Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Dancing With My Father (+Giveaway)

Title: Dancing With My Father
Author: Sally Clarkson
Genre: Christian Non-Fiction
Page Count: 206
Why I read it: blog tour for the publisher

Synopsis:
When trusted author and mentor Sally Clarkson noticed a lack of joy in her own life, she realized how easy it can be, especially for women with overloaded to-do lists, to feel weighed down by drudgery and disappointment. But rather than slogging through her days, Sally wanted to know the delight of God's presence. She began prayerfully exploring how to cultivate deep-rooted joy even in the midst of difficult seasons.

My review:
How many times have you asked yourself why everything has to be so hard?  I know I've asked myself that.  As I go through the day to day drudgery of being a stay at home mom, sometimes it's hard to find the joy in life.  But joy doesn't depend on our circumstances, it's found in loving and trusting God, and this book was a beautiful illustration of that.

Through stories from her own life, Sally Clarkson tells us how we can find joy--through trials, through experiencing God's creation, through His word . . . God has given us endless things to bring us joy.  Each chapter ends with questions so that you can reflect on what you've read.  This book would be wonderful for a small group or womens Bible study.

One of the passages from the book says, "When I intentionally asked God to open my eyes to his provision of joy, I began to notice even small, everyday occurrences as a gift, such as the sunrise and sunset."  I've realized I need to not only enjoy the beauty of things, but take the time to stop what I'm doing and recognize that those beautiful things I'm seeing are part of God's love letter to me.  Dancing With My Father gives wonderful examples of ways to find joy in all things.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.  To find out more information about this book, click here.


***I also have a copy of this book to give away to one lucky reader.  To enter, just leave a comment here, including an e-mail address where I can contact you if you win.  Giveaway ends, and a winner will be chosen on March 10th. ***

8 comments:

Felicia H. said...

Felicia should win :)
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Jodie said...

I would love to win this!
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Mindy said...

I think you know my email address... ;)

mm.alley said...

This book sounds great

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mommymelb said...

Oh this sounds beautiful! I'd love to read it!

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kaye said...

love the sound of this one

Donna said...

I would love to win.
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Kim said...

I wouldn't trade the days and memories of my 30+ years of being a SAHM for anything. Now I'm enjoying my grandchildren and vice versa. Savor these days -- they are worth it, good, bad, or otherwise.