What happens when a Christian woman facing a childless future and a woman seeking an abortion are waiting to see the same doctor? What if, after that "chance" encounter, they are unable to forget each other? What if, in spite of their drastic differences, they find themselves drawn together by their surprising similarities? What if they somehow find the courage to become friends? Christian author, Joy DeKok takes the reader into the hearts of these two women as they journey closer to the heart of the One who offers hope and healing.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2006
Publisher Mill City Press, Inc.
ISBN 1934248010 ISBN13 9781934248010
Availability 0 units.
More About Joy
JOY is a native of Columbus, Ohio, and the author of the "Essence" bestseller "Dollar Bill," She is currently at work on her next novel.
Reviews - What do customers think about Rain Dance?
Rain Dance by Joy E. Dekok Jan 16, 2006
Two very different lives, one very controversial subject.
Raindance brings together the many diverse angles in the prolife and prochoice debate while showing the reader how friendships can flourish with those whose views differ radically from our own.
I was inspired by Jonica's genuine day to day relationship with God lived out in her prayers and conversations with Him. It is rare one gets such an intimate glimpse into the raw emotions of living daily with such things as infertility, abortion and life choices.
The hope that Raindance gives its reader is life changing.
Amazing Book Sep 15, 2005
While dealing with tremdously difficult issues, Joy wove a beautiful story of the Lord's working in two women's lives. You laugh, cry and get angry with them. Every chapter keeps you wanting to know more and when the last page is turned you are sad that the story has ended. Don't stop writing, Joy. God has given you a fine gift and you are using it wonderfully. What's next??
Esther in Florida
A must read! Aug 8, 2005
Rain Dance is a journey into real life in the form of fiction. DeKok fully explores the terrain of infertility and abortion. Thousands of women in our nation and the world daily face both issues. These subjects are not often covered in Christian fiction. DeKok tackles the subject of infertility and abortion respectfully, with deep feelings and great understanding.
Jonica is struggling to come to terms with her inability to bear a child. Stacie is pregnant but isn't ready to be a mother. The two women meet in the waiting room of a medical clinic. And as dissimilar as they are, they just can't forget each other. They do the one thing they didn't count on. They reach out to each other, and along the way they become friends.
Jonica offers friendship to Stacie who is devastated following her abortion. She shares her faith in God with Stacie and patiently waits for God to work in Stacie's life. And Stacie, sharing her grief with Jonica, helps Jonica begin to accept her infertility. But it is when both step out in faith and really hear God that the healing begins.
The story is told in the alternating voices of Jonica and Stacie, and I enjoyed getting into each woman's head.
DeKok's characters are full, rich and real. The storyline is difficult but DeKok handles it adeptly. No matter your feelings about the subject matter, Rain Dance will touch your heart.
offers healing Dec 29, 2003
This is a book about a woman having an abortion and an infertile woman. You might expect that the one woman gives birth to the child then gives it to the other for adoption, but that doesn't happen. No trite plot lines here. Just a story of an unfolding friendship between women who wouldn't normally have become friends. And the friendship brings healing to both. In writing this story, the author also gives us insight into her own personal struggles and faith.
The only drawback to the book is that the transition between the two points of view is a little awkward and repetitive at times. Other than that, a good read.
Unique Style Nov 29, 2003
I enjoyed this Christian fiction novel. Joy E. Dekok has written a terrific novel based on believable characters, exploring an important topic to more people than we might care to believe, and a message that hasn't lost its impact in 2000 years!
Joy's writing style is unique in that she manages to describe the mood of the environment (at any given setting) without going into overkill (e.g. telling the reader so much about a room that they forget which character just walked into it) and can tell the same story from two different perspectives without confusing the reader.
There are a few slow parts in Rain Dance, but all-and-all I enjoyed a glimpse inside the lives of two women who start off completely opposites, but soon learn to understand each other; growing to actually become good friends. An interesting mix these two characters, Jonica and Stacie; sometimes people don't know what they're looking for until it's almost too late. The two women play an important, intertwined role in discovering what life can offer, if you're willing to sacrifice your own selfishness for a greater love.
This is a novel about putting your faith in a higher power, for the human soul, alone, can only get you through so much.