Who is My Shelter: Reviewed

Thursday, April 28, 2011

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Who is My Shelter
Thomas Nelson (March 1, 2011)
Neta Jackson


Neta Jackson is the author of the popular novel series, *The Yada Yada Prayer Group*, and a spin-off series called *The Yada Yada House of Hope.* These novels were inspired by a real women's Bible study and prayer group that, as Neta says, "God has used to turn my life upside down and rightside up." Neta and her husband, Dave, are also an award-winning writing team, best known for the Trailblazer books--a forty-book series of historical fiction for young people about great Christian heroes (see www.trailblazerbooks.com). The Jacksons are members of a multi-cultural church in the Chicago area, and the parents of three grown children, including a Cambodian foster daughter, all with families of their own.


In Jackson's fourth Yada Yada House of Hope Christian evangelical novel, Gabby Fairbanks is now settled in her new apartment at the House of Hope. But she is being pulled in several directions at once and has some hard decisions to make.

Philip, her estranged husband, is in a lot of trouble with a rogue cop from whom he borrowed money and also with his partner at the commercial development firm after he takes company money to cover his gambling losses. Lee Boyer, the Legal Aid lawyer who has become a friend to Gabby, now wants to be more. Gabby must decide whether to give Philip another chance, as their sons, Paul and PJ, hope, and she turns to the folks at Manna House, where she works, and the Yada Yada Prayer Group to help her discern God's plan for her.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Who is My Shelter, go HERE

My Thoughts: Talk about having a bad night Phil has had one of those x 10! He has been beaten up by a thug who he owes money to for his gambling debts. He gets released from the hospital and has no way to get home, a young man, Will Nissan is visiting his grandmother and offers to give him a ride home. When Phil gets to his classy penthouse, he is greeted by the men he owes money to. Will this night ever end.

His wife Gabby wants to bring her boys, Paul and PJ to see their father, yet they are estranged and she isn't comfortable with the boys being around him yet. After he kicked her and them out of the penthouse saying he no longer wanted to be married and sent the boys to live with his parents.

Gabby has poured herself into the development and running of the Manna House. A halfway house for women in her position. She is struggling to run the house and keep everything together. Phil realizes that he was a bit hasty in calling it quits on his family.

I was quite taken by surprise by this book. It touched on some areas that I wasn't ready for. I've just recently finished victim advocacy training, Gabby's character while not abused, yet her running of the Manna House really touched me, as I so want to help people who are in like situations. I highly recommend this book! And shine a lighthouse on it!


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