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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2004
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A sleepy rural town in South Carolina. The end of summer and a baby about to be born. But in the midst of hope and celebration comes unexpected tragedy, and Dylan Styles must come to terms with how much he's lost. Will the music of his heart be stilled foreveror will he choose to dance with life once more, in spite of sorrow and heartbreak?
The Dead Don't Dance is a bittersweet yet triumphant love storya tale of one man's spiritual journey through the darkness of despair and into the light of hope.
Charles Martin is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of 12 novels. He and his wife, Christy, live in Jacksonville, Florida. Learn more about him at charlesmartinbooks.com. Facebook: Author.Charles.Martin Twitter: @storiedcareer
Mark Evans5 Stars Out Of 5What would you do, if your baby was born deceased, and seconds later your wife lapsed into a coma?August 21, 2016Mark EvansQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love these lines from the story, I think that if we could give God a choice, Hed prefer that we scream and argue rather than say nothing at all I keep the lines open If God is who he said He is, then Hes big enough to handle my ranting and raving and all my questions. (p. 181)
Dylan and Maggie are living the good life. After obtaining his doctorate Dylan was unable to find a teaching job. But he found himself pleasantly satisfied working the land at his deceased grandfathers farm. They were happy with their lot in life. And farming had not been all that bad. All except for a mean pig, of course, the pig was only mean to Dylan. About four weeks after a romantic evening, Dylan and Maggie realized that they were expecting. They were ecstatic, they enjoyed months of preparation. The baby was born deceased. After vomiting Maggie lapsed into a coma. She continued to bleed, so much so, that Dylan had to give one more pint than what was normally allowed.
This novel tells the story of Dylans suffering, and how he learned to cope with the reality that his wife was in a coma, and that she may never wake up. I loved the story, and I thought it was brilliant. During this difficult time, Dylan, unbeknownst to himself, influenced so many people. The main story revolves around Dylan and Maggie, but there is so much more. I enjoyed reading about all the characters and how all of their stories (lives) tied together. Near the end of the book Dylan realized that he was not alone. And he learned that he was not the only one who experienced suffering. If you read this book, make sure that you keep a box of tissues nearby. There is a sequel to this book, Maggie. I will read it soon.
RandyEhrlerNaperville, Il4 Stars Out Of 5Wally Lamb plus FaithApril 24, 2012RandyEhrlerNaperville, IlIf you have read and enjoyed books by Wally Lamb, you will love The Dead Don't Dance. It reminded me very much of both I Know This Much is True and The Hour I First Believed. It follows Dylan Stiles, the main character, as his life spirals as a result of tragedy and his struggle to understand why bad things happen to good people. Most importantly, he does this through the lens of faith in God, without which we are all lost. Excellent read.
Claire Rogers5 Stars Out Of 5October 20, 2009Claire RogersI truly love the way Charles Martin writes. Once I start reading, I can't quit til the end. This is a great book.
Lori Hershey5 Stars Out Of 5December 9, 2007Lori HersheyInsightful and thought provoking. Sometimes life does not happen the way we want it to...if you've ever experienced that or known anyone who has this book is for you.
Darlene5 Stars Out Of 5August 29, 2007DarleneA story of life, the joys, the hurts. The death of a first child and the young wife going into a coma leads Dylan to many questions.