The theme of this book is as old as humanity itself. Generations all over
the world, from ancient times until today, search for God and the meaning
of life. People have a religious consciousness. It means that the acceptance
of a transcendental reality influences man's existence.
The ancient religions developed many forms of the deification of nature.
Ancestral spirits are worshipped as gods and the search for some or other
form of deity continues. More sophisticated images of God developed, often
in conjunction with scientific progression. Yet God is still in the midst
of a mystery. This is what this remarkable book is all about. It is the
story of a journey towards the divine outside the realms of science, dogma
This is a book about a different kind of religion, the religion of authentic
living and unconditional surrender to the 'power of being'. God is a Dancer
relates a touching story outside the confines of theological definitions.
The author succeeds in captivating the reader on a journey towards enlightenment.
The quintessential message is that it is the seeking that distracts us;
the thinking that confuses us, and society's conditioning that divides
This is a thought provoking book that touched me personally in a profound
way. It relates a life changing experience that re-defines religion and
constitutes a welcome contribution to some of the astounding books in
Much has been written about encounters with or experiences of God. Often
such testimonials are sentimental, superficial, propagandistic or condemnatory.
This book reaches out with heartfelt genuine compassion. Behind it is
an enquiring mind. It reveals the impoverishment of religion as form and
tradition without true feeling and an experience of God. It observes the
tragedy of religion as a crutch instead of an internal power. The author
asks relevant uncomfortable questions about our cherished Western way
Even though the book has an intellectual basis, the approach is poetic,
moving and inspiring. Of course it cannot be seen in isolation from the
new religious mood that is increasingly infiltrating the theological debate
of today. In the Protestant world especially there is talk of a reformation
and a reformulation in the context of religious belief. Many authors concerned
with this theme are basically in search of a new religion for the post-modern
era in which people move away from theology to God. Accents of this new
theology are, amongst others: God is part of everything in creation; God
needs to be found from within; the touch of the divine can do without
dogma and theological discourse; God is 'unthinkable' but if you 'feel'
God, you enter into relationship with the Omnipresent One.
This book by De Villiers is expounding a 'New Gospel' based on 'God as
indivisible'. God is a Dancer is to be liberated and joyful, the author
states so poignantly in one of the chapters titled: The Abundance in Joy.
I am personally delighted that my friend found this joy. Both Cas de Villiers
and I have been involved in the fight against racial discrimination in
South Africa during the turbulent years. The humiliations and rejections
he narrates, we both experienced time and time again. The wounds inflicted
by South African politics were not only dealt to black people, but also
to those of us who opposed the system actively and who were part of the
forces of change. The author, who regularly contributed to newspaper columns,
television debates and wrote several books on African affairs, relates
how depression often plunged him into the depths of despair. His move
in 1997 to the US when his wife, Sylvia, was awarded special immigration
status as an artist, turned out to be a 'homecoming' of a different yet
The author's longing for South Africa and a difficult adjustment to the
new life in America are recounted with a depth of feeling that stirs the
heart. Enlightening stories on his disillusions with a culture driven
by materialism reveal how this most highly developed society is often
also trapped in superficiality and warped values. He writes: 'I have great
admiration for what was achieved on this soil. At the same time I feel
the need to urge the people of this great country to aspire to true greatness,
vested in being on the forefront for change, pioneering an age of awakening
in which God will be realized as non-exclusive Lord of All, not confined
in any specific dogma or philosophy.'
Freedom and individuality are themes running throughout this book. There
will obviously be readers who will not agree with everything and who will
testify that they discovered the way to God via different experiences
and theologies. This book does not refute these testimonies. The author
is clearly not trying to put God in yet another box of his own. This writing,
however, will set many people free to experience God outside the boundaries
of formalized perceptions. The book gives credence to the fact that there
are indeed many different ways to enc6unter The Lord of the Dance in everyday
Dr. Willem de Klerk