The Dance: A Novel by Dan WalshThe Dance: A Novel by Dan Walsh

The Dance: A Novel

byDan Walsh

Paperback | March 1, 2013

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Jim Anderson is a successful businessman, and his wife, Marilyn, is the perfect wife. And why wouldn't she be? He gives her everything she needs. That's why Jim never expected to come home one day and find Marilyn gone.
After 27 years of marriage, Marilyn has had enough of feeling unloved and neglected. She wants to experience some measure of happiness before she's too old to enjoy it, even signing up for dance lessons, something Jim would never do. What will it take for Jim to finally become the man Marilyn needs him to be?

Combining the literary talents of bestselling author Dan Walsh and the relationship expertise of bestselling author Gary Smalley, The Dance is the first novel in The Restoration Series. Readers will get caught up in these flawed but sincere members of the Anderson family as they rediscover genuine love and start a transformation that ultimately affects all of them.
Dan Walsh is the award-winning author of several books, including The Discovery and The Reunion. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel.Gary Smalley is one of the country's best known au...
Title:The Dance: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.27 inPublished:March 1, 2013Publisher:Baker PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0800721489

ISBN - 13:9780800721480

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great character based book, the first in a series of four books The Dance is the first book of Gary Smalley's and Dan Walsh's Restoration series. There are four books in the series. I have discovered that all the books can be read independently, but are easier understood and experienced if you read this first book before the others. I read this book after reading book four. Reading it filled in the gaps for me and helped me understand the underlying premise of the series. Book 1, at the time I have written this review, was/is a free ebook. You may want to check now to see if it is still free, before reading books two, three, and four. Jim Anderson is the owner of Anderson Development, a commercial real estate company. He has built this company up from the ground himself. He is understandably proud of his accomplishments. His business has been successful for a long time, although recently it has reflected the slump in the American economy. In my opinion, Jim is a typical alpha male, in that the world must revolve around him, including his family. This has only created pain in his household, though he doesn't see that. Suddenly and unexpectedly for Jim, his wife of 27 years left him. She quietly moved out, leaving most of her belongings behind. Marilyn Anderson loves how she's been protected and cared for by Jim. She loved her new home in the planned community. She took pleasure in choosing all the furniture and decorating the house right down to the smallest details. She could appreciate how Jim has worked hard to maintain their way of life. He provided well for their three children. He gave them nearly anything they wanted. But it wasn't enough. He gave them everything but his heart. He was a legalistic Christian who didn't live by the heart of Christ but by rules. Marilyn had felt this lack the moment they were married until one day she couldn't stand it anymore. Overwhelmed with sadness, she went out in search of a job, found an older person to board with, and left. The driving question in this book--what would it take for Jim and Marilyn to reconcile? This is their story and the beginning of the series. This book has so many elements I could relate to as I was reading it. First, both authors have been counselors and involved with Christian ministry and with marriage relationships for many years. Gary Smalley's book on marriage helped my own marriage when my husband and I were a young couple. Dan Walsh admitted that Smalley's books on communication aided his own young marriage as well. Through the expertise of both these men, this book is filled with nuggets of gold. The character development is heart gripping and real. The book is written just the way I enjoy reading character-based literature. Second, the turn around doesn't occur overnight. It actually takes Jim about half the book length before he even began to look within himself to discover if he has done something to run off his wife and alienate his children. It easily provides us readers a character we "love to hate". He is both despicable and a person we want to see turn his life around. I truly wanted to get my hands on his neck and choke the guy at the beginning of the story. I certainly yelled at him, in my mind, from time to time. Third, there's a vivid analogy written into the storyline--that of a dance. The analogy which is responsible for the title, has multiple layers which we come to understand better as the story progresses. It is so well written and incorporated that it helps keep the storyline moving along at a good clip. Finally, I related very well with Marilyn's plight. The break in their marriage wasn't all Jim's doing. Marilyn had much to learn before she could reconcile with her husband. In the series, the first step they take at the conclusion of this story is continued in the remaining three books. The three books each feature one of Jim and Marilyn's children as they fit into the theme of the series. Jim and Marilyn's story continues as a subplot, while the major plots are dedicated to each adult child in turn. That is why I not only recommend this book to you, but the series as well.
Date published: 2015-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Dance, Dan Walsh & Gary Smalley Absolute must-read to better understand how to dance through marriage!!!
