The Dance (Restoration Series #1)

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Love's recovery starts with a single step . . .

After 27 years of marriage, Marilyn Anderson is tired of playing the role of perfect wife. Her husband Jim is a successful businessman who gives her everything she needs—a beautiful home in an upscale neighborhood, the financial freedom to be a stay-at-home mom, an enviable collection of stuff. Everything, that is, except what really matters: love.

After years of trying to connect with Jim, ...

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Overview

Love's recovery starts with a single step . . .

After 27 years of marriage, Marilyn Anderson is tired of playing the role of perfect wife. Her husband Jim is a successful businessman who gives her everything she needs—a beautiful home in an upscale neighborhood, the financial freedom to be a stay-at-home mom, an enviable collection of stuff. Everything, that is, except what really matters: love.

After years of trying to connect with Jim, Marilyn has had enough. She longs to experience some measure of happiness before she's too old to enjoy it. Needing some time to herself to sort things out, Marilyn leaves to start a new job and take dancing lessons—something she has wanted to do for as long as she can remember.

Shocked to find his wife gone, Jim Anderson must sort through the past to save his marriage. With a little help from an unexpected ally, he begins a campaign to win Marilyn back. What he doesn't anticipate is how his actions will affect everyone around him—starting with himself.

"I believe every person who reads The Dance will be deeply touched and changed for the better. This book is worth your time!"—Jimmy Evans, founder and CEO of MarriageToday and author of Lifelong Love Affair

"This powerful and emotional story of healing and restoration is sure to grip your heart from the very first chapter. You won't be able to put it down."—Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, authors of The Good Fight

Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Discovery and The Reunion. He has won three Carol Awards, and two of his novels were finalists for RT Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year for 2011 and 2012. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel.

Gary Smalley is one of the country's best-known authors and speakers on family relationships and has appeared on national television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, and TODAY, as well as numerous national radio programs. He is the bestselling and award-winning author or coauthor of many books, including the Baxter Family Redemption series with Karen Kingsbury. Gary and his wife, Norma, have been married for 40 years and live in Missouri.

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Readers will find a unique blend of Walsh’s signature storytelling (The Reunion) and Smalley’s marriage advice (The DNA of Relationships) in this first of the four-book Restoration Series. Marilyn Anderson, after 27 years of marriage, leaves her husband. “I’ve dropped hint after hint, clue after clue,” she says in her note. Jim, a successful businessman, is clueless, but, once over his anger, he begins soul-searching with help from his children and retired dance instructor Audrey Windsor. Marilyn, meanwhile, finds a job and a roommate and begins dance lessons. Throw in a well-meaning uncle, their daughter Michele’s wedding, their sons’ questions, a demanding church deacon, a dashing dance instructor, and a hurricane, and readers will definitely come away satisfied and shedding tears at the end. Mixing fiction’s emotion and nonfiction’s teaching works splendidly here. Supplemental interview material and discussion questions add depth. Walsh’s agent: Karen Solem, Spencerhill Associates. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800721480
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Series: Restoration Christian Series , #1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 591,198
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Walsh is the award-winning author of several books, including The Discovery and The Reunion. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel.

Gary Smalley is one of the country's best known authors and speakers on family relationships. He is the bestselling and award-winning author or coauthor of 16 books, along with several popular films and videos. He has spent over 30 years learning, teaching, and counseling, speaking to over 2 million people in live conferences. Smalley has appeared on national television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Extra, The Today Show, and The Sally Jessy Raphael Show, as well as numerous national radio programs. Gary and his wife, Norma, have been married for 49 years and live in Branson, Missouri. They have three children and six grandchildren.

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  • Posted May 16, 2013

    The Dance, by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley, is the first in a thre

    The Dance, by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley, is the first in a three book series and I can't wait to read the next two. Unfortunately, they aren't out yet so I will have to be patient.

    I finished the book about a month ago and I'm still thinking about the family. Mr. Walsh paints such a vivid picture of the town as well as the characters, primary and secondary, that I'm brought right into the action from the very first page and I didn't want it to stop even though it said, "The End." Not that he didn't wrap things up nicely, but I just wanted to keep enjoying the town, the people..."the dance."

