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The Dream Maker 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1893757493
ISBN-10: 1893757498
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: E T Nedder Pub; 1 edition (March 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893757498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893757493
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,277,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 17, 2006
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Monica Hannan has written the story of one man who has seen the faces of the least of God's children and is doing something. It is a story that takes us behind the headlines and the predigested propaganda that we receive about the poorer nations of our world. It is a story of bitter poverty, horrible misuse of power as well as a story of the power of love and compassion and the changed lives that sometimes result from that care. It is not a rosy picture she gives us, but it is a real story of a man empowered by God to do something about the sorry state of the world in places where most of us would fear to tread. Even as I think about the title of Monica's book, the haunting lament of the man from La Mancha moves through my mind:

To dream the impossible dream

To fight the unbeatable foe

To bear with unbearable sorrow

To run where the brave dare not go

Most of us hunger to make a difference in our world. Patrick Atkinson is facing that hunger by placing his life on the line to meet the "unbearable sorrow" of the children who have no one else.

Read it and weep. And then stand up and join those who are dreaming the dream of a better life for those who have no hope.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karen Gizzi on April 28, 2006
Why does it take a near death experience for one man, Patrick Atkinson, what takes a lifetime for others to realize? Knowing why we exist and what our path is. Follow a modern day spiritual journey, from continent to continent in search of one mission, serving children of the poor.

A sometimes wrenchingly vivid depiction by Monica Hannan of contemporary service to the least of our brothers, The Dream Maker is a heroic read for today's young people. Patrick's life journey challenges the definition of success we hold in the U.S. for our status oriented, college prepped youth. This is a great read for a freshman English class, youth groups prior to service trips, or high school seniors contemplating college. As the book notes, Patrick is now an international speaker. Imagine a speaking engagement (before demand makes it impossible) following a class/group read.

As an educator and parent of four young adults, The Dream Maker offers a real life paradigm shifting account. The book is a rare educational opportunity and couldn't happen in a more compelling and contemporary fashion.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie J. Clayson on April 23, 2006
A well written, inspiring story. This follows the story of a man who gives his life to helping others, along with the story of one of the little ones that he aids. Atkinson recognizes that he can not change the world, yet he does manage to change the world of the children of the streets in Guatemala. He has found a way to make it possible for these children to dream of what they want to accomplish in life, and to work towards that goal through eduction.

Atkinson's belief is that most people want to help the disadvantaged children of the world. He provides a way for us to do that.

Starting with helping just a few children, Atkinson has seen his work expand to help and encourage thousands. The reader goes along on the journey and realizes that small acts can be like a pebble thrown in a pond. The resulting circle from the pebble can expand and expand.

I loved this book for the hope and inspiration it gives to the reader.
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