The Yada, Yada Prayer Group

yadayada “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 group as mismatched as ours the closest of friends?”

So, for the book challenge, The Yada Yada Prayer Group was the book my sister suggested. In the past few weeks, I have made my way through the books that are available on Audible, and I’ve enjoyed them so far. I like the characters (for the most part), I like the praise and worship, I like the idea of unity and support across class and race that was presented and the prayers. I loved hearing the prayers. I loved the idea that a group of women could come together and support one another through the trials and treasures of life with prayer.

It is nostalgic to hear about things like standing on line to use the pay phone, and 1 family (with 2 teens) sharing not only the single car and computer but 1 email address. I can’t say such a thing does not exist now – but wow. A family email address – ok. You know, I was wondering – does a family who must share the car, computer and email learn to communicate better than a family in which each person has their own vehicle, Ipad and email address? I’m thinking they would have to in order to survive. So maybe not a bad idea at all.

I’ve ordered the last 3 books that were not recorded (btw, the narrator was the fabulous –  Barbara Rosenblat aka Miss Rosa on OITNB), The paperback books were 1 penny each. My sister and I will read them together (as in, she reads, I listen). I wondered why I hadn’t recognized these books when they came out in the early 2000’s, but I was pretty busy with other things back then, and this was not the type of book I was interested in. Quite honestly, I probably wouldn’t have been able to accept then all that the books have to offer me now. I don’t think I would have cared for the books when I was younger, so I’m glad that this is the time in my life that I’ve been introduced to them. I am glad that I can admit that.

I’ve really enjoyed listening to these books that I’m sure I would not have been interested in  when I was younger.

Here’s a review from someone else-

Even those who normally aren’t drawn to Christian fiction should give this novel a listen. That’s because much honored narrator Barbara Rosenblat puts new gloss on her sterling reputation in its narration. Rosenblat depicts a large cast of characters masterfully, in particular differentiating the multinational members of the titular prayer group. Moving easily from goody-two-shoes Jodi Baxter to her Jamaican, Honduran, and South African friends, Rosenblat illuminates a diverse group of women who bond by facing life’s challenges through prayer. When Rosenblat dramatizes the prayers, the listener is tempted to shout “hallelujah!” Bravo to Rosenblat for transforming a nice novel into a notable audiobook.”

J.J.B. © AudioFile Portland, Maine

–This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

Would you be interested in listening to (or reading) book1 of the Yada, Yada prayer group?

Kindle book – $0.99

Audiobook – $3.50

The Yada, Yada Prayer Group was originally published on His Work in Progress

Day 10 – We Shall Behold Him Pt. 1

In the late 80s or early 90s this song was sung so often at church it became easy (for me) to overlook its very important message.  How often do you think of the day Jesus will come?  The day when life as we know it will cease to exist.

I don’t know how often you watch the news, but lately the occurrence of horrible things is almost constant.  There is so much corruption on every side.  We wonder how much worse it can get.

I remember one Friday evening during my years at school.  I fell asleep and dreamt that Jesus was coming.  At that time, I was not really living a life for Jesus, but sometimes when we aren’t doing anything we consider “that bad”, we might think it is enough.   I wasn’t living my life for Jesus, I lived my life for me.  As a matter of fact, I had become so comfortable in my life that I’d forgotten about Jesus.  I’d forgotten how I should have been living.  I was terrified when I woke up , but not yet ready to allow God do more work in my life…
Tomorrow Pt. 2

We Shall Behold Him Lyrics

I am taking part in the Write 31 Days Challenge.

Meaningful Stories & Songs



Day 10 – We Shall Behold Him was originally published on His Work in Progress


Be These…


Matthew 5:13-16 (MSG)

Salt and Light

13 “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.

14-16 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

Serious Question for you reader – Do you know how to be these?

If you do, will you share how?

And if you do not know how to be these, will you say that too?

Be These… was originally published on His Work in Progress