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-fiancé 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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Likely no big surprise, but it was the racially and religiously diverse aspects of this book that attracted me to it, without my knowing anything else about the plot. While I’ve read mainstream fiction and nonfiction with this kind of diversity, and have seen a little more of it in some Christian thrillers, this may be my first encounter with it in a contemporary women’s ChristFic novel. There’s a lot going on in the three main ladies’ lives, and I’m already anticipating reading the sequel. Now, the characters’ feelings and thoughts would run the gamut (perhaps slipping from enlightening contemplation to idling in place sometimes), so I had a little difficulty following along emotionally here and there. I also have some trouble when proselytizing and romance mix in novels, as it makes me feel iffy about the characters’ motives and the timing of it all. I’ll admit the story’s “Jesus visions” became a bit much for me—not because I don’t believe in visions, but with it happening a few times and to more than one character, it started to feel like too convenient a tack for the plot. Also, considering how fierce parents can be, I didn’t find a particular scene to ring the truest to life, as I believe a parent would spring to action much faster in such a dubious situation. Still, I enjoyed the dynamics between Layla, Rain, and Allie throughout the book, and a scene showing how ride-or-die they become got me especially pumped about their friendship. Again, I’m looking forward to seeing what the sequel has in store for these women. _____________ WhiteFire Publishing provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
Dance from Deep Within By: Dina L. Sleiman Want to read a good book tat will hold your attention throughout the book? Then pick this one up by Dina Sleiman. You will not be disappointed. I love Christian Fiction and this book fills my exceptions. The characters are very believable. Dina covers a lot of hard topics in this book, but does it in a godly manner as God would have her do. Three women , three beliefs striving to find the answers. Allie was bought up a Christian all her life by parent her were very strict. She loved dancing and in the view of her parents that is sinful. Layla a Muslim in her culture women are of little value an not much freedom to be what they want. Looking for more in her life. Rain is the free spirited hippy. Taught growing up if it makes ya happy do it. Will these ladies find what they are truly looking for? Each different beliefs but we have one God. Will God’s love shine through these ladies? Loved the book looking forward to part 2.
I just have to say I loved this book. I am not really much of a reader but when I picked up this book I couldn't put it down. I was drawn into all the characters. I made sure to read some each night. It was an eye opener of a lot of what I face today trying to figure out where I fit religion into my life today. It opened up a new perspective of my way of thinking and what I was taught. I highly recommend reading this book if you like to be a part of the story and see things through the eyes of others. I feel like I was friends with these three women and on the journey of finding myself with them. Thumbs up to my friend Dina on this book. I am anxiously awaiting the 2nd on to come out. I can only imagine it is going to be just as enlightening as the first.
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!