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Product Details

  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Intertribal Christian Communication (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0920379192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0920379196
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,714,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Once again, the storyteller weaves stories of laughter and love, family and faith...we dance along with the stars..."

"Her stories are funny, sad, happy, tragic, but through them all there is this simple trust in God."

About the Author

Born to a white father who disappeared before she arrived, and to a Kickapoo-Navajo mother who left her at birth, Crying Wind constantly heard that her life was worthless. She had few meaningful relationships beyond a grandmother who gave her a strong sense of her Navajo heritage and an uncle who shared his thoughts and restlessness.

An artist and writer, Crying Wind is the mother of four grown children. She currently lives on the Big Island of Hawaii.


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Crying Wind is my tribal name, I was adopted into the Kiowa tribe, I also write under the name April Knight. I spent many years working with the Navaho Indians in New Mexico and was given the CHIEF award.
I've been a published writer since I was thirteen years old. I believe having a miserable childhood and being bullied in school made me strong, made me a survivor and made me a writer and provided endless material for my books. The first book I wrote (Crying Wind) became a best seller, was translated into 15 languages and has been continuously in print for 35 years. I've written 50 books and over 1,000 short stories.
My latest book is "Sweet Dreams-50 Romantic Bedtime Stories for Big Girls by April Knight, Oak Tree Books.
I'm currently writing a mystery novel.

I've lived in Hawaii, Alaska and Australia and spend my free time riding horses.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Christian Observer on February 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
Many readers are familiar with Crying Wind's first two books, Crying Wind and My Searching Heart. This volume continues the story of her life. Crying Wind is a master story teller who uses her Native American background to bring truth and beauty to a story of laughter, pain, joy, adventure. Crying Wind's story is witness to the way God spans time and cultures with His love. Parents and children alike will enjoy this account of how Little Antilope, Lost Deer, Snow Cloud, and Spring Cloud grew up in their dual world with their parents Crying Wind and Don Stafford. Crying Wind tells her story compellingly, beautifully including how she adjusted to life afer Don's sudden death. This is a book for those who have seeking hearts, and all who enjoy beauty. The testimony to the strength of faith has never been more forcefully presented.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sonny L on November 24, 2005
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I really enjoyed this third enstallment by Crying Wind. This volume is more like a collection of stories rather than a direct narrative like the other two, "Crying Wind" and "My Searching Heart." I love the stories about people, like her best friend Polly Holly Rooney with whom she made a zillion sour pickles. Also old Miss Neal, the only one to remember Mark (her sweet heart) as he was before he died in World War I, and never gave up believing he would come back. I love the tender spiritual observations she draws from life. "I never come away from God with an empty bucket..." and "Trust is a blind horse running at breakneck speed with a young boy on his back." This is a very worthwhile book, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joan Carringer on April 7, 2009
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I read the original book CRYING WIND several years ago. In fact, I've read it many times, it's that good. Then I bought MY SEARCHING HEART and was very excited when I learned there was another WHEN THE STARS DANCED. It took a long time to get it but it was worth the wait. Wish there were some way I could get in touch with this wonderful Christian Indian woman and tell her how inspired I am from her books and I sure hope that someday there will be another. I would recommend these three books to everyone who needs some true inspiration.
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By D. Pommert on May 26, 2013
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I wonder about those reviewers who have said that Crying Wind was telling lies about herself and her history. She lists herself according to different pen names, as well as according to the Anglicized version of a Native name.

I am a mixed blood, too, from a family of whom some deny their Native ancestry, and some embrace their Native ancestry.

If from one source, some people read that Crying Wind was not Native, have they checked out that source? However, one reviewer noted that they knew Crying Wind personally, when she worked for years at a Navaho mission, and I wonder what that counts for to those who discount her? The book, Crying Wind (which I have read), gives a great deal of factual information woven within the story, that either shows good research or first-hand experience.

If it is fiction, it is well-written and inspirational, and shows that the author knows what many Natives have gone through in order to become Christian, though that is slowly changing in the last three decades since the book was first published--see Richard Twiss' writings. If it is not fiction, it is indeed still well written and inspirational. Either way, the author appears to know what she is talking about.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Down to Earth Reader on July 3, 2011
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My husband and I read aloud Crying Wind's first 2 books, while traveling. We laughed, we cried, we believed we were reading a true story of the author's life. So, years later, I was eager to read this, her third book. Before I bought it, however, I learned that Crying Wind is not an Indian, even in part. She made a whole bunch up, and I am so disappointed in her. I went ahead and bought this third book, but I read it as fiction, because I don't trust anything the author says anymore. It was still a decent book to read, but I sure couldn't get my heart into it, and will never recommend it to my friends.
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