Monday, August 24, 2015

Dance Through Life:Steps of Courage and Conviction: Book Review

Can I just say how much I adore Candace Cameron Bure? I do, a lot.

But this book? Not so much. The book felt disjointed and never really made a connection with the reader.

I did enjoy reading some of the backstory about her experiences on Dancing with the Stars. I only caught a few of the episodes from her season. This book gives you backstage access to all the activity and preparation and hard work that actually went on behind scenes.

(Candace's life makes me tired!)

As the book went on it seemed to flow easier, I liked reading about the specific scriptures she used as different difficult situations arose. And it was good to see the experience through her eyes.

I think this book struggled in that she tried really hard to make sure the readers knew how much she understands and depends on her Bible more than telling the actual story.

For example in chapter 2, she starts out with scripture from Matthew 14:29 about Peter and Jesus walking on water. At first she integrates the story of faith well with her own, but then comes back to the scripture to explain it to the readers. It felt disjointed.

She does this several times throughout. Pulls scripture and goes on and on for a page or two. It left me scratching my head and wanting to get back to her story.

As an actress who is also a christian she is under tremendous pressure. I can't imagine how hard it is in that "world" to hold to your Godly standards while being around such temptations. She is inspiring to me on many levels.

I may not have enjoyed this book as much as I wanted to, but I have an all new respect for Candace and her life. I also feel sorry for because she endures so much criticism and not so much from non believers as it's BELIEVERS.

Just check out her FB page to see what I mean.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.

From the Back Cover:

Candace Cameron Bure has grown up before our eyes and we’ve watched as she’s balanced life in Hollywood with her faith for many years. But that all reached new heights when she was given the opportunity to join the cast of Dancing With the Stars. Being on the show was one of her dreams come true; and with that dream came the opportunity to display her Christian faith in front of millions of people, through an intense season of stretching beyond her limits, and to run the race God gave her with joy and perseverance.

Join Candace as she reflects on the self-discovery that came through leaping out of her comfort zone. Go behind the scenes and experience the highs and lows, the roadblocks, and the personal victories. Hear straight from her heart on tough lessons learned about grace, rejection, perfectionism, disappointment, accountability, dealing with criticism, and more. Through God’s strength, and with the help of endless support from her family and friends, see how Candace stayed true to herself and publicly lived out her faith in Christ all the way to the finale.
How do you stand with conviction in your world? Where does your courage come from when faced with challenges? How do you live out your faith on a daily basis despite opposition? Your stage probably isn’t in Hollywood and the challenges you are facing may not be on live television, but they are no less real. Come along with Candace as she shares how she found the courage to stand with conviction on one of the largest platforms of her life.

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