Dance, Stand, Run by Jess Connolly

Dance Stand Run

“There is ministry right where you’re at, sweet friend, but you may have to stand up and walk over to it to participate.”

Are you living up to your full potential? Most of us work towards that goal, but struggle finding a way to balance all of life’s demands. In Dance, Stand, Run, Jess Connolly tries to show Christian women the balance that can be found by having confidence in grace, holiness and mission. While the book is inspirational in nature, it’s meant to be read by a group of friends or as a study group book.

I was part of the launch team for this book, but ended up buying my own copy to read. The team was reading one chapter a week and I prefer to read books all the way through. There’s a lot of thought put into the book and it deals with some very current topics in our daily, busy lives.

Dance, Stand, Run is broken down into ten chapters, each dealing with an area of Christian living that builds upon the previous chapter. Connelly starts out with the Christian identity and then moves on to the role of grace in our lives. She talks about habits, prayer, Bible reading and finding your mission. One part that stuck out to me was a question to ask when evaluating a habit. She recommends asking why you do the habit and then asking yourself, “Really?” to dig deeper into why you do that particular habit. Each chapter ends with several discussion questions that you can look at on your own or with a group of friends.

I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone wondering how to balance living a Christian life and not be separated from the world. The book is about dancing in grace, standing firm in holiness and running on mission. I think it would be a great small group study. The author has a blog at

How do you find a balance in life? What areas do you need to work on? Comment below!

Buy the book here (affiliate link).

About Sarah Anne Carter

Sarah Anne Carter is a writer and reader. She grew up all over the world as a military brat and is now putting down roots with her family in Ohio. Family life keeps her busy, but any spare moment is spent reading, writing or thinking about plots for novels.