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Who Is My Shelter?

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Who Is My Shelter? by Neta Jackson

Reviewed by Melissa Lockcuff

"...a must read book, especially if you’ve been keeping up with Neta Jackson’s novels."

Neta Jackson is back with the fourth book in her series, A Yada Yada House of Hope. Who is My Shelter? is a must read book, especially if you’ve been keeping up with Neta Jackson’s novels.

This book pretty much picks up where the last one left off with Gabby’s estranged husband Philip in the hospital after being badly beaten up due to a gambling debt. Gabby has just told Lee, her lawyer and friend, that she really needs to focus on Philip right now. The story starts out with both an emotional and a suspenseful high, as the thugs who beat Philip up still sit outside his apartment building, just waiting for the opportunity to thrash him again.

With all of this stress going on in her life, Gabby has still managed to open up her House of Hope, finally housing a couple of the homeless ladies from the shelter. This has been her dream, but she’s also feeling like she really doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing. It’s through the support and prayers of her friends and “family” that Gabby keeps trudging on, not to mention for the sake of her two boys whom she’s trying to give as stable of a life as possible.

Enter Will Nissan, a young teenager who seems to have befriended her husband Philip while he was in the hospital. Will and his grandmother are looking for her long-lost sister, which leads to an even bigger and more life-changing mystery to solve concerning one of the main characters that’s been with us in every book. I would tell you, but I’d rather not spoil it for you. Honestly, in the end, this part of the story is left somewhat hanging as well, so it just makes me want to read the next book.

Neta has a way of tying a story together with worship---true authentic worship. She really makes the reader feel as if they are in the story with the character, feeling every high, every low. She has a way of keeping God at the forefront of the story the whole way through. I love that the stories are so real and true to life, stories that many people face in actual real life every single day. The Christian life isn’t an easy road, and Gabby isn’t perfect….she may have fallen in love with her lawyer friend….but she’s also trying to do the right thing by Philip, even after the way he treated her and virtually left her with nothing. The author does a great job of bringing all those emotions to the surface, but she also makes the story very tangible for someone who might be going through a similar situation. I won’t tell you what happens at the end of the book, but I will say that God’s plan always comes through.

Melissa Lockcuff: Mel is a homeschooling mom who never tires of reading with her two adventurous little boys. After working as a nurse and a teacher, she realized where her personal priorities truly lay, and she made the decision to stay home with her boys. Mel has since found a true passion for writing. Right now, she writes articles and short pieces, and she is also learning how to write literature for children. She loves all things blogging, and her personal blog, Real Heart Prints, has topics like motherhood; homeschooling; recipes; devotionals; crafting; reviews on books, movies, and other products; giveaways; and all things home and garden; etc. She currently writes reviews with the TOS Crew, and she has also partnered with a friend and fellow writer to form MamaBuzz, where she enjoys writing reviews for children's products and ministering/writing to women through that venue. She has started work on her first book, which she hopes to finish within the next few months.