Grounded: A Novel

Grounded: A Novel

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by Neta Jackson, Dave Jackson
     
 

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Grounded

...But Hope May Be Just Across the Street

Grace Meredith is a beloved contemporary Christian recording artist whose career—and personal life—hits unexpected turbulence. She feels grounded—in more ways than one.

Grace's fiancé, bothered by her outspoken stance on purity and her near-constant travel, has broken off their relationship

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Grounded

...But Hope May Be Just Across the Street

Grace Meredith is a beloved contemporary Christian recording artist whose career—and personal life—hits unexpected turbulence. She feels grounded—in more ways than one.

Grace's fiancé, bothered by her outspoken stance on purity and her near-constant travel, has broken off their relationship. Exhausted and unable to continue her current concert schedule, Grace returns home to Chicago, where she is soon stranded in a major snowstorm. Facing new questions about her future and her faith, Grace finds herself connecting for the first time with the residents of her neighborhood. What she discovers in these unexpected relationships could change everything.

Welcome to the Neighborhood

The first in the Windy City Neighbors series, Grounded is an uplifting, contemporary story about ordinary people wrestling with the spiritual and practical issues of real life. The series employs the innovative storytelling technique of “parallel novels,” each with its own drama and story arc, but whose characters' lives become intertwined and affect one another. Grounded welcomes you to Beecham Street— a typical, isolated American neighborhood that might just be a place of hope.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781617950001
Publisher:
Worthy Publishing
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Series:
Western Histories, #1
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
750,046
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 10.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Husband-and-wife writing team Dave and Neta Jackson are authors and/or coauthors of more than 100 books that have sold in excess of 2.5 million copies. They are best known for Neta's award-winning Yada Yada series and their Trailblazer Books — a 40-volume series. They live in the Chicago metropolitan area, where this novel is set.

