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Dancing with My Father: How God Leads Us Into a Life of Grace and Joy

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  196 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Let Your Soul Dance with Delight in God

Do you sometimes feel victimized by circumstances? Are you overwhelmed by weariness, fear, or discouragement? Do you wonder, Where can I go to claim the promise of Jesus that my joy could be made full?

When trusted author and mentor Sally Clarkson noticed a lack of joy in her own life, she realized how easy it can be, especially for wo
Paperback, 206 pages
Published January 19th 2010 by Waterbrook Press (first published December 22nd 2009)
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Rebekah Morris
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If there was a higher rating than 5 stares, I'd give it. I just finished reading this wonderful book for the second time and it was even better. Have you wanted to find real, lasting joy? Have you wanted to have a deeper walk with your Heavenly Father? Have you struggled with discouragement and wondering why things happen the way they do? Sally Clarkson does a wonderful job of walking you through her journey of finding joy and showing what the Bible says about it. If you have never read this boo ...more
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
"Dancing with My Father" was partly a memoir and partly a Christian Living book. The book seemed disjointed and inconsistent due to the way it was written. For example, in chapter two, there was an underlying emphasis on performing well for God and the author heaped praises on David for what he did when trusting God, but chapter nine was all about how God doesn't base our worth on our performance. The ideas, as presented, didn't strike me as balancing each other but as conflicting with each othe ...more
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Truly one of the best books that Sally Clarkson has ever written! Not only was this helpful to me in seeing the patience and perserverance needed in parenting, it was insightful and encouraging in my own journey of Christianity. Sally speaks with such wisdom regarding finding gratitude, joy, and satisfaction in our daily lives, including our trials and struggles. After you read this book, you will have the tools to look towards your circumstances with a Biblical perspective of gratitude and you ...more
Melanie Mead
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely beautiful book, full of relatable stories and biblical truth. I could very much identify with the struggle Sally describes, to find joy in life when it's full of challenges and difficulty. I loved the emphasis on intimate relationship with God as our Father and how knowing Him changes our perspective and fills us with joy and peace. I think I need to re-read this book often!
Mandy J. Hoffman
Feb 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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The reality of living in a broken, fallen world can leave women feeling overcome by fear, guilt, and weariness. Many develop “sawdust souls,” numb to any sense of joy.

In this warm and wise book, author Sally Clarkson invites readers to take God’s hand and let Him lead them into a life of anticipation, passion, and purpose. With the voice of a trusted mentor, she reveals how, by getting in tune with the rhythm of God’s presence, women can nurture an inner attitude of anticipation and c
Mar 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Know Your Dance Partner

Sally Clarkson plays many roles: writer, speaker, wife, mother, missionary and more. Yet she shows that even a strong Christian can still struggles with pettiness, temper, and negative emotions. In her search for joy in a life full of disappointments, frustrations, and day-to-day interruptions, she found solace in a memory of dancing with her father. As he twirled her around the dance floor, she found pure joy. Trying to regain that joy, Clarkson writes a poignant lesson o
Janet Reeves
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dancing with My Father is the story of one woman's search for God's joy in the midst of any and all circumstances of life. As Sally Clarkson shares her story, she encourages her readers to begin their own.

In the opening chapter, Clarkson tells of sitting on a park bench, feeling cynical, depressed, and overwhelmed. There she remembered happier, more hopeful times and longed to recapture that. Her reflections led her to begin a quest, the results of which she shares in this book. On p. 13, Clarks
Mar 03, 2010 rated it liked it
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How many times have you asked yourself why everything has to be so hard? I know I've asked myself that. As I go through the day to day drudgery of being a stay at home mom, sometimes it's hard to find the joy in life. But joy doesn't depend on our circumstances, it's found in loving and trusting God, and this book was a beautiful illustration of that.