    I also absolutely love when Gary Smalley joins an author in a fiction series. I have read most of his nonfiction books and he is who introduced me to Karen Kingsbury, of whom I've been a fan ever since. I have to say, I am now a devoted fan to yet another author and can't wait to catch up on what I've missed since Mr. Walsh has many books out to choose from.

    Now, The Dance would have been great as a stand-alone book, but the fact it's the first book in a three book series makes it even better, in my opinion. It gives the reader a chance to see whether or not the changes that came about were lasting or temporary, kind of like real life. It gives us a deeper glimpse into the background of Jim and Marilyn and shows a realistic view of the casualties that occur when we don't do life according to God's plan. Yes, God is a God of second chances (and I'm so glad He is) but there are always consequences to sin and sometimes the ones who suffer the most are the second and third generations rather than those who committed the original sin.

    Either way, I'm excited to read more about this family, their struggles, and the wisdom of Gary Smalley set in a fictitious town with everyday people. If you enjoy romance with a deeper spiritual truth woven throughout, I encourage you to read The Dance for yourself. I'm sure glad I did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Must read!!!

    This is my 4th book by Dan Walsh and once again a beautiful story. I look forward to reading the other books in the Restoration series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    I liked it

    I liked the book, how a husband learned why his wife was unhappy and did what he could to change the situation to make his wife love him again.

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  • Posted November 10, 2013

    What's easily torn down is difficult to rebuild... Jim and Mar

    What's easily torn down is difficult to rebuild...


    Jim and Marilyn Anderson have lived in a relatively one-sided marriage since the day they wed and Jim refused to dance with Marilyn, both disappointing and embarrassing her. Jim's refusal to dance with her began a 27-year relationship based on Jim's priorities and demands with little regard for Marilyn's needs and desires. She was merely of a trophy wife, beautiful, the perfect hostess, and dutifully playing the role of a submissive wife. Extremely unhappy, Marilyn quietly leaves Jim in a search for peace and purpose. Jim's reaction to discovering that Marilyn has left him only results in escalating anger. His stress level is already out of control as a result of his struggling business. Both Christians, Jim can't believe that Marilyn would leave him, nor could he understand why.




    As Marilyn attempts to work through her anger and unhappiness, she enrolls in a dance class. The freedom she feels as she learns to dance takes away some of the stress of her unfulfilled life. Jim is approached by Audrey, the former owner of the dance studio, and she convinces him to take private lessons from her. Her lessons run far deeper than just the basic dance steps. Audrey begins to open Jim's heart to his failings as a husband. As she weaves these lessons of a successful and happy, Christ-centered relationship with her lessons in dance Jim's fears and inability express himself are revealed. As she shows him these steps he begins to break down and discover the pain that he caused his wife and children, but wonders if he can overcome the damage that has already resulted.




    This poignant fictional story of a struggling relationship is blended with examples for finding healing. Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley have woven a tapestry of fiction and Christian instruction in making a weak marriage strong through the lives of Jim and Marilyn and the blunders of a disrespectful husband. Though Marilyn's character is portrayed in relative innocence regarding the failing marriage, the focus on Jim's lack of respect and concern for his wife is pivotal in revealing the ravages of a selfish nature, lack of respect, fear of failure and subsequent embarrassment. This book is both heartwrenching and heartwarming as these characters seek forgiveness and mercy in an attempt to find their way to a fulfilling relationship. Fortunately I have the second book in the series, and upon finishing The Dance, immediately began to read it. I'm looking forward to discovering the future for Jim and Marilyn's marriage and their relationships with their grown children.




    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received as a result of this review.

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  • Posted November 9, 2013

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    This book is a creative way to restore your marriage. Dan¿s b

    This book is a creative way to restore your marriage.

