(May 7, 2013)
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
As a husband/wife writing team, we are enthusiastic about books, kids, walking with God, gospel music, and each other! Together we are the authors or coauthors of over 120 books. (You can see our Publication Record by clicking HERE.) In addition to writing several books about Christian community, we have been privileged to coauthor numerous books with expert resource people on a variety of topics from racial reconciliation to medical ethics to ministry to kids in gangs.
But over the years the we have especially enjoyed writing for children and young people! This includes our award-winning TRAILBLAZER series, historical fiction about great Christian heroes and heroines for young people ages 8-12, and the four-volume HERO TALES: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Great Christians, and the companion book, Heroes in Black History.
Somewhere along the way, our own children grew up! Son Julian is Director of Experience Design for the Alder Planetarium in Chicago where he “provides the experience of exploring space” for visitors. He has two sons, Liam Isaac and Elijah David. Daughter Rachel graduated from Eastern Mennonite University and after working in the field of rape-crisis prevention went on to earn a Masters Degree in counseling from the University of Illinois. She is now a counselor at “Uni High School” in Champaign, Illinois. She is the loving mother of Havah Noelle (our first grandchild!) and Noah Zion, our youngest grandchild. The Jackson family also includes a Cambodian foster daughter, Samen Sang, who has four children.
We live in Evanston, Illinois, where for twenty-seven years we were part of Reba Place Church, a Christian church community. We are now members of a multi-racial congregation in the Chicago area.
ABOUT THE BOOK
…But Hope May Be Just Across the Street
Grace Meredith is a beloved contemporary Christian recording artist whose career–and personal life–hits unexpected turbulence. She feels grounded–in more ways than one.
Grace s fiancé, bothered by her outspoken stance on purity and her near-constant travel, has broken off their relationship. Exhausted and unable to continue her current concert schedule, Grace returns home to Chicago, where she is soon stranded in a major snowstorm. Facing new questions about her future and her faith, Grace finds herself connecting for the first time with the residents of her neighborhood. What she discovers in these unexpected relationships could change everything.
Welcome to the Neighborhood
The first in the Windy City Neighbors series, Grounded is an uplifting, contemporary story about ordinary people wrestling with the spiritual and practical issues of real life. The series employs the innovative storytelling technique of parallel novels, each with its own drama and story arc, but whose characters lives become intertwined and affect one another. Grounded welcomes you to Beecham Street–a typical, isolated American neighborhood that might just be a place of hope.
My thoughts and giveaway:
I read the first three books in Neta Jackson’s Yada Yada Prayer Group series and really enjoyed them so I was excited to jump into this new series.
I was not disappointed. Neta and Dave have laid the perfect “ground” work for a great series.
This series runs parallel stories with the different characters in the neighborhood that Grace (the main character) lives in. What that means is that the other books in the series are stories that are actually happening at the same time as the book you are reading. It was fun to read this book and wonder what was going on with the other characters, but knowing I would eventually find out.
We meet Grace Meredith in the first book and I have to say I have a special connection with her.
She is a singer and her personality is very much like mine. She is quiet off stage but on stage she comes alive, can talk to her audience without a problem. I am the same way, I sing freely and allow God to speak through me as I lead worship but one-on-one I can clam up. Her birthday is in July too, just like me 🙂
Grace is a combination of myself and one of my characters in my WIP, whose names also happens to be Grace. She has a secret, one she thinks she doesn’t deserve forgiveness from. I loved watching her open up to receive God’s amazing grace.
This is a wonderful story with a rich cast of characters. Not a fast-paced read but a nice, easy one. I enjoyed my time in the windy city and I am sure you will too.
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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange of an honest review.