I’ve had my share of grief and pain. As a highly sensitive person, I not only feel and carry my own grief, but I grieve for others too. I watched my Daddy disintegrate from a super intelligent man, to bed-ridden, not even able to talk. It was a slow painful process over 5 years. I held my mother and watched her go through the pain and the grief of saying good bye to her husband of over 50 years, then 10 years later, I held her again as she said good bye to my disabled brother, to whom she devoted most of her adult life. A year later, I lost almost all my belongings and a pet in a house fire. A year after that (last year), my brother in law died suddenly, much too young. I always feel my own pains and sadness, along with that of others. Recently, I’ve been watching my sister go through the pains of her loss, feeling a fraction of her pain. And as my mother, who was my best friend, slips further and further away from us, mentally, due to age, I feel the pain of having lost a precious friendship. I have been in the process of wading through most all of this, getting victory, but it’s still rough. When you are highly sensitive, it isn’t an easy thing. So, I read this book, Dancing with Jesus, in the shadow of all this.
What I liked in the book?
The verses at the beginning of the chapters.
Would the book have served a better purpose elsewhere?
Yes, I think it would have been better as a “Chicken Soup” book, not something specifically related to helping someone through grief. Or maybe it would better have served as a personal diary, to share with family members and close friends.
What I didn’t like…
In the shadow of deep grief … I felt that much of it was much too trite and not solidly grounded on God’s Word. The foundation was built on a person’s experiences, extra revelation, other person’s stories and emotions. My question is: Why isn’t the Word of God enough? I couldn’t find comfort in it.
I also felt that the stories about hearing God’s voice and dreaming dreams could cause disillusionment and harm more than help. I think of me a few decades ago, reading it and I know I would have thought, “What’s wrong with me, that I can’t hear God’s voice or have dreams like this.” Yes, it was because I lacked faith. I lacked faith that God’s Word is sufficient, that His word is all I need and NOTHING else.
One of the greatest comforts I have found in all of my grief is the Word of God AND teachings that are supported by it. The things I am learning give more and more peace. I am not there, but I am learning. Like learning to accept that God is completely sovereign. “Our God is in the heavens … He does all that He pleases.” Psalm 115:3 And learning that God is merciful and loving and attentive to his children. “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
I firmly believe that God’s Word is of UTMOST importance, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17. The Bible is a supernatural book. It’s the only supernatural book that exists. As Jesus says “Let him who has an ear, hear.”
While God can use many means to reach into our hearts and speak to us, it all comes down to His Word. I have found that I have been able to rest in Him more, letting the story He has written unfold. Resting in the fact that whatever He does will be for His glory and my sanctification. A part of learning this, has come through reading fiction, where people go through rough situations and learn to trust Him So, I’d be the last person to say that reading books or stories other than the Bible is not beneficial. But NOTHING is better than the Holy Bible.
Finally, regarding Dancing With Jesus, read it, but be wary of allowing what is being said in it to be the foundation on which you build your peace and comfort.
DISCLAIMER: I received this book as a gift. The opinions I express are provided without obligation for a positive review. I receive no compensation for the review.
About the Book
Book Title: Dance with Jesus
Author: Susan B. Mead
Genre: Non-fiction: Christian life, Bereavement, Grief
Release date: March 31, 2015
Grief hits each one of us and can come from so many different directions…
HAVE YOU LOST SOMEONE DEAR TO YOU? A brother, sister, parent, grandparent, family member, friend or a child? A relationship? A body part to cancer or an accident? Do you want to experience the joy of moving from broken to blessed? From GRIEF TO GRACE? Do you want God to take your hand and teach you to dance…with Jesus? Yes?
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About the Author
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A master storyteller and award-winning, bestselling author, Susan B. Mead leaves audiences motivated to live a life free of regrets even though she has done the hardest thing any parent can do – bury her youngest son, Kyle. With over 22 years in corporate America, 2 million airline miles under her belt, 1 eLit Book Award Gold Medal and 2 Christian Literary Awards on the shelf, an MBA and a Certificate of Ordination hanging on the wall, as well as a Doctor of Theology candidacy in process, Susan shares her expert teachings on business, grief, spiritual warfare and relationships.
Susan has been described as a solid, comforting voice in a messy world. Whether speaking to business professionals, women’s conferences, industry leaders or writer’s workshops, Susan’s insightful wisdom inspires audiences, empowering them to make healthy mental u-turns to help them find calm in the chaos.
Guest Post from Susan B. Mead
Why did I write, “Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace?” Such a funny story how that happened. I was in the midst of a Bible study by Henry Blackaby called, “Experiencing God” and one night a question asked, “What does God want you to do right now? Right now?”
I heard, sing my love song, and I laughed out loud and said, “Seriously, God, you’re going to have to send me a bucket because I can’t carry a tune, and you know that.”
Then that gentle spirit inside whispered, what’s in your hand? There was a pen in my hand because I was writing in a workbook. I swept the workbook away, got a journal out, put pen to paper, and the story simply flowed onto paper. At 5:30 a.m., I put the pen down and thought well that took more than the two lines provided (in the workbook).
The very first email I read later that day was from Proverbs 31 Ministries She Speaks, Speakers and Writers Conference. Writers conference, I thought? Seriously God, you want me to do something with this? Okay, and the story began.
That’s how I wrote the book, “Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace.”
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