    Dan’s book, The Dance, is a powerful story of marital love and romance, with the interlude of a pending divorce. With the wonderful writing intricacies that are well-known by Dan Walsh and the additions of Gary Smalley, you get a worthwhile story of reconciling a difficult situation. And you will learn some wonderful insights into your own marriage relationship or how to work on issues before you get married.

    I was totally overwhelmed with the delicate emotions, difficult decisions, and ultimate surprises by the end of the story. This is another of my favorites from Dan Walsh. He’s a writer you should not miss!

    This book was received free in exchange for my honest opinion form Donna Hausler at Baker Publishing Group. No monetary compensation was received.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    THE DANCE

    One of the best books I have ever read! I could relate to it so much,it gave me inspiration to learn from it also.I (wife) seem to be the controling one.I"ve got a lot of changing to do.And thank you for that

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

    I loved the story

    As a Christian mother and wife, I loved the story and could related to the main character and the message from the dance teacher was very powerful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    A book for any marrage, at any stage! Information, finally, about truly understanding and "getting" the relationship dance we all do, mostly getting the steps wrong, until now!!! Based on the study by Gary Smalley the DNA of Relationships - another absolute must!! Looking for the release of the next book in the series!!

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    just ok

    I thought this book- was too much in favor of this wife- she should have been so thankful to have a husband- that provided for her- and never was unfaithful.
    No husband is perfect- but she acted like- she expected married life to be perfect,,and she was the queen like a Queen.
    just not natural, shame on her for leaving him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    I loved this book!!!!!!

    I really loved the characters in this book. I felt like I really got to know them. Can't wait till the next book in the series comes out! I really like Dan Walsh and have read many of his books, but really liked his writing with Gary Smalley.

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  • Posted April 15, 2013

    Really liked this book. Although, as mentioned in book informat

    Really liked this book. Although, as mentioned in book information, Gary Smalley's relationship advice is included it is done in a way that blends in with the story. Jim had much to learn, and it wasn't easy for Marilyn to accept that the change was real.

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Another great book written by Dan Walsh. Again, I couldn't put down the book once I started reading it because it was so good!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted April 7, 2013

    I was so excited to read Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley's newest boo

    I was so excited to read Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley's newest book and the 1st in their Restoration Series! With their name on the Front cover, you have high expectations, right!? right! 




    Jim and Marilyn are sadly, a very common example of many marriages today. Each is set in their "roles" and they have grown further apart as the years go by. For Marilyn, she had been crying out how unhappy she was and Jim just wasn't hearing exactly what she was saying or how serious she was.




    The Dance is excellent and portrays a perfect look at what it takes to really work at putting your marriage back together, healing the wounds, and finding love all over again. 




    I really didn't think Jim was ever going to "get it." He frustrated me immensely! But I loved the journey Jim took and how he had his eyes opened! Marilyn's journey was totally different of course, but just as moving. I so appreciated how their children's thoughts and perspectives played a role, because no matter how old they are or even if they have moved out and lead a life on their own, they are still affected. 




    Overall, The Dance was excellent and I highly recommend it on so many levels! I CANNOT wait until book 2 is out!

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  • Posted April 7, 2013

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    This was a wonderful book! It really hit home learning that a Ch

    This was a wonderful book! It really hit home learning that a Christian marriage and family can also have misunderstandings to the point that a person doesn't feel loved.  Marilyn was so strong to finally walk out, after who knows how many months or years of trying to get her husband's attention.  She moves in with a single christian woman and starts working at a local gift shop.  One day at lunch, she meets an elderly woman, Audrey, who used to own the local dance studio.  It is because of this meeting that she decides to take dance lessons. 




    Meanwhile, Jim also meets Audrey one evening after a confrontation with Marilyn outside that dance studio. Audrey talks to him a little about his troubles with Marilyn and convinces him to let her give him private dance lessons.  Jim hates dancing so much, he wouldn't even dance with Marilyn at their wedding!  Audrey uses these dance lessons to also start to teach Jim about relationships.  The Dance is very much a metaphor for life and how we relate to other people.




    I enjoyed this book so much, that I order The DNA of Relationships by Gary Smalley this afternoon.  I can't wait to share it with my husband.

