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Product Details

  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Dunrobin Publishing (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983236356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983236351
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,513,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Glynn Young was born and raised in New Orleans, La. He received a B.A. in Journalism degree from Louisiana State University and a Masters of Liberal Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

He is an award-winning speechwriter and communication consultant. He was named to the College of Fellows of the Public Relations Society of America in 2005 and the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame in 2009.

Young serves as Twitter editor for The High Calling and an editor for TweetSpeak Poetry, where he publishes a weekly column, Poetry at Work, and reviews poetry.

His first novel, "Dancing Priest," was published in 2011 and his second novel, "A Light Shining," in 2012. His non-fiction book "Poetry at Work" was published in December, 2013.

He is married with two grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandsons. He and his wife Janet live in Kirkwood, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vince Arter Jr. on December 9, 2011
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When I picked up Glynn Young's first novel Dancing Priest I wasn't sure what to expect. I read a lot and my expectations for fiction are pretty high. My tastes very from Tolkien to Dostoevsky, from Stephen King to Nicholas Sparks and all of the great classical and classic authors of fiction. I read a lot of theological books, science and technology, philosophy ... so picking up this novel from a new author with whom I had only really read his online poetry and having a stack of other things to read I wasn't 100% sure if I'd get in to it. Yet get in to it I did.

When the book starts I got the feeling that things started almost too fast to be honest. The backstory, characters, and events just starting coming at me lightening speed. Then around chapter five I found myself immersed. Young doesn't use a lot of extra and unnecessary "flowery" language. There are no "dark and stormy nights ... the kind of night that is so dark ... so stormy" that just plague good (and many bad) stories. He gets to the point and sucks you right into the characters, their lives, and the events that change them forever.

I didn't get the feeling that I was reading a typical book. It was almost as if I were spying on these people's lives. I was the insider into an amazing array of people and situations that had me at times happy and more often than I'd like to admit in tears. Young is not writing a behemoth novel for page or word count. He is telling a story. A vivid and compelling one at that. After finishing the novel I'm astounded at his skill as a story teller. All of the adjectives and descriptive language in the world mean nothing without a good, solid story and characters you actually care about. In Dancing Priest Young has focused on the story thankfully.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Witham on January 8, 2012
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I was surprised at how much this first novel moved me. The two main characters, Michael Kent and Sarah Hughes, are attractive young people who have fallen in love with each other, but who believe that Sarah's lack of faith is keeping them apart.

Michael Kent is charismatic, an Olympic cyclist, and a theology student in Edinburgh. His life keeps turning out for the better and the better, even despite tragedy at the Olympics and other obstacles in his way. He is also good at dancing. Sarah, too, is talented as an artist, and gains recognition for her paintings late in the book.

Of course, I identified strongly with the main character: I was once a young theological student, and I once fell in love. Reading the book recaptured a lost and idealised youth.

The story is set primarily in Edinburgh, Athens and San Francisco. The sense of place was strongest in the descriptions of California and the topography of San Francisco, particularly from a cyclist's view point. All cities, however, are exotic enough to be interesting.

Glynn Young writes about faith in a believable way, sympathetically capturing an evangelical mind-set in thought and action, and capturing well the dynamics of a parish staff.

I had been so disappointed by US `Christian' novels in the past, where `Christian' equates to avoiding swear words and sex, but Dancing Priest is a refreshing change. Here `Christian' equates to thoughtful prayer and care of others.

I had some quibbles with the Anglican aspects of this novel, the worst of which surrounded Michael's ordination at St Paul's cathedral in London. In most dioceses I know, the days before ordination are spent in retreat: playing tourist is a poor preparation for such a major step.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diana Trautwein on January 2, 2012
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Characters from great romances tend to stick with you: Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy, Elinor Dashwood and Edward Ferrar, Emma Woodhouse and George Knightley. Now I am happy to add Michael Kent and Sarah Hughes to that list. "The Dancing Priest," by Glynn Young, is a romance for today, a tale very well-told indeed, and a beautifully wrought reminder that, "God is not dead nor doth he sleep." I suppose this story is to be categorized as 'Christian fiction.' But for me, this book far out-classes most of what I've read in that genre. (Admittedly, my sample is small.) It does have specific references to conversion (for this is a love story on multiple levels) and uses some of the lingo of the evangelical world here and there. But basically, this is a rousing good romance, period. A great read for just about anyone, Christian or not. A strong story that is told through characters who are complex and interesting, and settings that vary widely. The lead players are each loaded with back-story and fascinating friends and family, all of whom add depth without distraction.

I had the wonderful experience of reading this story aloud as my husband and I took long car trips over the last few weeks. We were both hooked immediately and looked forward to turning on the Kindle whenever we set the cruise control. If I had to guess, I'd say that at least a dozen times, I had to stop reading for a moment to control tears. The story is that gripping, that real.

"The Dancing Priest," captures the imagination and the heart; it tells a beautiful, complex story that is just plain fun to read. At the same time, this very particular story mirrors for us The Story that claims and centers us as human persons. We who are created in the image of God, who are called into relationship, who are wooed and won, restored and rescued by the lover of our souls. Read it - I promise you, this romance will grab you and not let go.
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