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Penny Wise
     

Penny Wise

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by Dave Jackson
 

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PENNY WISE (Book 3 in the Windy City Neighbors series) introduces us to yet another family in "the neighborhood"-the Jaspers, busy with demanding jobs, busy with church, busy volunteering, parents of three active teenagers, juggling sometimes crazy schedules. All good things. Until all those "good things" feed into a series of crises that affects the whole family.

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PENNY WISE (Book 3 in the Windy City Neighbors series) introduces us to yet another family in "the neighborhood"-the Jaspers, busy with demanding jobs, busy with church, busy volunteering, parents of three active teenagers, juggling sometimes crazy schedules. All good things. Until all those "good things" feed into a series of crises that affects the whole family. Something's gotta change!

PENNY WISE is a contemporary peek at an urban family wrestling with the spiritual and practical challenges of real life. The series employs the innovating storytelling technique of "parallel novels," each with its own drama and story arc, but whose characters' lives become intertwined with their neighbors and affect one another. Welcome to Beecham Street-a typical, isolated American neighborhood that is beginning to come out of its shell . . . for better or worse.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940149418060
Publisher:
Castle Rock Creative
Publication date:
06/11/2014
Series:
Windy City Neighbors , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
316
Sales rank:
149,931
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Dave and Neta Jackson, husband and wife writing team, are the authors or coauthors of more than 120 books that have sold over 2.5 million copies. They are best known for Neta's aware-winning Yada Yada Prayer Group series and their forty-volume Trailblazer series. They live in the Chicago area, where this novel is set.

