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Pound Foolish
     

Pound Foolish

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by Dave Jackson
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940150546110
Publisher:
Castle Rock Creative, Inc.
Publication date:
09/27/2014
Series:
Windy City Neighbors , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
332
Sales rank:
149,865
File size:
551 KB

Meet the Author

Neta and Dave 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 award-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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Pound Foolish 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Dave and Neta Jackson in their new book “Pound Foolish” Book Four in the Windy City Neighbors series published by Castle Rock Creative, Inc. takes us into the life of the Greg Singer. From the back cover: Pound Foolish 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”? What happens when someone comes under the influence of a false teacher and buys in to their false doctrine? What happens when a man gives way too much of his time to his work and neglects his wife in the process? What does the neglected wife do? These are serious issues that can affect any family and the Jacksons expertly showcase the struggles and how they have to lean on God to fix things for them which isn’t easy. 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.  “Pound Foolish” 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.”
ConR More than 1 year ago
"Pound Foolish" didn't disappoint me as the latest installment in the Windy City Neighbors series. And once again I love the Jacksons' intriguing parallel style, as this book picks up on some of the details in the previous book, "Penny Wise". As has been said in some other reviews, the subjects in this novel couldn't be more timely as more and more families deal with this tough economy. I also applaud the Jacksons for taking on the so-prevalent prosperity gospel that preys on people at their weakest points. I look forward to every book from Dave and Neta Jackson and will eagerly take another journey down Beecham Street with them.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
There is a saying that the grass is always greener on the other side. I wonder why people believe that to be true. I guess sitting in your current situation, it is easy to look at how other people seem to be so much better off than you are. Their marriage is full of love and romance, their kids are so well behaved, they don't struggle with finances like you do, but what we often fail to realize is what those people had to endure to get to where they are now. We like the blessings, we don't like to work at it to get there. Isn't that true? Dave and Neta Jackson have been sharing a series of novels called the Windy City Neighborhood and in their latest book, Pound Foolish is by far my favorite. I think that is so because there is something in this one that most people can relate to. The Windy City Neighborhood Series is about a group of people who live on Beecham Street in Chicago, a melting pot of families in all shapes and sizes and in each novel, we get to interact with them as those it is another episode in a television series to see what has been happening to them since we last met, and get a more in depth look at one family in particular. In Pound Foolish, we get to meet the Singer family. A couple who have been married for quite some time, with two children, a boy and a girl. Greg Singer, is the proverbial breadwinner of the family whose job as an event coordinator for PowerSports, a company that deals with sport shows in hopes of gaining people who will come to these events to buy boats, ATVs, or Snowmobiles. Just when he believes he is literally at the top of his game, the economy takes a nose dive and some of the larger companies are deciding to pull their registrations from upcoming events. Greg just believes it will pass but soon learns his boss is closing the company and he is about to be laid off. His biggest dilemma is how to tell his wife Nicole. To say that their marriage is challenging lately would be an understatement. Nicole home schools her two children and runs the entire household. Her husband on the other hand simply believes that is the way God designed it and over time has put more time into his working relationship than in the relationship with her and the kids. In fact she has been considering the attentions of one of their neighbors who says and does all the right things, the way Greg used to and she wonders if their marriage can manage through this latest storm. When Greg believes the messages from their prosperity preacher that he is simply lacking the faith to believe in the greater blessings of God, it will ultimately test more than his family and his friends to see that it isn't the right kind of faith to have. Will he lose it all in the process of trying too hard to hold on to what he believes is right for his family? I received Pound Foolish by Dave and Neta Jackson compliments of Castle Rock Creative Publishing and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation and the opinions contained in this review are strictly my own. I think the reason I loved this one more than the previous three books is because we have all had issues with security, whether in our finances, our marriages or our jobs. I can see through the eyes of each of the Singers how desperate they are to "fix" things but believe they are right and the other person is wrong. How seeing the struggles they have to endure to hold on not to just their finances while Greg struggles to find work, but in trying to hold on to those relationships that are important in our lives, family and friends. Even the struggles they have to endure with what their church pastor is preaching makes us all a bit more diligent into not merely accepting the truth because it's being preached by a man in a pulpit. I loved the entire novel and can easily say it is a well deserved 5 out of 5 stars in helping to teach us what is really important in our lives. There is a Reader's Discussion Guide and sneak peek at book 5, "Snowmageddon", at the conclusion.
Cerulean_Skies More than 1 year ago
Pound Foolish is another page turner in the Windy City series that digs deep into the hearts and minds of its main characters.  As I read, I often found myself eagerly anticipating what will happen next. The main characters deal with REAL LIFE issues like parenting, employment, jealousy, money management, friendship, sexuality and spirituality. It's always interesting to revisit characters from both Yada Yada books and earlier Windy City books who make cameo appearances in the later books.  I especially appreciate how the Jacksons gently remind readers of God's promises for every area of our lives without being preachy. Highly recommended!! Dave & Neta are exceptional writers!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the 4th book in the Windy City Neighbors series. I have read every book in all 5 of the author's series of books and loved every one. In this book you will follow the lives of the Singer a family. Women will relate with the difficulty of raising kids, feelings of losing their identities, and marriage struggles. Men will gain insight to life after job loss, understanding their wives, and the importance of having praying brothers. Everyone who will read this book will get a glimpse of the importance of community, the importance of God's Word, and the place He should hold in one's life. As the story unfolds one will easily relate....the characters, circumstances, and struggles could easily be in one's neighborhood. Dave and Neta tell a story in such a way you walk away moved by the Spirit. I highly recommend you read every book in every series. Especially, this one if you are a woman struggling at home or a man struggling in your job or at home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again, an awesome book. It kept me glued the pages and mostly because I could put myself in the shoes of the characters and really understand the situations. Instead of "reality" television, "reality" book. Thanks!
jael97 More than 1 year ago
Pound Foolish is the 4th book in the Windy City Neighbors Series. While 4th in a series it can be read as a stand-alone novel. Having not read the previous three books in the series I was worried that perhaps I wouldn’t enjoy it or feel like I was missing too much. But it really can stand alone. The characters in this book are part of a neighborhood, really just those few houses that are on a cul de sac. It does reference other neighbors and while you don’t always have the back stories that may have happened in the previous novels, it is not to the point that you are completely lost in the activities/actions of any of them. We get to revisit with some from novels /series from previous years. The Jackson’s writing is wonderful as always. Thankfully, their characters are far from perfect, and have flaws…just like the rest of us. This novel focuses on one couple in particular, situations beyond their control, some that are completely within their control and the consequences that result. Some of those consequences last thru the ending of the book, but always there is redemption and God’s Truth portrayed. That’s what I have always enjoyed and loved about the Jackson’s and their writing. Take ordinary people, situations that we can often relate to, and let God shine His light through it all. Even when it involves non-believers, and those believers who doubt their faith. Always, there is God’s Truth spoken and redemption happening. I was blessed to receive this book free from the authors in exchange for an honest review.
nieceeDR More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading this great book. Couldn't put it down. Amazing story as are all of the Dave & Neta Jackson books. Very inspiring. I loved it and would recommend it to everyone. It puts you in touch with the characters and gets you involved with their lives and daily problems. I love how the characters from prior books are intertwined in all of the books. Helps you to make wiser decisions in dealing with life's issues.  When you are down then it's time to look up. Even though this is fiction it can really relate to actual life. I can't wait for their next book!