15 November 2013

Teresa S Mathews Reviews Dance From Deep Within by Dina Sleiman

Dance From Deep Within
WhiteFire Publishing

Reviewed by Teresa S Mathews
~5 Stars*****

In this contemporary Christian novel Dina Sleiman introduces us to three young women who come from three extremely different walks of life. Each one believes their way is the road to happiness, but when their professor assigns a project where they have to learn more about the others beliefs, neither of these women will ever be the same.

Layla Al-Rai, a devout young Muslim woman is excited to finally have the chance to earn her engineering degree. Most Muslim women are not given this much freedom, Layla is very grateful to Allah for this privilege. Layla hopes this assignment will allow her to share more about herself and she in turn will learn more about her two new friends.

Allie Carmichael, a ballerina who decided to come back to school after an eight year stint with a Christian dance company. Allie has been a Christian most of her life; she was raised by strict parents and made to attend a church where it seemed everything she did or longed to do was “sinful” including her dancing. Allie is eager to share her beliefs about the one true God with the intriguing young women she has just met.

Rain Butler-Briggs is a bi-racial upbeat free-spirited hippie. Rain is working on an English degree so she can finish her book detailing all the various places she has been in her life as a child and as a young woman traveling the world with her bohemian boyfriend. Rain was raised with the mentality if it feels good or makes you happy, do it.

Will these three young women find the happiness they long for? Will Allie be able to overcome the dark secrets from her childhood and reconcile with her parents and her ex-fiancĂ©? Will Layla make the right choice and follow her heart or will she remain forever in bondage to her family’s religion? Will Rain be able to have the one thing she most desires or will she have to choose between it and her boyfriend? Will these young ladies find their way to the One who writes the symphony to which their hearts long to dance?

I always look forward to reading Ms. Sleiman’s books and this one was by far my favorite. I found myself rapidly flipping the pages to see what outcome was in store for these three young ladies. Each of these characters will find their way into your heart the more you read about them. Layla’s story was the most touching as she had the most to lose if she followed her heart. I loved the way Ms. Sleiman dealt with each ones challenges; it pulled me into the story and held me there until the last page was turned. The depth with which Ms. Sleiman has written this story makes me know she put her whole heart into it! I was truly blessed to have been able to read it.

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20 comments:

  1. Thanks so much, Teresa! I'm glad you were blessed by the book. I look forward to hanging out with the gang at Overcoming with God today.

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    1. Hi DINA it's so great for you to be with us today. I'm looking forward to hearing how many people's lives are going to be changed by this anointed book.

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  2. Wow, sounds like you really enjoyed this story Teresa! That was a fantastic review because I want to find out their stories and their endings, and I haven't even read the book!!! Well done Dina, I'll look forward to reading this!

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    1. NOELA there was so much more I wanted to share about this book but I want everyone to read it for themselves. I will say this I can't say enough good things about it!

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  3. :) Teresa did a really great job, didn't she! I want to read it again now.

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  4. Hey, and I want everyone to know that the book is available in both print and ebook!!!! The print and ebook pages aren't linking yet on amazon for some reason, but today is official release day, so there are always a few kinks to work out.

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    1. I think the links are working now! Some days it's hard to get blogger to play nice!! lol

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  5. I don't think it's you, Teresa. I think it's amazon. But here is the direct print link. http://www.amazon.com/Dance-Deep-Within-D-Sleiman/dp/1939023289/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384526901&sr=1-1&keywords=dance+from+deep+within

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  6. What a wonderful review, TERESA! I just love all of Dina's books...must put this one on my wishlist!

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  7. Thanks, Diana. I know you usually like historical, but I think you'll be blessed. And there's PLENTY of romance in it :)

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    1. I'm just crazy about your writing, Dina...period.

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    2. That's so sweet :) Thanks, Diana!

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    1. MARY I hope you put this on your wish list! It is a wonderful book! :)

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    2. Ha ha, it's certainly not the same old same old. I get bored easily ;)

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  9. Great job, T! Congrats to Dina on this new release!!!

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    1. Thanks, Carrie. I'm really excited about this!

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  10. Another new-to-me author with a great-sounding book! I have added this to my list of "I really want this" books. I am so glad I saw the announcement about the blog hop on Carrie's Facebook page!

    Susan Manchester
    susan.manchester061 at gmail dot com

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    1. Susan, I don't know if you do ebooks, but it's a great price at only $3.99 :) I'm so glad that you're excited about it. I am too!

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