About the Book:
Book Four in the Windy City Neighbors series (Castle Rock Creative, October 2014)
Greg Singer coordinates consumer sports shows for powerboats, four wheelers, snowmobiles, and jet skis—macho toys for outdoor men like himself. But the job puts tremendous stress on his marriage with Nicole, who for the first time notices the handsome lawyer at the end of the block. “Greener pastures?” When the recession hits Greg’s industry, he thinks the crisis is merely an opportunity for God to bless him with unmatched prosperity, a promise he hears preached each Sunday, and he steps out in bold faith . . . But is he being “pound foolish”?
The fourth in the Windy City Neighbors series, Pound Foolish explores the economic upheaval and uncertainties challenging every family. Intersecting with Penny Wise (book three), the Jacksons employ the innovating storytelling technique of “parallel novels.” Though each book follows its own drama and story arc, the characters’ lives become intertwined and affect one another. Pound Foolish returns us to Beecham Street—a typical American neighborhood . . . where a growing friendship brings new meaning to prosperity.
Purchase a copy at Dave and Neta’s website.
About the Authors:
Dave and Neta Jackson are award-winning authors living in the Chicago area where their parallel novels from the Yada Yada House of Hope and Harry Bentley series are set. As a husband/wife writing team, Dave and Neta Jackson are enthusiastic about books, kids, walking with God, gospel music, and each other! Together they are the authors or coauthors of over 100 books.
I just had the pleasure of finishing Book 4 in the Windy City Neighbors series, Pound Foolish by Dave and Neta Jackson – of which I have read the entire series (as well as all the Yada Yada books and Souled Out series) – if you want to see my other reviews here just do a quick search, I won’t bore you with linking each one. Pound Foolish is like the others a parallel book, so the characters from the other books will be seen and heard from in this book so I encourage you to read the first three as well as the other books that this trickles from. This book though focuses on the Singer family – the dad holds down a job while mom stays home and homeschools their two children, but when a crisis in the form of an employment situation arises will the family crumble under pressure or come out fighting? Nicole Singer has a degree and used to work briefly as a paralegal and then when the children came she stayed home – as the book continues Nicole is dissatisfied with her life, her husband tends to ignore her so she finds another man who seems to like her, she wants to go back to work. Greg Singer listens to some poor counsel at his church and begins falling for get rich schemes and it finally takes some blunt talk from Harry Bentley to set him on the right path.
Even though I have to say that Nicole isn’t the typical homeschool homemaker – the majority of the moms I know don’t seem to feel their life is over – Nicole does school at home rather so they seem to be stuck inside a lot. I digress – I won’t nitpick the book based on what homeshool looks like it in and isn’t. I really enjoyed this book, as I have all the other books in this series – it’s fast paced and the twists come and I think to myself, “I didn’t expect that”. While it’s not all roses at the end, thankfully the Jackson’s books are a bit realistic so everything isn’t tidy, the good does shine as does God working in the family’s life shows loud and clear. Dave and Neta Jackson weave together real life, even the hard hitting area of a would-be affair, with God’s Word and how He is always there if we just let Him into our life. It can’t be easy to write a novel where the characters are flawed, where the characters struggle with their faith in their daily life like we do, and ultimately how God makes His way known.
The book takes a hard look at what can happen when a marriage isn’t thriving – when spouses ignore one another and think that they can do all things on their own – whether it’s the education of children at home or the financial or even the romantic side of marriage. Throw in job instability and the whole thing is a mess – with a real look at the messes we create when we try to do things on our own and how even when we think He isn’t around or doesn’t care see how God works through our messes and can begin healing the broken people and ultimately the marriage. I’ll be eagerly awaiting Book 5, Snowmageddon to be released so I can see what is next for the neighbors of Beecham Street.
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