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Dreaming with God: A Bold Call to Step Out and Follow God's Lead Paperback – February 6, 2018
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The world tells us that the way to make all our dreams come true is to set our own course and work hard every day to achieve our goals. But when it's all on us, we end up feeling exhausted, frustrated, and disappointed when things don't turn out as we'd hoped.
Have you ever wondered if there's a better way?
There is. God knows the desires of our hearts--He put them there. And He calls us to trust Him, to lean on Him, and sometimes . . . to wait. Weaving together her unique perspective as a professional ballerina with profound truths drawn from Scripture and a life of faith, Sarah Beth Marr reminds us that we are not dreaming alone. We can surrender our plans to God, stay in tempo with His Spirit, and step into a deeper relationship with Christ.
If God has given you a dream, you can be sure that He will be with you every step of the way.
"Sarah Beth Marr gives every woman's heart the permission to dance and dream."--Denise J. Hughes, author of Deeper Waters; editorial coordinator for (in)courage by DaySpring
"Sarah Beth Marr brings us to a place of trust and leaning on the Lord rather than simply on ourselves to pursue our dreams."--Karol Ladd, author of The Power of a Positive Woman
"If you're seeking purpose and meaning, don't miss this book."--Judith Couchman, author of Designing a Woman's Life and The Art of Faith
Sarah Beth Marr danced professionally for more than fifteen years as a ballerina and now encourages women in the dance of life and faith through her writing, speaking at MOPS International groups and women's events, and teaching the Word. She and her husband, Brian, have three sons and live in Dallas, Texas. Learn more at www.sarahbethmarr.com.
About the Author
Sarah Beth Marr danced professionally for over fifteen years as a ballerina and now encourages women in the dance of life and faith through her writing. Sarah also speaks at women's events and MOPS events in Texas. She is a contributing writer for Crosswalk.com, Christianparenting.org, and Lifeway's Journey Magazine. She and her husband, Brian, have three sons and live in Dallas, Texas. Learn more at www.sarahbethmarr.com.
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To give you a quick idea of just what “Dreaming with God” is about, let me share a few of my favorite chapter titles: Searching for God in Your Dreaming Journey; Spotting the Truth about Who You Are; Surrendering to God’s Lead; Securing your Hope as You Wait on Your Dreams; Seeing the Impact of Dreaming with God; Seeking God When Your Dreams Don’t Come True; and Stepping into the Sweetest Dance. You may be asking if you need to be a dancer to fully benefit from reading this book, but the answer is a definite “no”! I am not a dancer by any stretch of the imagination, but I was still able to fully understand and enjoy each page of this book. Dancing is simply an overarching theme, used to symbolize our journey of “dancing” through life with God as our guide and partner.
As we begin our journey of “Dreaming with God”, Sarah Beth’s constant encouragement is that the place to start dreaming is in Scripture. Each page of her book is firmly founded in God’s Word, and at the end of each chapter are corresponding Prayer, Scripture, and Reflection for Your Dreaming Heart sections. She also notes that “Our dreaming journeys with God begin when we see that the way He made us actually points to His dreams for us”. And, “God’s dreams for us are actually pathways to His heart, as well as to others’ hearts. God wants us to allow Him to guide us into the dreams He has for us.” Of course, as we all know our dreams don’t always come true the way we hope for, but as Sarah Beth explains, “He knows the path you need to be on and the one you should avoid. I know how disheartening it can feel when it seems that your dreams and God’s dreams for you don’t match up… But the most amazing transaction happens when we let our ideals and dreams go and trade them in for His plans for our lives. Peace. Know today that God’s dreams for you are for your very best and for His glory.” I will stop sharing quotes now (trust me, I have MANY more highlighted sections in each chapter!!) and instead encourage you to read the entire book for yourself.
So, in the end, what is it that makes “Dreaming with God” so special? I think a huge part of answering this question lies in the fact that the author truly lives out her message. I was given the incredible blessing of being on Sarah Beth’s launch team for “Dreaming with God”, and after interacting with her in various ways it is crystal-clear that while the words of the book were written by her, it is also a message that God whispered to her and guided her to share with readers. If you only add a single Christian non-fiction book to your reading list this year, I can’t encourage you enough to let that one choice be “Dreaming with God”. Take God’s hand, and start your own journey, your own sweetest dance of dreaming with Him.
On the way to the fulfillment of her own dreams, Sarah Beth Marr discovered that contrary to the standard world’s message about dreams, God doesn’t want us to approach them alone, thinking that all we have to do is work hard with determination, never letting them out of our sight for a moment. Instead, He wants us to focus our eyes on Him, trusting Him with our dreams and waiting for Him to make the next move. She writes that she hopes you also will find “a new level of grace, joy, peace, and rest in His plans for you by dreaming with Him. These plan may be different from your own…But I believe God has called us to dream with Him, and when we do, our hearts will begin to dance in a new way” (p. 16).
She starts by requesting we contemplate who God made us to be–this is the start to understanding what obtainable dreams might be for us. “The things that give us joy, make our hearts go pitter-patter, and provide us a boost in our day are the very things given to us by God to bless us and steer our hearts toward His dreams for us” (p. 28). She also emphasizes that we begin to understand God’s heart for us. Once we get an idea of what we could dream with God, we need to hold it with a surrendered heart, trusting Him with it. As we work towards our dream, we don’t have to strive with anxiety. We can wait, knowing God has it in His hands, ready to take us there in His perfect timing.
She continues, writing about much more, including hanging onto hope and joy while we wait, simplifying our lives so we’re not focused on too many areas at one time, and learning how to handle when our dreams don’t come true.
All of this is written from the perspective of a ballerina with illuminating metaphors drawn from that vocation. Now, I know very little about the world of ballet. I’ve been to see a few ballets, mostly the Nutcracker, and although I enjoy it, I only have a vague notion what even a plié is. Thankfully, Sarah includes a glossary of ballet terms in the back, but I found that I didn’t even need it–she makes it all clear enough in the book. Although the book would especially be good for ballet dancers to read, it easily applies to anyone with a dream.
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