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Stand by Me (SouledOut Sisters #1)

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  832 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
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 multicul
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 12th 2012 by Thomas Nelson
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Jennifer Wedemeyer
Apr 03, 2012 Jennifer Wedemeyer rated it it was amazing

I felt like a little kid in a candy store or a like it was Christmas morning when I saw this book up for review on BookSneeze. I don't know when I've been more excited to discover a book, I read all the Yada Yada series including the House of Hope and the Yada Yada Brothers series. Neta Jackson's book speak to me and I ALWAYS get something out of them spiritually as well as an enjoyable read. Neta didn't let me down this time either, I was so titillated to have all the Yada Yada ladies back in t
May 25, 2012 Marlene rated it liked it

A familiar character from the Yada Yada Prayer Group novels, Avis is an elementary school principal who exemplifies poise, strength of character, and maturity in her professional and Christian walk. She doesn’t just “do church,” but worships passionately. Outwardly, it would appear that she really has it all together, but inwardly, she is suffering deeply, understanding fully the psalmist’s account of tears being his food from morning to night. Finally opening up to her sisters in the prayer gro
Jan 01, 2016 Heather rated it liked it
I haven’t before read any of Neta Jackson’s books, although I’ve been meaning to read Yada Yada for quite some time now. I did not realize until I started reading that this is kind of a spin-off series. The good news is that it’s written in such a way that I never felt lost. Although I’m guessing some of the events mentioned are shared in detail in one or another of the Yada Yada books. This has definitely piqued my interest and made me want to read it sooner, rather than later.

The characters we
Apr 06, 2012 Melissa rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit, novel
Oh boy, what to say about Stand by Me. I was so excited to see this as a book to review for Booksneeze, because I LOVE Neta Jackson...I'm a big fan of the Yada Yada books and the House of Hope. I did not like Stand by Me.

The concept was really good...get to know some of the other characters. I just really struggled with this book. First with the characters: Kat was incredibly annoying. Her friends had no back-bone. And the Douglas's were very shallow and very hypocritical. I had hoped that by r
Mar 16, 2012 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 f
Mary M
Jan 02, 2013 Mary M rated it really liked it
As a longtime fan of Neta Jackson and the Yada Yadas, how could I not read this book? I did find it a little predictable at this point but enjoyed meeting characters old and new. I think Nick was my favourite of the new characters.

I liked the way in which the new characters were integrated into existing story lines and updates from old favourites. I especially liked "hearing" from Nony, even for just a moment in a letter.

This book didn't bring me a lot of new insights into my own behaviour and
Nov 20, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Biggest lesson of the book I learned: do not assume. For instance, Avis has always been the "leader" of Yada Yada because of her personal relationship with God (in addition with being a principal and worship leader in church). In this book, she struggles mightily. I kept thinking she was pulling a Jodi (leaping before letting God handle things), but really she was just not seeing because she was so narrowly focused on her problems.The other characters in the book are full of assumptions as well, ...more
Jan 28, 2013 Madelle rated it really liked it
Neta Jackson's two other series sucked me right in and this new series is no exception. It is full of characters from her other books plus some new ones, but deals with difficult issues including, living with HIV, poverty, homelessness, racism in the church, family relationships and still manages to include humor and a great story line. I have the next one on reserve.
Paula  Phillips
From the author of the YadaYada Prayer Group comes a new series SouledOut , I have to say personally I was a little disappointed in this book as I loved the YadaYada series and was looking forward to her new series. In Stand by Me , we meet two main women - On the left of the cover we have Avis and on the right we have Kat. The women are complete opposite , but it may just be that the statement of opposites attracting that will ring true in Stand By Me. Avis is celebrating her sixth wedding anni ...more
FTC Disclaimer: I received this book complimentary from BookSneeze in exchange 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 monotono
Alice Fleury
Apr 03, 2012 Alice Fleury rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers of Christian Stories
Recommended to Alice by: My first win in Goodreads giveaways
I haven't read anything by Neta Jackson before.

This book was courtesy of Thomas Nelson Publishers through Goodreads giveaways. Wow, they ship fast.

My biggest problem with this story was too much set-up, not enough conflict. I actually skipped some narrative, and put the book down several times as I grew weary of reading it. However, I had to see how it turned out.

