Dance from Deep Within
Dance from Deep Within  -     By: Dina L. Sleiman
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 348
Vendor: Whitefire Publishing
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.78 (inches)
ISBN: 1939023289
ISBN-13: 9781939023285

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Three unlikely friends...learning to dance to the song of the Spirit Despite her conservative Muslim heritage, Layla Al-Rai longs for a chance to earn her degree in engineering and perhaps even...dare she dream...to choose her own husband. But young women from her background rarely enjoy such freedoms. When she finally talks her parents into letting her attend college, she is drawn to fellow twenty-something students, Allie and Rain, over a class project. Allie, the blond ballerina, faces her own struggles as she deals with an ex-fiance and a church she had hoped to leave behind. Rain, the bi-racial hippie chick, longs for something to believe in, but her questioning could cost her the love of her life. When Layla s childhood sweetheart reenters her world, it seems her dreams might become real. Until everything falls apart. When she meets truth face to face, will she find the courage to accept it even if it requires the ultimate sacrifice?

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  1. AM
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Empathetic and engaging
    February 8, 2015
    AM
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The author paints a clear picture of the oft clashing cultures of Christianity, Humanism and Muslim and offers us three strong young women who must, for the sake of a class, work together to investigate each other's religions. D.L Sleiman does an excellent job of respectfully delving into each one, revealing their strengths and weakness in clear, honest investigation. The characters of Allie, Rain, and Layla feel real and deep. As each of them goes about sharing about their upbringings, their families and their trials and blessings from their own perspectives, the reader is given an empathetic look into the stresses and pressures each culture applies.

    Writing a novel from three different points of view is no easy task--but the author does so seamlessly. I was never left feeling that one character got more page time than another. Having grown up in a cultural area heavy with Christian, pagan and humanistic beliefs, I can say she did a great job portraying those cultures. And having only heard what the media portrays as truth from a Muslim perspective, I found that introduction honest and respectful. All in all, Sleiman used a gentle, respectful, loving hand to guide the reader into areas they might never have tread before.

    The only down side for me was the use of The Message as a true biblical translation--which it's not. I think a lot of Christian churches include it these days, trying to connect with youth better, but I've found it lacking in many ways, and sometimes out and out wrong in its interpretation. Outside of this criticism, this book was heart-touching and real, examining the struggles we all have in connecting respectfully to one another--and how we can honestly share our faith in a true, loving, impactful way. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!
  2. Christine Lindsay
    British Columbia, Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A wonderful novel every Christian should read.
    February 5, 2015
    Christine Lindsay
    British Columbia, Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
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    Not only is this a beautifully written novel, fast-paced, with characters I came to really care about, but it is also a novel that I wish more Christians would read. It's so different from what is normally on the shelves at Christian books stores and therefore one I think will appeal not only to those who typically read Christian novels, but also to those who are tired of the usually bland stuff that passes for Christian fiction.

    Dance from Deep Within is about 3 young women taking a university course and become friends. From the start the biases are down--one is a Christian, the other a new-age girl living with her boyfriend, and the other a Muslim woman living in a strict home. From the start you care about these women and see their lives change through friendship. A wonderful novel that every Christian should read.
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