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Product Details

  • Series: The Restoration Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800721489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721480
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Renowned relationship-expert Smalley joins with award-winning novelist Walsh to create a heart-wrenching portrait of a painful marriage. The story of Jim and Marilyn Anderson feels as true as any real couple’s, thanks to Smalley’s years as a counselor and Walsh’s excellent attention to detail. Like many women, Marilyn, decades into her marriage, finds herself feeling unloved and disconnected from her husband. Jim prides himself on being the head of his home in a biblical manner, and he’s shocked and furious when he discovers that Marilyn has decided to leave him. What will their grown children think? How will their community accept it? Jim’s world has crumbled, while Marilyn has rebuilt hers. Then, on separate paths, Marilyn and Jim both begin to find healing through ballroom dancing. Jim hopes to win Marilyn back, but her heart may be far too hardened after years of neglect. Readers will be totally drawn into their emotional journey as the wounds, large and small, continue to reveal themselves in the Andersons’ marriage. --Carolyn Richard


4.5 Stars/Top Pick - "Walsh's literary talents and Smalley's relationship expertise combine in a spiritually and emotionally powerful start to the Restoration series. Walsh's characters come to life, and important marital and life lessons are woven throughout." -- RT Book Reviews

"...When a novel is in the hands of accomplished storyteller Dan Walsh and the lessons come from relationship expert Gary Smalley, the result is a story that manages to simultaneously teach and entertain...As always, Walsh paints the background with a master's touch: the Andersons' fictional home town sounds so charming readers will want to take their next vacation there. A real-life trip may not be possible but a return visit is in the works: The Dance is the first of a series focusing on the Anderson family. That's good; because this Dance deserves an encore." ―

"...Readers will definitely come away satisfied and shedding tears at the end. Mixing fiction's emotion and nonfiction's teaching works splendidly here." Publishers Weekly

More About the Author

Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of 9 novels, published by Revell and Guideposts, including The Unfinished Gift, The Reunion and The Dance. He has won 3 ACFW Carol Awards, 2 Selah Awards, and twice his novels have been named as finalists for RT Reviews Inspirational Novel of the Year.

For those who haven't read Dan's books, reviewers often compare him to Nicholas Sparks and Richard Paul Evans. His latest project is partnering with Gary Smalley on a 4-book fiction series. The first book, The Dance, released in April 2013. It hit both the CBA and ECPA bestsellers list. The 2nd novel, The Promise, released in September. Dan served as a pastor for 25 years and now writes fulltime. He and his wife Cindi have been married 36 years and have 2 grown children, both married, and 1 grandson. They live in Port Orange, FL. You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter, or read his blog, as well as preview all his books by visiting his website at

Customer Reviews

I enjoyed "The Dance" and look forward to reading the next book in The Restoration Series.
Brenda Casto
And you will learn some wonderful insights into your own marriage relationship or how to work on issues before you get married.
L. Wagner
Such loving proof that God can redeem and restore even the most broken hearts and marriages.
Lyn P

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
Good for both marriage genders. Reading "The DANCE" is like finding a double-yolk egg--double sunny-side-up. Both Gary Smalley and Dan Walsh contribute best-selling writer qualities to this first-of-4 in "The Restoration Series." There's depth in this equally-yoked novel.

The Anderson marriage is upscale Florida life, but less than sunny. Marilyn's had enough. Jim's blindsided when she walks away from a 27 year marriage. "We're both believers, for heaven's sake!" he reminds his collegiate-soon-to-be-wed daughter.
Marilyn takes a marriage furlough to regroup and consider events as far back as Jim's refusal to dance with his bride at their wedding. Way more hurt than The Dance; way more.

A great joint-read for married couples in their second decade and beyond. Christian, alternate faith, or none--marriage takes work times 2, like the double-yolk egg. This look at contemporary marriage survival teaches and entertains. I was stunned by the power of "The DANCE," a relationship textbook done in a novel format. A double-yolker: forgiveness/redemption; Walsh/Smalley.

