VALLEY FORGE, PA – August 15, 2011 – On Wednesday, August 10, 2011, Simply Salsa: Dancing without Fear at God’s Fiesta by Janet Perez Eckles, hit the top of the Amazon rankings. Reaching #372 in Books overall, this inspiring resource for women ranked first in the Spirituality>Religious Warfare category and fourth in Biographies & Memoirs > Family & Childhood. It is the first time a Judson Press title has reached number one in any book category on  

Janet Eckles came to this country as a Bolivian immigrant living the American dream. She completed college, got married, and had three sons. Soon, however, her dream became a nightmare. Janet lost her eyesight completely at age 31, experienced financial devastation, endured her husband’s infidelity, and then lived through the incomprehensible anguish of her youngest son’s murder and the acquittal of the man responsible. She believes she survived only by "dancing with God."

In Simply Salsa, Janet shares her personal story as well as those of others in order to expose the lies and misconceptions that imprison women with unfounded insecurities and feelings of inadequacy. No matter the degree of adversity or pain, Janet has discovered an alternative to gloom–through the security that is only found in God’s love. Simply  Salsa illustrates how God’s grace offers today’s women the opportunity to:  

  • Leave the ugly past behind and look to a fresh tomorrow
  • Find peace and increased faith as you wait for answers to prayer
  • Embrace God’s comfort to conquer sorrow and disappointment

Janet’s story has been shared in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Hispanic Times, The St. Louis Post Dispatch, El Nuevo Dia, and The Orlando Sentinel. She has written for Guideposts and numerous titles in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. In March 2011, Janet received the "Latina Women Who Make a Difference Award" from La Prensa newspaper, the largest Spanish newspaper in Central Florida. More about her media appearances can be found on her website at

Simply Salsa: Dancing without Fear at God’s Fiesta is available from Spring Arbor/Ingram, Anchor Distributors, Baker & Taylor, and STL Distribution. It can also be ordered directly from publisher Judson Press by calling 800-458-3766 or ordering online at (under Trade Services).

ISBN: 978-0-8170-1701-9
Retail Price: $13.99
Release Date: August 1, 2011
Size: 8.5 x 5.5
Pages: 128

Review copies are available to the media by contacting Kim Shimer at or calling 610-768-2458.

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