The story didn't need the prologue about Kat and her choice to change her direction in college. This choice could've been introduced
Cheryl Olson
Apr 04, 2012 Cheryl Olson rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews-2012
Have you ever had that situation where you were reading a book and you find yourself just plain irked with the characters? I mean they were really getting under my skin, their choices, what they say, how they are treating the people in their lives, etc. As I started reading Stand by Me by Neta Jackson I gotta say, I was feeling a little irked.

If you have read any of the other novels by Neta Jackson , then you will see yourself once again returning to Chicago and once again you will see some of
Apr 05, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
Kathryn (Kat) Davies comes from a prominent Phoenix family, whose father wants her to go to med school so she could practice with him. After attending a Christian music fest, Kat becomes a Christian and drops out of med school and goes into education, creating a deeper chasm within her family. Kat also starts attending SouledOut Community Church in Chicago, a mixed race community of believers.

Avis Douglass is the principal of one of Chicago’s best performing elementary schools, an over-the-hill
Mar 06, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author: Neta Jackson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
March 2012
ISBN: 978-1-59554-864-1
Genre: Inspirational/womens fiction

Kathryn Davies is a premed student in Arizona. She goes to Chicago with some friends and ends up accepting Christ, and then her whole life changes. Against her parents’ wishes, she enrolls in a university in Chicago, ditches her premed studies and takes up teaching. Her family all but disowns her.

Avis Douglass is a principle in a inner-city school, and she’s struggli
May 08, 2012 Marianne rated it it was amazing
Although I have read some of Neta Jackson's children novels, this is the first of her 'adult' novels I have read. What an awesome novel, following Katheryn Davies (also know as Kat with a K) from the exhibition tent at the Midwest Music Festival in Central Illinois where she became a born-again Christian, to a few years later when she is in College living out her Christianity. By coming into her life just after her decision to follow Christ, and continuing, we have a good example of her growth ...more
Apr 06, 2012 Ramona rated it liked it
Continuing with the Yada Yada theme, Neta Jackson starts a new series highlighting another primary character from the Yada Yada prayer group. This time, Avis Douglas takes center stage as we get to learn more about the personal life of the calm, cool and collected Yada Yada group leader and principal at Bethune Elementary School. As the story goes deeper into Avis' personal life, the author introduces new characters to the story - Kathryn Davies (Kat) and a few of Kat's college friends. From the ...more
Katrina Burchett
Apr 04, 2012 Katrina Burchett rated it really liked it
The bad economy has caused problems for Avis and her husband, Peter. Avis is also having a problem with her youngest daughter (not Peter’s biological child). Or maybe not a problem, but she’s very concerned about Rochelle and her grandson, Conny. And then there’s this new person who keeps showing up even though Avis really doesn’t have time for her.

I haven’t read Jackson’s Yada Yada Prayer Group novels, so this is the first I’ve been introduced to Avis Douglass. I liked Avis more than any other
Clockstein Lockstein
Apr 17, 2012 Clockstein Lockstein rated it it was amazing
Stand by Me by Neta Jackson is the first book in the SouledOut Sisters series, a spin-off from the Yada Yada Prayer Group series. Avis Douglass has long been the disciplinarian of Yada Yada, keeping her sisters in line like she does as the principal of a Chicago elementary school. But her life is taking some turns that leave her frustrated and distant from the Lord. When Kat Davies enters her life, Avis wants nothing to do with the do-good college student who has a whole lot of ideas about how o ...more
Bluerose's  Heart
I've heard of the Yada Yada books, but I've never read any of them. Apparently, there are several different series, all revolving around the same Prayer Group. Stand by Me is the first book in the new series, Souled Out Sisters. The Yada Yada Prayer Group is still going strong, and it looks like some of the same characters are still around, but with some new ones added in, too.

Religion also plays a huge part in this book, so if you don't care to read "preachy" books, you might not care for this
Wanda (The Watered Soul)
Jul 18, 2012 Wanda (The Watered Soul) rated it really liked it
In many ways Stand by Me by Neta Jackson is a book of opposites.

One character tries to discover their place in the world yet the other clings to stay in a familiar place.

One character is reserved while the other is outspoken.

One character dumpster dives by choice the other rescues food by necessity.

One character is on a second marriage but the other has the hints of unknown love in bloom.

The key characters Avis Douglas and Kathryn “Kat” Davies couldn’t be more different. Avis a middle-aged, Afri
If you thought Netta Jackson’s “Yada Yada Prayer Group” books were a hit, watch out for her new “SouledOut Sisters” novels!