Through stories from her own life, Sally Clarkson tells us how we can find joy--through trials, through experiencing God's creation, through His wo
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I normally would not pick up the book Dancing With My Father, by Sally Clarkson, simply because of the title. The word dancing draws me, however my first thought is that it’s a book about father-daughter relationship. Maybe it should say heavenly father. When I read the back of the book, it really interested me. “Are you overwhelmed by weariness, fear, or discouragement?” I’m at one of those “stuck” times in life. Yes, I have hope for the future but I would like to have more joy! The answer to t ...more
Mar 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Thursday, March 4, 2010
Dancing with My Father by Sally Clarkson

There have been many times in my life, and I am sure in many or your lives, when we ask ourselves, "Why does everything have to be so hard?"
In her book, Dancing with My Father, Sally Clarkson tries to help us find the answer to this question.

Written partly as a memoir and partly as a self help book, the author, in a warm and loving way, strives to challenge us to trust in God to lead us to the gift of everyday joy, no matter what the
May 10, 2010 rated it liked it

Sally Clarkson knows first hand what it feels like to lose her joy. In her journey back to joy, she discovered that the process begins with a single step, one day at a time, closer to Christ. Sally discovered that when she changed the focus of her heart, she began to find answers. This book is written to share the process that the author used in her own life. Each chapter includes a “Finding Your Rhythm In God’s Joy” section which has a scripture to mediate on and then some questions for self-re
Renée Parks
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was truly a blessing to me! It was an encouragement to me on my journey toward understanding true God-given contentment and joy! It's always inspiring to hear the story of someone else who has journeyed this path before me. Sally Clarkson has a beautifully simple yet concise writing style which really makes her books a joy to read. When I read her books it feels like I'm having a heart-to-heart with an old friend over a cup of tea. Her writing is so full of wisdom and love! I look forw ...more
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked this book- as I generally do love Sally Clarkson's books and blogs. If one does not have a good relationship with his father, it can be difficult to imagine a loving Heavenly Father. This book helped me to see God as a good and loving parent. The more we open our hearts to this loving God, the more peace and joy we will have, regardless of our circumstances. I especially enjoyed the anecdotes in the book- always touching and always profound.
Sandy Mckenzie
Feb 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I loved this book and I know it will be one I will re-read many times through the years. The author invites you to experience for yourself what happens when you trust God to lead you into a life of anticipation, passion, and purpose. It as a warm and inviting book. If you are struggling in your walk with God and in finding joy on this fallen earth, I believe Sally's book will be a huge inspiration and encouragement to you.
Rose on aish
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sally Clarkson talks in this book about having a life of joy through all the different aspects of our lives. She suggests we should let our soul dance with delight in God, guiding us and leading every step with love and faithfulness. I like how she combines her experiences with the theoretical part. She even brought tears to my eyes and made me remember everything about that moment! Awesome!
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thought this book had a lot of really good insights. Although I must admit that some of her writing was pretty cheesy, overall I would recommend it if you feel like you need a few helpful tips on how to cultivate true joy in your life. I wrote down a few different excerpts from her book to go back to when I'm feeling blue. :)
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
I think someone who was just beginning their walk with God might find this book a little more interesting. I was hoping for something a little more intimate. If you like reading about other peoples travels, this book could also be for you. If you find family videos of worldly vacations with their perfect children nauseating, steer clear of this one.
Jul 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010-book-list
One of my all time favorite authors; I've been anticipating this arrival for a long time!! And a dear friend bought it for me for my birthday.. thank you Karen! An update to be posted soon...

UPATE: This was a great read. My favorite author did not disappoint! Its different from her other books in that its not specifically about parenting. But I really liked it!
Sue Duffield
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Liked this book a lot. Would have liked more in depth insight rather than played Christian responses.
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sally really makes you stop and think about what makes you miss the joy in life and how joy is meant for everyone no matter what your situation.
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I appreciated this book. It came at the right time and was what I needed to read and process.
Mar 30, 2016 rated it liked it
A good read- nothing really new or eye opening but truthful reminders.
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From working on college campuses, to sharing the Gospel behind the Iron Curtain as a missionary, traveling around the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia to speak on discipleship, Sally Clarkson has tenaciously sought after God's kingdom, and has used her ministry to encourage others to do the same. From her best-selling books such as Own Your Life, Desperate (with