GROUNDED ...But Hope May Be Just Across the
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
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
As a kid I was crazy about horses and animals of all kinds and loved to
draw (horses, mostly). Since I didn't have a horse, I wrote stories about them
instead. My high-school English teacher sent one of my stories (about a couger)
to a Scholastic magazine writing contest and it won First Place . . . and the
rest, as they say, is history. I wanted to be a writer!
I grew up on the campus of a private Christian school in Seattle where my
parents were teachers. A lovely childhood, though fairly sheltered. But college
took me back to the Chicago area and a whole new world. My husband and I settled
in the Chicago area soon after getting married, and even though we both grew up
in solid Christian homes, our search to deepen our faith took the form of
Christian community for much of our family life raising kids. Eventually the
critical issue of racial reconciliation became the call of God upon our life,
and we chose to immerse ourselves in African American and
multi-cultural churches. Our world and our hearts expanded. What a gift these
relationships of faith have been!
All during this time, my husband and I have been a writing team--writing
books with expert resource people (as their co-authors) on a variety of topics
(from medical ethics to stories of gang kids), then writing a whole series of
historical fiction about great Christian heroes--40 titles in all!--called the
Trailblazer books (and a series of "Hero Tales," five volumes in all). Now we
are each writing adult fiction--the Yada Yada Prayer Group series for me, which
was inspired by my real-life Bible study sisters, a multi-cultural group of
feisty women going on 12 years now that God has used to turn my life upside
down, or rather, rightside up! (I have to admit, sometimes my real world and my
fictional world get a bit mixed up!)
I've been married for 40-plus years to the same wonderful man, we are truly
partners in life. We raised two kids plus a Cambodian foster daughter, and
together they've given us eight beautiful grandchildren! As one of my
girlfriends and I agree: The best stress-busters in the world are pets,
gardening, and grandkids!
I really enjoy Neta's writing and her books are always a pleasure to
This book was a little different from her other books, not sure why
I did not get into it like I aways do with her books. The story line was good, I
enjoyed the character Grace and all that she went
though but it was just slow in my opinion.
I was given a copy of this book to review by Wynn-Wynn Media