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Monday, January 20, 2014

Reviews with Cool Insights

I just saw this new review of Dance from Deep Within on Goodreads. It really touched me because the author had shared some of my experiences with Muslim women:

Dance from Deep Within is an excellent read. What I liked most was the author’s depiction of Layla, the Muslim Lebanese college student who, while reserved and somewhat fearful of her new life in America, is also inquisitive and embracing of the new culture in which she finds herself. I know many Laylas. I teach young Muslim women from the Middle East in my English as a Second Language courses at the university. They are excited to study in the U.S. while keeping their culture intact. They are extremely open to dialogue about culture and religion and long to make American friends.

I hope Americans who read Dance from Deep Within will see that Layla represents most of those under the veil of Islam. She’s not someone to be afraid of or shunned because of her culture. If we have an open mind and the love of God in our hearts, befriending those from the Middle East will be a joyful and extremely rewarding experience. 

And here is another that I felt really captured the essence of why I wrote the book:

More than just as entertaining read! When I read fiction, I am often reminded that Jesus didn’t say, “Go into all the world and entertain them.” Yes, the book needs to capture and hold my attention. It needs to have well developed characters and a believable storyline that is not predictable. Dina Sleiman’s "Dance from Deep Within" more than passes these tests. But it did something far more important than just entertain me. It made me think more deeply about my own relationship with Jesus Christ and with those who do not share my beliefs. My only disappointment was the need to say goodbye to the characters when I got to the last page. What a relief to learn that "Dance from Deep Within" is the first of a series! 

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to write reviews. I appreciate all of you so much!

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