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Dancing with My Father: How God Leads Us into a Life of Grace and Joy

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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 0307457060
ISBN-13: 9780307457066
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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.

Author Bio

Sally Clarkson is a popular speaker who has worked in various ministries for more than thirty years. She is the author of several books, including The Mission of Motherhood. She and her husband, Clay, are the cofounders of Whole Heart Ministries, which encourages and equips Christian parents. The Clarkson's live with their four children just outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
 

Endorsement

“In Dancing with My Father, we learn along with Sally Clarkson how to experience peace and joy through all the challenges life has to offer. The scripture offered and questions asked at the end of each chapter make this a wonderful book for individual or group study.” — Brenda Nuland, home-schooling mom and blogger, found at coffeeteabooksandme.blogspot.com

“Sally Clarkson’s warmth and wisdom remind us to quit worrying about our footwork, lean into God's embrace, and let Him lead in this joy- filled dance called life!” — Lisa Harper , popular speaker and author of A Perfect Mess

“Ever long for a gentle, godly mentor? One who with words and by example, graciously guides you through the maze of life, encouraging you to see with your heart, hear with your soul, and ultimately discover God in the midst of it all? You hold in your hands a mentoring manual creatively crafted by Sally Clarkson. This treasure will enable you to confidently rise above the circumstances of your life, unearthing contentment and calm as you too learn to delightfully dance with your heavenly Father.” — Karen Ehman, national speaker for Proverbs 31 Ministries and author of A Life That Says Welcome and The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized

“With grace, candor, and engaging true-life stories, Sally Clarkson helps readers rediscover the reality of enduring joy in a fallen world. This is a book well worth reading!” — Cheri Fuller, speaker and author of Mother-Daughter Duet

“This is not another ‘don’t worry, be happy’ book. Sally gets to the heart of what true joy looks like and how to hold on to it through all circumstances of life. I highly recommend this book—and Sally Clarkson!” — Ginger Kolbaba, former editor of Today’s Christian Woman magazine, founding editor of Kyria.com, and author of the novel Desperate Pastors’ Wives

“A breath of fresh air for weary travelers on the ministry road. With characteristic grace and wisdom, Sally Clarkson acknowledges that even the most devoted Christian suffers discouragement, disappointment, and disillusionment. She meets us in our crashed idealism and burnout—but she doesn't leave us there. With God at her side, she leads us to the gentle peace and quiet trust of a mature Christian. I’ve read all of Sally’s books; this work is her best yet!” — Elizabeth Foss, mother of nine and author of Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home

“These pages sing a song that could change your life. In lyrical prose that truly captivates, in the rhythm of personal narrative and startling truth, Dancing with My Father invites the soul-hungry, the joy-lame, and the spirit-weary to come to the soiree and stay. This isn’t another paint-by-number, formulaic book, but an honest, thoughtful invitation to live an authentic life of biblical joy.” — Ann Voskamp, columnist for ChristianWomenOnline.net and the San Antonio Christian Beacon, and a blogger, found at aholyexperience.com

Editorial Reviews

Praise for
Dancing with My Father

"In Dancing with My Father, we learn along with Sally Clarkson how to experience peace and joy through all the challenges life has to offer. The scripture offered and questions asked at the end of each chapter make this a wonderful book for individual or group study." 
—Brenda Nuland, home-schooling mom and blogger, found at coffeeteabooksandme.blogspot.com

"Sally Clarkson’s warmth and wisdom remind us to quit worrying about our footwork, lean into God's embrace, and let Him lead in this joy- filled dance called life!"
—Lisa Harper , popular speaker and author of A Perfect Mess

"Ever long for a gentle, godly mentor? One who with words and by example, graciously guides you through the maze of life, encouraging you to see with your heart, hear with your soul, and ultimately discover God in the midst of it all? You hold in your hands a mentoring manual creatively crafted by Sally Clarkson. This treasure will enable you to confidently rise above the circumstances of your life, unearthing contentment and calm as you too learn to delightfully dance with your heavenly Father."
—Karen Ehman, national speaker for Proverbs 31 Ministries and author of A Life That Says Welcome and The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized

"With grace, candor, and engaging true-life stories, Sally Clarkson helps readers rediscover the reality of enduring joy in a fallen world. This is a book well worth reading!"
— Cheri Fuller, speaker and author of Mother-Daughter Duet