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Grounded 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
  Lots of phrases come to mind when you ask me about Dave and Neta Jackson's book Grounded:  "Very Enjoyable." "Lots of grace and a delightful read." "I savored the story." This begins to describe what I thought about Grounded, the first book in the Windy City Neighbors Series. The descriptive, writing brought me to the places the characters were. I wished I could meet these people. Grace's spiritual journey was satisfying and I was very happy at the hope she had found when the book ended. The spiritual insight and growth in her journey was rich and believable. Their were meaningful, loving relationships shown here, from Grace's loyal and caring assistant Samantha to Estelle who opened her arms and home to Grace. The plot was so real and very heart warming. The ending was hopeful and inspiring yet it left room for a sequel. This book left me knowing that I want to read more of this authors work because I loved Grounded so much. I look forward to the sequels! Thank you so much to Worthy Publishing for sending me this book! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grounded started out a little bit slow to me. When Grace gets stuck at home in the snow without anyone to talk to (in part because she can't!), I wanted her to get out and meet some of the Jacksons' cast of characters we all love so much. I was so happy when the Bentleys moved in across the street! I was ready for Grace's to confess her secret that's weighing her down to someone, anyone. Maybe  just because I am impatient! While Grounded does have all the trademark Jackson elements I love {characters that feel like friends of our own, the familiar setting of Chicago (one of my favorite vacation destinations, so I feel I know all the places they are talking about), and praying through a spiritual struggle}, I also like the bit of romance thrown in. The romance element, at least the way it is done this time around, is different than any of the previous books or series.  Grace is so much more likeable than Kat in the Souled Out Sisters series, that really think I'm going to love this new series even more than Neta's last. I'm excited to read the next installment to find out what happens with Grace and the rest of the neighborhood next.
thedeena63 More than 1 year ago
Once again, the back cover description just doesn't do the novel justice. Dave & Neta Jackson's new series has far more to say that any back cover could contain. Their novels are rich, multi-layered and always a satisfying read. The writing duo combine forces to craft a brand new series about the "Windy City Neighbors" of Beecham Street in Chicago. Grace Meredith's singing tour is finally finished...now she's wondering if her career is finished as well. She's the picture of a good Christian girl on the outside, but Grace harbors secrets down deep in her soul. Her break up with fiance Roger has bubbled all the unworthy feelings she's kept to herself all these years. Now, a change in representation with her booking agent has her in a tailspin. Is everyone choosing to abandon her all at once? Will being trapped in a snow storm of pure white convince her it's time to come clean with those she loves...with her fans...with herself? Familiar characters appear in "Grounded" (Harry and Estelle Bentley and their grandson...as well as some familiar faces from Manna House), and the Jackson's give us more imaginary people to love. Jeff, Grace's new agent, is sincere and believes in Grace. Her assistant and might-as-well-be-a-sister, Sam, is my kind of friend. She hangs in there through the good and the hard times with Grace, always supporting and loving her, even when the truth comes out. Other characters are wonderfully created as well: Rodney, Tavis and Tabitha and their family...even Ramona, messed up as she is, is memorable. You just want to wrap your arms around her, pray over her, hug her... ...whap some sense into that girl's head! In Jesus' name, of course! "Grounded" is an excellent beginning to a series I know I'm going to love. I received an advance copy of the book via Wynn-Wynn Media from Worthy Publishing in exchange for an honest review. "Grounded" is part of a unique event called parallel novels...stories that are told separately, but which are woven together in a beautiful fictional tapestry of hope, faith and laughter. I'm looking forward to the next book, and I think you will as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of struggles i dont personally relate to but remind me of my own and give me hope
clkwa More than 1 year ago
I missed seeing the new series come out last year so finding now was a bonus. Occassional glimpses of characters from earlier series is like seeing an old friend and sitting down with a cup of coffee to chat and catchup on what is going on. Thanks Neta you always deliver a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel! Grace's character felt like a real, relatable person from the start. At times, she came off as selfish (such as when dealing with her assistant) but at other times I felt like I could understand her and I was challenged to wonder how I would react if I were presented with some of the circumstances she faced. I appreciated how the novel gave us the ability to feel what Grace was feeling as far as in her relationship. This book also presented a serious issue that Grace had to learn to walk through and learn how important it was to use our hurts to help others. The only downside to this novel was I felt the ending was rushed a bit but other than that, I thought it was great! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Christian pop singer, Grace Meredith, finds new spiritual growth after a break up with her future fiance. She shares her lifes past problems and past secrets with new people in her life, ones that she usually would not have bothered to become acquainted with because of her busy social and work schedule. As Grace reaches out to others, she not only gives,but enjoys Gods blessings and grace. Grace finds strength to bring Gods word with passion to her singing. The issue of accepting diversity is an underlying theme of this story. We are not told that Graces closest friend and aide is black until we have assumed that she is white, and,, by then, we have already decided that we like her, Black and white are mentioned, but without a prejudicial aspect. In fact, good things happen when the black and white of the story pray and work together, perhaps even better than if not. This book is well written, with wonderful characters, and an interesting plot. I really enjoyed Graces friends, and her progress in Christian maturity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this more than I expected to. Looking forward to reading the others in the series.
KEKMI More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of the YadaYada Prayer group series by Neta Jackson, and this new series did not disappoint on Book 1. Will definitely go for #2 when it comes out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a powerful story about God's love, forgiveness and grace. I won't spoil the story by giving you any hints about it. Just know that whether you are a teenager or an older adult or somewhere in between, this story has a message for all of us. I look forward to reading the next book by Dave and Neta Jackson!
