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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Dunrobin Publishing (1 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983236356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983236351
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,864,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yup, this is a fun enjoyable book. Creative plot, thoughtful text. The challenge of an American author writing about the UK was evident and a bit annoying ... I was unsure if he was adapting his vocabulary to suit American readers or if he genuinely didn't know the terms that were used in Scotland/England. Some cultural faux pa too ... However, all in all, it was a good read! Thanks ...
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This book made me laugh. It made me cry.It made me think. But it never made me put it down.
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HASH(0x9e94ce18) out of 5 stars A wonderful story by a master story teller 10 Dec. 2011
By Vince Arter Jr. - Published on
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When I picked up Glynn Young's first novel Dancing Priest I wasn't sure what to expect. I read a lot and my expectations for fiction are pretty high. My tastes very from Tolkien to Dostoevsky, from Stephen King to Nicholas Sparks and all of the great classical and classic authors of fiction. I read a lot of theological books, science and technology, philosophy ... so picking up this novel from a new author with whom I had only really read his online poetry and having a stack of other things to read I wasn't 100% sure if I'd get in to it. Yet get in to it I did.

When the book starts I got the feeling that things started almost too fast to be honest. The backstory, characters, and events just starting coming at me lightening speed. Then around chapter five I found myself immersed. Young doesn't use a lot of extra and unnecessary "flowery" language. There are no "dark and stormy nights ... the kind of night that is so dark ... so stormy" that just plague good (and many bad) stories. He gets to the point and sucks you right into the characters, their lives, and the events that change them forever.

I didn't get the feeling that I was reading a typical book. It was almost as if I were spying on these people's lives. I was the insider into an amazing array of people and situations that had me at times happy and more often than I'd like to admit in tears. Young is not writing a behemoth novel for page or word count. He is telling a story. A vivid and compelling one at that. After finishing the novel I'm astounded at his skill as a story teller. All of the adjectives and descriptive language in the world mean nothing without a good, solid story and characters you actually care about. In Dancing Priest Young has focused on the story thankfully. He pulled me in and didn't let me go until the very last sentence of the book. And actually I'm still not free of it ... I want more. I need more. I really feel the need to know what happens to these people I've come to know through Young's novel.

This book has left me wanting more ... more story tellers like Young. And more from Young himself. I don't know if I can wait for the sequel ... but guess I will have to.
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HASH(0x9eecb51c) out of 5 stars Moved by Priest's First Love 9 Jan. 2012
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I was surprised at how much this first novel moved me. The two main characters, Michael Kent and Sarah Hughes, are attractive young people who have fallen in love with each other, but who believe that Sarah's lack of faith is keeping them apart.

Michael Kent is charismatic, an Olympic cyclist, and a theology student in Edinburgh. His life keeps turning out for the better and the better, even despite tragedy at the Olympics and other obstacles in his way. He is also good at dancing. Sarah, too, is talented as an artist, and gains recognition for her paintings late in the book.

Of course, I identified strongly with the main character: I was once a young theological student, and I once fell in love. Reading the book recaptured a lost and idealised youth.

The story is set primarily in Edinburgh, Athens and San Francisco. The sense of place was strongest in the descriptions of California and the topography of San Francisco, particularly from a cyclist's view point. All cities, however, are exotic enough to be interesting.

Glynn Young writes about faith in a believable way, sympathetically capturing an evangelical mind-set in thought and action, and capturing well the dynamics of a parish staff.

I had been so disappointed by US `Christian' novels in the past, where `Christian' equates to avoiding swear words and sex, but Dancing Priest is a refreshing change. Here `Christian' equates to thoughtful prayer and care of others.

I had some quibbles with the Anglican aspects of this novel, the worst of which surrounded Michael's ordination at St Paul's cathedral in London. In most dioceses I know, the days before ordination are spent in retreat: playing tourist is a poor preparation for such a major step. (It may be that the Church of England is different precisely because it does gather candidates from all over England, some of whom may not have visited the capital). More jarring was the fact that Michael was not ordained deacon before his priestly ordination. Two-step ordination is fundamental to Anglicanism.

