Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Grounded by Neta Jackson and Dave Jackson

Grace Meredith has the world by the tail. As a contemporary Christian recording artist, she has it all--a fun personal assistant, a cool band that helps her to sound her best, a handsome fiance' and a message of purity that she shares with her young audiences. But this house of cards threatens to topple as  overtaxed vocal chords, exhaustion, and stress begin to take a toll on her career and relationships.

Oh, and there's a secret, something that happened in her past that leaves her vulnerable, and has the power to make her feel like a phony. The harder she presses the denial button, the closer she comes to falling apart.

It's time for Grace Meredith to face the music and make connections in her personal and spiritual life that will transform her head knowledge into heart knowledge and free her up to be the young woman of God that she was created to be.

Neta and Dave Jackson have an easy style of writing that draws you into the characters' world and makes you care about their community.

I especially liked the themes of community, interpersonal relationships, and spiritual growth.

More really good information from the publisher follows!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


Worthy Publishing (May 7, 2013)


Neta and Dave Jackson


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.


...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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Grounded, go Here.


Dana said...

Thanks for another great review. I always appreciate them. :)

Rachna Chhabria said...

I just love your reviews. You do a wonderful job of making us want to read the books. said...

"The harder she presses the denial button, the closer she comes to falling apart." This hits home. I'm watching people in my life do this. Sounds like a great story. Thanks, Cheryl.

Blessings to you,

Cheryl Klarich said...

Dana! Thank you so much for stopping by to check out the reviews! Bless you!!

Thanks Rachna!! I so enjoy your writing blog--I love hanging out there, too! :)

Robyn--yup--that old denial button... I'm very familiar with it! God bless you!!