Ever wondered if God still talks to people? Want to know how God shows folks His will? Do you sometimes doubt that God will provide your needs like He promises? Do you find yourself uncertain what a healthy marriage looks like?
Lin Sons’ recently released book, We Danced, is a sparkling collection of stories from her and Buck’s 40-year marriage, each concluding with a lesson we can apply to our own lives. While written specifically for married couples, I found that it was easy to adapt to my own life as a single middle-aged person.
Her stories are ones that I think anyone who follows Jesus would be blessed to read. They’re about every day life. They give us a glimpse of what a great marriage looks like from the first date to death’s parting, and they put meat on the skeleton ideas we have of how God might work in our every day lives. They show how God really still is a God of miracles, and how He does still lead and guide us. Most of the stories are written in a delightful snapshot fashion, 5 to 10 minutes to read, and are perfect one a day.
We often read biographies of great Christians, and while we’re inspired by their lives, we tend to think, “Well, that was a long time ago,” or “Yes, but that person was really extraordinary.” Lin is a normal person and her stories show how God provides for us, how He guides us, how He teaches us, and how He helps us through the rough times. If He does these things for her, why wouldn’t He do it for you?
Who should read this book?
1. Married couples. The insights Lin has are treasure for those who want a good marriage. Her questions are poised to open some great conversations, as well as help you pinpoint places in your marriage that could use a little tweaking in order to get it to line up with God’s plan. This would be a great book to read together as a morning or evening devotional, to buy for a newly married couple (or as a wedding present), or give as an anniversary gift, no matter where a couple is on their journey.
2. Engaged couples. Wow, what a great foundation could be built if these thoughts and ideas were talked through and intentionally set in place even before the vows are said! What inspiration to make our marriages pictures of Jesus and His Bride!
3. Teens and young adults … or anyone who thinks they might want to get married someday. Again, the examples here are golden. Reading this book is a good way to determine some standards before you even start dating.
4. Families and individuals. There are life lessons here that are applicable to anybody’s life, even if you never get married. If you don’t know how to find out what God’s will is for you, there are many examples here. If you’re worried about paying bills … and if God has put on your heart to give away money you need … here’s encouragement and inspiration. These are great things to ponder, journal about, or discuss as a family.
Reading this book was one of the highlights of my year. I highly recommend We Danced for your reading pleasure and your spiritual growth.