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The Dream Giver Hardcover – September 3, 2003
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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.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
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.
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Pursuing his "Dream could cause him a lot of discomfort. He would have to do unfamiliar things in unfamiliar places" (22). His journey continues through the Waste Land, where Ordinary realizes he changed! "His trip through the Waste Land had not been a Waste. Now he was prepared for what lay ahead, no matter how hard" (40).
"[E]ach time you break through a Comfort Zone, the area of your comfort increases. You become comfortable with more and more things. You could stay there, of course, but a Dream is a person whose life is in motion" (97).
This was powerful to read because of the past school year and pushing through tough situations to pursue my dreams. It has helped me grieve parts of my journey and has given me hope for the rest! I highly recommend this book!
I just had to buy the actual book so i can let my employees read it and keep in my library.
God gives us all a dream....He's also there as we find our way into fulfilling it.
I did not find the second half as compelling a read. The text jumped from Biblical narrative to Wilkinson's personal story but in a manner in which made me lose connection to the overall message.
Would recommend, but little disappointed in comparison to other Wilkinson books I've read.
I do believe God can use this book to inspire many people who are following a Biblical vision. It will not help however, in determining whether or not the big dream originates with God or with someone else.
This title isn't bad, it could just be much, much better with the additional of some clear Biblical teaching and principles.
For someone who has already established that his dream has been given by God and knows what that dream is, by all means read this book. If anyone is still trying to determine his dream, I'd encourage him to look elsewhere.