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  • Posted April 7, 2013

    I was intrigued by the idea of Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley teamin

    I was intrigued by the idea of Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley teaming up to write a new fiction series. I've loved the other books I've read by Dan Walsh, and Gary Smalley's series with Karen Kingsbury is one of my favorites of all time. So The Dance (and the whole series) definitely had potential for me.

    I thought the story itself was really good. It was definitely hard to read about a couple whose marriage is falling apart and how it affected not only them but also their three kids. The book was so emotional ... just reading the emotions and thoughts of all parties involved and knowing that people that I know face similar situations was hard.

    Audrey was my favorite character by far! I loved how her friendship with both Jim and Marilyn had such an impact on their marriage. Her story on its own was inspiring and I enjoyed the "secondary" story.

    There were a few aspects of the book that bothered me. While I know the purpose of the book was to use fiction to teach about relationships, at times the book was super "preachy." Those sections took me out of the story and felt like I was reading more of a sermon or something. Also, the ending wrapped up really fast. So much of the story was spent talking about the problems of Jim and Marilyn's marriage and their individual efforts to resolve things and then the book ended without really giving much insight to how they planned to work on their problems together ... as a couple. The ending was sweet, don't get me wrong, but it was a little too "tidy" for me given how the book started.

    Overall, though, The Dance was sweet, and I enjoyed this quick read. I'm not sure if I'll be reading the rest of this series or not. However, I'm still a huge fan of both of the authors! [3 stars]

    I received a free copy of this book from Revell Books in exchange for my fair and honest review.

    Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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  • Posted April 6, 2013

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    Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley in their new book, "The Dance&qu

    Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley in their new book, "The Dance" Book One in The Restoration Series published by Revell takes us into the lives of Jim and Marilyn Anderson.

    From the Back Cover: Love's recovery starts with a single step . . .

    After 27 years of marriage, Marilyn Anderson is tired of playing the role of perfect wife. Her husband Jim is a successful businessman who gives her everything she needs-a beautiful home in an upscale neighborhood, the financial freedom to be a stay-at-home mom, an enviable collection of stuff. Everything, that is, except what really matters: love.

    After years of trying to connect with Jim, Marilyn has had enough. She longs to experience some measure of happiness before she's too old to enjoy it. Needing some time to herself to sort things out, Marilyn leaves to start a new job and take dancing lessons-something she has wanted to do for as long as she can remember.

    Shocked to find his wife gone, Jim Anderson must sort through the past to save his marriage. With a little help from an unexpected ally, he begins a campaign to win Marilyn back. What he doesn't anticipate is how his actions will affect everyone around him-starting with himself.

    Without any doubt Dan Walsh is one of the best writers out there. He consistently writes books that go right to the heart, have wonderful characters that deal with issues that affect all of us. "The Dance" is no exception. "The Dance" is all about a marriage. For the majority of us if we are already not married then those that remain want to be married. This book touches on issues that can affect any marriage. The team of Walsh and Smalley takes these issues, put them in a fictional setting and get their point across without being preachy. There is healing, forgiveness, restoration all within the family and all from God. This is a wonderful book and a great beginning to a new series!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    Available April 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

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    THE DANCE by Dan Walsh & Gary Smalley is an interesting insp

    THE DANCE by Dan Walsh & Gary Smalley is an interesting inspirational contemporary fiction set in River Oaks, Florida. First in
    "The Restoration"series. Have your tissues ready,ladies, you will need them. Follow, Marilyn Anderson, the perfect wife to Jim,a successful businessman,and who is tired of the position after twenty seven years. She is looking for more adventure,passion, and a connection to her husband. Jim must win her back,after she leaves him for a new job. Along the way he finds out something about himself. A compelling story of second chances, love lost that may be found again,faith,redemption,forgiveness,healing and finding happiness. A must read for anyone who enjoys tearjerkers,learning more of marriage,it is a two way street,after all,inspirational stories,and an emotional story. I truly enjoyed "The Dance",while I have enjoyed this author's other stories, I feel this one touches not only the heart but the soul as well. A compelling and emotional read.You do not want to miss "The Dance" for a far better understanding of the depth of marriage as told through a wonderful fictional story. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

