Osheta Moore is the founder of Shalom in the City, a community for those who want to be peacemakers. She’s got a new podcast in the works, so find and follow her now—that you won’t miss a beat once that podcast goes live (all links are at the end of this post). I’m happy to feature Osheta here, today. If you’re interested in being featured here, be sure to participate in the link up on Friday’s Forward Book Club posts.
“The Yada Yada Prayer Group” by Neta Jackson, is my all-time favorite book. Y’all. I can’t say enough about this book and series. It’s delightful yet honest about the complexities of doing life with women who are very different from you. Every character is well-rounded and by the end of the book you want to go out and find your own prayer group of diverse women.I loved this series so much, that I used a profound moment of racial reconciliation from book two for a post I wrote for Rachel Held Evan in my response to the overwhelming support of Phil Roberston, after he made some misguided comments about slavery, blacks, and gays.
Neta Jackson, a committed reconciler with years of experience, crafted a book that’s both entertaining and practical. I felt like after reading the first book, I could explore building relationships with women in different socio-economic classes and ethnicities than me with confidence and grace.
Shalom is at the heart of racial reconciliation and I’m so thankful for a book club that “goes there” with race conversations.
I just bought my copy (I have it on audiobook too, but I wanted to have it in paperback to write my notes for my link up contribution in the margins) as I’m planning on linking up every week with the book club with my thoughts about each chapter. Will you join me?
I hope so.
Osheta is an ESFJ mama who loves parties, people, and popcorn with red wine. A pastor’s wife who is convinced God has a sense of humor and a Peacemaker who cusses a little. An optimistic cookbook reader. A hopeless romantic. A goofball with a little bit of sass. Her life goal is to dance in a flash mob and embarrass the heck out of her teenager!