"This is not another ’don’t worry, be happy’ book. Sally gets to the heart of what true joy looks like and how to hold on to it through all circumstances of life. I highly recommend this book—and Sally Clarkson!"
—Ginger Kolbaba, former editor of Today’s Christian Woman magazine, founding editor of Kyria.com, and author of the novel Desperate Pastors’ Wives

"A breath of fresh air for weary travelers on the ministry road. With characteristic grace and wisdom, Sally Clarkson acknowledges that even the most devoted Christian suffers discouragement, disappointment, and disillusionment. She meets us in our crashed idealism and burnout—but she doesn't leave us there. With God at her side, she leads us to the gentle peace and quiet trust of a mature Christian. I’ve read all of Sally’s books; this work is her best yet!"
—Elizabeth Foss, mother of nine and author of Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home

"These pages sing a song that could change your life. In lyrical prose that truly captivates, in the rhythm of personal narrative and startling truth, Dancing with My Father invites the soul-hungry, the joy-lame, and the spirit-weary to come to the soiree and stay. This isn’t another paint-by-number, formulaic book, but an honest, thoughtful invitation to live an authentic life of biblical joy."
—Ann Voskamp, columnist for ChristianWomenOnline.net and the San Antonio Christian Beacon, and a blogger, found at aholyexperience.com

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    Excellent. The book is convicting, but encouraging. It leaves you with a sincere desire to seek the Lord only for Joy.
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    "Joy" is a lovely word that we all want to experience but often cannot find because we tend to focus our attention on our circumstances, trials, disappointment, and discontent. Dancing with My Father helps guide us to let go of all that and hold on to God's hand, instead. "Let your soul dance with delight in God." Each chapter ends with questions and/or suggestions to help you find your rhythm in God's joy. I enjoyed reading this book and jotting down notes in my diary. In search of true lasting joy, the author relies on God and His Word. She learns to look at things through God's eyes with eternal perspectives and embrace child-like faith. Let us all choose to dance with our Heavenly Father, the Source of joy, who loves us and is always ready to lead us into a life full of joy. Will you follow His steps and enjoy the dance?

    ~This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 15, 2010
    Deborah Gajee
    This is probably one of the most wonderful books on joy that I have ever read. I have been reading a couple of books lately (my usual style) and I keep coming back to this one and just wanting it to never end. I have been reading bits of it to my husband and children and they just love it. Oh dear ladies read and get a wonderful and joyful picture of our loving and heavenly Father.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 12, 2010
    Gretchen L. Acheson
    Dancing with My Father: How God Leads Us into a Life of Grace and Joy is not just an uplifting, encouraging read. Its like each chapter is a chat over a cup of tea with the author herself. Reading Mrs. Clarksons book makes me feel like Ive gotten to know this dear lady, seen her heart and felt her hugs. Hearing through the pages of Dancing with My Father about how she chose joy in her daily life and struggles inspired me to choose a different heart, a heart of joy. And it brought home the point that its not something that just happensI must choose joy. Each and every day.
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    March 6, 2010
    Andrea Schultz
    Sally Clarkson is a popular speaker who has worked in various ministries for more than thirty years. She and her husband live with their four children outside of Colorado Springs, CO. Her latest book, Dancing with My Father, suggests that we should let our soul dance with delight in God. This is from the back cover of the book: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 weighted down by drudgery and disappointment. But rather than slogging through her days, Sally wanted to know the delight of Gods presence. She began prayerfully exploring how to cultivate deep-rooted joy even in the midst of difficult seasons.Sally places special emphasis on Jesus as the source of joy:In the past couple of years, I have realized that it is as I ponder Jesus think about Him, study Him, read about Him, model Him that my life becomes more fully what it is supposed to be in all areas. Jesus is the ultimate portrait of living with joy. But even more, I have sought to understand what it means to love Him with my whole heart, as He so desires. If Jesus, the man anointed with oil of joy and gladness was about serving others to the point of laying down His life for them, then serving others and giving myself to the cause of Christ must be the place in which I will find joy. (p. 198)Sally, in her postscript, states that we all have to make the choice from our heart, before God, to follow His Son and to live a life of joy and grace. It is an easy choice, isnt it?! I appreciate that Sally made that journey, and shares her finding with us!This book comes complete with discussion questions at the end of each chapter, which I intend to work through. I think this book would work wonderfully well for a womens small group.This book was provided to me for review purposes by Waterbrook Press.
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