Stand By Me is Book One in this new series, and it was fantastic! I wish I would’ve had the time to sit and read it all in one sitting. This book has a great variety of characters, humor and heartwarming moments. I was sad when I came to the end, and cannot wait to read Book Two.

This book focuses on the congregation of SouledOut Community Church, a multi-cultural church in a
I had the extreme pleasure of reading all the Yada Yada Prayer Group series and going through the ladies struggles and triumphs that would have broken others, they came through with their faith in the Lord and their friendships intact – so when I had the chance to read Stand By Me which is the newest series for Neta Jackson, that includes the ladies from Yada Yada and some new characters, I just had to get my hands on it! This book did not disappoint, nor did Neta’s writing and well developed pl ...more
Jun 13, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it
I own the entire Yada Yada Prayer Group series and the Yada Yada House of Hope series, but I've never read any of them. Well, that's going to change now! I read Stand by Me (a Souled Out Sisters Novel) this weekend. It is a fast read, and I was totally immersed. Though I am a country/ small town girl and this focuses on inner city, I immediately connected with the characters. They were three-dimensional with very real emotions. Their flaws actually sometimes annoyed me, just like in real life!! ...more
Christian Fiction Addiction
Mar 28, 2012 Christian Fiction Addiction rated it really liked it

Neta Jackson is an author who excells at creating true-to-life characters with heart, ones who will touch you with their quirks, their messy faith, their dreams and desires.

Stand By Me is a fabulous book where readers are reunited with favourite characters from past series, particularly with Avis Douglass, while being introduced to new characters like Kathryn Davies. Old or new, I felt the characters were beautifully developed and were a pleasure to get acquainted with again or for the first ti
Jun 20, 2012 Monica rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, 2012
Well, I may be the crazy one around here but I had never heard of Neta Jackson before I found her book Stand by Me on Booksneeze! I really enjoyed this book but it took me a few chapters to get into it. It starts with a college student at a music festival in the midwest where she finds Jesus! This makes her decide to change the course of her future, which her parents aren't very happy about.

Kat, the college student, and some of her friends start attending Souledout Community Church. Avis, a midd
Jun 19, 2016 April marked it as to-read
*sigh* I just could not finish this one. So I won't give it a star rating since I would think that unfair. But I will say that I am sure others may enjoy this book but I just could not get into it. Not too mention a couple inconsistencies that irritated me i.e. in the beginning of the book Avis says that when she tries to call her daughter's cell it says that the number is no longer in service but then not even two pages later she is contemplating leaving a message on said cell, then proceeds t ...more
Aug 09, 2012 Paula rated it it was ok
Jackson's characters always aggravate me in the beginning, so maybe I will learn to like Kat as the series goes on. I did not care for Jodi Baxter of Yada Yada, and still think she is pretty dull compared to some of the other ladies. But overall, I loved that series. Gabby Fairbanks of House of Hope was extremely annyoing- Kat actually seems a lot like her - but again, once I got into the story (and the other characters) I enjoyed it. Hopefully, I will feel that way about the SouledOut Sisters s ...more
Apr 24, 2012 Jamie rated it liked it
This book is about two women, one a young college girl practically disowned by her parents for becoming a Christian and abandoning pre-med studies to study at a Christian college. The other is a middle aged woman having trouble with her second husband and runaway adult daughter. Both women are committed to Christ, but when their lives cross, don't see eye to eye with each other. The story is about how it turns out they both need each other and tells of how God can use the most unusual or unexpec ...more
Nov 06, 2012 Lynda rated it liked it
Another offshoot of the Yada Yada Prayer Group series, Stand by Me delves into Avis Doulas's story while introducing a new group of characters. Kath Davies is an impulsive environmentally conscious grad student who visits the Souled Out Church during an Urban Experience class. Kat is not a very appealing character for the major part of the book however as with all her books, Neta Jackson grabs the reader and her characters won't let you go until you read all of their story. Many of the Yada Yada ...more
Aug 26, 2016 Maxine rated it it was ok
I could not finish this. Gabrielle is like rich Jodi but black Jodi does not an Avis make. If you have read the yada yada books you know that this representation of Avis pales in comparison...

Maybe one day.

But as long as Neta Jackson thinks the extra roomy disabled person's bathroom stall is there for her character's personal comfort and escape don't expect high marks from me. I'll never approve of that. You are not disabled. Your character is not disabled. Stay in your lane. What would happen i
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