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Rain Dance

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Jonica and Staci meet in a doctor's office at a critical turning point in each of their lives. Jonica is ending unsuccessful infertility treatments and accepting the death of her dream of having children. Staci is scheduling the termination of her pregnancy so she can further her dream of a career in law. As the two young women tentatively reach out to each other, they ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Sheaf House (first published May 1st 12)
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Janie Johnson
Jan 01, 2014 Janie Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-challenge
This is a first time for me with this Author. This is a Christian fiction book and I really liked it a lot. I found this book to be a good testament to faith. I will have to look for more from this Author.

I love the premise to this story a lot. And after reading the synopsis of the story I really wanted to read it. It shows the struggles these people face in life and how they deal with what they are presented and how their faith is affected. There were parts that were so touching and heart wren
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Paula Lynn
Apr 23, 2013 Paula Lynn rated it it was amazing
Rain Dance, written by Joy Dekok, is an insightful book dealing with the difficult topics of abortion and infertility. Joy is a talented writer, and I liked her style of beautifully crafting this story, from paragraph to paragraph. Written in first person point of view, the storyline is a difficult one, but she handles it in an amazingly adept manner. She writes a heartwarming story about a chance meeting and the strong friendship that develops between two unlikely, completely and totally ...more
Marcy Reiz
Aug 09, 2012 Marcy Reiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
When I told a few people I was reading a Christian novel, they looked at me quizzically and said, "but you're Jewish". I don't judge a book by it's cover or its reviews and I always try to keep an open mind. I will admit, I understand Jonica's struggle and I think I was told about this book so that I would have more faith. While I am Jewish and don't consider Jesus to be my savior, and while the preachiness bothered me quite a bit in the beginning, this is a beautiful story about faith, ...more
Andi Koens
Jun 27, 2011 Andi Koens rated it really liked it
This book is by my dear friend, mentor and fellow author. She is a talented author and has written a book on a challenging subject matter with grace and conviction.
Julie
Jun 11, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
Infertile woman authors post-abortive novel


"My husband Jon and I obeyed God and waited to be intimate until we married. We longed for children born out of our love for each other," said Joy DeKok, Rochester, Minn., resident and author of the book, RainDance. "But God said, "No."

Though Rain Dance is a work of fiction, the story's premise is Joy's decades-long journey with infertility. Her novel begins with her main character's encounter in a doctor's office with Stacie, a woman about to abort her
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Audrey
Nov 11, 2010 Audrey rated it it was amazing
Rain Dance: A Novel, written by Joy DeKok, is the story of two women - one who cannot have children and the other, pregnant and determined to have an abortion so that nothing will hold her back from a planned law career. The two women, Jonica and Stacie, meet in a doctor's office, where they both have an appointment.

Stacie has made an appointment to terminate her pregnancy. Jonica is there for a totally different reason. She's been coming to the doctor for fertility treatments and now she's deci
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Deanna Gottreu
May 05, 2013 Deanna Gottreu rated it it was amazing
Rain Dance by Joy Dekok is a book that every woman should read. I am definitely Pro-Life but had never really thought all that much about abortion and how the women that had abortions felt after the fact so this book was really an eye opener for me. The story centers around two women who meet at their obstetrician’s office. Jonica who is infertile is there to tell the doctor that she and her husband no longer want to try to get pregnant using the latest medical methods. Staci is there to set up ...more
Marlene
Oct 28, 2013 Marlene rated it really liked it
Imagine a Christian woman trying fertility treatments to fill her longing for a baby meeting a woman who is waiting to talk to the same doctor about arranging an abortion. They are unable to forget each other. They find themselves drawn together in spite of their drastic differences. Each one already knows the deepest secret about the other. In meeting again, they discover surprising similarities and a deep, warm, respectful friendship grows quickly to also include their husbands and extended ...more
Edwina Cowgill
Jun 12, 2010 Edwina Cowgill rated it it was amazing
Imagine that you are sitting in the waiting room of your OB/GYN doctor’s office. A young woman comes in, sits down beside you and a conversation ensues. She reveals that she is there to schedule an abortion. What irony! You and your husband have tried for years to get pregnant with no success. Today you have come to the doctor’s office to inform him of your decision to stop all infertility treatments.

