Dance Stand Run launches today and I had the privilege of stewarding with a group of other women. This post does contain affiliate links to help me maintain my blog. It will not cost you any extra, but I will receive a small compensation.
Jess Connolly is one of my favorite women. I’ve watched her journey for the past several years now, as she’s helped found movements like She Reads Truth, the Influence Network, and businesses like All Good Things Collective. She’s a writer, speaker, church planter, entrepreneur. Basically everything I want to be. But she’s also extremely honest, even about the embarrassing stuff, and that—coupled with her desire to champion women and her full-out pursuit of God—is what draws people in.
Her book Dance Stand Run, subtitled The God-Inspired Moves of a Woman on Holy Ground, asks us to consider what it would be like if we pursued grace (unmerited favor from God) and holiness (set apart, dedicated to God) together, instead of exclusive of each other. And not that either can be attained by trying, but we could simply accept that we have both if we have a relationship with Jesus.
What would it look like if we lived like we knew we had both?
I believe that the Word of God reigns true and should be our ultimate reference for anything as we work through our changing culture. I also believe that God calls forth people in every era to proclaim a message the particular culture needs to hear. This doesn’t happen at the expense of the Bible, but as a supplement to it. Dance Stand Run is one of those examples.
Jess was the first person who introduced me to the idea of calling people up, not calling them out. That idea has spurred me into becoming a better encouragement, less judgmental (though I still have a LONG way to go), and the tiniest bit more sympathetic (again, still a long way to go).
Today Dance Stand Run launches
If you’re not familiar with the concept of launch teams, it’s a new marketing tool for authors. They invite a group of women to read and process the book before it launches. These women become the champions of the message alongside the author.
Somehow I got to be one of those women for this particular book. I don’t know how that happened, but I’ve been reading this book for the past couple months, and will probably be re-reading it over and over to process it. I believe it’s a book for the dreamer as much as it’s for the anyone.
Why is it a book for the dreamer? Because it tells us, in light of heaven, that both favor and hard work exist in tandem. It takes a load off of those of us who strive all day, who long for something bigger, who are waiting for the day when everything lines up in place and we get to live the dream life we’ve been waiting for. Let’s keep working and moving forward, but as DSR points out, if you love Jesus, you already have that life you’ve been wanting.
You just gotta look around for it.
The book is available on Amazon.