You may remember the author of Dancing Through Life, Candace Cameron Bure, as her character D.J. Tanner from the family sitcom Full House. I watched the episodes faithfully. The New York Times best-selling author shares her steps of courage and conviction she took while preparing for her role on Dancing with the Stars along with Christian, wife and mom.
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I watch little to no television and honestly wasn’t aware of Candace’s appearance on DWTS until my girls told me. They have continued the tradition of watching Full House and I love talking to them about characters and hearing the latest scoop of their lives. After reading Dancing Through Life I looked up video clips of the dances and they were really good, especially her Disney dance. The Little Mermaid is one of my all-time favorite movies!
Candace shares a behind the scenes look at a contestant’s life and the pressure that arises personally and professionally from being on the show. Although I don’t watch Dancing with the Stars I enjoyed learning about the different dance and even more so the struggles she faced as a Christian in Hollywood.
As a Christian who also struggles with putting too much emphasis on what others think about me and my choices this book was a blessing. I’ve been a “people pleaser” since childhood and have recently chosen to be intentional about going to God’s Word and prayer instead of seeking Man’s approval. Chapter 6: Avoiding the Snare goes into detail about the “Under the Sea” performance and the issue of modesty. It has Proverbs 29:25 in the beginning.
The fear of man is a snare, but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected.
I now have this scripture in my notes on my iPhone to pull up when I feel worried about pleasing others. As a mom of three girls, modesty has been a big topic in our home. I was so afraid to break a rule or offend anyone I lost sight of the balance between being conservative and feeling ashamed or hiding. This book reiterated to me that we can be a Christian and still be feminine and have a beautiful body. We should seek wise counsel but in the end we will be held accountable for our OWN actions, words and wardrobe!
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Dancing Through Life and Candace remind us that we can choose to allow negativity or expectations of others to hinder our lives…or we can DANCE.