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Dancing from the Shadows D'Ann Renner

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Tori, haunted by the verse “From those to whom much is given, much is required,” turns her back on a successful career so she and her husband Phillip can adopt two “normal” third world children.

Her 5 year old daughter Lydia is sugar-coated dynamite. Her son Gabriel is adorable, but quirky – there’s something not quite normal about him. Tori is horrified to find God has given her beloved son special needs – the one thing she told Him she couldn’t handle.

Gabe’s autism leaves Tori depressed, obsessed with helping her son and angry with God. As she struggles with Gabe’s disability, Tori’s world begins to unravel. Her church rejects them, her daughter Lydia’s resentment of her brother escalates and the school system starts playing mind games.

Will God intervene before combat-level stress, the murder/suicide of a friend and a sultry executive’s pursuit of Phillip destroy Tori’s life?

Goodreads Summary

The St. John family adopted two children from Bulgaria; a boy and girl.  Upon learning that
Gabe, the boy, is autistic, the family’s life changes forever.  Anyone who interacts with special needs kids
should read this book.  Each time I reread a section or skim a chapter, I capture more.
I did not expect Dancing from the Shadows to be such an accurate portrayal of life with children
who have special needs.  Every character is lifelike and relatable; I hope to be more like Tori, the mom.
Tori is fierce, smart, and an excellent mother, overall.  D’Ann Renner’s novel is excellent and I am certain I will pick up more of her books!

5 out of 5 stars

"Reviewed by Kristin"

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  1. Chelsea B. said...:

    I'm glad you enjoyed the novel!

  1. This sounds really good. Like the kind of novel that makes you think about your life and how you can make a difference. Personally, I want to adopt kids, too, so this definitely interests me. Thanks for the review!

  1. Berenice said...:

    This one sounds really great! I'd definitely like to check it out. I'd like to adopt one day so it might be good to read Dancing from the Shadows. Glad to hear you enjoyed reading this one. Fantastic review. Thank you! =)