Title: Dancing with My Father
Subtitle: How God Leads Us into a Life of Grace and Joy
Author: Sally Clarkson
Publisher’s Synopsis: Let Your Soul Dance with Delight in God
Do you sometimes feel victimized by circumstances? Are you overwhelmed by weariness, fear, or discouragement? Do you wonder, Where can I go to claim the promise of Jesus that my joy could be made full?
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.
In this warm and wise book, she invites you to experience for yourself what happens when you trust God to lead you into a life of anticipation, passion, and purpose.
Weaving biblical insights with real-life stories that reflect every Christian woman’s deepest longings, Dancing with My Father reveals how any woman, in any circumstance, can daily live in beauty and grace, joy and peace.
Having read much by Sally Clarkson over the years, I was curious about this book when it arrived. Was it about Father/Daughter relationships or more like Heavenly Father/Daughter ones. To my relief, it was the latter. I wasn’t too keen on reading a woman’s perspective on how my husband should relate to his daughter unless it was designed to help my daughter understand how her Daddy thinks differently than she does. One thumb up for that alone.
The opening charge of the book is JOY. I need joy not only in my relationship with the Lord, but in every aspect of my life. Joy. Another thumb went up.
Mrs. Clarkson works hard to remind us who the Author of joy, happiness, pleasure, and life truly is. She reminds us that God isn’t a great Cosmic spoiler in the negative sense. He’s not there to spoil our fun, He created it! Instead, God is a different kind of Cosmic spoiler. He spoils us with the richness of His overflowing gifts into our lives. I’m not sure Mrs. Clarkson would appreciate my weird analogy, but there you have it.
The book is rich in anecdotes, stories, and scripture. Each chapter ends with a few questions designed to get you thinking and keep you thinking. I think that is the best part of those questions– the keep you thinking part. At the end, there is a prayer. Now, at first, I was bothered by it. I don’t usually like scripted prayers. However, sometimes, I think it might be a nice start– something to keep your focus on where the Lord might be taking your prayers. For those things alone, two more thumbs up.
However, I must say, I think the book was a little … oh, I don’t know. Random. It wasn’t clearly organized. Some things seemed to jump around a little, and a couple of times she seemed to contradict herself. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think she really did. I think it’s a little like Jesus telling us not to judge one another and then Paul coming along and saying that we will do it. One is obviously talking about the heart and the other about actions in the body of believers. However, on the surface, they seem to contradict. With just one person writing down the thoughts of the author in this book (and this time the author herself), I would have thought she’d be able to keep a more cohesive line… or at least her editors might have helped. However, it’s not a major problem… just a few frustrations of the book. On that score, one thumb down.
Now, for those who know me, this might surprise you, but I’m not giving away my copy of this book yet I want to go over it again, most slowly. I want to answer the questions, think deeply, and really eek every bit of nectar I can from this book. However, I do have ONE copy to give away, so if you’d like to win a copy, post a comment and tell us what part of God you CAN see in your father or father-figure.
I want to thank Water Brook for providing this book for review and for the giveaway copy.