Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Dancing With My Father ~ Book Review

Dancing with My Father
How God Leads Us Into A Life of Grace and Joy
By Sally Clarkson

With so much sadness and so many daily burdens to shoulder, how do Christian women maneuver steadily through this journey of life with joy and peace of heart intact? What does it look like to be a woman filled with joy, every day, all the time, no matter what? In the deluge of all the stresses and disappointments in a fallen world, how does a mature Christian woman really walk in the power of the Holy Spirit? How does she face each situation with gladness, despite the relentless and demanding day after day, month after month, year after year things that would rob her of emotional and creative energy, such as chores, bills arguments, messes? Or how does she maintain joy in the center of more devastating troubles: a divorce, the tragic death of a loved one, a child who has a chronic illness or disability, rejection by family members, alcoholism and drug-related scars, a job lay-off?

For me, the times I struggle most to experience joy are when I feel an invisible finger pointing at my heart, accusing me of all my inadequacies: How can you be a Christian this long and still lose your temper or struggle with pettiness, entertain critical attitudes, fluctuate in your emotions, and in your walk with God? Guilt over disappointing God or others sometimes lurks in the recesses of my mind and hovers silently like a could over my subconscious soul. After all, I have been a Christian for many year, and am perceived as a mature leader, writer, speaker; shouldn’t I be able to conquer these obstacles with confidence and strength? Shouldn’t joy be a natural to me as breathing?

If you want to know more then you will want to pick up a copy of Sally Clarkson’s book Dancing with My Father. I couldn’t put it down from the time I started this because I felt like it was me reading my own words.

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for my review. You can find out more information about the book at the link below

For those of you that are interested, I am hosting a great giveaway for a copy of this book as well as a copy of Mother-Daughter Duet, Getting to The Relationship You Want With Your Adult Daughter by Cheri Fuller and Ali Plum on my blog. Simply leave me a comment and you get one entry. If you follow me you get another, just leave it as a separate comment and if you post it on your blog linked back here, well that gets you another entry for a grand total of three chances to put your name out there. I may even toss in a few surprises since Easter is just around the corner! Trust me this is one giveaway you don’t want to miss out on!

If you’re new to my blog, let me know how you found your way here if you remember. It’s nice knowing where people came from in finding my place. Make yourself at home and hope you decide to stay!


Denise said...

This book sounds really good.

Parsley said...

Would love to be entered.

christy rose said...

This book sounds great! I would love to have it.

christy rose said...

Of course, I follow you

Just Be Real said...

Dancing with My Father sounds very good to me. Thank you for the review Kat. Blessings.

SusanD said...

Hey Kat, The M/D book sounds like something I could really use. Thanks for the great giveaway. Blessings, SusanD

SusanD said...

oh....and I'm already a follower. :)

Danae Hudson said...

I would really love this book. Thank you for your book reviews! I've been buying them :)

I follow you too, does that count?!

And thank you for your prayers. I really appreciate it and I know that Vashti does too.

KrippledWarrior said...

thanks for putting up with me.

sanjeet said...

Would love to be entered.
rihanna video

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I really need to change what I do and spend more of my day reading.
I only watch two shows during the daytime but I can't get away from this computer most days. I have so many books to read right now I don't know when I will get around to them. This books sounds good.

sharon54220 said...

I love the title of the book. The title actually brings tears to my eyes. When I got married, my father had already passed away a year prior, so I never got the chance to Dance with My Father.

Thanks for the chance.