2.29.2012

Stand By Me By Neta Jackson

Book Description
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 has all but disowned her. Kat’s enthusiasm for her newfound faith tempers the sting of their rejection.

When Kat discovers SouledOut Community Church, she longs to become a part of the multi-cultural church family. But her tendency to say whatever she’s thinking and her eccentric ways step on the toes of nearly everyone she meets—especially Avis Douglass, a woman she admires but who seems distant.

Avis is known for her mature faith and her reliance on listening to God more than people. Married to a kind and successful businessman, she is the principal of one of Chicago’s highest performing elementary schools, and a founding and active 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 all this?

Kat’s flamboyant zeal for living a “radical” Christian life is a stark contrast to Avis’s quiet crisis of faith. But in God’s own mysterious ways, the two women discover they need each other in ways neither of them expected.

What I loved about this book the most was that I could identify with the characters in their daily struggles as it was closely related to my own. How they seek out God's guidance to their situations and lean on a friend for support. This book was like a cool drink of water on a hot day. It was so refreshing to the heart and soul.
I love how the book goes on to reveal that no matter how polished and prim someone looks on the outside, they can be tattern and torn on the inside. No matter how together you have it, you can never have it all together.
This would be a great book for a book club discussion as it will encourage each other to look at their own lives and put themselves in the place of characters and how they live day to day!

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