Can the one least like you be just who you need most?
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, African American principal, who is a seasoned saint struggles with her husband’s sudden need for change and her estrangement from her HIV infected daughter. Kat, a young, Caucasian college student striving to escape the expectations of her prestigious family tries to get a grip on her newfound faith in Christ.
But as their two worlds collide through their membership at the multicultural membership church, Souled Out Community Church, readers are driven along a dumpster diving, heart-wrenching tale. This book will have readers examining their own openness to new relationships and their hidden prejudices. In the end, readers will be reminded that God often uses the least likely people to sharpen us and to fulfill his purposes in our lives.
About the Author:
Neta Jackson is the author of the popular Yada Yada Prayer Group Series, which has sold over a half-million copies. According to the author she hopes readers will walk away from Stand by Me thinking deeply about how much we need the other parts of the body of Christ, especially on a personal level-whether that’s a person in our church with whom we think we have nothing in common, or the least of these who have something important to give the rest of us, or a neighbor or co-worker who may attend a different denomination who is nonetheless a sister or brother in Christ from whom we have something to learn from their life experiences or perspectives.
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 13, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595548645
- ISBN-13: 978-1595548641