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Dance from Deep Within

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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 ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published November 15th 2013 by WhiteFire (first published November 7th 2013)
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Toni Shiloh
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-s-fiction
The lives of Rain, Allie, and Layla are authentic, believable, and fraught with life issues. I loved how Ms. Sleiman didn’t force salvation on the characters. All of their reactions were very realistic to me.
I appreciated exploring the hippie culture that Rain grew up in. It’s not something I know a lot about. I also loved Rain’s character. She cracked me up and at times broke my little heart. I can’t wait to see her in any sequels. (There will be more, right?)
I enjoyed Allie’s character. Her qu
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Dina Sleiman
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: favorites
After all my hard work, of course I think it's great ;) But seriously, I finished this book in 2010, and going back and reading it with fresh eyes has given me a new appreciation for it. Picking a favorite novel I've written is kind of like picking a favorite child, but I really think this is the one. It has the most depth and substance of any of my novels, while still being a fun, entertaining, and even romantic read. I hope you will be blessed. ...more
Roseanna White
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*I was an editor on this book*

I love books that challenge my cultural views, and that give me a new understanding of my world. That's what this story does, by combining the viewpoints of an unlikely group of friends. Loved seeing how faith and love developed.
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April McGowan
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 fa ...more
Kelly
Dance from Deep Within is the story of three young women in the same college, who work together on a class project. The three women are quite different and come from different backgrounds: a white American girl who has been raised in a Christian home, a biracial young woman who has been raised by parents from the "hippy" generation who are free thinkers, and a Muslim woman whose parents have given her permission to attend college to earn an engineering degree, something way out of the norm for t ...more
Melody Curry
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dance from Deep Within is an excellent read. What I liked most was the author’s depiction of Layla, the Muslim Lebanese college student who, while reserved and somewhat fearful of her new life in America, is also inquisitive and embracing of the new culture in which she finds herself. I know many Laylas. I teach young Muslim women from the Middle East in my English as a Second Language courses at the university. They are excited to study in the U.S. while keeping their culture intact. They are e ...more
Erin Sevin
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great-read
This was such an invigorating and exciting read. It has been a good 6-12 months since I fell so hard and fast for a storyline where I was thinking about the book and the characters even when I wasn't reading it. What I liked most about this book is it seems completely believable and the characters seem like such real people. This book has me longing for more about each character and I desperately want to know what will happen next. I eagerly wait for book 2-

Each and every character in the book
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Jennifer
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! Spiritually deep, memorable characters, and it will touch your soul. A must read!
Nadine Keels
Layla, Rain, and Allie first meet each other in class at college. They’ll be collaborating on Unity in Diversity writing assignments for the semester. But they’ll need each other for more than that as they face new challenges of culture, faith, and love in Dance from Deep Within, a novel by author D.L. Sleiman.

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 mains
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Carole Sparks
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: older teenage/adult women of any faith background
Recommended to Carole by: door prize at a conference
"It's time for us to stop worrying about who we're supposed to be and start figuring out who we're going to become."

Yes, I read this in just over 24 hours! It caught me, and I couldn't quit until it was done. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because it wasn't challenging for me in the way the very best books are. (I'm stingy with that last star.)

Sleiman created accessible, authentic characters and placed them in intriguing situations. Personally, I would love to have a class projec
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Diana Guz
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Simply put, I was astounded by Dance from Deep Within. The complex variety of themes matched with characters so real that they could have passed me in the street kept me glued to the book. This novel effectively intertwines several story threads, and despite the incredible amount of material covered, I was able to follow everything. There are so many different details given about the character’s emotions, cultures, and lives that they danced into my imagination, only to find a permanent place. S ...more
Raechel Lenore
May 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-reads
2.5 stars


I hate that I have to give this such a low rating. :(
I love the authors other books (published under Dina Sleiman), and had every hope and expectation that this one would become a favourite too. And I did really like how it was written, and it was easy to follow along with, easy to understand the characters, and I enjoyed their stories, really I did. But the spiritual basis – there was too much that made me uncomfortable.
Each of the three characters, Layla, Allie, and Rain, are searchin
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Teresa Mathews
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars*****

In this contemporary Christian novel Dina Sleiman introduces us to three young women who come from three extremely different walks of life. Each one believes their way is the road to happiness, but when their professor assigns a project where they have to learn more about the others beliefs, neither of these women will ever be the same.

Layla Al-Rai, a devout young Muslim woman is excited to finally have the chance to earn her engineering degree. Most Muslim women are not given this m
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Susie Finkbeiner
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: es-done
D. L. Sleiman is a fine writer. She writes with passion and delicacy and skill. Her latest novel is no exception.

I had little idea what to expect from the storyline. Three vastly different women, all entangled in complex romantic relationships, attending a university and working together on a diversity project. Conflicts abound in this novel, the first in a series published by WhiteFire Publishing.

Sleiman tackles difficult subject matters in this contemporary novel. Religion. Politics. Abortio
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Diana Montgomery
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 h
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Marlene Bagnull
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
More than just as entertaining read! When I read fiction, I am often reminded that Jesus didn’t say, “Go into all the world and entertain them.” Yes, the book needs to capture and hold my attention. It needs to have well developed characters and a believable storyline that is not predictable. Dina Sleiman’s "Dance from Deep Within" more than passes these tests. But it did something far more important than just entertain me. It made me think more deeply about my own relationship with Jesus Christ ...more
Martha
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and will be looking for the next one. I want to finish the story! I wished it had tied up a little better at the end, but it does give me something to look forward to.

I enjoyed how she worked through many hard topics, without really talking about them. The characters talked, discussed and worked through them.

I especially related to Allie, but also Layla. I enjoyed seeing some of the issues Muslims face as well.
Ann Miller
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. My only complaint is that I wanted a whole book for each of the main characters! Sleiman is a gifted writer who truly gets twenty-somethings. She gets the Muslim culture, New Age, and multiple flavors of Christianity. And she gets 5 stars from me.
Kim
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent refreshing novel. Deep topics were covered, but in a light, upbeat prose. It was difficult to determine which characters I loved more, even the secondary characters were endearing. Excellent book, highly recommended.
Tricia Mcalister-adkins
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful story which highlights the cultural and religious experiences of 3 different women...the author leads readers to not only learn about the characters but also feel the emotions of these characters. Great read and I am looking forward to the sequel Dare from Deep Within !
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