Eye opening story
Rain Dance by Joy Dekok is a book that every woman should read. I am definitely Pro-Life but had never really thought all that much about abortion and how the women that had abortions felt after the fact so this book was really an eye opener for me. The story centers around two women who meet at their obstetricianÃ¢ÂÂs office. Jonica who is infertile is there to tell the doctor that she and her husband no longer want to try to get pregnant using the latest medical methods. Staci is there to set up an appointment for an abortion because her pregnancy is not convenient for her since she is just getting started in her law practice. As different as the two women are, they form a real friendship and Jonica who is a devout Christian shares her faith in God with Stacie and then prays and waits for God to work on StacieÃ¢ÂÂs heart.
The plot of the story was well developed and the author wrote on the subject of infertility and abortion with a great deal of understanding and with deep feelings for the women involved. Even though the story is fiction, it reads like real life and strives for healing and understanding for women who are either infertile or have had an abortion or even thinking of having one. The author also helps the reader to realize that these women need our compassion and support. The plot takes a twist when Stacie finds photos of her mother holding a baby boy but she cannot remember having a baby brother. Stacie cannot forget what she saw and begins a search to find out about the brother. This search and what she learns adds a new dimension to the story. The author made the characters in the story so real that I wanted to just give each of them a hug and tell them that Jesus loved them. I was deeply touched by this book and I cannot remember the last time I cried so much while reading a novel.
I highly recommend this book to all women and think that men would also benefit from reading it. The story is not only about the two women but includes their families as well. The story has a great ending.. I had wondered about the title of the book but at the end it is clear why Rain Dance was the perfect title.
A big thank you to the author, Joy Dekok, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
May 5, 2013
A unique well-written book
By Joy DeKok
When the abortion instrument sucked out the baby in StacieÃ¢ÂÂs womb, an important part of herself went with it.
Ã¢ÂÂNo!Ã¢ÂÂ she cried. But it is too late.
Sitting in the gynecologistÃ¢ÂÂs office that same day was Jonica, whose last hope of conceiving died like the infant in the other womanÃ¢ÂÂs womb.
Although grieving and they didnÃ¢ÂÂt know each other, Jonica wrote her phone number on a Christian magazine and gave it to Stacie.
When her phone rang a few days later, Jonica was surprised. Stacie wanted to argue about things in the magazine. Yet, they got together for coffee to talk, and an amazing friendship emerged that lets the reader know something great is going to happen.
The miracles in their hearts didnÃ¢ÂÂt just pop out of the air, however. Both women have relatives who pray for them. I loved the way the story developed, although at first it was a little confusing switching viewpoints. The book is all the better, however, because each character tells her side of the story in first person.
People who enjoy good writing will notice Joy DeKokÃ¢ÂÂs talent. The story is well crafted, but so is every paragraph. People who study writing will enjoy the active verbs.
This book brings the reader into the abortion experience with one woman and the heartache of a barren womb with another. What an unusual way to show the world how women are affected and it could not have been released in a better time.
When we vote for politicians in November will we think of women like Stacie and the 1.37 million unborn babies killed in the United States each year?
Women like Jonica and millions of women like her who came into marriage virgins but canÃ¢ÂÂt conceive are infertile through no fault of their own.
But when we vote will we remember other woman who became infertile because of chlamydia and gonorrheaÃ¢ÂÂsexually transmitted diseasesÃ¢ÂÂwho were taught God is not there and The Ten Commandments need to be prohibited?
Rain Dance doesnÃ¢ÂÂt take the reader into societyÃ¢ÂÂs sins and heart aches, but as a jouralist who reported abortion and sexually transmitted disease statistics nearly every year, I couldnÃ¢ÂÂt help but go beyond these two women. Joy DeKok only draws back the curtain to show how God redeems, restores, rejuvenates, and revitalizes broken hearts, and itÃ¢ÂÂs not fiction. ThatÃ¢ÂÂs reality for any woman who seeks it.
Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted, comfort those who mourn and give beauty for ashes (prophesied in Isaiah 61:1-3 and fulfilled in Luke 4:18).
You know Jonica and Stacie have been healed, comforted and beauty arises from the ashes when you see them dancing in the rain.
Rain Dance is a wonderful book.
July 14, 2012
Great story about friendship
We read this book at our church book club. It was very well received and we all enjoyed it immensely.
July 21, 2011
Rain Dance is a gripping story about the power of love. This book turns the impossible into the possible through the power of Christ's love. In the most dire of circumstances, when two women at complete opposite ends of the spectrum are at their lowest, they reach out to one another. In that moment a seed is planted that forever changes their lives. What I love about this book is that the characters are very real. Everything doesn't end up in a pretty package tied up with a bow. It isn't a fairytale, BUT everyone does live happily ever after because of the promise Christians have in Romans 8:28. While the topics may be tough for many to consider, I highly recommend Rain Dance to all women because of the underlying theme of the true bond of a very special friendship.
February 2, 2010