Friday, February 11, 2011

Bloggy Book Review ::: Who Is My Shelter by Neta Jackson


I was recently emailed about the opportunity to review Neta Jackson's latest Yada Yada / House of Hope book, Who Is My Shelter? It's been a while since I've read any Christian fiction - not since my burnout from in at the end of 2009 - but as a fan of all the other Yada Yada books, I accepted this one. It did not disappoint.

This continues the story of Gabby - a 40ish mom of two, working at Manna House (a homeless shelter), and recovering from a violent and unexpected separation from her husband of 15 years. By this book in the series (#4), Gabby is on track to getting her life back together - she has a job and a place for her and her boys to live. However, the book starts with a bang when Gabby finds out that her husband has a serious gambling addiction and is in way over his head.

I won't give away much more of the story, but I will tell you why I enjoy these books by Neta Jackson so much. These characters are very real to me. They are not the cheesy Christian characters that you find in a lot of Christian fiction. The husbands and wives talk to each other normally - they fight and disagree and it's not always roses and Bible verses in every conversation. That is one of my complaints about most Christian fiction - it's just not how most of the people I know really talk to one another, married or not! Also, these characters are working through their faith just as I am on a daily basis. They struggle with prayer and whether God really hears. Gabby tries so hard to solve her problems when what she really needs to learn is to trust on God and watch Him work out the details before her eyes. The characters are real flawed people, struggling and growing in the faith, as I am. And it's encouraging to me.

If you haven't read any of the Yada Yada books (either series) and are looking for some fiction to read, I recommend these books!

Thank you to Thomas Nelson and the BookSneeze blogging program for the free copy of this book I received.

6 comments:

  1. I recently read the first three (I'd borrowed 2 of them and needed to return them) and look forward to reading the last one sometime. Glad it's good!

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  2. I haven't read any of those. Do you think I'd like them? They sound like a lazy, fun read which might be just what I'm after this summer. =)

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  3. I haven't read any of these, but I agree with your assessment of some Christian fiction (I quite reading one author in particular because it all seemed too good to be true). I have been pleasantly surprised by some titles recently--definitely real people with real issues. I would be happy to pass on a few of the books to you!

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  4. Oops! That was supposed to be "quit". Hope you are enjoying the wintry weather. I can't wait for the warmth to arrive next week!

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  5. I've awarded you the Stylish Blogger Award! You can check it out on my blog here: http://www.benandme.net/2011/02/stylish-blogger-award.html

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  6. Thanks for reading and reviewing my latest novel, Stephanie! I really appreciate the encouraging words. Now, on to "what's next" . . .!

    Neta Jackson
    Author of the House of Hope series

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