Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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.
My thoughts: I have long enjoyed the Jackson's stories, starting at a young age with their Trailblazer books (which, if you haven't read them, I highly recommend them! I think I need to complete my set of them before Aster can read...;)). With the Windy City Neighbor series, the Jackson's have brought a new type of series, where the stories run parallel to one another (something I haven't experienced until this series!). New characters and old friends are brought into play with this series about God working with a community. I think this book is relevant to what a lot of families are going through with the economy such as it is. This book also has a wonderful reminder of being happy with what we have. Two thumbs up!