    “Available April 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

    RATING: 4

    HEAT RATING: SWEET

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews

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  • Posted April 4, 2013

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    The Dance The Restoration Series #1 By Dan Walsh and Gary Smalle

    The Dance
    The Restoration Series #1
    By Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley

    For 27 years Jim Anderson thought he had the perfect marriage, but he is about to find out he was wrong!  Marilyn has tried talking to Jim about the problems with their marriage, but he won't listen to anyone else so Marilyn does the only thing she can do - she leaves him.


    The Dance is a journey to discover self and to save a marriage.  Marilyn has lost who she is to her marriage and she takes this break to get a job, share an apartment with another Christian woman, and to go to a church where everything is not based on social status.


    Jim can't understand why Marilyn would leave.  He's given her everything that she could want - a beautiful house, social status, a nice car, expensive clothes - what could she possibly be unhappy about.  Jim's first thought is that she must be seeing someone else.  But his children especially Michelle and Doug disagree and mention that their mother has been unhappy for awhile.  


    A chance encounter with an older woman is about to change both Jim and Marilyn's lives if they will open their hearts and overcome their fears - fears that have controlled their marriage from the very beginning.  It all started with a dance that never took place.  Can another dance restore what could have been?  Jim and Marilyn are about to find out that second chances are possible with God's help and a willing heart.


    In a word WOW!  The Dance should be required reading for everyone over the age of 15 and it should be part of every family library.  People who like Fire Proof or Courageous will be equally impressed with The Dance if not more so.

    I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

    Available April 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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  • Posted April 3, 2013

    Dan Walsh¿s writing has been compared to Nicholas Sparks, and wh

    Dan Walsh’s writing has been compared to Nicholas Sparks, and when I got The Dance after recently re-reading The Wedding by Sparks, I thought they would be similar, but other than the basic theme of restoration The Dance had a whole new dimension.
    Book number one of the aptly sub-titled Restoration Series wisely reveals the fallout of an unhealthy marriage relationship and surface Christianity on every member of the family.  Decades of missed-signals (Jim) and repressed frustration (Marilyn) are addressed after Marilyn initiates a separation and gets a job to support herself.
    The incident that signaled the beginning of a one-sided power-based marriage, is the same tool that eventually brings the beginning of healing to the parents, and to their children.
    Superficial spirituality is also addressed in the church relationships that Jim allowed to control business and family decisions and dynamics. Interestingly one of the children leads in pointing the parents in the right direction. 
    Gary Smalley’s voice is evident in the advice of a godly widow who sympathizes with the couples’ situation and gently encourages steps of reconciliation and restoration.
    The Dance is an encouragement to examine our marital dynamics, each expressing the love they’d like to receive, while placing a higher value on commitment to one’s spouse than to any other person or group of people. 


     I received a free copy of this book to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own

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  • Posted April 3, 2013

    Dan Walsh is such a talented writer, I've read all of his books

    Dan Walsh is such a talented writer, I've read all of his books and looked forward to this one with great anticipation. Being unfamiliar with Gary Smalley and not knowing how easy or difficult it is to co-write a book I wasn't quite sure what to expect but these two did not disappoint! This is a story that is being lived out in many couples marriages. Marilyn and Jim have been married for 27 years and after several years of Jim's first love being his work Marilyn decides to take a separation and moves to a nearby community leaving a note for Jim explaining why. He is shocked and doesn't understand, his first thought is to find her and bring her back.

    God is at work though and puts other people in their paths to get His plan accomplished.

    THE DANCE is an amazing story of restoration. A tale of how one hurtful thing can take root in your heart and fester until it consumes you, of how men and women see love and romance differently and how God can change heart's. Definitely a 5 star novel!

    I received a copy of this book free from Revell Books in exchange for an honest review. Available April 2013

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