Monday, April 1, 2013
About the Book:
Am I the only one that finds it ironic that Jim Anderson is also the name of the main character in the famous television classic "Father Knows Best"? Obviously, those days are long gone! This Jim is clueless about what his family needs, and he's about to pay dearly for his lack of attention.
I had my issues with this book. First and foremost, the teaching didn't blend well with the fiction. It was obvious when Gary Smalley's well known strategies for healing marriages and family was being introduced. That bothered me. I've read books like this before (blending counseling and fiction) and I've found smoother collaborations.
Also, Marilyn and the dance studio instructor? Really? I found it hard to believe she was that naive. If she'd been my friend, I would have clued her in much, much sooner...whether she was sharing details or not. But, then again, maybe women in that much pain are that easily fooled.
About the only characters I could identify with were the kids. But even then...Doug? Seriously? Maybe I'm the one that's clueless, but this really goes on in families today? How sad we are if this is true.
While I love Dan Walsh's stories and have a lot of respect for Gary Smalley, this novel just did not work for me. I ended up feeling like I'd been promised a story and ended up in a psychologist's office. Had that portion of the book been omitted, the novel would have been so much better.
I received a copy of "The Dance" from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I found this one mildly recommended. Please, check out other opinions before you decide. I'm sure I'm in the minority on this one.
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Authored by Deena Peterson at 11:10 AM