Reading "The DANCE" encourages, nay, demands one to express their love to their spouse. A convicting relationship grabber.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Megan on April 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
The Dance is the first book in The Restoration series and it completely wowed me! I don't think I can put into words just how amazing this book is, but I will try my best.

First off let me say that contemporary fiction is not a genre that I usually read, as I find that I don't enjoy books written in it, but The Dance totally impressed me. The characters were so well written, from page one I was drawn into the story and even though I had an idea from almost the beginning what was going to happen at the end, it was still so powerful.

The Dance had me crying several different times, and since I'm not someone who cries very easily when reading books, that's saying a lot. I will feel sad or happy for people, whatever the case calls for, but it takes something extra special to make me actually shed tears...and this book had that something special!

Before this book, I had never read anything by Gary Smalley and this is only the second book I've read by Dan Walsh, but I can't wait to read more from this duo. The Promise, the second book in The Restoration series, is set to be released September of this year - which I know is close, but it feels like so long to wait.

I would love to see The Dance made into a movie. I think, if done correctly, it would be very powerful, along the lines of Fireproof.

I think The Dance should be required reading for every married couple, obviously, but also for Christians of marriageable age. I highly recommend reading The Dance and believe that both men and women will enjoy and be enriched by reading The Dance.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***

"Available April 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Sikora VINE VOICE on April 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
When a book makes me cry and I read it from cover to cover in less than 2 days -- I know it is a good one and a keeper.

When I opened The Dance to start reading, I was immediately drawn in. We meet Marilyn, a wife who has lost hope in her marriage, so she decided to leave. Thankfully all her children are almost completely grown and out of the house! My heart hurt for her as her story began to unfold during the first couple of chapters.

Right from the get go -- I was mesmerized by this story.

It's funny, because as soon as I saw that Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley co authored this book, I knew it was going to be about marriage -- before I ever read the story involved. This book really meant a lot to me, because -- you see -- Gary Smalley's marriage study is one of the catalysts that saved my marriage. If you have read my testimony, you will see where I talk about taking a class called Making Love Last Forever. Gary is good at what he does and as I read this book, I could see where his marriage counseling came in.

I think that is the thing that I love about this book. While it is still a novel, it's a marriage self help book as well. In the pages, while Marilyn is struggling with leaving her husband, God begins to work on both of them. Audrey -- an older lady who befriends Jim and helps him learn some hard truths about himself. She shares things with him -- and I could envision Gary sharing those things with a couple himself that was going through a tough time.

I just truly loved this book and I am definitely looking forward to the 2nd one in this series that is due out this fall. If you have a friend who is having a hard time in her marriage, or you just need a little romance restoration -- READ THIS BOOK!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lani - allthiscrazygrace on April 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
The Dance was written by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley. While I enjoyed the story itself; the characters were well developed and the plot line moved along well, I have some a hesitancy in recommending it fully.

The two main characters Jim and Marilyn Anderson have been married for twenty-seven years. Marilyn is tired of feeling unloved and walks out. Jim is left dumbfounded, clueless as to what he's done. That's all in the first two chapters (actually on the back cover) so I'm not being a spoiler.

The pages that come after are primarily about Jim's journey of self-discovery and a formulation of a plan to win his wife's heart back. In the meantime Marilyn if finding happiness and freedom that she has never felt before. All of this is really well done, I cried many times reading through the painful revelations.

BUT, I had a profound sense of dissatisfaction after I was done reading. I know people who are in marriages that are similar to the one described in the pages here. Everything wrapped up a little too neatly in my mind and in too short of a time frame. The other problem being, that, while there was some excellent advice for any husband who wants to capture their wife's man is ever going to read this book. Women are going to read this book and if they happen to be caught in a marriage similar to Marilyn's, they may find it a bit discouraging to see things turn out so neatly for someone in the pages of a book while they are still caught in the midst.

Great writing, great story, I'm just a little confused as to the intent and the desired audience that The Dance is trying to reach.

The Dance has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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