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Penny Wise 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Jacksons have done it again!. I felt as tho I was a neighbor as well, feeling their frustrations, and praying along with them. I have a renewed faith and enriched prayer life. Thank you Dave and Neta.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another stellar novel by the Jackson's! They have an uncanny knack for bringing real life situations and families to life on paper, all while fostering the innate need for community and faith that we all desire in our search for belonging.
MichelleS1 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book!  I enjoy how these books allow the reader to hear the story from the eyes of someone new, but yet include several characters from prior books.  The characters are interesting and easy to connect to.
thedeena63 More than 1 year ago
Oh, it's good to be back on Beecham Street! I absolutely love the "Windy City Series", and it's always fun to visit with old fictional friends from time to time. In "Penny Wise" we don't see much of Harry Bentley, but Estelle is up to her praying ways, and she's involved a new neighbor in her weekly prayer time with Grace (we met her in "Grounded"). I love the regular, everyday feel of these books. Just like in her "Yada Yada Prayer Group" series, Neta has created rich characters that come alive on the pages and live in your memory long after the book is finished. Dave and Neta are also two of the few authors who write parallel fiction...stories that take place at the same time, but with a different focus. The events of "Grounded" were told from Mr. Bentley's point of view in "Derailed". I have a feeling this dynamic writing duo is planning something similar with "Penny Wise"...and I can't wait! I purchased a copy of "Penny Wise" in the e-book version for my Kindle Fire, but I'm sure you can find your copy on any of your favorite bookseller websites, or go to Neta and Dave's website. "Penny Wise" is another winner in a long list of well loved novels, and I'm already eager for more!
Musicaljean More than 1 year ago
Neta and Dave Jackson have done it again!  This book is so REAL!!  Not only does it very accurately portray the everyday struggles of a family trying to do it all, it also gives us a real picture of the way desperate circumstances can cause us to consider doing things that are completely opposite to what we believe and even teach!  My heart ached along with Michelle's throughout the book in every struggle she faced, and when God dramatically showed up in the craziest collision of events, I was moved to tears of thanksgiving.  More than ever I want to trust this same God with my family and my future!  Without question, Neta and Dave Jackson are my favorite authors, and I eagerly await the next book in the Windy City Neighbors series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read every book by Dave & Neta Jackson and they definitely do not disappoint! This latest novel in the Windy City Neighbors series really expands on the original stories and bring the characters to real life! Encouraging stories with an inspirational message, Penny Wise had me captivated from beginning to end!! 
MelissaOwens More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved Neta & Dave Jackson's new book Penny Wise! I very quickly fell in love with Neta's first series the Yada Yada Prayer Group and this one is no different. Book 3 in her Windy City Neighbors series is one I couldn't put down. I read the whole book from start to finish in 3 days. Neta has a great way with words and is able to make you feel like you are just down the street in her stories. I can't wait to see what is around the corner for the Jasper family! I very quickly felt wrapped up in Michelle's story and her life. In this book you'll read of Michelle Jasper and her family (husband and 3 teenagers). Michelle is a type of social worker who assists families in need. She also walks women through post-abortion counseling. When she finds herself facing 2 sons that have been shot in a gang shooting and a pregnancy at 41 with a mostly absent husband due to work and church obligations, she begins to question everything she advocates for at Lifeline. She asks God to give her a sign (a penny a day for a week) and when he replies, her life makes some amazing changes. I could imagine myself as Michelle or my next door neighbor. Following her along as she struggles with every day life and watching her re-learn how to walk through it with God was nice. A great reminder that prayer gets you through it all. If you prefer a light-hearted read, that's relaxing, then this book is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished this book and already want #4 in series--NOW!  These authors have a wonderful way of drawing the reader into the daily lives of diverse characters.  You experience the joys, dilemmas, dramas, trials of this Chicago area neighborhood.  You easily relate to job expectations, crazy schedules, raising 3 teenagers, etc.   Get to know the Jackson's' families by starting with the Yada Yada Prayer a Group series.  Enjoy!!
JamieLittle More than 1 year ago
If you’re unfamiliar with Dave and Neta Jackson, you’ve been missing out on some great novels.  Dave and Neta are the husband and wife team behind a group of Christian fiction series set in and around the city of Chicago. While each series focuses on one core group of characters, you’ll see these characters pop up in other series – all the stories are interrelated. (Read more about that here.) I’m a sucker for books and series that interrelated, so I jumped at the chance to be able to read and review their latest work, Penny Wise. It was really awesome to run into characters I’d previously “met” in series such as the Yada Yada Prayer group and House of Hope. This was the first book I’ve read in the Windy City series, but I didn’t feel like I’d missed out on anything by picking it up part way through. Penny Wise focuses on the Jasper family as they navigate the busyness and struggles of life. Just when Michelle thinks she finally has it under control, life throws her a few curve balls that have her seriously rethinking her future. When she thinks her life is just too much to handle, God shows his faithfulness on penny at a time. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to catch up with some of my favorite characters from the Windy City. Dave and Neta write some fun stories with characters who are completely relatable and go through trials that many of us face on a day to day basis. Penny Wise was another great story to read and I look forward to seeing what’s next. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Dave and Neta Jackson in their new book “Penny Wise” Book Three in the Windy City Neighbors series published by Castle Rock Creative, Inc. takes us into the life of the Jaspers. From the back cover: But does God care about “just pennies”? Penny Wise introduces us to yet another family in “the neighborhood”-the Jaspers, busy with demanding jobs, busy with church, busy volunteering, parents of three active teenagers, juggling sometimes crazy schedules. All good things. Until all those “good things” feed into a series of crises that affects the whole family. Something’s gotta change! Welcome to the Neighborhood The third in the Windy City Neighbors series, Penny Wise is a contemporary peek at an urban family wrestling with the spiritual and practical challenges of real life. The series employs the innovating storytelling technique of “parallel novels,” each with its own drama and story arc, but whose characters’ lives become intertwined with their neighbors and affect one another. Welcome to Beecham Street-a typical, isolated American neighborhood that is beginning to come out of its shell . . . for better or worse. There is family and then there is extended family.  “Penny Wise” covers them all.  Extended family can be your neighbors that become like an outgrowth of your family.  The Jaspers have their good points and their bad points, just like any other family you know.  As we live with them through the course of the book we come to appreciate them and then when trouble strikes we are right there.  As they struggle to find their center in God it is as though we struggle with them.  “Penny Wise” is a wonderful, interesting story with power and depth that will keep you flipping pages. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed another of the writings by Neta Jackson. My sister in law started me reading her Yada Yada Prayer group several years ago which I've read them all and can not give many of my series reads 5 stars. Hope October arrives soon can hardly wait.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
I remember when I was a child growing up in a small beachside neighborhood. All the neighbors knew one another and we lived in a small cul-de-sac. Holidays were celebrated in a big way because we got outside and hung out with the people who lived around us. Even late at night, parents would keep an eye out for all the kids, not just there own. But it seems like we have forgotten those great times where we look out for one another. Call it being busy or simply not interested enough, but Neta and Dave Jackson take us back to an old Chicago neighborhood on Beecham Street in each of their novels in the Windy City Neighborhood Series. In the third book, Penny Wise, we meet the Jasper family. The hard working father, Jared works crazy hours as an air traffic controller so the time he does spend with his family is split between work, church and family obligations. His wife, Michelle carries the weight of raising three growing teens, Destin who loves basketball and wants to attend summer camp to enhance his skills for a potential scholarship when he graduates from high school. The twins Tavis and Tabby, are growing 13-year-olds who are desperately seeking their own identities and trying to stay away from the gangs and drugs. Michelle attempts to hold it all together while working at Bridges Family Services, along with volunteering at Lifeline, a crisis pregnancy center that helps young girls deal with the implications of dealing with the emotions of abortion and teen pregnancy. When she isn't there or working, she is raising a growing, busy family alongside helping out when she can at her church. What the Jasper family is dealing with the most is finding family time again with everyone being so busy in their own personal lives. Sure Jared and Michelle have to work to pay the bills, but it seems as if they are spiraling out of control and unexpected expenses keep piling up when they least expect them, which adds to the pressure that their marriage has to deal with. It isn't hard to understand even in today's tough economic times, that we can all relate to the Jasper's situation. Just how they work it all out is the premise behind this novel. It will showcase just how important family and neighbors can be and by the time you get to the end, you hope that we can all get out and meet with our neighbors a bit more. Your favorite neighbors that you have met in the first two novels are back, from fun loving, blunt and honest Estelle Bentley, to Christian singer Grace Meredith, and Mattie Krakowski finally makes it home from recovering from her hip injury to take residence in the Bentley's new town home. You gain insight into the strengths and weaknesses that Michelle and Jared face in their marriage and in how they choose to work things out. It challenges us in our own marriages and parenting situations to see things from a different perspective. I received Penny Wise by authors Neta and Dave Jackson compliments of Castle Rock Creative Publishing and Litfuse Book Tours for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained are strictly my own. I would recommend that even though you can read this as a stand alone, you would get more enjoyment reading this series in order, with Grounded being the first and Derailed following that one. I can't wait for the next one Pound Foolish to come out this fall that picks up the homeschooling family we meet in this novel and one I am sure I will relate to as well. I would rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book within a few days because I couldn't put it down!  It really reflects real life thoughts, actions and situations onto the paper.  I love how they bring faith into the book as well but not in the shoving it down your throat  kind of way!  I can't wait for the next one!
ShelleyB9900 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book!! It's the 3rd in the Windy City Neighbors series, which is a companion series to the Yada Yada Prayer Group. The authors did a fabulous job of portraying how harried we can get in today's society.  The Jaspers have 3 kids, 2 jobs with crazy hours, as well as keeping up with church & social responsibilities. It's a good example of a loving family, but they are on the hamster wheel. Then life steps in and they see a major need to rearrange their priorities. Wonderful book!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago