Stand By Me by Neta Jackson

Avis Douglas and her husband, Peter, have dreamed of selling his software business to finance a two year mission effort in South Africa. But when the economy crashes, they're suddenly faced with the real possibility of bankruptcy.
When one of the co-pastors of SouledOut Community Church passes away suddenly, Avis and Peter are asked to step in and assist with the leadership of the church in the interim. but that creates an all-black leadership, fanning some subtle racial issues in their multi-cultural church. As tensions mount, they wrestle with returning to a traditional church where things would be easier.
Meanwhile, Kate Blanchard arrives in urban Chicago with three friends. Their vision of radically following Jesus--from dressing in second-hand clothes to trying to live green--only adds to the unrest at SouledOut Community Church. When Kate attaches herself to Avis as a mentor, Kate's good heart but lack of wisdom drives Avis nuts. Before long they realize that the body of Christ needs all parts--and Avis will see that she needs Kate's joy in following Jesus as much as Kate needs Avis' wisdom.

I have previously read book from this author, namely one book in the yada-yada series, and I liked it a great deal. I also took a lot out of it, which is something a good book is supposed to do.
Well, I'm afraid that wasn't the case with this book.
There are several things I disliked about it and I will list them here shortly.

Firstly, there were only two paralell stories in this book, which I found boring.

Secondly, both main characers, both women were irritating to me. I couldn't relate, I couldn't even justify every mistake they made, and they made a lot. I couldn't put myself in their position, I couldn't even like one of them. Avis as behaving completely immaturely to her husband and was spoiling her daughter beyond redemption, and the author treats that storyline as though she, Avis, is the victim. I hate it when authors victimize their characters. On the other hand, Kate, was so impulsive and stupid at times, she killed that poor man, and all these other things she did... Besides, there was never a point in the book where I felt Avis and Kare were clicking. Not even at the end.

One other thing was that this is supposed to be a book about christians, you know, christian fiction and all that, but at no point in this book did I see someone who behaved and lived like a christian.
Church people, they were. They were church-going people every one of them. 
But they weren't living for Christ. Only for themselves. They were not godly.

Last, but not least, the most serious problem I had with this book was the main plot point. The whole plot revolves around an issue, which isn't remotely interesting, unless you are a pastor. And even then, it was handled in a completely unbiblical way, meaning that it was against the teaching of the Bible. 
This was a great problem with the book for me, and it is for this reason that I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. 

Rating: 1/5

I received this book from Booksneeze for a review.

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