I Know Why the Angels Dance

I Know Why the Angels Dance

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    I Know Why the Angels Dance is a contemporary novel that delves into one of the great struggles of our existence, the mystery of the afterlife. Without a doubt, the human concept of death remains a dark puzzle. The pieces can seem shapeless and nothing fits. The Bible tells us that death has no sting for the believer in Christ, but many people still fear the inevitable end of their lifelong march toward the unknown. And if they lack fear, they often prefer not to think about the end of their worldly existence even though the Bible has much to say about the confidence we have in Christ. Such is the greatest of mysteries.
For those who grieve, hope is the greatest salve for their wounds. Is there really a place of joy in the heavens? Oh, for a glimpse of that glorious hope!
    Can a novel explore this dark mystery without being dark itself? What if a book could tell the story of God’s view of life and death, draw out the fears and hopes of a reader, and make him celebrate the strange combination of sadness and joy inherent in the death of a child of God? I Know Why the Angels Dance is such a book. It tells the story of two men who come from opposite ends of the philosophical spectrum regarding the afterlife. The story tells how they deal with grief when death calls a loved one away, and how a remarkable young girl brings them together. Combining an emotionally compelling appeal with a splash of the fantastic, this novel is sure to draw hearts closer to God.
    Grief is a line in every life’s story. Will it make you weep, or dance? I Know Why the Angels Dance shows us how to see the dancing even through our curtain of tears.

    John Hanson knows how to face the death of an aged Christian; celebrate it. After all, isn’t it selfish to grieve when the departed goes to a better place? Being in charge of the funeral for his grandmother, Nanna, John arranges for a happy atmosphere, but not everyone understands. Tabitha, his twelve-year-old daughter, who is attending her first funeral, perceives the conflict in a very personal way. During the days before Nanna’s death, Tabitha had been comforted by dreams of the lady’s glorious entrance into Heaven, but she truly misses Nanna’s presence and wonders if her inner yearnings are wrong.
    Tabitha has also had dreams about her best friend, Rose Grayson, haunting dreams that showed her friend as lost and in terror in the afterworld. No, Rose is not a Christian. In fact, her father, Phil, is an atheist, a bold atheist. Phil and Rose attend Nanna’s funeral, and when Tabitha claims to see a vision of her departed great grandmother, Phil suggests to John that Tabitha should undergo therapeutic counseling. John decides on another path, but the conflict raises doubts about his daughter’s mental and spiritual stability.

    John Hanson knows how to face the death of an aged Christian; celebrate it. After all, isn’t it selfish to grieve when the departed goes to a better place? Being in charge of the funeral for his grandmother, Nanna, John arranges for a happy atmosphere, but not everyone understands. Tabitha, his twelve-year-old daughter, who is attending her first funeral, perceives the conflict in a very personal way. During the days before Nanna’s death, Tabitha had been comforted by dreams of the lady’s glorious entrance into Heaven, but she truly misses Nanna’s presence and wonders if her inner yearnings are wrong.
    Tabitha has also had dreams about her best friend, Rose Grayson, haunting dreams that showed her friend as lost and in terror in the afterworld. No, Rose is not a Christian. In fact, her father, Phil, is an atheist, a bold atheist. Phil and Rose attend Nanna’s funeral, and when Tabitha claims to see a vision of her departed great grandmother, Phil suggests to John that Tabitha should undergo therapeutic counseling. John decides on another path, but the conflict raises doubts about his daughter’s mental and spiritual stability.


Publisher: Chattanooga, Tenn. : Living Ink Books, c2009
ISBN: 9780899578408
0899578403
Characteristics: ix, 300 p. ; 23 cm

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