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Simply Salsa: Dancing Without Fear at God's Fiesta Paperback – August 1, 2011
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In this book, Simply Salsa: Dancing without Fear at Gods Fiesta, Janet Eckles describes moment after moment in lifeher own as well as otherswhen busyness, tragedy, fear, guilt, and anxiety drown out the music that Jesus wants to play in our hearts. And again and again, Janet testifies to the power of God to transform those moments of weeping or trembling into a heart-thrilling invitation to dance.
This is a lighthearted and yet profound book that speaks to women at every levelwhether wallowing in the mire of self-pity, slogging through never-ending guilt, trying to outrun fear, or just plain missing out on the ecstasy of a dance-filled life. It doesnt have to be that wayand Simply Salsa was written to help you understand that. --Kathi Macias, award-winning author of more than 30 books including the Extreme Devotion novels
In an engaging and refreshingly creative style, Simply Salsa addresses the issue of how fear can paralyze women. Each insight unravels the lies behind our fears. With the authors own life journey and the experiences of other women, Simply Salsa is a guide to finding hope to overcome any fear. Like talking to a close friend about deep issues, this book is delightfully powerful! --Nancy Wilson, author, speaker, Global Ambassador for Campus Crusade for Christ/Story Runners
Next to my quiet time with the Lord, Janet Perez Eckles book Simply Salsa was the highlight of my day. Janets love for God, people, and life is vibrant and contagious. She writes with humor and transparency, and her passion is to help the reader move from tragedy to triumph. Janet doesnt write platitudes from an ivory tower. She writes from her own trauma of losing her eye sight at age 31 and losing her son. She has woven in the stories of other women to help the reader understand the relevance of Gods Word. Janet sprinkles her chapters with words in Spanish which reflect her knowledge and appreciation of her Hispanic background. She follows the words with their English equivalent and includes a glossary at the end of the book. For an uplifting book that bubbles over with hope, humor, and honesty, I highly recommend Simply Salsa. --Yvonne Ortega, author of Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer
About the Author
Janet is the author of Trials of Today, Treasures for Tomorrow: Overcoming Adversities in Life, and has contributed to more than 20 books, including the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and Guideposts. Her experiences have been shared in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Hispanic Times, The St. Louis Post Dispatch, El Nuevo Dia, and The Orlando Sentinel.
Top Customer Reviews
Really? What have you faced? A challenging childhood? Janet Eckles was born in Bolivia and immigrated to the United States when she was a young child. Without knowing a person in this country and not one word of English, her family had to begin again with nothing.
Financial? The company her husband worked for went under, leaving him and two other men financially responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.
Physical challenges? At 31, Eckles went blind.
Relational problems? Shortly after going blind, her husband announced he wanted to leave her for another woman.
Tragedies? When her son was 19 years old, he was murdered and the man who killed him would later be acquitted.
Any one of these would be a mountainous burden to bear; but all of them? Now, maybe you're facing other situations, but it's obvious that Janet Perez Eckles is in a position to speak from on overcoming life's challenges?
"Simply Salsa" is an amazing book.Read more ›
In "Simply Salsa: Dancing Without Fear at God's Fiesta," Janet Eckles shares her very personal story and tackles these probing questions--and many more that we have all asked when going through unimaginable crises. With Biblical insight, rare sensitivity, appropriate humor and Latino wit, "Simply Salsa: Dancing Without Fear at God's Fiesta" will help you to know God's perfect love in the quagmire of tragic circumstances.
Some of my favorite quotes included:
"But amigas, joy has nothing to do with a trouble-free life. Joy has everything to do with the absence of fear."
"In all areas of life, unfairness abounds. And justice may be blind. But injustice allows us to discover the beauty of forgiveness."
"No amount of fear can increase our bank accounts, and no amount of losses can decrease God's provision."
"Those bumps aren't all bad. If they jostle us, that means we're moving ahead. And we're not broken down on the side of the road of grief."
"And with the same strength we use to remove the cheese stuck at the bottom of the tamale casserole, we must scrape away the "loves" that give us a false sense of purpose and satisfaction."
Are you a woman who longs for a deeper relationship with God? Are you a desperate wife who has been spurned, suffering in silence, or groping through the nightmare of abandonment? Are you reeling from the bruises of broken dreams, shattered goals, financial ruin, or strained family relationships?Read more ›
In Simply Salsa, Janet walks us through the thought process that gave her hope, purpose and peace after tribulations of a variety and intensity that few face, including the loss of her eyesight, the infidelity of her husband, financial disaster, and the murder of her child. As I read, I find not only wisdom, but the hope that "If Janet can keep playing the game of life with the hand she's been dealt, then there's hope for me." Having lost my wife to breast cancer in her 30's, leaving me with four young boys to raise on my own, I understand a bit about loss and grief, and identify with Janet's struggles and solutions.
Some who deal with profound disappointments need to struggle deeply on a philosophical or theological level. They may appreciate the works of C.S. Lewis (The Problem of Pain) or Philip Yancey (Where is God When It Hurts?). But others prefer answers offered through a more personal approach, from someone who's willing to share her inner struggles and the rethinking of life that helped her emerge from the ruins to find a life of hope and joy. For the latter, Janet's experiences can start the healing process.
In one section, Janet observes that answers to life's problems often require waiting. How we handle that waiting can make all the difference. As she puts it,
"There are two groups of people. One group exudes peace even in difficult circumstances. The other group includes the folks who go into hysterics over small things like a long line at the post office.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Janet Eckles is a very inspiring author She writes in a very conversational tone so you feel like you are part of the conversation. It's Biblical truth given in a non-preachy way.Published 1 month ago by Gina Schreivogel
The author, Janet, does a good job of telling how her faith grew through each catastrophe in her life. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Gail Strader
She spreads joy with each chapter! An amazing woman. . . . I don't want to say too much and spoil anything. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Linda R.
A story of a Hispanic woman, her disability, her endurance, and her joy in the Lord. A worthwhile read, however, I think it could have been shorter. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Janet Lee Davis
Writing style had difficulty drawing me in, but the message is inspirational.Published 16 months ago by Carole Jackson
I enjoyed the book, both as entertainment and as inspiration. The author tells of her family, her faith and her challenging life. Read morePublished on June 13, 2014 by Jeanette Korrect
What an uplifting book, fun to read, her personal stories illustrate clearly the point she is trying to make. Will be looking forward to reading more books by Janet Eckles.Published on April 27, 2014 by Amazon Customer