So awhile ago I was in the evil place–also known as a bookstore–and saw a book on sale for about $5. So what the heck, I picked it up. It was called the Yada Yada Prayer Group. I did not realize at the time that it was the first of seven books, but it was cheap and a fun read. While it was like a lot of contemporary Christian fiction (aka, schlocky and full of stereotypes) it was still an okay read. So I finished it, hit the library, and have finished the first three books in four days. The themes haven’t changed much, still schlocky and stereotypical, but the thing is stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason. There’s a little bit of truth behind all of it. And while it might make you cringe and while you might say ‘no, that’s not me’, the truth of it is that there is always a little something that you can relate to.
The books aren’t fantastic fiction, by any means, but they are an easy read. I think one of the things that really rings true is that among this group of twelve women are various ethnicities. Two hispanic, one South African, three black, and the rest white. Messianic Jews, Christian, searching for God, and an ex-con among them, but still a diverse mix. Thrown together by circumstance and not by choice they then have an experience that draws them together as a group. Continue reading