**Book received for review. All thoughts are 100% my own!
Being a conservative Christian today is NOT popular.
Just take a look around pop culture and social media and this will become quite clear. Celebrities can practically bare it all and no one bats a lash. Casual sex is abundant in the media, you cannot avoid it. These things are accepted...even expected. But sharing conservative views? For all the talk about not judging and accepting others, I have all too often seen that Christians are not given that same treatment. Instead, we are often stereotyped into a category of hateful, ignorant people who just need to 'get with the times'. Perhaps you've seen the same. Yes, being a Christian today is not going to make anyone popular with the masses.
Christianity and Hollywood? Those terms just don't seem like they'd go together well. As trying as being a Christian here in the 'real world' can be, one can only imagine that it must be MUCH more difficult in Hollywood. Still, there are a few great examples of those living the Christian life even when it isn't easy. Among them- Candace Cameron Bure.
I've loved Candace for as long as I can remember. I was born in August of 1987, just one month before Full House premiered. I quite literally grew up watching the show. It was a favorite among my sisters and I, and I can still remember watching as a kid, even long after the show ended thanks to reruns. I loved it. As an adult, I was reintroduced to Candace through her TV movies and her appearances on Make It Or Break It. I was definitely a fan. I knew of her faith and found it a refreshing change from what we so often see in Hollywood actors. When I heard she was going to be on Dancing With The Stars, I could not wait to tune in. Like many, I loved watching her- not just dance- but live out her faith and give glory to God each and every week. My admiration only deepened. So when I heard about the release of her third book, Dancing Through Life, I could not wait to get my hands on it!
Candace Cameron Bure has grown up before our eyes and we've watched as she's balanced life in Hollywood with her faith for many years. But that all reached new heights when she was given the opportunity to join the cast of Dancing With the Stars. Being on the show was one of her dreams come true; and with that dream came the opportunity to display her Christian faith in front of millions of people, through an intense season of stretching beyond her limits, and to run the race God gave her with joy and perseverance.
Join Candace as she reflects on the self-discovery that came through leaping out of her comfort zone. Go behind the scenes and experience the highs and lows, the roadblocks, and the personal victories. Hear straight from her heart on tough lessons learned about grace, rejection, perfectionism, disappointment, accountability, dealing with criticism, and more. Through God’s strength, and with the help of endless support from her family and friends, see how Candace stayed true to herself and publicly lived out her faith in Christ all the way to the finale.
How do you stand with conviction in your world? Where does your courage come from when faced with challenges? How do you live out your faith on a daily basis despite opposition? Your stage probably isn't in Hollywood and the challenges you are facing may not be on live television, but they are no less real. Come along with Candace as she shares how she found the courage to stand with conviction on one of the largest platforms of her life.
If you are a fan of Candace or Dancing With The Stars, you will love this little peak behind the show... a look at what we didn't see when the cameras were rolling. Still, this book has a lot of great lessons to be learned for all of us, fans or not.
The truth is, most of us are not going to be finding ourselves living out our faith as millions watch us on a reality show. We're probably also not going to have millions of followers watching our every move via social media. No, we might not have quite so many watching eyes on us, but that does not make it any less important for us to stick to our convictions and live our lives in a way that glorifies God. You don't have to be a Hollywood actress, we all have the ability to be a light for God even when it's not the popular thing to do. This is the message that Candace so beautifully portrays with a combination of personal stories and scriptural references. This is truly a must read for us all, and one of my personal favorite reads this summer!
Dancing Through Life will be available to purchase on August 1.
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