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The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Decked Out

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From Thanksgiving and Christmas to rolling in the New Year, the Yada Yadas are "decked out" to celebrate the holidays!

Turkey dinners, tree trimming, and decking the halls--it's that time of year again! And I, Jodi Baxter, can't wait to celebrate. My kids are coming home for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and then all of us Yadas are getting decked out for a big New Year's party.

But God's idea of "decked out" might just change the nature of our party plans. A perplexing encounter with a former student, a crime that literally knocks me off my feet, a hurry-up wedding, and a child who will forever change our family...it's times like these that I really need my prayer sisters.

This holiday season, we Yada Yadas are learning that no one can out-celebrate God. So let's get this party started!

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. The Yada Yada Prayer Group wants to celebrate and get "decked out"--nothing wrong with that! When was the last time you really got "decked out"? What do you consider the joys and pitfalls of getting "decked out"?
     
  2. Besides weddings, anniversaries, graduations, and birthdays, what are some other events or milestones (often overlooked) that deserve celebration?
     
  3. The Manna House women's shelter provides a backdrop for much of this story. Have you ever volunteered at a shelter or food pantry for those without basic necessities? Share your experience. In what ways did volunteering change you?
     
  4. Jodi found "Mr. Tallahasee" (Amanda's schoolmate) extremely annoying, but God told her to sow seeds of friendship anyway. Are your children's friends welcome at your house--whether they are five, fifteen, or twenty-five? How could you make your home more hospitable toward guests of all ages?
     
  5. When Jodi realized she knew one of the youths who snatched her purse, do you think she did the right thing by not reporting it to the police? Why or why not?
     
  6. How do you feel about Edesa's decision to keep Carmelita's orphaned child, even though she and Josh weren't married yet? What risks was she taking?
     
  7. Josh told his parents God used the story of Joseph to speak to him about marrying Edesa now and accepting the child too. Has a story from the Bible ever spoken to your specific circumstances? In what way?
     
  8. Why do you think Josh and Edesa chose Colossians 3:12–14 for their wedding scripture? In what way might these verses rearrange our priorities as women?
     
  9. Jodi decides the unpolished Christmas play at the Manna House shelter and its cast of Katrina evacuees and down-on-their-luck residents is actually very appropriate. Today's version of the Christmas story (complete with music and candlelight and glittering decorations) shields us from its poverty-stricken setting and common characters: an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, a hurry-up wedding, a travel-weary couple without room reservations, a destitute baby born in a barn. If the Son of God were born today, what might be the equivalent for the town of Bethlehem? . . . the stable? . . . the shepherds who got the first announcement? (Who would believe and come running?)
     
  10. In a way, the story of Hakim and Jodi provide "bookends" to the Yada Yada series. Why do you think Hakim responded to the invitation to make this truly "Freedom's Eve"? What did this mean for Jodi? For Hakim's mother?
     
  11. How do you usually celebrate New Year's Eve? How might you add meaning to this holiday with ideas from this novel?
     
  12. In your journey with the Yada Yada Prayer Group, what has meant the most to you? What have you learned about prayer? . . . about worship? . . . about the "other" members of the Body of Christ who are different from yourself?
     

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The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Decked Out, Neta Jackson
  • The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Decked Out, Neta Jackson

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From Thanksgiving and Christmas to rolling in the New Year, the Yada Yadas are "decked out" to celebrate the holidays!

Turkey dinners, tree trimming, and decking the halls--it's that time of year again! And I, Jodi Baxter, can't wait to celebrate. My kids are coming home for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and then all of us Yadas are getting decked out for a big New Year's party.

But God's idea of "decked out" might just change the nature of our party plans. A perplexing encounter with a former student, a crime that literally knocks me off my feet, a hurry-up wedding, and a child who will forever change our family...it's times like these that I really need my prayer sisters.

This holiday season, we Yada Yadas are learning that no one can out-celebrate God. So let's get this party started!

More Information

Length 256 Pages
Series Yada Yada Series
Publication Date October 2, 2007
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595543619
ISBN-13 9781595543615
Height 8.3"
Width 5.4"