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Overview Grace Okoye was a promising young dancer when her career was cut short by a brutal assault that left her scarred for life. Twenty years later, when her past gets in the way of her happiness, she heeds the invitation of her dance instructor and returns home to help hurting children and rediscover the rhythms of grace. What she doesn't expect is to meet a man who already seems to know her beat. But for all they share in common, the biggest thing in Grace's life is noticeably absent in his--faith. She's finally found the love of her life, but can she choose between him and God?
Real, raw emotion and the promise of redemption run through this soulful new book from Marilynn Griffith.
Publishers Description Grace Okoye was a promising young dancer when her career was cut short by a brutal assault that left her scarred for life. Twenty years later, when her past gets in the way of her happiness, she heeds the invitation of her dance instructor and returns home to help hurting children and rediscover the rhythms of grace. What she doesn't expect is to meet a man who already seems to know her beat. But for all they share in common, the biggest thing in Grace's life is noticeably absent in his--faith. She's finally found the love of her life, but can she choose between him and God? Real, raw emotion and the promise of redemption run through this soulful new book from Marilynn Griffith.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.53" Width: 5.48" Height: 1.13" Weight: 0.87 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2008
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0800732782 ISBN13 9780800732783
Availability 0 units.
More About Marilynn Griffith
Marilynn Griffith is a freelance writer and conference speaker whose online columns and blogs reach thousands of women each year. She is the author of the Shades of Style series. Marilynn lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with her husband and their seven children.
Reviews - What do customers think about Rhythms Of Grace?
Very Good Apr 16, 2010
Very good book great characterization. I would also recommend Out of the Miry Clay fiction, urban, inspirational book if you plan on getting this one.
Emotionally Charged And Insightful Dec 17, 2008
All Grace Okoye ever wanted to do was dance. Grace's dancing career was off to a great start until a brutal assault left her scarred for life. Fast forward twenty years later and Grace returns to her hometown to help children in need. But when an unexpected man from her past comes back into the picture, will Grace be willing to open her heart to him? Grace's best friend Zeely has her own set of issues. She is trying to figure out if she should take a chance at a love that she once thought was forbidden. Zeely's biological clock is also loudly ticking as she looks into other options in order to have a baby.
Rhythms of Grace is a riveting novel by Marilynn Griffith. Griffith once again brought a thought-provoking story with strong, rich characters. You will feel every emotion that these characters go through. Readers will see how Grace has to fight with her inner childhood demons in order to move forward in her life. There are also some shocking twists and turns to this novel that will definitely keep you on your toes. This story would not be complete without Griffith's signature wit and humor. Rhythms of Grace is emotionally-charged and insightful, making this novel yet another winner for Marilynn Griffith.
Reviewed by Radiah Hubbert for Urban Reviews
AAMBC Book Reviews Dec 2, 2008
RHYTHMS of GRACE By Marilynn Griffith
I Give this novel two thumbs up, only because two is all I have. This book is like poetry, every line is Stimulating to your mind and soul. Miss Griffith takes the simplest of conversations and turns them into works of art. This Story takes you from the early 80s where five teens, Diana, Zeely, Brian, Ron and Jerry, were working up a strange friendship to their lives as adults and how they reconnect on many different levels. With this story in hand, you will suffer through every heartache and Rejoice in every tender moment, as if you witnessed it first hand. Marilynn Griffith is a master at her craft and it shows.
Shy Richardz AAMBC Reviewer
Rhythms of Grace Nov 17, 2008
It is a story that is thought provoking and warm rolled into one. It was slow in a few places, but the overall message and plot were well written. I ordered the book as a gift for a family member.
(RAW Rating: 4.5) A Choir Revealed Nov 12, 2008
RHYTHMS OF GRACE by Marilynn Griffith opens in 1984 in Testimony, Ohio. It consists of three sections, beginning with the Chorus. The story highlights Diana Grace Dixon as a clumsy and miserable ballet dancer who is told that a favor is being bestowed upon her because her snobbish mother begged for the opportunity. Her saving grace is her father, who whisks, Diana away from the elitist school and enrolls her in a afro-centric dance school, much to her mother's dismay. Also showcased are other players who have solid roles throughout the novel. There is Zeely, a preacher's daughter and a friend of Diana's; Brian, the drummer at the dance school; Ron the white boy who somehow finds himself being raised in the same household with Brian; Jeremiah, the son of the church's first family and Joyce, Diana's dance instructor and mentor.
The second section is titled Harmony and the third is Rhythms. Each chapter alternates between the characters and examines their past and present. Fast forward twenty years, Diana who now goes by the name Grace Okoye, is summoned back to Testimony by her former dance instructor, to teach and bring her gift to the students of an alternative school. Grace has trepidation about returning because of a brutal assault that occurred as a teen and the consequences of the assault. Intertwined are the childhood memories and adult lives of Zeely, Brian, Ron and Jeremiah. As adults, each character's life story is somehow related to Grace and the past, coupled with the present, comes crashing down on each of them.
RHYTHMS OF GRACE is an excellent piece about redemptive love, grace and mercy. It is filled with messages for the masses and highlights both the redeeming and abandoned qualities of each character. Each character survived ordeals with God's guidance and as we watched their battles unfold it is evident that the power of prayer is a mainstay that protects us daily. I highly recommend RHYTHMS OF GRACE for the quality of the writing, the characterizations, the social commentary and yes, the story within!
Reviewed by Dawn R. Reeves of The RAWSISTAZ(tm) Reviewers