This is the opening scene of Rain Dance and the beginning of an unlikely friendship between the
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Sylvia Martinez
Sep 16, 2013 Sylvia Martinez rated it it was amazing
Rain Dance is a special kind of book. It speaks about a very controversial topic Abortion. I know when I first started to read the book I anticipated a in your face how abortion is killing life and God say's thou shall not kill and all the other stereo typical pro-life arguments. Rain Dance is not that kind of book. It is a story about two young women named Staci, and Jonica. Jonica is a believer and she is desperately trying her hardest to get pregnant, but unfortunately she has not been able ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Dec 09, 2009 Clockstein Lockstein rated it really liked it
Rain Dance by Joy DeKok is a moving look at the power of friendship and faith. Jonica is in her fertility specialist's office to end treatment in acceptance of her barrenness as part of God's plan when she meets Stacie who is there to schedule an abortion for a child who doesn't fit into the plan of her busy life. That fateful meeting will leave both women both permanently changed. Stacie's marriage falls apart in the wake of the abortion, and she turns her anger on Jonica who instead embraces ...more
Sharon
Jan 17, 2016 Sharon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
I enjoy reading books that show me different points of view, and encourage me to think about things a little differently. Rain Dance has an interesting premise, of which it completely fails to deliver.

Though the book is written from the point of view of two characters, the author's bias and personal views shadow both characters. Through the main character, the author clearly wants to show that Christians can be cool (she rides a motorcycle!), and don't always preach, but she preaches with almost
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Linda
Jan 17, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
Rain Dance by Joy DeKok is about the faith and friendship of two unlikely characters who become great friends- Jonica who is childless and barren and Stacie who has an abortion. Their chance meeting in the doctor’s office changes both of their lives.

Jonica is at her lowest because as a Christian she can’t understand while God allows her to remain childless. Even though Jonica is going through her own struggles, she embraces Staci and helps Staci with the aftershocks in her marriage after her hu
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Dorothy Via
Jun 01, 2013 Dorothy Via rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I had people ( in the church) who asked me the same question! One also wanted to know if I had any unconfessed sin in my life! I realize people who haven't walked in your shoes sometimes don't know what to say. I don't think most of them intend to be hurtful. My answer," the rain falls on the just and the unjust." It's not the circumstance that molds us as much as our response to it. The author takes a very close look at two ...more
Barbara Brink
Aug 27, 2012 Barbara Brink rated it it was amazing
For me Rain Dance was deeply touching and spiritually profound. I can’t remember the last time I’ve read something so insightful. While this story spotlights two young women and the separate struggles they go through, one dealing with the aftermath of an abortion, the other with infertility, it’s much more than that. It’s also about friendship born out of sorrow, regret, and even anger. For Christians it’s about walking the walk and not just spouting rhetoric without love.
I’ve never dealt with e
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Carol
Jul 24, 2012 Carol rated it liked it
I liked the beginning, but it got a bit too "shove-the-message-down-their-throat" feeling toward the last half. It almost felt like one of those evangelical events... "accept Jesus and your life will be wonderful" things. I backpedal pretty quick when I encounter that. I am a rock-solid Christian and I do believe God does do miracles, and faith and relationship will comfort, but I don't think this book quite captured the emotional turmoil infertile women deal with and it seemed a bit ...more
Ane Mulligan
Feb 16, 2014 Ane Mulligan rated it really liked it
I applaud DeKok for the naked, honest emotions her characters displayed. She didn't try to soften Jonica's railing at God, nor Stacie's self-centeredness. I found Jonica's faith to be very real and practical. Her journey to healing and Stacie's path to faith were both believable, and not something manipulated by the author. They are women from different backgrounds and belief systems when they meet. And yet, I believed the friendship that grew between them. I came to love Stacie as much as ...more
Julie
Jun 25, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: quite-enjoyed
This book had the most relatable characters I have spent time with lately! While a Christian fiction book, the characters do not live in the "Christian bubble". They ride motorcycles and wear leather *gasp!* and life isn't all roses for them. It wasn't totally predictable, either, which is always a plus for me. And it wasn't a book that ended with everyone coming to Christ and living happily ever after. Stacie's dad....well, I won't ruin anything for anyone. A must read for people who cannot ...more
Mary Seaholm
Jun 18, 2013 Mary Seaholm rated it it was amazing
"This book deals with the difficult topics of abortion and infertility. Joy is a talented writer, and I liked her style. The book is written in first person point of view. Although the storyline is a difficult one, but she handles well.

it's a story about a chance meeting and the strong friendship that develops between two completely different women.

