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The Yada Yada Prayer Group (The Yada Yada Prayer Group #1)

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What do an ex-con, a former drug addict, a real estate broker, a college student, and a married mother of two have in common?

Nothing, or so I thought. Who would have imagined that God would make a prayer group as mismatched as ours the closest of friends? I almost didn't even go to the Chicago Women's Conference--after all, being thrown together with five hundred strangers
Paperback, 385 pages
Published March 4th 2007 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 2003)
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Oshun Jones
Jul 08, 2012 Oshun Jones rated it did not like it
After reading 25% into this book I am not intrigued or impressed. The herione is interesting but the writing style is very immature. At one point the herione is coming home from the womens conference and the writer writes 'Should I ring the doorbell or use my key'? A whole paragraph to describe a lady entering her own home is trite enough.

My initial impression, unlike most reviews, is that the writer is determined to be preachy. I feel as if I am in a sermon on one page and then in a boring jour
Jan 15, 2012 Sophie rated it it was amazing
This book is wonderful. All the characters in the book are like real people with real problems. This book teaches how wonderful prayer is, as well as the importance of supporting friends and choosing uplifting friends. The book teaches how we can ALWAYS turn to Heavenly Father in prayer and he will be there. He loves us. Heavenly Father hears us every time we pray. Prayers is such an amazing thing. I know that Heavenly Father listens to me every single time I talk to him through prayer. I would ...more
This was a re-read and just as good on a third (I think) reading as the first. I’d love to say I identify with Avis, but the truth is that I’m closer to Jodi, with her insecurities and frustrations, the constant competition between the things she does/thinks/says and how she’d like to behave.

There are plenty of moments when I chuckled aloud at some situations or lines that characters said. There were also plenty of moments when I paused to think about some of the issues that Jodi was challenged
Andrea Guy
There aren't many books I don't finish, that said, this is one of the books that almost made it to that pile. I enjoy Christian fiction from time to time, when written by a good author. There is nothing wrong with faith in my reading. However this book took faith to the point of being obnoxious.

The group of women meet at a Women's Conference in Chicago. The premise is awesome except these women come across as sanctimonious, holier than thou, grinning Jesus freaks.

Jodi Baxter is one of the most u
Jun 13, 2012 Diana rated it liked it
Well... Where do I begin? My problem with this book is the main character, Jodi. I disliked her so much that by page 282 I told my husband, "Why does she even have to be in the book?" I was tired fo her goody two shoe, "I'm white so I must be alright" act and her judgmental ways! And then... she is part of a horrible crime and all the Black women who she judges so harshly are there to pray for her and clean for her and treat her like a freaking princess... why? What has she done to deserve this ...more
Aug 09, 2010 Pattyrflg rated it liked it
Jodi Baxter, life long Christian, attends the Chicago Christian Womens Conference with her boss and fellow church member, Avis. Her first surprise is an unexpected roommate, Florida a recovering addict who is 5 years sober. Her second surprise is the boisterous way some of the women at the conference praise the Lord. Her third surprise is the multi-national prayer group she is assigned to. The ladies decide to continue the prayer group requests via email, but circumstances finally make them deci ...more
I can't even rate this - it would be like rating a coloring book (although I do have some favorites of those and there is such a thing as a good one and everyone knows a bad one when they see one ) .

Reads too much like it was purposely written for a nascent Christian chick-lit market and released before it had been revised enough.

Many female Christian readers drawn to this might enjoy Fannie Flagg - I think her books respect the reader more, especially in the way they employ humor and the way
Apr 27, 2016 Jessica rated it did not like it
I must admit I did not finish this book, so it possible that my rating here is unfair. On the other hand, if I feel the need to abandon a book, I think I do have some right to say it's not good. I hate abandoning books (and if the book is mediocre I will still muscle through it), but I hate wasting my time on a bad book and having a perpetual scowl while reading it that is likely to leave me wrinkles even more. I read about half way through this book, and felt uncomfortable the entire time! I do ...more
Nov 21, 2015 Wendi rated it liked it
Shelves: could-not-finish
The run down: Jodi, a middle aged white woman joins an acquaintance from her church, a middle aged black woman, for a women's church conference. They get matched up with several other women (a couple of white ladies, a Japanese woman, a Chinese woman, a Latina and the rest black women) as part of a prayer group. It evolves into an actual thing and Jodi questions how she worships and when she does it.

The good: I like how Jodi questioned her faith and how she expresses it.

