Jackson, Neta. The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Decked Out. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007.
This is the last of the Yada Yada Prayer Group series. Twelve diverse women who meet at a Christian women's conference continue their relationship through tragedy, comedy and quite a bit of drama. The narrator is Jodi Baxter. She continually sees how God's provision is exactly right, even when she has serious questions about the timing.
I was so excited to see another Yada Yada book, but when I finished this one, I was sad to see the author's note that this is indeed the last installment of this series. I've enjoyed being tested with Jodi and experiencing these women's lives. I've felt the bangs of guilt and despair and well as the tears of joy and excitement. I will probably read the next series by Mrs. Jackson as she says my Yada Yada sisters will make appearances in the new series.
This book was set around Christmastime, which becomes an integral part of the story. We read the "Christmas story" from a modern perspective, and it works.
One thing I learned from this book was about the "Watch Night" service held on New Year's Eve. I didn't realize that the Methodists had a hand in promoting this service and that in 1862, African slaves were especially grateful for this service (Jackson 198). I think I will do some research on this service.