In spite of their differences, they are drawn together and form a bond. From page one, I was hooked. I hope the author continues the story in a seq
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 Northern Light
Sep 29, 2014 Northern Light rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, e-books
This book tells the story of two women who meet while waiting to see their gynaecologist , one to stop her treatment for infertility and the other to request an abortion.

They somehow manage to build a relationship built on mutual support and trust as neither can get it from those around them.

I did enjoy this book which covers important issues both for the church and wider society. However the premise is flawed in that it's hard to believe the way it pans out at times. It is very American in plac
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Amanda
Jul 03, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
This was a very good, interesting read. It is about the unlikely friendship between a woman struggling with infertility and a woman who has an abortion. This delves into the depths of emotions experienced by both women as they struggle with the pain by their circumstances. This book does a great job of helping those of us who have never dealt with these issues to see what they deal with, and how in many ways we unconsciously cause hurt. It made me more aware of how important it is to show Jesus' ...more
Carolyn Brockwell
Jul 03, 2013 Carolyn Brockwell rated it it was amazing
This was such a good book. I am totally against abortion but this book made me realize what some women who chose to have one, go through after its done. It gave me insight into what pain and guilt some suffer with. The way Jonica was able to love Stacy when she herself wasn't able to have children was amazing. It showed the impact of loving someone through Christ. I had no idea this book would be so good. But it made me want to be more like Jonica because the love she displayed through Christ is ...more
Kimberly
Aug 11, 2012 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
This book has such a Bible background it's amazing. The way the author used the Bible verses to reveal many answers to the characters allows it to be helpful to other women and men who read it. It has a very clenching story line and the longer you read, the more you want to read. It is filled with scripture and biblical principles and the characters are easy to relate to in their day to day lives. It was informative yet thought provoking. Helpful and encouraging. A must read for anyone ...more
Mary Hanks
Jan 28, 2014 Mary Hanks rated it it was amazing
Delightful! It grabbed me from page one.
Rain Dance by Joy DeKok is a story of two women, torn up by two very different, yet strangely similar, matters of the heart. The parallel lives of these two women, their struggles, pain, and eventual joy, radiated truth through me. I ached at their losses and cheered their victories and freedom. I loved Jonica's heart and story. I hurt for Stacie's regrets. I too wanted to dance in the rain over God's goodness and forgiveness. An excellent read for women o
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Jill
Apr 02, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thoughts are confused. I like the story, was deeply touched, but wonder how my mindset on the abortion issue would go with the story of the book. I think we all want to be touched by a strong believe in God but for some of us it hasn't happened YET. Are we trying too hard? Not listening enough?

It doesn't take long to read, but I got side tracked with other things so it took me a while to finish it.
Patti
Jul 23, 2016 Patti rated it it was amazing
Although I have not had an abortion, there is the possibility I might have in my youth, living the life I did. God was with me, even though I didn't acknowledge Him. And I do have two children, but had a hard time conceiving, and know the emotions when month by month went by without results. This is a well written book, and I loved the first person conversations of Jonica and Stacie. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and will be looking for more to read from this author.
Linda
May 18, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I really enjoyed reading this book. I know women who have been in both situations. The only thing that disappointed me about this book was the ending. I was hoping Jonica would become pregnant. One young woman I know went through the same things that Jonica did with going to the infertility doctor. A couple years after she and her husband decided to stop all the infertility treatments, as Jonica and Ben did, they became pregnant and now have a healthy, happy five year old son!!
Kirsten
Sep 27, 2015 Kirsten rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome. I really enjoyed the dual first person this is not seen in many books. I enjoyed the story progressed. The reason why I gave this book five out of five stars is because I learned a lot about my own personal walk with God and how praying out loud to God wonderful as praying to Him in silent.
Kate Joyce
Sep 01, 2012 Kate Joyce rated it really liked it


When first started this I thought it was just another sappy book, predictable and too good to be true. I ride the bus to and work, I read. About half way through I realized I was hooked on this book. For nearly a week I arrived at work and at home weepy. It touched my heart. So worth the read.
Stephanie
Aug 01, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Very nice and developed idea. I both liked and disliked the continual 1st person account from the 2 main characters. I thought it was a wonderful idea, but did get just a little old near the end of the book. I related to the character going through infertility and am so glad that it ended the way it did.
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