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4 Stars Out Of 5
September 3, 2009
This book was very well written and kept my interest. The 2 main characters, Shara and Keeva really came alive. But what struck me most was the courtship btw Quinton and Shara. Though they had an attraction they let there relationship linger in the friendship stage, the courtship was pure, real and not all about looks. The part of Quinton going to his pastor for advice on how to court a godly woman was very endearing. There attraction to each other came from the Godliness they saw in each other and the desire for God. The dialogue was funny and real. The ending was a little abrupt though, I would have liked to have stayed at the wedding a little longer.
Dance into Destiny is the kind of story that makes you think about the characters long after you close the book. While it did have a bit of a slow start, once I got pulled into the pages I felt driven to finish it. I read most of the story in one sitting because I just couldnt put it down. I especially loved Keevas struggle with her boyfriend and how well the author showed that she did many things just to please him even though they left her feeling empty. Once she saw godly relationships centered on Christ, she realized something was missing in her life. What a perfect illustration of how to love an unsaved friend and lead them to saving faith!The importance of being honest with yourself and in your relationship with God is part of the spiritual thread, which is thick and strong and beautifully woven in to the lives of the characters. The author uses contrasting examples of what people think love is, and because its so well done, the effect on the reader is deep and profound. This story is full of examples of real life issues that will grip your heart, and its also about faith and friendship, and the source of real love.Ms. Lewis knows how to create three dimensional characters like few authors can. She understands human frailty and forgiveness better than most, and it shows in the lives of her characters. Her insight is exceptional. I am thoroughly impressed with how well she paces the progression of faith in her characters lives. She also shows the power mentoring can have in the lives of young people.
This book started off a bit slow and had a 'corny' ending but I really enjoyed it. Lewis managed to use the plot/characters to draw the reader into the importance of having a personal relationship with God - there wasn't too much sermons with the pushy message 'be a Christian or go to hell', yet it makes you question issues in your own life, i.e. What has God purposed for my life? I loved the way godly principles were incorporated and the characters seemed so real they were coming off the page (as they reminded me of myself and people I know). It would have been fantastic if the ending wasn't so rushed. Three and a half stars from me!