For the most part, however, the picture of a church that was like the real Anglican Communion, but not like it, with splits and tensions like the current ones, but not quite the same, was stimulating and entertaining.

Young's writing has reminded another reviewer of Madeleine l'Engle, and I see the connection. But in the fresh characters, the way the plot invites the reader onwards from page to page, I was more reminded of C.S. Lewis in his Space Trilogy, only with more open emotions.
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HASH(0x9eec9534) out of 5 stars The Power of a Good Romance 3 Jan. 2012
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Characters from great romances tend to stick with you: Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy, Elinor Dashwood and Edward Ferrar, Emma Woodhouse and George Knightley. Now I am happy to add Michael Kent and Sarah Hughes to that list. "The Dancing Priest," by Glynn Young, is a romance for today, a tale very well-told indeed, and a beautifully wrought reminder that, "God is not dead nor doth he sleep." I suppose this story is to be categorized as 'Christian fiction.' But for me, this book far out-classes most of what I've read in that genre. (Admittedly, my sample is small.) It does have specific references to conversion (for this is a love story on multiple levels) and uses some of the lingo of the evangelical world here and there. But basically, this is a rousing good romance, period. A great read for just about anyone, Christian or not. A strong story that is told through characters who are complex and interesting, and settings that vary widely. The lead players are each loaded with back-story and fascinating friends and family, all of whom add depth without distraction.

I had the wonderful experience of reading this story aloud as my husband and I took long car trips over the last few weeks. We were both hooked immediately and looked forward to turning on the Kindle whenever we set the cruise control. If I had to guess, I'd say that at least a dozen times, I had to stop reading for a moment to control tears. The story is that gripping, that real.

"The Dancing Priest," captures the imagination and the heart; it tells a beautiful, complex story that is just plain fun to read. At the same time, this very particular story mirrors for us The Story that claims and centers us as human persons. We who are created in the image of God, who are called into relationship, who are wooed and won, restored and rescued by the lover of our souls. Read it - I promise you, this romance will grab you and not let go.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eedd36c) out of 5 stars Michael Kent's life feels like a cycling race: fast pace, determination, struggle, exhilaration, defeat, victory, gratification 18 Sept. 2015
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I find greatest satisfaction in a novel when it inspires me with admirable (but not flawless) characters, and when it makes an internal connection. As author John Green has been quoted,"Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood." Glynn Young's DANCING PRIEST wins on both counts—and this novel was so riveting that it kept me up way past bedtime. Immersed in its multiple layers that reach into the histories and current lives of Michael Kent, Sarah Hughes, the people who are and become part of their lives, and the geographical settings of Edinburgh, London, Athens, San Francisco, L.A., and Santa Barbara, I couldn't put the book down.

The story of Michael Kent—student at Edinburgh, Olympic cyclist, then Anglican priest assigned to a San Francisco church—shows, unadorned, his steadfastness, integrity, and seemingly foolish love toward others. All this comes through without hiding or sanitizing his struggles. If you carry an enthusiasm for cycling, you will especially appreciate this book. But, cycling fan or not, you may find that Michael Kent's life in DANCING PRIEST feels a bit like a cycling race: fast pace, determination, struggle, exhilaration, team dynamics, defeat, victory, gratification at crossing the finish line. This story challenged me to persevere in pain, love those who are against me, extend a hand to others in distress, practice art and exercise any God-given abilities, and deepen relationships with those I love. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, A LIGHT SHINING.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f3a1d98) out of 5 stars Dancing Priest 17 Jan. 2015
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5 Stars for a moving, clean, romantic story. I loved it. The author fleshed out her characters well and made me fall in love with them. I was sad when the story ended but glad there via a sequel that I am going to read next.
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