Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Dancing Priest: Glynn Young's first novel

I got lost last night. Lost in the pages of a book turning one by one with a story unfolding before my eyes. Okay, so I don't know if I can get lost in the pages of a book when that book is on my Kindle on my iPad.

But lost I got.


I had to read the whole thing. I couldn't stop. The story kept pulling me on. In. Into the lives of two people who's journeys intersected, separated, intersected, separated. And no. I'm not going to tell you which direction they ended up in.

You'll have to read it all for yourself.

It's only available on Kindle until December when the paper back comes out.

You must get it. Seriously. That's a must.

If only because it is the celebration of Glynn Young. That's right. Glynn of Faith. Fiction. Friends. has had his first novel published and it's a good read. A read that keeps pulling you in and along on the flow of a story of two people who meet in University and for whom a difference in faith keeps them apart. Until as one of the characters says (and no, I'm not telling you which one) "God was chasing me down, and God got me."

Reading Dancing Priest by Glynn Young I felt like a voyeur. It felt kind of uncomfortable at times because I was inside the heart of someone struggling with faith and I was seeing too much of my own heart reflected back. Of my own disbelief, my own insecurity around faith and God and being Christian and not wanting to be Christian and not wanting to believe and not wanting to 'Let go and Let God.'

Dancing Priest is a good read. And last night, I got lost in the story of Michael and Sarah and found myself in Love.

I'm glad I did. It touched my heart. It made me smile and laugh and cry and it made me grateful for an evening of quiet -- not to mention it gave me an excuse not to do some of the chores I had intended to do :) -- and I'm always up for a good excuse to not do chores!

Instead of chores I was gifted with an evening of beauty. An evening to explore a story told in delicate dialogue that revealed more than just the goings on of the lives of two characters -- it revealed their hearts and ultimately, their faith.

It was a beautiful thing to see.

And as to the author. Wow! What a gift.

As the book was coming into its publication date, Glynn shared a few posts on how he came to write it, where the story was born and what it meant for him. Those posts can be found here, and here, and here.

Dancing Priest on Kindle can be found by clicking from Glynn's blog --  here.

Congratulations Glynn!  And Thank You!  You filled my evening with love and wonder and an awe of your faith.


Maureen said...

I'm so delighted for Glynn.

Glynn said...

Louise - I forgot my talking points. Oh my goodness. This overwhelms me. Thank you.

sharmishtha said...

some stories are truly amazing, once you start reading them you just cant stop.

i have a neat list of such books :)

katdish said...

Ooo! Can't wait to read it!

Jennifer Richardson said...

can't wait....going on the list!
So feeling the heart of your
description....relating, relating.
Thanks for this nourishing share,

S. Etole said...

I read it last night, too ... it was worth every moment spent and every tear shed. Your review is remarkably well-done.

Anonymous said...

Wow, thanks for the heads up, I clicked straight through to Glynn's site from SheWrites and was captivated, so lovely to end up back here and read your wonderful endorsement and the experience of reading the book.

I'm definitely going to read this, which form depends on whether Santa brings me that kindle or not :) but I won't let that hold me back.

Anonymous said...

I clicked through directly to Glynn's site from your Shewrites post and was captivated! Love the sound of his book and especially the journey towards its inception, a wonderful story in its own right.

Thanks for bringing it to our attention, cant wait to experience it for myself.

Louise Gallagher said...

Me too Maureen!

Louise Gallagher said...

Tee hee glynn! Bet that doesn't happen often :)

It was a really enjoyable read. Very touching.

Louise Gallagher said...

We'll have to share lists on day Trisha! Bet we've got some of the same favourites.

Louise Gallagher said...

it's worth the wait though Kat!

Louise Gallagher said...

Thank you Jennifer -- I feel your enthusiasm and am warmed by it.

Louise Gallagher said...

Wasn't it a lovely read Susan? I particularly liked the part where.... oh right, I'm not telling :) The story of Jen was so heart-wrenching though.

Louise Gallagher said...

hello Claire -- so lovely to meet you and to know you followed me here from She Writes. I hope you enjoy it. It's a really gentle read. While it has tragic parts, it is just very gentle.

Anonymous said...

the first review!
and a good one :-)