Friday, January 12, 2018
Dance, Dance, Wherever You May Be . . .
Let them praise God's name with dance; let them sing God's praise with the drum and lyre!
There are few novels I've read in my adult life that begged a second go round. These are Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, and Glynn Young's first two books in his Dancing Priest Series: Dancing Priest and A Light Shining. So imagine my excitement and sheer delight when I learn Young has written a third book in this series, Dancing King.
It is everything I could have hoped for, and then some!
The novel continues the story of Michael and Sarah Kent-Hughes, with their families and friends, as they embark upon the most challenging journey of their lives: Being crowned King and Queen of Great Britain. While Young provides ample background information, allowing Dancing King to stand on its own merit, I cannot stress enough to my readers the value of engaging in the preceding novels first. They will provide a rich and complex tapestry of understanding that allows one to deeply appreciate Dancing King for the outstanding novel it is.
So instead of simply reviewing Young's latest and greatest, the "crowning glory," if you will, I wish to share with you the reasons I'm head-over-heels enchanted by his writing in the first place.
Young is a masterful storyteller. He creates three-dimensional characters, who are believable in every way, and who face many life-changing choices and decisions. I fell in love with chief protagonist, Michael Kent, the moment he appeared on the page, and later with the beautiful Sarah, with whom Michael is smitten. Then there are literally hosts of other richly crafted players, who add depth and drama to the story, some good, some downright evil, but all well-developed and unique.
And the plots? Young keeps you guessing as he leads you brilliantly from one scenario to the next. The reader is treated to love and laughter, mystery and intrigue, tears and fears, and all-too-real dangers that loom in all three novels.
But the overriding theme I find in all of Young's masterpieces is the unabashed testament to Christian faith and the power of prayer. Again and again, we witness Michael, an Anglican priest, showing others the love of Jesus through his acts of kindness, forgiveness and forbearance. He embodies perfectly what it means to be a Christian in the world, but not of it.
If you are a believer, these novels are guaranteed to jump start your faith walk, and breathe new life into your prayer practice. And if you are not a believer? Father, and now King Michael, might speak directly to your heart and soul in ways you never imagined possible.
And you just might find yourself dancing along with Michael, in praise to the Father.
You can purchase all three of Glynn Young's novels at his blog, Faith, Fiction, Friends. And for further accolades for his books, and to order them, visit his dedicated website: Dancing Priest.
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