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By Neta Jackson
You can only walk forward when you learn how to lean.
Just months after her husband threw her out of their penthouse and sent their two sons away, Gabrielle Fairbanks is finally getting back on her feet. She has a job she loves at the homeless shelter, an apartment for her and the boys, caring friends, and even a new love interest. Best of all, an unexpected windfall has given her a brand-new dream—a House of Hope for homeless mothers and their children.
Piece by piece, Gabby's new life is coming together—but the old one keeps dragging her back. First her husband Philip hints at a reconciliation ... then hits her up for a loan to pay his gambling debts. And when Gabby tells him no, he makes a desperate move that puts them all in harm's way. How can she even think of embarking on a new venture when so much is up in the air?
Gabby is realizing that she needs something far greater than her own strength or even that of her friends. That to move forward, she must first lean on the only One who knows what the future holds.
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After reading Who Do I Lean On? one of Neta’s editors remarked, “One of the wonderful things about your novels is that you give us plenty of tension and we just can't put it down, but we get to the end and discover you've been feeding our spirit at the same time we were being entertained.”
In Who Do I Lean On?, Gabby Fairbanks is finally back on her feet after being in a homeless shelter, and she has a new dream that will stretch her faith farther than ever.
She expects a fight from her husband over custody of their boys, but she is taken aback when he leans on her for a loan to cover his gambling debts. When she turns him down, Philip makes a desperate move that puts Gabby, her friends at the shelter, and even the House of Hope at risk.
The props Gabby usually leans on—Jodi, her Yada Yada prayer partner; her friend Harry, the ex-cop; and Lee, her lawyer, who has fallen in love with Gabby—are not always there when she needs them most. Gabby must make a decision that could change the course of her life. But is it for better—or for worse?
Lynne Welch, reviewing Who Do I Lean On? for Booklist Magazine, says, “Jackson uses the Chicago setting to good effect in building on previous titles from this and her Yada Yada Prayer Group series, offering an unblinkered Christian perspective on family, friendship, and personal obligations while allowing the reader to vicariously experience the remarkable range of experiences shared by those living in shelters, with not so much as a closet to call their own.”
Tanya, a fan on Facebook wrote, “I have learned more from your books about how to pray and how God loves us than from many years of being churched.”
You'll not be disappointed, either!
And if you haven't caught up with what has been happening with Gabby's friend, Harry Bentley, the affable doorman from her “former” penthouse apartment, be sure to order Dave's first parallel novel, Harry Bentley's Second Chance, A Yada Yada Brothers Novel that corresponds with Neta's first House of Hope novel, Where Do I Go? That will bring you up to speed so that after you finish reading Who Do I Lean On? you will be ready for the second Harry Bentley novel, Harry Bentley’s Second Sight.
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