The bad: pretty much the
Oct 13, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it
It took me a bit to get into this book... I kept reading it hoping I'd start to really identify with the main character, but, overall, I only connected via bits and pieces. The main character, Jodi, is your all-American suburb-mom who has mostly lived a fairly sheltered life. A good girl by her own account, she's done the things she was supposed to do and when she was supposed to do them. She has her ideas on how a proper Christian should look, act, and think. It's a big shock to her system when ...more
Mar 21, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it! I surprised myself by choosing this book, because I tend to avoid most chick lit. However, I had just attended a Christian women's conference, so the book's premise piqued my interest. This is the first in a series about a multicultural women's prayer group, whose members didn't choose one other, but end up leaning on each other and becoming friends. It took me a chapter or three to get used to the main character's voice. She was likeable but frustratingly oblivious. And portions o ...more
Oct 10, 2013 Victoria rated it it was ok
One of the first "rules" of writing is to create a flawed main character. It makes them more believable and the reader can relate. The main character in this novel though has the opposite problem; she is too flawed to be believable. Where are the positive character traits? What made her husband fall in love with her? Why do her children still speak to her? The rest of the characters were also one-dimensional and stereotypical. Which, is OK for the first book in the series. You know that you will ...more
Jul 08, 2010 Bobbi rated it it was amazing
WOW- this was an amazing book about a diverse group of women, both young and old, from completely different backgrounds and religions (and one that has not accepted Christ yet) who fall into place together in a prayer group at conference. The women want to stay in touch after the conference and create the "Yada Yada Prayer Group". Jodi Baxter, one of the main characters, is so easy to relate to in her thinking about religion and her relationship with God. Her notions are challenged toward the en ...more
Jul 24, 2012 Jasmin rated it it was amazing
The book is all about a set of ladies with diversed personalities and backgrounds, who happened (or God-willed) to be in a prayer group. It's all about each lady's personal story, how they came to know Jesus, and how their lives became intertwined despite the cultural differences,spiritual beliefs, but binded by one factor- the love of Jesus, in which they are saved! I was so engrossed in reading the book for the stories here hit home! I remember my own prayer group and how each person's life st ...more
Aug 06, 2012 Carrie rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, but I didn't find it realistic at times. There were no cell phones, a family of 4 people shared one email account (really?! Does that ever happen?) and the way the main character freaked out when her husband had A (as in ONE) beer really turned me off. I did like the idea of the wide variety of women getting together to pray and how they made it a regular occurrence, which would be nice to have as a support group. This was the first in a series, but I have no d ...more
Jun 01, 2014 Rachel rated it it was ok
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Jul 20, 2009 Dani rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Christian women's book clubs.
Shelves: part-of-a-series
I thought that the story of a multi-culti women's prayer grooup would be just too precious for words. Surely it would be filled with scenes of everyone holding hands, singing "Kumbaya", and ignoring racial differences, right? Well, there is some of that in this book, but it also touched my heart more than I expected it to.

The story is told in first person from the point of view of a middle-class white Christian woman (the opposite of what I am), yet I truly identified with her and where she is i
Phyllis Wheeler
Jul 20, 2011 Phyllis Wheeler rated it really liked it
This award-winning novel is about the power of prayer. It’s the start of a seven-book series about a multi-cultural prayer group in Chicago that started at a women’s prayer conference. The characters come from a wide variety of backgrounds–Jodi, the protagonist, is a typical white middle-class woman with a husband and two kids; Florida is an African-American former drug addict trying to get her child out of foster care; another owns a nail salon; and so on. They are learning and teaching each ot ...more
Feb 02, 2014 Laure rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I avoid Christian fiction because I am held back by my personal bias that their plots are superficial or formulaic; i.e. too much romance, problems solved too easily. But I also crave hope and strength from the books I read. I certainly don’t want a “gray” book, which offers only hopeless tragedy or no answers to life’s problems!

