derailed

Harry Bentley was a mess. Yet, with a second chance for a better life, his recent marriage, he expects a smooth road ahead. Abruptly, it feels like God is changing the road signs—left, right, stop, go? Raising his grandson was not part of his plan and now his son wants to move in! Derailed is an often humorous, contemporary tale in an urban setting, featuring characters courageously wrestling with the spiritual and practical issues of average people. The Windy City Neighbors series is set on Beecham Street—a typical isolated American neighborhood—where hope is invited to change everyone.

My Comments: A friend of my introduced me to the Yada Yada Prayer Group books by Neta Jackson several years ago, and I have been hooked on anything written by the Jacksons ever since. This series, The Windy Neighbors, takes us to Beecham Street where several of the characters we were introduced to in the Yada books reside. The stars of this book are Harry and Estelle Bentley. Wow, they have a lot to overcome: living arrangements, elderly parent, son with jail record, and raising a grandson. God works in wondrously mysterious ways in the lives of His people. Even though this book is fiction, it is realistic fiction and somewhat encouraging. We are introduced to the people who reside on Beecham Street. What a diverse group of neighbors. Most were middle-class working people, but yet a rich person moved in, built a mansion, and also lives on the street as well as a Christian music artist who travels the country doing concerts. Love reading about these folks and how they come to have a relationship with each other (thank you Estelle Bentley!). I have been challenged. Because Harry becomes an undercover security guard for AMTRACK this story even includes a mystery – a somewhat suspenseful one at that! This is the second book in the Windy City Neighbors I read and I plan to read each one!

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