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Marilyn is done with her husband, Jim, treating her so poorly that she gets the courage to leave. Jim is shocked to find her gone and has no clue why she has left. This is a journey how important marriage is and that it takes work to have it work. I really enjoyed this book. Walsh and Smalley make a fantastic pair. This book also seemed very realistic which when dealing with a topic of marriage is a nice thing. Which makes it easy to love and hate the characters at different times. Will be waiting for the next in the series to come out. Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
Date published: 2013-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fantastic Read! What a fantastic read! Walsh and Smalley make a great team and give their readers a realistic snapshot of a struggling marriage and the fallout that ensues. There's depth and insight and some really funny moments -- at least they were to me. Poor clueless Jim, not quite sure why Marilyn has left him . Only a man could get away with portraying some of those scenes. A female author would have been accused of stereo-typing. The authors did a great job of converting me into a Jim fan. I didn't think it would be possible at the beginning of the book but Jim's conversion into a gentler, softer more spiritual self makes for a moving read. Even as Marilyn stays prickly and defensive almost to the very end. The couples dynamics is dead-on. This could easily be used in a couples therapy course. The Dance is fiction though, and it makes a rewarding and thought-provoking read. Memorable characters, a tight plot and dashes of humour to break up the angst all contribute to a wonderfully satisfying read. "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
Date published: 2013-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard Work Pays Off Story Description: Revell Publishing|April 1, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-8007-2148-0 Love’s recovery starts with a single step… After 27 years of marriage, Marilyn Anderson is tired of playing the role of perfect wife. Her husband, Jim, is a successful businessman who gives her everything she needs – a beautiful home in an upscale neighborhood, the financial freedom to be a stay-at-home Mom, an enviable collection of stuff. Everything, that is, except what really matters: love. After years of trying to connect with Jim, Marilyn has had enough. She longs to experience some measure of happiness before she’s too old to enjoy it. Needing some time to herself to sort things out, Marilyn leaves to start a new job and take dancing lessons – something she has wanted to do for as long as she can remember. Shocked to find his wife gone, Jim Anderson must sort through the past to save his marriage. With a little help from an unexpected ally, he begins a campaign to win Marilyn back. What he doesn’t anticipate is how his actions will affect everyone around him – starting with himself. My Review: Marilyn Anderson and her husband, Jim are happily married on the surface. However, Marilyn is truly unhappy and has reached the end of her rope. She ends up leaving the marriage and moves out when her attempts at talking with him fall on deaf ears. Jim is shocked into disbelief that Marilyn has actually gone and wants her back immediately. What Jim fails to realize is that his anger and lack of communication skills are what has driven, Marilyn away. After he speaks with a woman who knows Marilyn through a dance studio, he begins to understand and comprehend that he needs to control his anger and take a serious look at why the marriage has failed. This was a beautiful story that shows how much both partners in this relationship change with some hard work and it was neat to watch them both grow and change. But it was frustrating and aggravating waiting for Jim to change. He is one of those people who needs a pile of bricks to fall on his head before he really ‘gets it.’ Overall, The Dance, was an excellent novel and one that I would recommend. "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
Date published: 2013-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from By jove I think they've done it! Authors always take a risk in writing a book that is not only fiction, but seeks to convey a strong message as well, but in the case of "The Dance" the authors have wonderfully accomplished their mission! The story flows very well, and I was immediately drawn into the lives of Marilyn and Jim, the struggles in their marriage, and their path towards healing. The characters are created with a complex realness, definitely imperfect, yet completely likeable. I enjoyed looking through the different character's eyes as the story unfolded, and found the drama to be top-notch. There were several moments where I battled tears, and I especially loved the interactions Jim has with his children. What can I say? I'm a sucker for scenes between fathers and their children, and there are some powerful ones in this book indeed. Although elements of the book are definitely seeking to convey a message and so could become preachy, such as where Jim is working through the ways he has failed in his marriage, it is done in a very natural and realistic way, and one that continually held my interest. As a result, not only will this book entertain readers of both genders, but they will be taught powerful truths and challenged to have a better marriage at the same time. This may be just the book you have been looking for to someone who may not ever pick-up a non-fiction book, but learns well through the power of story. I highly recommend this excellent book, and award it 5 out of 5 stars. Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Date published: 2013-04-09