage growth in faith and love with Jesus Christ. Both women struggle with questions in their lives around career and family, and both find support in the other to wrestle with where God is in their lives and where God is calling them to serve. This book captures the questions and feelings of real life Christians, in a heart-felt and touching way. A book about faith and companionship on the journey with Jesus in this world. It's a hit in my opinion.
Date published: 2012-03-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A nice read FTC Disclaimer - I received this book complimentary from Booksneeze in return for a fair and honest review. I’ve never been one to talk about religion. In fact, I sometimes wonder about it myself — am I religious? Could I be more religious? How do I go about inviting religion into my life? But I never go beyond the questions in my head. One thing that I’ll openly admit is that I’ve always seemed wary of organized religion, after going to church a few times growing up and finding it very monotonous and boring. Enter Stand by Me, a novel by author Neta Jackson. It’s about Kathryn, a young girl who drastically changes her life plans, drops out of med school, moves away from her home in Phoenix, and enters a Christian university after letting Jesus into her life. In her new home, she finds a wonderful church that’s housed inside of a mall and is a multi-culture, community church. The description made me think of one of those churches I’d only seen in movies — one which makes the churchgoers actually want to be there, one where you get involved and don’t just go because you feel you have to. Of course, the novel isn’t just about Kathryn’s life change, but also about Avis, a mother who is worried about her daughter who seemed to have dropped off the planet. She can’t be reached by phone, her apartment seems to no longer exist and Avis doesn’t know what to do. It’s only when Kathryn and her three friends from school move into the apartment below Avis and her husband, and start to attend Avis’s church, that the two women can’t help but collide with one another, in more ways than one. I have very mixed feelings about this book. I’ll admit that I’ve really been enjoying the offerings of the Thomas Nelson Publishing Company, but this one seemed a little different from my previous reads. First off, I really dislike the cover. I’m not sure what it is about it that irks me, but when I was perusing the selection of reads on Booksneeze, I hesitated on this one because of the cover alone. The second thing is that I didn’t like either of the main characters. For someone who was as deeply religious as Avis, I wondered how she could have been so petty and judgemental towards Kathryn and her roommates — especially towards Kathryn. I felt that if Avis had such a problem with her that she would sit Kathryn down and talk to her, rather than be so judgemental. In the same sense, Kathryn bugged the crap out of me. I felt that she was too set in her ways and ignorant that she couldn’t be bothered with understanding another person’s point of view. Perhaps it was her age, but for someone who was in university and appeared so smart, I expected Kathryn to be a little smarter about her new neighbourhood and neighbours. Of course, even though I really didn’t like the main characters, the story was alright, if not a little farfetched. There were a lot of loose strings left over at the end that I wished had been tied up, questions left unanswered. I really did like the story and felt there were a few ways that I could relate to Kathryn, most specifically in the way that her father called her new interest in religion her latest “distraction” — I’m known to harbour a lot of distractions and could see where he was coming from. Though, sometimes a distraction will actually stick and turn into something you love. I’m always torn when thinking about books that seem to really push on the buttons of race and discrimination, especially this book. Part of me felt that since the novel centered around the church and people who were discovering the depths of their own personal religion, that race wouldn’t be an issue, but then another part of me realizes that discrimination is everywhere and even churchgoers suffer from it. It just shows that even if a person is devoutly religious, they too can slip up and it helps to deepen the bond between them and their saviour. In the end, Stand By Me was a decent novel, though not one of my favourites in the Christian fiction category. It is full of very strong characters, some great discussion topics, and is a quick, fast-paced read.
Date published: 2012-02-16

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Editorial Reviews

"Readers will enjoy the antics of Kat and her open-mouth-insertfootways, and watching God orchestrate His will in the lives of thepeople of the SouledOut Community Church."