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MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I read the first three books in Neta Jackson's Yada Yada Prayer Group series and really enjoyed them so I was excited to jump into this new series. I was not disappointed. Neta and Dave have laid the perfect "ground" work for a great series. This series runs parallel stories with the different characters in the neighborhood that Grace (the main character) lives in. What that means is that the other books in the series are stories that are actually happening at the same time as the book you are reading. It was fun to read this book and wonder what was going on with the other characters, but knowing I would eventually find out. We meet Grace Meredith in the first book and I have to say I have a special connection with her. She is a singer and her personality is very much like mine. She is quiet off stage but on stage she comes alive, can talk to her audience without a problem. I am the same way, I sing freely and allow God to speak through me as I lead worship but one-on-one I can clam up. Her birthday is in July too, just like me :) Grace is a combination of myself and one of my characters in my WIP, whose names also happens to be Grace. She has a secret, one she thinks she doesn't deserve forgiveness from. I loved watching her open up to receive God's amazing grace. This is a wonderful story with a rich cast of characters. Not a fast-paced read but a nice, easy one. I enjoyed my time in the windy city and I am sure you will too. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange of an honest review.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love all the books by neta and jackson! Started off a tad slow, but then I could not put it down! I NEED the next one, "Derailed"! Llove how the titles kinda lend towards a theme--- a must read- share with your friends
ThoughtsOfAWorkingMom More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book by Neta and Dave Jackson. The main character, Grace, is likeable and you can really connect with her. Can't wait to read more!
boldpamela More than 1 year ago
LOVE this new series!  Every time I read one of Neta's novels, I feel as if I'm "grounded."  Her creativity is beyond amazing (she gets if from her Father)!  The story line weaves characters from her other novels - like a homecoming reunion.  Can't wait to read Dave's parallel novel, "Derailed," soon - it's like reading in 3D.  what an innovative, gifted, anointed, creative, blessed couple they are.  This book contains timely messages for all ages, pertinent throughout the ages, contains entertaining sub-plots and gives glory to the Lord.  Two of my terminally ill relatives received Jesus as a direct result of reading the Yada Yada series.  Neta has a gentle way of leading the reader to the Lord through her writing.  REFRESHING!
MaryMar1 More than 1 year ago
Not many authors can draw you into a book within the first few pages, keep your interest and make it so you dont want to put the book down. Neta Jackson once again, can and did with this wonderful story. The characters are believable. The story Felt real. I cared about Grace and what was happening to her.. I couldn't stop reading, but dreaded finishing the story because it would be over! Such a nice problem to have with a book! Seeing characters from parallel books just made the read sweeter! I cannot wait for the companion/ parallel book "derailed" to come out in October. Bravo Neta! Keep the stories coming!
ChristinaCockrum More than 1 year ago
Neta and Dave Jackson are wonderful authors, who are able to pull you into their books with relatable characters and interesting stories. "Grounded" is another fine example of this. The characters come alive on the pages, and you may find yourself wanting to pray for the characters, as if they were your own neighbors. I enjoyed meeting Grace Meredith, and walking with her on this journey from guilt and fear, to grace and redemption. I was also happy to read more about Estelle and Harry, from the House of Hope series. I really enjoyed the parallel between the House of Hope and the Harry Bentley stories, and I am looking forward to more of that with this new series. The Windy City Neighbors series is definately at the top of my reading list.
TeraHuff More than 1 year ago
I loved "Grounded" by Neta & Dave Jackson. I have always been a big fan of their books and "Grounded" was just as great as all of their others. It is my new favorite of their books. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down because it was that good. I actually felt like I was Grace Meredith and did not want the book to end. As you read the book you will feel the emotions that Grace Meredith goes though. Grace's fiance broke off their relationship because he was bothered by her outspoken stance on purity and because he did not like that she traveled a lot for her job. Grace was faced with new questions about her future, and her faith. She meets her neighbors and starts to get to know them. One couple helps her with her faith and helps her realize what she really wants and who she wants to be with. I can't wait for the other books in the series to see what happens with Grace.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
Grace Meredith appears on the surface to have it all--successful singing career, handsome fiancé, great family, a strong faith--but underneath, her perfect life is crumbling until she hits a standstill. She realizes she needs help from her family, friends and neighbors, who she barely knows, if she's going to ever get back up again. It's easy to relate to her way of thinking, that if we'd just try harder, things would all work out, and it's really nobody's problem but our own. Not really a healthy way to deal with difficult situations! This first book in the Windy City Neighbors series reads fast and is a fun introduction to Grace's neighborhood, plus the many different people she has in her life who come alongside her and help her get back on track, stronger and more secure in her faith than ever before. Looking forward to the next one in this series! [Thank you to Worthy Publishing for the autographed copy of this book. This review is unsolicited and entirely original.]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Neta and Dave Jackson are my absolutely favorite authors. I have read every book they've written since the first Yada Yada Prayer Group novel. I was delighted when I was one of the first 40 people to respond to their offer of a free copy of Grounded in exchange for an honest review of it. At the beginning of the book I had a bit of a let-down feeling. There was almost nothing I could relate to in the main character, Grace Meredith, except that I am a praise and worship leader. But her image of a young good-girl with all the money she needed, and seemingly spoiled and whiny too - I really didn't like her at all. But when some of my favorite people from the House of Hope series moved across the street, the real action, as well as my interest level, shot way up. We find out that Grace's good girl image is covering a secret, and her new neighbor is just the person to help her deal with it. In the process of learning to deal honestly with her past, God gives her a new message that the Holy Spirit uses to touch her audiences even more effectively than her original purity message did. The end of the book was a bit of a cliff hanger, as it should be, and I'm VERY eager to read the "rest of the story" in Dave's upcoming parallel novel "Derailed". I'm sure, as in his previous parallel novels, he will let us in on things God was doing, unknown to Grace Meredith, to work out His purposes. I'm so excited to get to know more of Grace's neighbors in upcoming books in the Windy City Neighbors series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was sent this book for free in exchange for writing an unbiased review. I am a huge fan of Dave & Neta Jackson and this book certainly did not disappoint! Grounded is the story of Grace Meredith, a contemporary Christian singer. Her character and her struggles are very real, from a broken engagement (yes, you'll see it coming so I don't think that's a spoiler) to well, you'll have to read the book for the rest. It was wonderful to see some familiar characters from Neta's other books (Yada Yada and House of Hope), especially the fabulous Estelle Bentley. Would love to have tea with that lady! I am excited to read "Derailed," the parallel novel that has not been released yet, to get another angle on this story. The authors did similar parallel novels with great success in their House of Hope and Harry Bentley books. Back to Grounded, this is a great story of faith, redemption, forgiveness and GRACE!