Jonica wants children and can’t have them. Stacie is pregnant and doesn’t want to be. One is a Christian and pro-life. The other is an atheist and pro-choice.
They are so different, there’s nothing to draw these two into a friendship. Except their surprising similarities, and a plan beyond their own.
It starts with an unplanned meeting, a magazine article, and two women determined to change the things in their lives that are not working. They face their own hypocrisies and faith issues honestly. And on the other side, they find hope.
Author Vivian Greene said it best when she wrote, “Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...it's about learning to dance in the rain.”
What Readers Are Saying:
“This book is a must read for all women. Although it is a fictional story the author has brilliantly captured the many issues that women struggle with and offers hope that can only be found in Jesus. She also shows how looking beyond our own circumstances can bring blessings into our lives and the lives of others. I’ve ministered to broken women for over twenty years and I’m thankful for resources like Rain Dance that will reach women who are hurting and give them hope.”
—Sue Liljenberg, International Director, Healing Hearts Ministries International
I love this book! Author Joy DeKok captured my heart on the first page and wrapped the characters around it from beginning to end. Bestselling author, Kathi Macias
I applaud DeKok for the naked, honest emotions her characters displayed. She didn't try to soften Jonica's railing at God, nor Stacie's self-centeredness. I found Jonica's faith to be very real and practical. Her journey to healing and Stacie's path to faith were both believable, and not something manipulated by the author. They are women from different backgrounds and belief systems when they meet. And yet, I believed the friendship that grew between them. I came to love Stacie as much as Jonica.
Rain Dance is truly a prodigious book. It bears healing within its pages for hurting women, whether they are scarred by post abortion syndrome or infertility, Rain Dance is a must read. But be sure to have a hankie handy. I give it a high recommendation. Ane Milligan, author and president of Novel Rocket
A note from Joy:
I did not want to write this book. I thought it was a good idea and told God that I hoped He’d find someone else to write it. I told Him the story was one I’d read. And refer to others.
Because I did not want to go there. This book is that personal.
I’m a Jonica – a barren woman.
And then there are the Stacies. The women I love who have chosen abortion. How could I write this book without hurting them more than they already were?
I also feared the controversy. I don’t like conflict. And abortion has a tendency to divide.
That was my second reason for resisting this project. I wanted to write sweet, fun, Christian books for children – not a novel with moral, spiritual, and political storylines.
The story grew in my imagination against my consistent, patient, stubborn resistance.
So I figured I’d write it. Then put it in a file drawer and never think of it again. Ever. At least I’d be able to say I’d been obedient.
Those pages stayed in the drawer for a day or so because they didn’t belong there. The story had a purpose.
I pulled it back out thinking, “Great. Just great.”
Women all over America and the world including China, Africa, Holland, and England have read Rain Dance. I know because they’ve written to me. They say the book matters and I trust them. One loved it's "gently pro-life message."
There aren’t words to explain my gratitude for the privilege of writing Rain Dance. Of course, not everyone likes Rain Dance but I love it that most readers love Jonica and Stacie. Which is really cool, because they are a mix of the women in my life – flawed, strong, courageous, and beautiful.