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The Dream Giver: Pursuing Your God Given Destiny
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Biblically based, with an emphasis on the lives of Moses, Joshua, and David, this slender volume is extremely helpful to those of us either pursuing the Big Dream, or those who have it in their hearts, but have not taken any action to fulfill their Destiny. It will be of particular value to those who might feel that they have lost their way in the WasteLand.
The first part of this book is in the form of a parable; it is as wise as it is charming, and is an almost Tolkienesque tale of Ordinary, who lived in the Land of Familiar, and who one day leaves his Usual Job, and his Comfort Zone, to persue his Dream. There are many trials and tribulations in his path, and Giants to slay (Giants like Moneyless), but his faith gets stronger, as he learns his lessons.
In Chapter Nine, "Living Past the Edge", Mr. Wikinson describes his fear of public speaking, and the steps he took to overcome it. I recently had the good fortune to be at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, where Mr. Wilkinson spoke not only to the vast crowd in attendance, but to millions on televison, and he is a truly gifted speaker; it is hard to envision that at one time he had felt inadequate in front of an audience. With this book he will help you conquer your own fears, and get past the feeling of being Unworthy and Unable.
In Chapter Twelve, he talks about the Dream that has not been surrendered to God, and the pitfalls that can bring; how "Your Dream will become your idol", and how that can "make people 'successful' but not fulfilled" (pg. 133) and further, to face the areas in our lives that need cleansing, where we may be making compromises and have "unfinished business".
In the final chapter, Mr. Wilkinson describes how his Dream has led him to South Africa, to help the millions of children who have lost their parents to AIDS, and it is an example of how once you have reached one Dream, it can lead to another, with God continually working through you. "You are meant to be a river of blessing, not a puddle drying in the sun".
The layout is lovely, with small but beautiful images by Steve Gardiner, good quality paper, and a readable font size. I found a lot in this book to inspire me and give me the tools and armor to slay another Giant, and perhaps you will too.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This book is three masterpieces wrapped into one. Part one is the Parable of the Dream Giver, the story of a Nobody named Ordinary who leaves the Land of Familiar to pursue his Big Dream. We all have been born with a Big Dream, a gift from the Dream Giver. Often we lose sight of that Big Dream, or crumble under obstacles that seem insurmountable.
Through this parable, Wilkinson walks us through the stages of living that Big Dream: embracing the Dream, leaving our Comfort Zone to pursue it, meeting discouraging Bullies along the way, entering a Wasteland of delays and disappointment that test our faith, finding Sanctuary where we solidify the purpose of our Big Dream, warring with Giants for the Dream Giver's honor, and finally thriving in the Land of Promise.
Part two is the Journey to Your Big Dream, and is much more than an explanation of part one. Wilkinson acts as our "Dream Coach", supplying a solid foundation for applying the lessons learned through the parable. He relates personal experiences and answers questions from real readers. With the turn of every page I was able to identify and address my own personal obstacles that have held me back from my Big Dream.
The Dream Giver will help you identify where you have been, where you are today, and where you are headed. It will equip you for part three, which is beyond the covers of this book. Part three is where your personal adventure begins, as you take up your quill and pursue your own Big Dream for God's glory. If you are ready to begin your quest, then you are ready for the Dream Giver.
Larry Hehn, author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2010
This is an excellent book.
* It is good for people who are a bit jaded in their journey of life: it will help to give you fresh vision and hope
*It is good for people who are looking for their purpose saying, 'why was I born?': it will help you get started on your journey to a meaningful and satisfying life
* It is great for people who are already travelling towards their dream - that nudging on the inside of you to be or do something: this will show you that there will be some obstacles, challenges and wilderness but that perseverance is the key i.e don't necessarily see the obstacles as signs that you should not continue to chase your dream.

The book starts off with the story of a person who is quite happy living in The Familiar. But then he decides to follow a dream. The story shows the various stages that he has to pass through in order to fulfil the dream. The second part of the book, the author discusses these stages in more detail.

While the book is very good, I would caution readers about thinking that God or His ways can be put into stages...Stages suggests that if we do this or that, then God would have to do this or that. God is not limited to stages but more importantly, He is into relationships...His relationship with each of us is different and evolves differently.

The book is an excellent encouragement; giving tips on how to deal with the various situations one is likely to face when pursuing a dream. The thought that others are going through the same thing, is actually comforting. The thought that God is with you at every stage, is His promise and is also very comforting.

I highly recommend this book
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on 15 February 2013
This is definitely an inspiring book. Starting with an allegory (a la Pilgrim's progress or Narnia) about Somebody finding their dream in places they didn't expect, then explaining why living their dream is possible for everyone...

However, to be fair, it left me a little cold. It's a great book if you've identified what your dream is, and just lack the motivation to go after it; but if you don't really have a concrete idea of where you want to go, then the amount of material on what to do to identify your dreams is precious little.

Having said that, I've known many people who LOVE this book and will happily recommend it to all their friends. So, don't let me put you off, give it a try. I bought a 'Used' copy for a fraction of the Kindle or new price, and was impressed by the quality for such a low price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2009
This is a lovely simple to read book.
It gets your imagination going.
We were all born with a God given Dream, this book reminds you of that special dream.
Everyone has a dream whats yours and are you living it!??
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on 20 March 2011
This is truly an encouraging book. My husband and I have seen the principles in it, when taken up, literally change peoples lives. In the UK especially there is a lack of people believing that they too can have a dream let alone see it fulfilled. This book helps us to correct that false thinking. If you feel you're not reaching your potential then I would certainly recommend this book.
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on 3 November 2011
This book has a very easy to read style and, whilst I could read it very quickly in a couple of hours, there were lots of things that were thought provoking which I could identify with as part of my own journey towards fulfilling my dream. It is relevant to anyone who is wondering why it's so difficult to make their dreams a reality in their life.
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on 26 July 2013
Arrived very promptly and the book was in excellent condition. Book is very well written and inspires you to think about what you can achieve in life and not to let the opportunities slip by in the business of day to day living.
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on 10 September 2011
this book came in very good condision was very pleased with it thank you it was just what i wanted it was clean and well kept
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on 8 July 2013
I loved how this was written in such an easy way, with amazing ability to visualize clearly exactly what he is writing about!
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