Like Richard Bach's 1970 classic, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, this little guide by the bestselling author of the Prayer of Jabez franchise is a story about pursuing one's dreams. But it aims to be a "practical and innovative guide to achieving your Big Dream" as well. The first part of Wilkinson's slender book is the fable of person searching for what's missing in his life. A "Nobody named Ordinary who lived in the Land of Familiar," he decides, finally, to pursue his higher calling; he encounters-and overcomes-many obstacles along the way. In the second part of the book, Wilkinson plays the role of a Dream Coach, counseling readers on how to achieve their own Big Dreams though facing their fears, enduring hardships, surrendering to God and realizing their full potential. Looking back to moments in the tale of Ordinary, Wilkinson reemphasizes and reiterates the lessons learned by his everyman, employing personal anecdotes, scripture and impassioned prose. The book speaks plainly of achieving lofty goals and overcoming conflict, and the message of the parable may touch the hearts of readers who need a spiritual push. But it may also strike some as overly simplistic, since the tone veers towards childish at times ("We've all seen how Bullies work. Remember, they react primarily because you have disturbed their Comfort Zone. They feel threatened. They feel losing something important-their security or routine, their assumptions about success. Maybe they feel that they're losing you"). That said, those who need warm, enthusiastic encouragement should find it here.
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Dr. Bruce Wilkinson is a the bestselling author of The Prayer of Jabez, Secrets of the Vine, A Life God Rewards, and numerous other books. Bruce and his wife, Darlene Marie, divide their time between Georgia and South Africa. They have three children and five grandsons.
David Kopp is a writer and editor living in Oregon.
Heather Kopp is a writer and editor living in Oregon.
The first half of the book has a great relatable story while the second half draws it out, specifying traits to use in your life.Published 1 day ago by Fat Friar 16
It's really easy to write motivational words, even those that take into consideration all the challenges of finding success. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Some Writer's Life
I liked the story premises and that everyone who reads the book can identify each of the characters and each of the trials, obstacles and triumphs that must be overcome. Read morePublished 8 days ago by A T Prince
This is an Awesome book - really life changing!!! If you want to be inspired to pursue your God given dreams, read this book!Published 17 days ago by Voyles
Awesome book I truly believe everyone should read this book.Published 23 days ago by Antonio Villari
This is a super encouraging book. I'm highly recommend all people to read it with an open mind.Published 27 days ago by Kimberly Daugherty