#DancingThroughLife {Giveaway}

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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.)


 Contest Update:

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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24 thoughts on “#DancingThroughLife {Giveaway}

  1. My biggest way to tune into Jesus is just listening to him daily in my quiet time which occurs at 5:30 in the morning. I have found great comfort from doing this. It also helps me to focus on who God really is and what He thinks of me.

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  2. Hi Heather!! This sounds like an amazing book, I can’t wait to read it!! My favorite way to tune out the world is to have my quiet time first thing in the morning as soon as I get up. I’ve noticed such a huge difference in how the rest of my day goes, if I don’t make time with Jesus my day goes right down the drain!

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  3. How do I tune out the world in order to hear God’s voice? For me, it is slowing down and taking the time to notice God working in this world. For example, in a noisy fast food restaurant just today, I witnessed a young family of a mom, dad and two small boys holding hands at their table and thanking God out loud for the meal they were about to eat. All of a sudden I felt an overwhelming sense of joy, and tears even came to my eyes. God spoke to me through that family.. It just so happens that I was frustrated with a couple things not going according to my plans this morning. I believe He was reminding me to be thankful in the moment, each and every moment.

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    1. As a mom sometimes I feel so busy and I forget to take alone time to be present with the Lord. So, I’ve learned to really discuss with my girls how the Lord is/can help them throughout their day. We all take time to acknowledge out loud where we see God at work or the areas we need Him most. During those discussions I’ve felt God’s amazing grace and love wash over me and I know He is present!

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  4. I think the way I tune out the world in order to hear a God is simply by just soaking in worship music. I have to close myself off from the distractions of daily life. Journaling & reading my bible help as well.

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  5. I get up very early to pray, read my Bible and pray. When the world gets too chaotic,I whisper my questions before I go to bed and am usually awaken with the sounds of a hymn (softly playing in my own head) Always a song of Joy and I am reminded that “17 The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” Zephaniah 3. Then I go back to sleep, all is well.

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  6. I think I “tune out” by “tuning in” and feeling Him through the little things….sometimes they stop me by surprise: the beauty of the clouds at sunset, a child dancing, my husband’s daily good-bye kiss at 5am that I don’t always remember, or watching my children sleep. I remind myself of why we are here by having my morning coffee and reading my little cards with tailored Bible verses that my dearest friend gave me…they recharge me!

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    1. Hey there sister :)! I love the idea of the little Bible cards! I have a friend who created a list of 100 verses ready to be personalized. Just insert the name and put them all in a little jar or box. Then when you need a little JC pick-me-up, grab a random verse. Which is your favorite Bible card?

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        1. I’m am jealous!! I haven’t been able to see her in concert yet. It’s on the top of my bucket list for sure! Did you read her book Need You Now? It’s an incredible read! Click the “Book Review” tab to check it out.

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  7. I tune the world out by taking time out from social media to spend in quiet. I don’t watch a lot of TV so that isn’t a problem. I think we can get so caught up in the world around us with the politics, drama, and so much hate that we need that time away from it all. My life has been a dance of caring for my parents for the past 18 months so the quiet time I do have is precious. I lost my mom earlier and dealing with her death and dads care, I know that even in the busy times God is still with me!.

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    1. Wow Amanda, sounds like you have been through quite a bit in the last few months. Praying God blesses every moment you two get to spend together. Praise be to God He is with us every moment of the day!

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  8. I covet my alone time and do not let anyone or anything encroach on it…I work FT and go to college FT, my husband owns his own business and we have four dogs…things get hectic! However, I have learned that I do so much better even during tough times when I take time to lean into God’s word and just hear what He is speaking to me. I listen to a Bible app while getting ready in the morning and I listen to Moody Bible Radio to and from work…it feeds me and I find I crave it.

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  9. I’m a single mom to a three yr old and six yr old. I tune out the outside world at the most random times. I take every chance I get. I always do my quiet time in the morning before my kids get up.

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  10. I am NOT a morning person 🙂 so I really enjoy ending my day with God’s Word. After the kids are in bed, and the house is quiet, I tune out the world and dig into The Word.

    Love you, sweet friend!!
    Melanie

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  11. When I want to tune out the world, I most often go outside (weather permitting) with a cup of coffee and my journal, Bible, and/or study. Having no noise other than birds chirping is very calming and settles my spirit. Thanks for the chance to win Candace’s book! Nothing like a good book for quiet time.

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