I have a rather healthy movie collection. My favorite ones are the extended director’s-cut, complete with hours and hours of behind-the-scenes footage. There’s something about getting the inside scoop from those who participated in the film. It adds depth and gives me a deeper appreciation for their hard work.
Reading Dancing Through Life (DTL) not only gives you an exclusive behind the scenes look at Bure’s experience on Dancing with the Stars(DWTS), but a glimpse into Bure’s authentic heart for God.
That being said, I did not get to watch Bure’s season of DWTS. The last season I was able to watch was Season 6 when I, of course, rooted for Jason Taylor (so close Jason…so.very.close.).
However, being a fan DWTS or watching Season 18 is not essential for reading Bure’s book. Even if you don’t like the show at all, DTL is more than a book about dancing.
As I read the pages of DTL I felt as if Bure and I were sitting in a coffee shop having a conversation. Her enthusiasm and joy is contagious, refreshing, and honest. I found myself giggling like a school girl even though my iPad wasn’t giggling back (I’m sure there’s an App for that.). And on more than one occasion a joyful tear or two splattered my screen.
From the very beginning, Bure shares a core message of standing on conviction no matter if the audience is One or one million. She gives us a glimpse into the boundaries she set even before the first rehearsal. Boundaries and convictions constantly tested, yet never stretched or broken during her time on DWTS. As Bure says herself,
This was about learning to live with conviction in all areas of my life. When the cameras were on and when they were off.
She never says standing with conviction is easy. Easy would’ve been giving in to the voices of the world around her, the masses watching her. But Bure stressed how important to her it was to:
…hear the two voices that mattered most, the Lord’s and my own.
From the get-go, God provides Bure a beautiful opportunity to focus on her relationship with Him in the midst of the chaos. An opportunity Bure could have ignored but instead takes hold of wholeheartedly.
It didn’t take me long to figure out that those forty-five minutes in the hair-styling chair provided a great opportunity to read my Bible. The pace of the rest of the day was so intense that I needed that time in the Word to help me focus on what was really important.
DTL is a beautiful reflection of Bure’s time in the Word. It is saturated with Scripture, none of which feels forced, cheery-picked, or out of place. Each Scripture seems to have been placed in pages of Bure’s heart before she placed it in the pages of her book. A testament to a woman after God’s own heart who’s true desire is to be salt and light.
I did not want DTL to end. As the final pages sped closer, I read a bit slower so that I could fully digest each line. Thank goodness for a couple of appendices to give me a few more pages to read! (Both appendices were wonderful additions to her book by the way.)
Congratulations to Effie for winning a copy of Dancing Through Life! I hope you love this book as much as I did!
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