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.”
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!