Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Dance with Jesus by Susan B Mead {Review and Giveaway}

About the Book

Book Title: Dance with Jesus

Author: Susan B. Mead

Genre: Non-fiction: Christian life, Bereavement, Grief

Release date: March 31, 2015

Grief hits each one of us and can come from so many different directions…

Have you lost someone dear to you? A brother, sister, parent, grandparent, family member, friend or a child? A relationship? A body part to cancer or an accident? Do you want to experience the joy of moving from broken to blessed? From Grief to Grace? Do you want God to take your hand and teach you to dance…with Jesus? Yes?

Then devour the words of Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace! Expect to laugh through the tears and experience a deepening of your faith.

About the Author

A master storyteller and award-winning, bestselling author, Susan B. Mead leaves audiences motivated to live a life free of regrets even though she has done the hardest thing any parent can do – bury her youngest son, Kyle. With over 22 years in corporate America, 2 million airline miles under her belt, 1 eLit Book Award Gold Medal and 2 Christian Literary Awards on the shelf, an MBA and a Certificate of Ordination hanging on the wall, as well as a Doctor of Theology candidacy in process, Susan shares her expert teachings on business, grief, spiritual warfare and relationships.

Susan has been described as a solid, comforting voice in a messy world. Whether speaking to business professionals, women’s conferences, industry leaders or writer’s workshops, Susan’s insightful wisdom inspires audiences, empowering them to make healthy mental u-turns to help them find calm in the chaos.

"Have you ever thought that you have no space or time in your life for the people who matter most to you? Create space for them. It may be the last kind word, hug, or kiss you get to share with them. You deserve that special, sacred time too. Things get broken, discarded, or replaced. People matter."

Ms Mead has written a heartfelt devotional/memoir with deep understanding and passion.

I did find Susan’s book a little difficult to get into, however as I read on I found myself enjoying the questions she shared with the reader. Grief is a painful emotion, however I believe fear is much worse. Susan guides us through her own journey of grief to grace, and of course her strong faith is what got her through. If someone were to lose a loved one and not have faith, I believe they would be overwhelmed by fear, and that would make the grief unbearable. I too have had my fair share of grief in my life, but it is with gratitude and love that I am able to move on with my own life.

One thing I didn’t prefer within this book was Ms Mead’s attempt to promote her direct sales business. I don’t believe there is room for one’s own marketing within a devotional designed to help the reader move from Grief to Grace. I also feel the book is quite expensive for its size.

I enjoyed reading the bible verses at the beginning of each chapter. I felt they were wisely chosen and heartfelt. In particular, I loved the following verse at the very beginning:

"Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness . . . " Psalm 30: 11

Overall it is a lovely book, written with a sincere heart. I hope it brings peace to many. Thank you for sharing Susan.

Click here to purchase your copy!

Guest Post from Susan B. Mead

Why did I write, “Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace?” Such a funny story how that happened. I was in the midst of a Bible study by Henry Blackaby called, “Experiencing God” and one night a question asked, “What does God want you to do right now? Right now?”

I heard, sing my love song, and I laughed out loud and said, “Seriously, God, you’re going to have to send me a bucket because I can’t carry a tune, and you know that.”

Then that gentle spirit inside whispered, what’s in your hand? There was a pen in my hand because I was writing in a workbook. I swept the workbook away, got a journal out, put pen to paper, and the story simply flowed onto paper. At 5:30 a.m., I put the pen down and thought well that took more than the two lines provided (in the workbook).

The very first email I read later that day was from Proverbs 31 Ministries She Speaks, Speakers and Writers Conference. Writers conference, I thought? Seriously God, you want me to do something with this? Okay, and the story began.

That’s how I wrote the book, “Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace.”

And to think from that humble beginning, Dance With Jesus won TWO 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards from Christian Literary Awards. I stand in awe of our mighty God. When we turn to Him, God holds us close as He comforts and heals us, His children, simply because He loves us.

Lysa TerKeurst, Proverbs 31 Ministries President and New York Times Bestselling Author, shared, “Susan has personally experienced one of the deepest forms of grief. Yet she writes this treasure of a book from her point of grace not grief. I plan to give this book to any of my friends that find themselves crying and needing someone who deeply understands.”

May I ask you to give Dance With Jesus: From Grief to Grace as a gift to any friend who has lost a loved one or to yourself, if you too have loved and lost.

Video from Susan B. Mead


To celebrate her tour, Susan is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!! 

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