Saturday Good Reads: Glynn Young’s “Dancing Priest”

Go read it. Now. End of post. 🙂

Most of you know the great Glynn Young from http://faithfictionfriends.blogspot.com. I call him Sir Glynn because he just exudes something regal (not unlike his main character, Michael Kent, although Glynn says he identifies more with Sarah Hughes). But I was still afraid to follow him from the blog world to the fiction world. I’ve had my heart broken too many times.

Not this time.

First and foremost, Dancing Priest is a good story. I only put it down when my family demanded my attention. It’s Dickensian. Truly. A large cast and all the coincidences and strings that come together. It’s primarily a love story, but so much more.

I like that Michael lives his Christianity rather than endlessly talking about it. What does it mean to love your enemy? Watch Michael do it time and time again.

Also, much of the story is set in Scotland, so I got to indulge my Drummond heritage. Plus, it has two other backdrops I enjoy: Anglicanism and cycling.

Beware: Don’t read the Athens section without a tissue handy. It’s not often that I am moved to cry not from sadness, but from greatness.

As I said, there is a real plot, and it’s not all about getting saved. I could not have taken that. I also like that Glynn didn’t wrap it all up and tie it with a bow, which always sickens me because that’s not how God has worked in my life. I highlighted this sentence: “I would mislead you if I said that God works in mysterious ways and that all things happen for the good of those who believe in Him. That’s true, but not the answer to the question.”

Yes!

Also, because it’s Glynn, the spotlight is on good work. You see characters expressing excellence through various creative endeavors. So rare to find in any book, much less a Christian one.

Finally, Glynn did not pay me to write this. He didn’t even ask. There’s no giveaway involved. I did it on my own because I enjoyed Dancing Priest so much.

The good news–there’s more to come!

Comments

  1. Okay, if I wasn’t dying to read it before… YEEP. I can’t WAIT for this one to come into print!

  2. I agree Megan — I too couldn’t put it down!

  3. Can’t help but be delighted for Glynn! I enjoyed reading your review, Megan. Glynn has created an audience already for his next installment.

  4. Megan, thank you for this beautiful review.

  5. I have “known” Glynn for about 2 years online. He’s actually one of the reasons that I started writing poetry. I don’t read much fiction, but I went ahead and purchased the book earlier today on Kindle.

    I wasn’t able to put it down. I’ve read half of it today because it was that good. And the only reason I stopped is because I’m supposed to be writing a paper.

  6. I am patiently waiting for the book….toe tap tap tap. One more review and I’ll, …I’ll….I’ll…go purchase a kindle! Nice review!

  7. My husband and I are reading this mesmerizing story aloud, in the car on our repeated long trips south to be with my mom and/or our daughter and her family. We also drive north for me to do spiritual direction once a month. So, we’re parceling it out – and I gotta tell you, it’s all I can do not to open that kindle and read ahead. Trying to practice good Advent discipline here. Thanks for these great thoughts about the book. I will write a review, too – but it could be a while. Merry Christmas, Megan!

  8. I waited to read your review because I was in the middle of the book and didn’t want to find out anything ahead of time!
    I loved it too Megan. For me the best part is how very “real” the characters are – and all the things you so eloquently mentioned. I can’t wait for the next book.

    Somehow I didn’t have your blog in my reader. I sort of got mixed up with that other blog – so typical of my blundering attempts on the computer! But I’m here now.

  9. Megan, Yes. And yes and yes again. What you said.

    I read the book over the holiday. Michael, Sarah & Co. were fine companions. I also appreciated the organization of the book, moving the characters and the reader into different places and cultures.

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