As Dylan and Maggie Styles wait expectantly for the birth of their first son, events take a tragic turn in the delivery room. Through friends and grace-filled moments of insight, the defenses around Dylan slowly break away, but it will take a second tragedy--and an anxious period of wrestling with God--to truly awaken him from his stupor and open ...
As Dylan and Maggie Styles wait expectantly for the birth of their first son, events take a tragic turn in the delivery room. Through friends and grace-filled moments of insight, the defenses around Dylan slowly break away, but it will take a second tragedy--and an anxious period of wrestling with God--to truly awaken him from his stupor and open him up to a new life.
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This was my first. I'm going around the 2nd time with "The Mountain Between Us" and have loved them both. I've already another two and highly recommend them as well. A little Hitchcock, a little cliff-hanger and lots of skill. Love his work.
May 22, 2012
Wally Lamb plus Faith
If you have read and enjoyed books by Wally Lamb, you will love The Dead Don't Dance. It reminded me very much of both I Know This Much is True and The Hour I First Believed. It follows Dylan Stiles, the main character, as his life spirals as a result of tragedy and his struggle to understand why bad things happen to good people. Most importantly, he does this through the lens of faith in God, without which we are all lost. Excellent read.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-03-22 Competent writing and a poignant plot combine to make Martin's first novel with newcomer fiction imprint WestBow an absorbing read for fans of faith-based fiction. In rural South Carolina, Maggie and Dylan expectantly await the birth of their first child. Tragedy strikes when their son is stillborn and Maggie slips into a long-term coma. Refusing to give up on her recovery, a devastated Dylan marks time earning money as an adjunct English professor at Digger Junior College. In a role vaguely reminiscent of the teachers in Mr. Holland's Opus or To Sir with Love, Dylan connects with his students in spite of himself and is able to offer hope to others amid his own disappointment and grief. As Dylan waits for some change in Maggie's condition, he reflects on his life and hers in numerous seamless flashbacks. Martin integrates faith elements into the story with a deft touch. But what makes this book sing is not the plot, which sometimes feels disaster-heavy (rape, abortion, coma, car accident), but the delightfully quirky characters. From Amos, the black, bald deputy who is Dylan's best friend, to Bryce Kai MacGregor, a Vietnam veteran who lives north of town in a drive-in movie theater, drinks Old Milwaukee beer and plays the bagpipes mostly in the buff, they are ingeniously imaginative creations. (May) Forecast: This promising novel marks the debut of Thomas Nelson's new fiction imprint, WestBow Press, which will also feature titles by Ted Dekker, Angela Hunt, Frank Peretti and Robert Whitlow. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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