Dancing from the Shadows

by D'Ann Renner

Genres: Fiction

ISBN: 9781620201121

352 pages

Price: $14.99

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Successful businesswoman Tori St. John is haunted by the verse “To whom much is given, from him much is required.” Despite a marketing coup that guarantees her an executive management position, Tori abandons her career. Instead, she and husband Phillip adopt two children from a third-world orphanage.

At five, Lydia is sugar-coated dynamite. Two-year-old Gabe avoids eye contact, prefers a silver bowl over shiny new toys and fears the vacuum cleaner. His diagnosis of autism leaves Tori obsessed with helping her son, angry at God and at odds with her husband and daughter. At stake is Gabe’s future.

Tori marshals the skills that made her a business diva and plunges into the special-needs world. As she struggles to defeat Gabe’s disability, Tori’s world unravels. School’s not working for Gabe, their church rejects him, Lydia’s resentment of Gabe escalates and a sultry co-worker is pursuing Phillip.

As she battles to save her family, Tori must learn how to balance a life she can’t control and embrace a different concept of normal.

Dancing from the Shadows is a very realistic novel which weaves themes of God’s love, provision, forgiveness, and redemption that will keep you reading until the last page is turned, and will keep the characters in your heart long after you finish.


D’Ann had been selected to enter her company’s fast-track program when she and her husband felt God’s call to adopt a sibling pair of older, third-world children. Her “Home Front Management” career became more challenging when her son was diagnosed with autism. She is active in the special needs world and speaks to local women’s and special needs’ groups. Her first novel, Dancing from the Shadows, is a fictionalized composite of situations encountered by real families. D’Ann and Bruce, her husband of 28 years, live in Johns Creek, Georgia with two teenagers, a dog and two cats. When not engrossed in writing and Home Front Management, Management, D’Ann advocates for special needs and directs a child sponsorship program for her church.