The Yada Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson (Integrity Publishers, 2003) may have a bright neon-colored cover but what lies between the pages is not a “light” r
Jul 02, 2008 Meagan rated it liked it
This book, the first in a continuing series, covers the unlikely friendship of a group of women as dissimilar as they can be. They range from ex-convicts to teachers, recovering addicts to real-estate brokers. The thing they have in common is their prayer group, formed at the Chicago Women's Conference. After the conference ends, they decide to continue their prayer group, and christen it the Yada Yada Prayer Group. The focus in this book is on the search to understand faith and for a connection ...more
Sep 02, 2011 Lynda rated it liked it
I found this book to be very interesting even though I expected it to be another formulaic ______group book. Jodi, a white middle class mother and public school teacher lives in an up and coming downtown neighborhood in Chicago. Talked into attending a women's conference with her school principal, Jodi finds herself matched with a very diverse group of women with whom she thinks she has little in common. After the weekend, the group decide to continue as an email prayer chain group and name them ...more
Dec 06, 2008 Lisa rated it liked it
I was sick and needed something light and easy, so I pulled this book off the shelf for a re-read. Even though it is very predictable and Jodi is one of the most annoying characters in all of Christian fiction, I still like this book. Maybe I like the colorful characters trying to find common ground. Or, maybe I can relate (reluctantly) to "good girl" Jodi, who thinks she is a good Christian but whose faith has never been challenged.

The thing that most disappoints me about this series is that w
Jun 19, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it
I was unprepared for how much I would like this book. I picked it up thinking, "This will be predictable and a bit boring, but I am ready for something uplifting." Well it was not boring or predictable, and it certainly was uplifting. The book is about 12 strangers who get thrown into a prayer group at a conference. They decide to keep the prayer group going through the internet and eventually biweekly meetings. Their meetings are beautiful, filled with scripture, emotion, hope and understanding ...more
Young Lightning in Dark Sky
May 08, 2009 Young Lightning in Dark Sky rated it really liked it
Well, as for the Christian part of it and the hatred of drugs and alcohol, I could do without, and seeing as this book is a book regarding a prayer group of many different ethnicities, life styles, and personalities. I liked many of the characters; Nony really intrigued me, and Florida was a kind of encouragement in the story. I also liked how Yo-Yo's confidence began as nothing when applied to "the whole Jesus thing", but as she grew throughout the book, her confidence soared. The learning expi ...more
Michelle Kidwell
Aug 16, 2011 Michelle Kidwell rated it it was amazing
The Yada Prayer group is a delightful story, about a group of Christian women most of whom meet at a Christian convention, they decide to continue their little group on through contact and through email. When they face trouble the group is their for one another.

This diverse group consists of an exchange student, a middle class Mother, a woman from Hondoruas, an ex drug addict just to name a few, and the story unfolds around these women, we learn to love these characters.

I would recomend this b
Josie E.
Mar 03, 2015 Josie E. rated it it was amazing
The Yada Yada Prayer Group is one of my favorite christian books, It connects with our daily lives so much and I think a lot of people would be able to dig into their faith with this book. It is about a girl named Jodi who meets a few other girls at a prayer conference and ends up connecting with them in ways she thought weren't possible. After the conference they decide to keep connected with each other through email and then take it to the next step they meet with each other every other sunday ...more
Nora St Laurent
Jul 14, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing
This book is the first of 12 in a series. I wasn't sure I was going to like this book by the cover. But I have heard it said that "You can't judge a book by its cover" so I didn't. The story starts out with Jodi (the main Character) attending a Chicago Women's Conference with her School Principal friend Avis. About 500 women are there.

The first night they split everyone up to pray in PRAYER GROUPS. These woman are like the League of Nations. All different shapes and sizes and backgrounds. They a
Jun 19, 2015 Halee rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up-on
~What do an ex-con, a former drug addict, a real estate broker, a college student, and a married mother of two have in common?

Nothing, or so I thought. Who would have imagined that God would make a prayer group as mismatched as ours the closest of friends? I almost didn't even go to the Chicago Women's Conference--after all, being thrown together with five hundred strangers wasn't exactly my "comfort zone." But something happened that weekend to make us realize we had to hang together, and the "
Angela Belcher
Dec 28, 2014 Angela Belcher rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing, uplifting, and touching story. I was able to relate to the main character and found the supporting characters very likeable. Jodi is a white woman who goes on a prayer retreat with Avis her principal who happens to be African American. She wants to learn to pray the way Avis does. When they arrive at the retreat they are surprised to find another woman has been assigned to share their hotel room. All of them have been placed together in the same prayer group at the retreat. ...more
Julia Wilson
Jun 14, 2014 Julia Wilson rated it it was amazing
The Yada Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson is the first in the series. Jodi is invited to a 2 day women's conference by her boss Avis, and it is here as prayer group number 26 that the Yada Yada group is formed. It is a random selection of women thrown together, who decide after the conference to meet and to keep in touch via email with their prayer requests. Jodi offers to co ordinate it all, but while compiling various prayer needs, she thinks how lucky she is, that she has no need of prayer. ...more
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